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    Everyone knows I'm passionate about my health. Whether I'm dancing my way through Zumba class, running with the Littles, or mixing up a fruit smoothie, I'm all about maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle!

     

    I'm so excited to share this hobby and passion with you on January 25th during Albany Irvin's All-Around Day of Health here at QVC! I'm inviting YOU to kick off 2014 with me and some of our top Fitness and Health experts through an amazing seminar where we will learn how to be healthy from the inside out!

    Below you will find the seminar itinerary.

    Fitness Equipment Seminar and Demonstration: (please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers) 
    - Learn about some of QVC's top fitness brands: Ryka, AeroPilates, Bodyblade and The Flex Belt. 
    - Try out the different brands while getting personal instruction during circuit training sessions. 
    - Representatives from Re-Body and Nature's Code will be on-hand to answer questions. 

    Peter Thomas Roth Seminar:
    - Meet Peter Thomas Roth as he talks about his skincare line and provides the secrets to healthy looking skin. 

    Lunch with Me!:
    - Enjoy a Farm-to-Table fresh lunch provided by West Chester's own Shoo Mama's Cafe with me as I share some of my tips for staying fit, being healthy, and staying positive!

    Vitamix: More than a Blender Seminar: 
    - Join Jan Muller for an extended version of his on-air presentation. Learn how to use the Vitamix to its full potential. Whether you already own a Vitamix or are thinking of making the purchase - Jan is the man to answer all of your questions.

    Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here to make a reservation: http://qvc.co/AIFitnessSeminartix

    Restrictions:
    All guests must be at least 18 years of age. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

    All guests are required to bring identification. Guests must go through a security search before gaining access to the studio, including a metal detector and bag search.

    I am so excited for a day of fitness fun, sneak peeks and more! Hope you can make it!

    God Bless,

    Albany

     


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    As many of you may remember, I was priviledged enough to attend the Pennsylvania Conference for Women back in November. I was thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful mission as I've always been passionate about supporting the success and wellness of women.

    It was truly a magnficent experience and I am so grateful that I was offered the oppurtunity to attend through QVC. While at the conference I was interviewed and asked what I would say to my 16 year old self. Have you ever thought about what you might say? Here is a quick video with my advice for teenage Albany!

     


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    Weekend Recap:

                Hello PM Stylers, Happy Monday! I hope this blog finds you well.  I just came off the best weekend.  First, my BFF Ashley asked me to be her maid of honor for her wedding in Feb. 2015…. AH!!  How wonderful is that?!  She wrote me the sweetest note that had my crying in seconds and I couldn’t wait to call her and tell her yes!  The next best part of my weekend was when my other BFF, Liz called to tell me she is pregnant with her first child! I just can’t believe it… I am so very happy for these two gals… they are truly one-of-a-kind and some of the greatest friends I’ve ever known.   Here’s a pic of these two gals; Liz is on the left and Ashley or Arley as I like to call her is on the right. :)

                On Sunday night, I spent the entire night on the couch watching the first of the Award Shows.  I love this time of the year because I get so inspired to dress for the rest of the year.  Who had your favorite look from last night?  I can’t wait until QVC heads out to LA at the end of February for our Red Carpet Style Event.  It’s always nice to get dressed up, even if it’s only for one night. It’s something I have looked forward to every year :)

    Side note, Aaron and I have been discussing potential Honeymoon spots as we kick off our special year! There is so much to do!  So far, we’ve been thinking Hawaii, Thailand, Greece, and perhaps Tahiti.  Who knows :)  If you have any suggestions, feel free to list them below. 

    Beauty Obsession: bareMinerals 7 Day Skin Detox Mineral Peel A256046

                It’s only our second week into January and as promised, I wanted to get us back in shape in the world of Beauty.  A word we always hear, especially this time of year is detox.  Whether it’s our diet, our skin, or anything you can think of… it’s always nice to have a fresh start.  I have vowed that every Sunday night will be about getting my skin in the best shape possible to start the week with and this week I had help from bareMinerals

                It’s a 7 day system that designed to get you back to where you want to be.  We’re talking brightness, tone, texture, smoothness, and clearer skin.  What does that do for us?  Healthy skin is confident skin.  Confident skin is less makeup.  Less makeup means you get all the credit :)  How does this happen?  Each vile contains their ActiveSoil Complex which contains exfoliating acids, potent hydrators, and kombucha black tea.

                Each kit comes with 7 vials and 7 cotton pads to be used on clean skin at nighttime.  When I first poured the elixir out of the vial I was overwhelmed by how much was in there! Usually you feel like there is very little to go around in these pre-set kits, but I truly felt like bareMinerals really brought the spa home on this one.  You can indulge in this complex on your face, your neck, your décolleté, and then the top of your hands.  I love that! I love that you get to detox the areas that are most exposed for the entire world to see.  One of the best parts; It doesn’t feel like a “peel.”  It’s refreshing, hydrating, and leaves no tacky residue behind.  I didn’t apply a moisturizer before I went to bed because I wanted to get the full effect overnight. 

                What do you think of this brand new detoxing kit from bareMinerals?

     

    Project Runway All Stars and PM Style:

    Guess who’s coming to PM STYLE?!  Project Runway All Stars Winner, Seth Aaron! I can’t believe this season has already come to an end, but I couldn’t be happier for Seth.  Very Well Deserved.  If you haven’t already, check out his collection on QVC and take a sneak peak at some of the fashion you’ll be seeing tonight!

    XO,CC


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  • 01/13/14--13:00: Best gift-giver ever!!
  • Every year around Christmas I have the glorious opportunity to present toys :) This is crazy fun for me because I get a chance to look at, and play with, everything we have to offer (well, not everything, but close).  Sometimes I get lost in the presentations because I’m shopping at work! During some presentations, you’ll hear me say “I bought this for my nieces and nephews and here’s what they thought.” Now that the rush is over, I think it’s only fair to show you what I picked this year, and trust me when I tell you that I’m always shooting for the title of “best gift-giver ever!!!”

     

    I gave my 11-year-old niece the Jam Plus Bluetooth speaker and she promptly put it to use. She and I danced to a couple of our favorite Pink songs :) and every time I walked by her room she was listening to music.

     

    I gave my 14-year-old nephew a Tocky (E167257). It’s an alarm clock that rolls off the table when it buzzes. He’s a gadget guy, and he loves kooky technology, so he thought this was a great idea :)

     

     

    I gave Spirograph(T32270) to my 9-year-old niece. She’s an artist, and if you hand her a pen she’ll start to draw (or journal). She and I got down to business creating pictures right away. She even made me a card with her Spirograph artwork before I left.

     

    I gave my 6-year-old nephew the robotic fish (T32366). He likes robotic toys and he’s old enough to want his own pet, but not quite ready yet. These fish are great to watch, and he can decorate the bowls however he likes.

     

    I gave all four of them the 25 snowballs (T32353). They opened the box, and all _____broke loose!!! All of the kids and the adults immediately went in to “snowball fight” mode. It was mayhem for about 15 minutes.  After it quieted down, my mom turned to me and said, “you’ve done it again, you always bring the best gifts.”

     


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    Hello, foodies…

    The Monday after an awards show is so fun—chatting with everyone about your favorite moments and funniest speeches. I loved the Golden Globes this year, and can only imagine what great food people cooked up at home to celebrate the special event!

    Stuffed recipes are an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and play around with flavor combinations. They’re fun for weeknight family meals, but are also elegant enough for a dinner party. The food world seems to be in love with stuffed everything right now, and I couldn’t be happier about it. This week, I’m counting down the days until Wednesday’s In the Kitchen with David because I’m so excited to make my Cheeseburger-Stuffed Baked Potatoes. You know why I love these stuffed spuds so much? They’re an inventive take on one of the most delicious & classic American meals—burgers & fries. I promise, you won’t miss the bun! Here’s the recipe.


    Cheeseburger-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

    Serves 4

    This recipe is prepared using the Prepology® 4-Piece Polka Dot Paring Set (K39015).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipe.

    Ingredients:

    Baked potatoes:

    ·         4 Idaho potatoes, washed

    Cheese sauce:

    ·         2 tsp butter

    ·         2 tsp flour

    ·         1/4 tsp salt

    ·         1/8 tsp black pepper

    ·         1/2 cup milk

    ·         10 slices American cheese, chopped

    Filling:

    ·         1/2 lb ground beef

    ·         1/4 cup onion, finely diced

    ·         1/8 tsp salt

    ·         1/8 tsp black pepper

    ·         1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

    ·         2 Tbsp yellow mustard

    ·         4 Tbsp ketchup

    ·         2 Tbsp dill relish

    Directions:

     

    1. 1.       To prepare the baked potatoes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the potatoes in an 8” x 8” baking pan. Cover the pan with foil and bake until soft, about 1 hour. When the potatoes have finished baking, let them cool until you’re able to handle them comfortably. While the potatoes are cooling, make the cheese sauce and the filling.

     

    1. 2.       To prepare the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pot. Add the flour and cook, while stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the salt, pepper, and milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. When the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted.

     

    1. 3.       To prepare the filling, brown the ground beef with the onion in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Drain off the extra fat and place the meat into a medium-size bowl. Add the salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ketchup, dill relish, and cheese sauce to the bowl and set aside.

     

    1. 4.       Once the potatoes have cooled, cut an opening, lengthwise, from the top of the potato. Scoop out the flesh, creating a shell. Take 1/2 cup of the potato flesh and chop it into small pieces and set aside. Repeat with the remaining potatoes. Place the empty potato shells back into the baking pan.

     

    1. 5.       To assemble the baked potatoes, fold in the reserved potato flesh with the ground beef mixture. Fill the prepared potato shells with the mixture and bake for 45 minutes.

     

    Between this recipe and the Southwestern Style Stuffed Sweet Potatoes recipe that Jenna shared with us last week, your twice baked potatoes will never look the same after “Stuff-It” month! There are countless ways to customize stuffed potatoes, especially when you think of how you enjoy your favorite burger. That brings me to today’s blog question: How do you like your burgers? Are you a cheese, or no cheese person? Do you prefer beef, turkey, or veggie? What about toppings? If you love sautéed mushrooms and Swiss, alter this recipe to reflect t your favorite flavors! Prefer a turkey burger with Pepper Jack? Go for it! This recipe is sure to be a winner in your house—however you choose to prepare it.

    Speaking of winners, now that the Golden Globes has kicked off awards season, everyone’s excited for the next night of glitz and glamour: the Academy Awards, or the Oscars. A lot of you responded to our Foodie Q on David’s Facebook page today that it’s your favorite awards show, and it got me thinking about good party food to go with the event. Our friends at America’s Test Kitchen shared this video for how to make Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, and I think it would be a Hollywood-worthy choice for an Oscars party. You could even substitute button mushrooms to make them passable hors d’oeuvres!

     


    ATK always provides such great videos, and we’re so happy to share them with all of you. Get cooking foodies, and I will see you Wednesday at 8pm ET. We will have a live studio audienceso exciting!

    Keep it Flavorful!

    —David

     


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  • 01/14/14--07:56: New Year, New You!
  • Happy new year my LCNY fashionistas.   I hope your holidays were wonderful and 2014 came roaring in so to speak.  I am not one for new year resolutions, I just try to pick the top three things I want to stay focused on for the year. I shall bore you with my list:

    1.) healthy eating and healthy living.  I had to go off my cholesterol medication.....and I am trying the next four months to get it down naturally. A bit of TMI but I thought I might share :)

    2.) positive energy...no negative Nancy's in my life.  As my friend Barry once said to me not long after Larry had passed away "life is not a promise" ..  That will be my mantra.

    3.) pay it forward...volunteer.....give back.   I feel blessed, need I say more!

    So there you go my list of three to keep me on track.  By the way, maybe we can do these together.  Share healthy menus and ideas, keep the positive energy flowing with our wonderful communications via my blog, Facebook and our show on Wednesdays.  Last but not least, from what you have shared with me you are an incredible loving group of woman. Maybe you can share with all of us how you volunteer or pay it forward?  Individually we are great ...together we are amazing.  Join MBR and yours truly this Wednesday for our one hour show and an awesome NEW YOU.. Can you say color block, knit, two pieces...50% dressed my friends when you start with this item...see you soon. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Linda :)

    Shop New Arrivals from LCNY Now!


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    Hi there,

    QVC resident foodie David Venable is celebrating “Stuff It! Month” on In the Kitchen with David (Sundays at noon and Wednesdays at 8pm ET) throughout January. His goal is to encourage you to try some inventive recipes and step up your game, one ingredient and one recipe at a time.

    According to David, “Stuffed recipes provide a little surprise inside. I love the extra flavor, too.” Here are some of his quick tips for successful stuffing:

    • Stuff meat, vegetables (including squash, zucchini, and peppers) and sweets, such as cupcakes. The possibilities are endless!
    • Make a stuffing pocket in your meat by making a slit, but not cutting all the way through. Stuff and secure with a toothpick. Make sure meat is cooked to 165°F in the center.
    • When you experiment with cupcakes, make one at a time until you reach perfection.

    Ingredients:

    • ·2 Tbsp unsalted butter
    • ·1 medium onion, diced
    • ·3 cloves garlic, minced
    • ·1 tsp paprika
    • ·2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
    • ·1/2 cup (4-oz) cream cheese, cubed and at room temperature
    • ·1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    • ·1 (3-4 lb) rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded
    • ·2 cups smoked ham, finely diced
    • ·2 cups Swiss cheese, finely diced
    • ·1/2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    • ·1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • ·1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
    • ·2 packages (4 sheets) store-bought puff pastry, thawed
    • ·1 large egg
    • ·1 Tbsp milk

    Preparation:

    1.Preheat oven to 400°F.

    2.Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, rosemary, and paprika and cook until the onion has softened, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese and chicken broth and continue to cook until the cream cheese melts. Stir in the chicken and ham and cook until just warmed through.

    3.Remove pan from the heat and add the Swiss cheese, tossing to combine. Stir in the parsley. Season with the salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among 4 8-oz individual ramekins or soufflé dishes.

    4.Unfold the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the pastry out to a thickness of 1/4''. Cut out 8 circles slightly larger in diameter than the ramekins being used. Whisk the egg and milk together in a small bowl. Dab the rim of the ramekins with the egg wash before placing one circle of pastry over the crock. Lightly pinch the edges to adhere. Brush the puff pastry with the egg wash. Bake until the pastry is a golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

    For David’s delicious recipes, stuffed and otherwise, visit his recipe page at QVC.com.

    Stuffed recipes are nothing new (one of the top pinned recipes on Pinterest for 2013 was Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers. Here are two of my favorites.

    I discovered this first recipe about 20 years ago, while on vacation in South Londonderry, Vermont. One October, when my son, Cameron, was about three years old, we drove from Pennsylvania to Vermont to see the fall foliage. Back in those days there was no internet or GPS, so I planned the entire route with road maps (remember those?). We stayed at the very charming Londonderry Inn. Unfortunately, we missed the colorful leaves by about a week—recent rains had stripped most of them from the trees.

    As anyone with small children knows, they always seem to get sick on vacations and holidays, but this time it was my turn. I came down with a bad cold shortly after we arrived and spent an entire day in bed while my son and his mother took a ride on an historic steam locomotive.

    But what I remember most about that trip was the excellent food at the Londonderry Inn. One of my favorite meals was Louisiana Oyster Steak (also called Carpetbag Steak). I liked this dish so much that I recreated it when we got home, without the benefit of a recipe. Now, of course, with the internet you can find just about any recipe, and there are some out there for this, but I’m going to share it here with you because it varies from those I’ve seen online.

    Louisiana Oyster Steak (serves 2)

    Ingredients

    Two 8-oz filet mignons

    3 tbsp butter, room temperature

    1/8 cup chopped onion

    1/2 cup fresh oysters (shucked) with their liquor*

    Dash cayenne powder

    Worcestershire sauce

    Kosher salt

    Black pepper

    Garlic powder

    Olive oil

    2 oz crumbled bleu cheese

    Directions

    1. Make a vertical incision in the side edge of each filet with a sharp knife and open up a pocket about three-quarters of the way into the meat and set aside.
    2. Melt 2 tbsp of the butter in a sauté pan and add onion. Cook over medium heat until onion is tender. Add the oysters and their liquor, salt and pepper to taste, and the cayenne powder. Sauté for one minute. Remove from heat and drain.
    3. Using a fork, open the pocket in the steaks and add the oysters. Secure pocket closed with a toothpick. Sprinkle filets with Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder, then drizzle with olive oil. Let them sit for a few minutes, then turn steaks over and repeat on the other side.
    4. Blend the bleu cheese and remaining 1 tbsp butter in a small bowl until creamy and set aside.
    5. Grill steaks over medium-high heat (I prefer to do this outdoors) to desired doneness. Equally divide the blue cheese mixture over the steaks and keep on grill another 30 seconds until butter melts.
    6. Remove toothpick before serving.

    *You can substitute one can of smoked oysters for the fresh oysters. Instead of sautéing them, just pour the onion/butter mixture over them and let cool before stuffing in the steak.

    This next recipe is from a dinner function my friend Mary went to in the late 1960s in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. The menu, complete with recipes, was provided to each attendee. She shared this recipe with me a few years ago, and it has become a family favorite for parties.

    Chicken Imperial (serves 12)

    Ingredients

    1/2 pint sour cream

    2 tbsp lemon juice

    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

    1 tsp celery salt

    1 tsp paprika

    1/2 tsp garlic salt

    1/2 tsp salt

    1/8 tsp pepper

    2 bags herbed stuffing mix

    6 skinned, boned chicken breasts, cut in half

    1/2 cup butter, melted

    Directions

    1. Mix first eight ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
    2. Open stuffing mix and transfer to a zip-lock bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the mix into fine crumbs. Empty onto a plate.
    3. Dip each piece of chicken into the liquid mixture, coating both sides, then into the stuffing crumbs on both sides. Roll up chicken and secure with a toothpick. Repeat for all pieces and place in a baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight (not necessary, but this allows the flavors to blend).
    4. Before baking, remove from refrigerator for 30 minutes. Pour melted butter over chicken.
    5. Bake uncovered in an oven preheated to 350°F for 1 hour.

    Do you have a favorite stuffed recipe you’d like to share? Send it to QVCInsider@QVC.com and I’ll post it in a future blog.

     

    Happy trails!

    Troy

    Editor, InsideQ magazine


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    CES is in Las Vegas, and is the largest Consumer Electronics Show of the year. It’s the time when everyone from Sony & Samsung to the smallest mom and pop inventor get a chance to show off the latest and greatest technology to 300 thousand retailers, manufacturers and media professionals. This year I was honored to attend along with Dan Wheeler and a dozen buyers, planers, directors & guests from of our huge electronics division at QVC.

    It would be impossible to pick just one highlight of the five days. The technology we saw was mind blowing. But I will give you an idea of some of the cool things we saw & an inside into what might be coming to QVC this year. It was a crazy five days of working hard and having fun. Think scenes like this all week. Dan Wheeler and one of our vendors and buyers playing a new cell phone game while out to dinner.

    The meeting is held for big electronic companies to splurge while showing off their latest technology. There are fancy dinners, big red carpets, and hours of gadget talk over cocktails.

    But it’s also a show that covers roughly 36 football fields and it so takes 10 plus hours of walking a day, for at least 4 days to get to it all. We worked our buns off in addition to having a ton of fun. The one saving grace for me was that I wore my Fit bit pedometer and got in between 18 and 26 thousands steps a day walking the show! So lets start there; fitness technology was huge at the show this year!

    Health trackers you wear on your wrist were everywhere else, including all the new colors and styles from Fit Bit.

    In that category were designer health trackers that looked like thousand dollar watches and did everything from track your steps and sleep cylces to answering your phone and checking your email.

       

     

    Also in the health & wellness arena were my buddies at Flex Belt, with their toned abs and a new fitness video that might make it our way sometime soon.

    It was a blast being with Dan Wheeler since he is also a big fitness buff so we loved all the cool new stuff we saw in that category, in addition we kept each other accountable in the gym every morning no matter how tired we were! I even did a couple 20 min spinning sessions for the 1st time in more than 5 years

    http://images-p.qvc.com/is/image/pic/co/9- spin.jpg

    Before infertility and babies I was a spin instructor and I forgot how much I love it! It all came back the second I saddled up, just like riding a bike. Ha!

    Back on the convention floor, I loved this cool bracelet that looks like one of those pretty leather wrap bracelets with a jewel on top. That jewel actually measures the sun exposure you are receiving and communicates data into your smart phone. As a skin cancer survivor, it is something I would wear daily!

    Sleep number had a new bed that also tracks your sleep time and quality of sleep with a customized pad in the mattress similar to what new parents put under their infants to prevent S.I.D.S

    In the kids arena I was excited to see kids and mommy technology all over the place. New tablets for kids, amazing baby monitors that link your smart phone and computer, baby jumpers that monitor vital signs, and my favorite; dozens of different kids watches and clip ons that track their activity, give them one touch dialing to get ahold of a parent and even GPS tracking!

    Portable power was everywhere, which was funny because with all the techies and their three devices each at the convention center, bandwidth was minimal and our phones were working over time to connect. So they ended up being dead by noon each day. Power in every form from bricks, to bags to stands that charged & played music and of course so much of the latest and greatest in the category came from our friends at Halo. Watch out for some great things coming from them in March.

    Dan & I saw one of our favorite Tv’s of the show on the 1st day, it was a 3d Tv, bigger than a movie screen, with the most amazing 3d we’ve ever seen. It nearly brought tears to my eyes, behind those attractive 3d glasses.

    4K TV's were all the talk. They provide a picture sharper than any full HD 1080p we have right now. Tv’s are thinner, more light weight, crisper and bigger than ever. One TV in full 3d actually allowed you and whomever was the in the room wearing the glasses, watch and hear two different channels at once. Think about that for a minute! Crazy. Curved Tv’s in Organic LED (OLED) were all the rage. They not only look cool, but they allow you a deeper image and a wider viewing area. Someone sitting nearly in line with the side of the TV can still see the picture.

    Also in the curved arena were curved phones. If you are like my husband (who fell on his rear and bent his phone) and you have cracked your phone, then you will love these new bendable smart phones from LG.

    Tablets were bigger & smaller & smarter & prettier & everywhere! I fell in love with a new tablet/laptop hybrid from LG & a cool Chromebook from Toshiba. We saw a computer you can hold in the palm of your hand. You just plug it in to any monitor and all the brains are right there.

    Everyone, and I mean everyone has headphones now, but how about a pair that keep you warm?

    We're talking headphones that are fashionable, small, & huge! Of the hundreds of players in the category we found out the leader is now Beats Audio with their amazing color, great sizes and impeccable sound. Expect to see something fun coming our way from this awesome brand.

    If wearing your schedule on your wrist or carrying it on your tablet isn’t enough, soon you will be able to see it on your bathroom mirror. This one from Toshiba had your daily steps, calories, & activity. It also gave you the weather and your schedule and it was nice – really – it gave you encouraging messages like “have a nice day.”

    The best day for Dan Wheeler was when we hit up the Gibson guitar tent and he got to play his way through the newest technology in music.

    For a former news girl and electronics junkie, every day was exciting and new but id have to say the best part for me was the two hours I got to spend one night seeing my best friend and her 8 day old baby.

    I was in the hospital room with her for her first, as she was with me, so not being their when this little guy was born broke both our hearts. I truly believe God knew we couldn’t be apart much longer, and he made this trip possible within days of her delivery. We both cried our eyes out but even a couple hours will make it possible to survive another few months without seeing her.

    I lived in Las Vegas for two years when I was with NBC news, so it's always like going home when I’m there. But, I will say this was the most fun I have had in all my visits to the desert. I can’t wait to get on air and show you everything we learned.

    Don’t forget you can see real time pictures and updates when I’m on trips like these and daily, by “like” ing me on Facebook www.facebook.com/kerstinlindquistqvc and on Twitter www.twitter.com/kerstinlindqvc

    Have a blessed day!!!

    Kerstin

     

                    


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    My Wire Fox Terrier, Rowdy, just informed me that it's WOOF! National Dress Up Your Pet Day! WOOF! Now, to be honest, only SOME of my pets are into being dressed up, and they LOVE every attention-getting minute of it! Rowdy asked if I'd share this fun photo from a recent Halloween Costume Parade at our local farm and feed store! Here are Rowdy, his mama Mae, his papa, Teddy, little Sweetie the Jack Russell, and my darling Eliza Jane in her poodle skirt! (Well, she IS a Cocka-Peeka-POO, after all!) PS: Yes, they did win a prize....for the cutest PACK!!

    Here are a few more of my favorites!

    Visit our QVC Facebook page and show us your fur-babies all dressed up!


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  • 01/14/14--13:57: Let it snow!
  • I hope all of you affected by the snow and ice storms that we have experienced lately are warm and safe. On a good note it certainly is beautiful! 

    The view from my living room window

    Testing the icy conditions

    I'm looking forward to my Taxco Traditions by Dominique Dinouart show on January 16th from 5-7pm. I will also be appearing on Global artisan shows on January 17th with my good buddy Peyton Kelly. It has been a while since I have shared some time with you so I am excited to bring you new designs. See the images below and for additional pictures of new visit my Dominique Dinouart Designs facebook page

    J289227

    This is a reversible necklace hand hammered on one side and highly polished on the other. I was definitely influenced by tribal cultures when I designed this piece. 

    J289228

    Once again my obsession with water is evident in the design of these earrings. They look like cascading waterfalls. 

    Of course I am bringing back some of your favorites. 

    J281668, J31081, J155126

    So please join me on January 16th and do give me a call.

     

    Peace and tranquility,

    Dominique







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    Hello, friends! I’ve had a busy day on-air, but I loved talking about all the amazing silver we have from UltraFine® right now. Don’t you just adore those pieces? I was also so happy to bring you a brand new epside of You’re Home with Jill last weekI hope you liked it!

    Now that I’ve got some free time, I wanted to pick back up where we left off with canvas DIY projects! This is a great time to take simple steps to reinvigorate your home décor—the holidays are over so your festive decorations are put away, which can sometimes leave your rooms looking a little plain. Plus, it’s cold outside and you’re spending more time indoors, so why not do a few little things to brighten up your rooms.

    I find that the dining room is often the hardest room to decorate. It’s not typically a room that’s filled with a lot of color or texture. You have your large wood table and chair, maybe a few side furniture pieces that are also wood, and probably a rug. It’s not like the bedroom or the living room where you can add pops of color with some new throw pillows or blankets. That’s why I love this Fabric on Canvas DIY project for the dining room.  Fabric-covered canvases add such nice texture to the room, and you can customize them to either match the wall color or to contrast it. If you don’t have any paint on your dining room walls, feel free to go bold with your fabric choices! Have fun with bright colors or decorative patterns, and the best part is—you can change the fabrics as home décor trends come and go or your personal tastes change.

    For my fabric-covered canvases, I chose two colors I love, orange and blue. I mixed plain fabrics with patterned to make the arrangement more visually interesting, and made sure the plain fabric had a little texture to make it a bit more elegant.  I think six square canvases work well, but feel free to change the number or shape of the boards for what works in your dining room. Once you decide on the quantity, you’re ready to get started.

    You’ll Need:

    Canvas boards

    Scissors

    Fabric, cut 3” larger than the perimeter of your boards

    Staple gun

    To Assemble:

    1.       Lay your fabric on a work surface, pattern-side down, and place the canvas on top, front-side down.

    2.       Grab one edge of the fabric and pull it to the wooden edge of the canvas board, making sure it’s tight but not too taught. Staple it a few times to secure.

    3.       Repeat with the remaining sides of the fabric.

    4.       Fold in the excess fabric at the corners, and staple to the wood.

    5.       Attach a wall hanger to the back of each canvas and arrange on your walls.

    There you go! Another totally customizable, inexpensive, and fun DIY project to enhance your walls.

    Now I’m off to relax at homecan’t wait to kick my shoes off and enjoy some quality family time. I hope you’re all doing the same!

    From my home to yours,

    Jill

     


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    Hi Kids! I'm thrilled to bring you what I seriously consider to be a staple item for you to add to your wardrobe. This quilted jacket is MAJOR, especially in this new, sort of denim jacket silhouette. It's exactly what my brand stands for. It gives a woman the chic, tailored, snappy look of a denim jacket coupled with the comfort of a cozy sweatshirt. The fabric is everything. And I know it's one you girls already love! This jacket has one of my favorite ideas – a geometric pattern that adds a sleekness to the silhouette. Also – COLOR, COLOR, COLOR my girls! I'm challenging all of you to take a risk and choose a color you've been scared to try – you won't be disappointed and you will look GORGEOUS. I promise this will become your go-to jacket for Spring. It's perfect for running errands during the day, taking the kids to and from school, and you'll still want to wear it for your date night that evening - the weight of it makes it incredibly versatile. I actually think you need to buy at least two – just so you can wear it ALL the time. I'm not kidding!

     

    You know I am OBSESSED with color and this, my girls, is a wonderfully colorful piece that you NEED! Join me today, January 20th – you won't want to miss it!

     

    -Isaac 

     


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    Cold weather is the perfect time for a rich, hot and creamy soup. This recipe can easily be altered to suit your taste buds by experimenting with different cheeses. Try a little Asiago for a bit of a bite, pepper jack to spice it up a bit or a tradional, cheddar. 

    Creamy Broccoli Soup

    • 1/4 cup chopped onions
    • 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
    • 2 cups milk
    • 8 oz. cubed cream cheese
    • dash of pepper
    • 3/4 lb cubed Velveeta cheese
    • 10 oz. chopped frozen broccoli, thawed

    Sautee the onions and butter on low to medium heat until the onions are tender.

    Add milk and cream cheese stirring until completely melted.

    Add remaining ingredients and heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally until all cheese is melted.

    Feel free to add additional milk if the soup is too thick. Serve with your favorite bread of crackers. Makes 5 1-cup servings. 

    Bon Appetit!

    Counting our blessings,
    Mary Beth Roe 


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    Cute shoes don’t have to be sky-high and painful, and a cushioned footbed doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the fashion towel. Sensible shoes are making a comeback! And if you thought you had to make a choice between “sensible” and “stylish” -- think again.

    The new TSV from Earth Origins is called Swirl! It’s a T-Strap Mary Jane. The suede upper, cut-out detail, and foot-flattering design is all about fashion. But the wellness-based construction provides foot comfort that will keep you feeling good no matter how long you’re on your feet.

    A “cute” pair of “good for you” shoes. I’d say that’s a little bit of Ginger AND Maryann! :-)

    I’ll see you for Leah Love’s Shoes later today at 4pm.

    Leah

     

    Is your shoe style more Ginger or Maryann?

    Here I am wearing the Earth Origins Swirl T-Strap Mary Janes.


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    Happy, Happy New Year everyone!

    My mother made me really laugh the other day when she said to me that she thought there were probably more ‘flavors’ of DreamJeannes then there are of ice-cream flavors!! Guess what? When you see what our amazing Design Team has in store for you in 2014 with DreamJeannes, my mother just might be right!

    Angel and I were invited to spend the day at our DreamJeannes design studio in New York City – and what a day it was! We had a full house with Susan, Kristy and our wonderful artist Diane, as well as our magnificent QVC Buying Team of Siobain and Kerri. Here’s a picture of our Assistant Buyer Kerri with the head of our Design Team, Susan, and the amazing Kristy in the studio!

    The objective of the day was to look at all of the new designs that our team had put together and then to select all of the items that we would be showing you for the first half of 2014. Let me tell you, I think you’re going to be VERY happy with what we have in store for you!! Here’s a sneak peek at SOME of the designs that we had to choose from – but I’m not promising that all of these were chosen – you’ll just have to wait and see!!! (And don’t tell anyone that I shared this with you – it’s top secret – and only for YOUR eyes!!!)

    The most amazing thing to me throughout the day was the HUGE number of color options!!!! I honestly had no idea there were so many colors under the sun!!! Here I am with a box of ‘purple’ colors. Look how many shades of purple alone there are!!!!

    And here’s a picture of Angel with some of the coral shaded options!!

    So how in the world does our Design Team narrow down so many Quack-Tabulous colors and choose the ones that will show up at QVC and in your closets??? Well, the first thing they do is something that Jeanne used to do every season, and that’s reading through all of the fashion magazines, cutting out pictures, reading fashion bloggers’ predictions, and keeping an eye on what’s on the runways throughout the world and then putting together a Color Trends Board. Here’s the one we have in our DreamJeannes studio:

    As you can see, later this year it’s all about beautiful botanical colors – think corals, yellows, blues & lapis and creamy shades of island-inspired colors!  (Who’s ready to join me at the beach?!?!)

    Once our team has a good sense of what they believe the color trends are going to be, they decide on the specific colors and will lay them all out something like this:

    And then they do another color board just for the DreamJeannes. Here’s an example of what those look like:

    Susan will then start looking at specific designs that we’re going to be bringing you, and then she will work with our Buyer, Siobain, to decide on what colors each item should come in. As you can imagine, that takes a little bit of time, but I think it’s the most fun part of the day because it really gives Angel and I a chance to see what we’ll soon be showing you on television! Here’s a picture of Susan with one of the possible new items choosing colors. (But shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone again that I’m showing you this – just pretend it’s a surprise if you see us show it on air later this year!)

    What a GREAT day it was! I really do think that you’re going to love the new items the team has designed for you! I also think that you’re going to love all of the new colors we’ll be introducing throughout year.

    So ladies, I want to know the following:

    What is your favorite style of DreamJeannes?!

    My mother’s personal favorite is the crop-length (A214655). Here she is wearing them with one of her favorite grommet tops (A95882):

    Mom has the crops in 5 colors. I think her favorite color is her newest pair, the gorgeous and very flattering turquoise ones. But as you can see from the picture above, she really does love her white ones!

    Speaking of colors, did you know that the original 5-Pocket Boot Cut DreamJeannes now come in 19 colors (A212894)?! How amazing is that?! Here are just a few of those colors:

    How many colors do you have in your Quacker collection?? And what colors would you like for our Design Team to add this year???

    Whatever your favorite is, I just know that you’re going to love all of the new DreamJeannes designs we have coming up for you. Our team is working hard to make sure this is YOUR year to shine!!! 

    Happy, Happy New Year again – I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be a Quack-Tabulous one!!!

    Quacker Hugs & Love From Across The Pond!

    Patrick

    xoxo

     

     

    Shop the complete Quacker Factory collection on QVC.com.


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    I wish Christmas could last forever. Not the day, but the lead up. The magic, the anticipation, the Christmas songs that play 24/7 on the radio, the Christmas ads with Santa, the wrapping (even tho I hate it) bc it's a sign something big is coming. And mostly, the hope. The extra patience or slightly boosted joy people have. The world is just kinder, softer I find, at Christmas. And yet the minute it hits midnight on 26th, it's yanked out from under you so quickly you get whiplash. Decorations come down, music stops, and in a flash, what you've spent months preparing for, is swiftly over. I find it unpleasant and jarring.

    My 2014 resolutions include:

    1. Workout regularly

    2. Be more patient

    3. Stop over scheduling

    4. Love me more

    That last one I think we all could do with a little more of. There's too much negative self talk. I do it too. These rezzies will be no easy task. Add discipline to that list.

    Joe and I will mark our 1st wedding anniversary on 4-13-13. (What's the 1st anniversary, paper?) A local Philly wedding magazine picked us, along w four other couples, to be featured in their Spring Philadelphia Weddings issue. What luck! How fun. I still can't believe I'm married. It's such a blessing in my life. Joe is the best part of me. :) hands down.

    So my niece Sloane who is 8yrs old was the true highlight of my holiday. (Btw she went bananas for her Berkshire blanket throws and her purple Polaroid instamatic) She is my heart. My shadow. I helped raise her that first year. Now 8 yrs later, dang if she doesn't say the darndest things. When asked what she would do with a bazillion dollars, she replied:

    1. Buy a trampoline bed

    2. But pixie dust so that I could fly

    3. Donate the rest to charity

    By the way I'm pretty sure she would want me to tell you that when she grows up, she wants to be...a babysitter. And at 8yrs old, she already has invented a word I love. Hilare. Short for, hilarious.

    In other news, a viewer named Stephanie R. of West Babylon, NY sent me something I want to share. She knows I collect ladybugs. These are three ladybug "Milagros" (miracles). I grew up partially in Mexico so Milagros are close to my heart. They carry your prayers of petition and gratitude to the saints and angels. Stephanie, your gift and letter touched me. Folks, what are your hopes and prayers for 2014?

    And finally...

    I WANT MORE SNOW!! bring it on, c'mon. This weekend, after setting record lows last week in Philly, it's supposed to be in the fifties. What gives! Wish I lived in ski town. Wish I worked the ski lift. No strike that. Wish I worked at the little fondue joint in town. All clad in log cabin wood and alpine Swiss miss accents. And I'd have a dog. And I'd wear my Chubaka fur boots and Pom Pom hats 24/7. And...Ok nuff dreaming. :)

    S


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  • 01/15/14--10:14: Meet Michael Graver!
  • Susan & Michael

    My son, Michael, has joined my team as Director Of Social Media to help make the connection with you, my loyal friends and fans! As you may know, connecting with women all over the world is one of my favorite parts of QVC. Yes, my passion is designing and going on air, but there is nothing more gratifying than the connection I make with you. Since most of my time is spent designing, styling, preparing, traveling, going on air, etc. It was time for help... Who better, than my own flesh and blood, could be an extension of who I am? No body knows me better and can get in touch with me 24/7 for help and advise. No worries, it will still be me reading your comments and responding! 

    Michael Working

    Michael is an incredible artist/musician in his own right. His graphic design work includes creating websites, brochures and even wine bottle labels! Michael has performed music in various NYC venues and composes music for film and video. He also engineered for top New York recording studios... How lucky for me!!

    Michael

    So, next time you click on a video or see a wonderful graphic design on my Facebook page, it's Michael's creativity that made it happen! Please help welcome Michael Graver to my team!

    Please join me for a special jewelry show this Thursday 1am ET and great fashion at 4am, 9am and 3pm ET!

    xoxo,

    Susan


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    We’d like to extend a happy and healthy new year from the HairMax family to yours.

    A new year brings new beginnings. After focusing on others for most of December, January gives us time to focus a little more on ourselves and think about what changes we can make to look and feel better. If you have been concerned about hereditary hair loss, let 2014 be the year you do something about it. And what better way to get started than with an exceptional Today's Special Value® offer this Saturday, January 18th?

    For the first time, we will offer our most advanced laser light hair growth device, the FDA-Cleared HairMax LaserComb Professional 12, plus a four-month supply of our new HairMax Minoxidil, an FDA-approved topical solution to help regrow hair.

    HairMax TSV The HairMax Professional 12 features 12 medical-grade lasers that gently bathe your scalp with laser light to stimulate hair follicles for hair growth. HairMax Minoxidil is offered in two formulas, 2% solution for women and 5% solution for men. Simply apply to the scalp first thing in the morning and before bed. Using the HairMax LaserComb and Minoxidil regularly, you may see results in just 16 weeks.

    Why use the two treatments together? In a survey of doctors that treat hereditary hair loss in men and women, 94% responded that they have recommended the combination treatment of the HairMax LaserComb and Minoxidil.

    This year, resolve to take control of hair loss. Be sure to watch us on Saturday, January 18, or check out QVC.com to learn how HairMax can help revitalize and restore your hair.

    Have a question about the HairMax LaserComb or HairMax Minoxidil? Post your questions below. And don't forget to tune in to QVC starting at midnight on 1/18 to learn more about this exciting TSV!


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    My Fashion friend is the "gentleman of 7th Ave," George Simonton. The first day we met we had an instant connection. I was scheduled to wear his crystal knit pants and I thought, "no way with these hips."  Put them on and could not believe how slimming they were!  In fact, I just bought another pair over the holidays. His "modern glamour" is such a joy to wear, and I love shopping for his fashions on QVC 

    Recently, I had the chance to visit George in New York City with my daughter, Cara. George is a professor at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology.

    We visited the classrooms where the students were designing collections.

    One of my favorite sweaters designed by George!

    But what stood out most of all, was the joy with which the students greeted "Professor Simonton."  And George treated every student with respect and admiration.  He truly is guiding the next generation of designers, and we are lucky! I count myself blessed to have a friend like George Simonton. 

    -Jane


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    Hi, foodies…

    As we make our way through the first month of the year, it’s always fun to look back and think about the highlights of last year. One of the best parts of my job is coming up with fun recipes that I think ya’ll will enjoy as much as I do, and 2013 was filled with so many that I was proud of. Your feedback is what helps me cook the types of dishes I know you love, so I’m hoping that you’ve taken a look at our Customer Favorites Survey. I can’t wait to see which recipe you crown as the winner!

    Today isn’t a regular blog day for me, but I’ve been seeing so many “top 10’s” on Pinterest that I wanted to make a special one for you. As you know, I post all of my recipes on my Pinterest boards, and we’ve come up with the ITKWD Top 10 Most Pinned Recipes of 2013. Let’s count down from 10…

    10. Ricotta & Mascarpone Cheesecake

    This recipe is so light & fluffy with a crispy cookie crust. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert & pairs perfectly with any fruit—try adding your favorite preserves on top for a tangy twist!

    9. David’s Frozen Coffee

    Looks like you foodies like starting the day off with something sweet and cold! This decadent drink was a real hit. If super sweet isn’t your thing, you can always skip the whipped cream and the chocolate drizzle.

    8. Frozen Summer Sangria

    I’m not surprised this one was so loved—not only is it cool and refreshing, it’s pretty too! If you can’t wait for summer to make this, there’s no harm in transporting yourself to a tropical state of mind now, during the colder months. If you can’t find the fresh fruit in your grocery store, frozen works just as well.

    7. Tamale Pie

    Great for any time of the year, this stick-to-your-ribs dish is perfect for your family’s Tex-Mex cravings! Plus, the canned ingredients make it a great spur-of-the-moment meal.

    6. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches 

    Almost-homemade strawberry ice cream made this a standout dessert option in 2013! These are so adorable and perfect for a kid’s party, a backyard BBQ, or just a Tuesday night.

    5. Ice Cream Bar Trifle

    What would you do for a… Klondike® bar trifle! This extravagant bowl of sweet is truly an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dessert. All your favorites, beautifully presented for a crowd.

    4. Deviled Egg Chicks

    I know exactly why these little deviled chicks made the top 5 in 2013—they’re an Easter snack that’s both cute and delicious!

    3. Eggplant Parmesan

    We’ve got a lot of Eggplant lovers out there! This number 3 most pinned recipe is so hearty and is loved by both vegetarian and meat eaters. It freezes well, and gets so much flavor from my homemade marinara sauce.

    2. Pasta Carbonara

    We all loved Divine Swine month in October, and this simple and classic Pasta Carbonara stole the show. It’s so easy to make and all of the ingredients are most likely in your house already. I’m so excited to see that my foodies love bacon as much as I do.

    And the number one most pinned recipe of 2013 is…

    1. Summer Broccoli Salad  

    Are you surprised? Who knew that this crunchy, green veggie would be so loved? The tangy, herbed dressing screams summertime, and of course—you can’t go wrong with bacon in a salad. This recipe was so popular that it was pinned almost twice as many times as the #2 pin! Though great for a picnic or BBQ, this would make a nice Easter side dish as well.

    So, those were the shining stars of Pinterest last year. It was so fun to go back and look at all the good food we ate together! Did you re-pin any of these tasty treats?

    Thank you for making 2013 incredible—and I can’t wait to see what tops the list in 2014!

    Keep it Flavorful!

    David

     


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