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    Meg Flather

    Well, that's a very good thing after the winter we all had, right? Man, oh, man! But with the sun comes new skin challenges. As someone who was late to the sun-protection party, I can share your hesitation when it comes to incorporating SPF into your daily lives. I remember many years ago a mentor of mine used to say, “Meg, if you need sunglasses, you need sun protection.” But it would take me over 25 years to truly listen to her (sorry, dear Betty).

    I think my hesitation was because, back in the day, SPF products felt too heavy on my skin. They smelled a little funny. I worried about breaking out. And, the SPF products never really blended in with the other color cosmetics I loved to wear. Raise your hands if you can relate to this!

    Well, thank you, StriVectin, for solving another problem. Our Advanced Retinol Day Treatment totally rocks, because it gives you broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, dries to a velvety finish, and there's no “sunblock” odor. It helps brighten tired skin and moisturizes all day long (drum roll please), while helping to improve signs of skin aging. The majority of women in a perception study said they saw improvement in skin youthfulness, smoothness, imperfections, tone, firmness, and the look of lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.

    This is because our science team successfully brought retinol and patented NIA-114 together for the Day Treatment, along with SPF 30. And if you want to keep going StriVectin style, after applying your Advanced Retinol Day Treatment, layer on our new CC Advanced Anti-Aging Face Tint with SPF 30. It provides natural-looking coverage while giving you even more skin benefits.

    But honestly, what matters is your opinion and what you experience. Tell me what helps you feel fresh, young, and protected during this sunny season. I always look forward to learning from you. That means you too, dear mentor, Betty!

    Thanks again for reading, my Stri-Women—lots of love!

    —Meg Flather


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    So - our summer Walk In Your Shoes mini series continues and last week was a special birthday edition with the fabulous Sally Combs - who celebrated her 50th birthday with us! I'm sharing the photos of such a fun night. We have her vacation photos AND her birthday photos in case you missed them. Enjoy!

    Sally, little Viggo and hubby Mark.

    Sally's sisters, Leigh and Marna and her mom, Martha.

    Sally's little guy it 3!

     Awwwww

    Sally trying on her mama's nightie.

    Christine, Amy and Leilani wishing Sally a happy birthday!

    Beautiful gals of our shoe family!

    You know we just had to do the "Sally kick!"

    Yes, it was as delicious as it looks.

    Talk about being Fabulous at Fifty! Happy Birthday beautiful lady!!

    Tune in next Thursday to Shoe Shopping with Jane to see who from our shoe family is featured next! 

    -Jane


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    Hi my friends,

    Do you remember career day when you were a little kid in elementary school?  Parents would come in and share what their job was, almost like a day of show and tell.  I remember when the teacher would ask the kids in my class what they wanted to be when they grew up, most of the kids quite often would answer the profession of their mom or dad.  While most of my friends wanted to be fire fighters, doctors, or athletes like their dads, I remember just wanting to be like my dad, not a PHD chemical engineer, but just to be a dad. Last year, on June 5th, my dreams came true with the birth of my first child… Olive Madonna Grimes, our little OMG.  (My mom’s baptism name is Madonna).

    1973: my mom and dad coming home from the hospital with me. (Look at my mom working that Beehive). 

    Being a Dad has been a life-long dream of mine since I can remember.  I was blessed with an amazing set of parents; one where my mom was able to stay at home with the 5 kids while my father went to work. My dad always made it a priority to be hands on.  He coached all of our little league teams, reviewed homework with us each night (painful for those of us who didn’t like math), and on weekends would load up our old Volkswagen van after our little leagues and spend the day at the beach with us.  My childhood memories were a combination of Mark Twain adventures along with the family hilarities of the Griswalds. 

    My Dad & I when I was around 8 years old.

    Can you spot me in this family photo?  My Grandma up front is now 101 years old

    I told you we were the local Griswald family, here’s my mom on the left with one of her best friends dressed for Thanksgiving… you should see our other holiday pics…

    Here my family is when we went to visit my oldest brother who was living in Europe…. I promise you it was just like ‘European Vacation’…would you look at all of our faces… looks like we saw a ghost.. I still laugh at this photo…

    Of course my dad had a karaoke machine, what would Christmas be without him attempting to sing…. 

    When I think about it, not much has changed since my childhood adventures.  My Mark Twain adventures are now JAI jewelry explorations.  The opportunity to travel throughout S.E Asia and experience the daily lives of the artisan has introduced me to a whole new world of adventure and family traditions.  The parent’s Griswald style holidays of the past that I grew up (and still happen today) are now happening with my own family.  Poor Olive…..

    My dad actually won a ‘Father of the Year’ contest that we entered him in which he had no idea about….my oldest brother and mom are not pictured as they were traveling together

    I don’t know about father of the year, but she will laugh a lot….

    This Father’s day, I wanted to share not only my dream of becoming a dad with each of you, but also my inspiration… my Dad.  He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his sister and parents.  He grew up in a very strict household and in a time where I think kids were seen but not heard if you know what I mean.  My Dad had a great relationship with his parents and shared an enormous amount of love and respect for them. My Grandfather passed when I was just 2 years old, but when I ask my Dad about him, he tells me what a kind, gentle man he was.  The words he uses to describe him are much the same that   I use to describe my dad. 

    Here’s my dad in his teenage years, a shame you can’t see his pretty blues….

    My dad has always been a man of principle who taught me by example.  He was and still is one of the most intelligent and caring men I have ever met.  As I start down my path of fatherhood, I hope to be the same example of love and guidance to Olive that my father was and continues to be with me.  

    My dad and I at my college graduation from University of Florida… yes, I used to have lots of hair… ha ha

    My dad with Olive

    I want to wish my Dad along with all the other Dads out there (biological or chosen) a big Happy Father’s Day.  Please enjoy each other this weekend and for many more to come.

    Safe Travels /\ Scott












     


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    Weekend Recap:

    Hello PM Stylers!  How are you?  As I write this, my Dad and I are watching the movie Captain Ron and I think Sport is very close to start planning his Caribbean Vacation.  Gotta love those summer movies :) 

    Sport and I had the best weekend.  Thanks to our friends in the QVC Kitchen, we came across a new, lighter version of a milkshake called the No-Guilt Nutella Swirl… It’s so delicious!  You can find the recipe on my Togather page.  Next up, we hit up our favorite chain seafood joint (we really like the commercials, ha!) and ate until we had to roll ourselves out of there! 

    Towards the end of the weekend, we picked up my very handsome and recovering fiancé from the Airport.  Good News… Aaron made it back alive, had a great time, and couldn’t tell me all that happened, but he was very glad to be home!  He’s got a great group of friends and I’m so glad they all traveled so far to help him celebrate his last days of being single. Can’t wait for mine in VEGAS… as they say, “What happens in Vegas…”

     

    Beauty Obsession: Mally 5-piece BB Brightening and Beyond Collection, A235431

    I think it’s always nice to take a refreshing break from the normal makeup routine during the summer months.  Just because you take a break though, doesn’t mean you still can’t get full coverage, beautiful color, that’s fast and quick!

    Before:

    Start with the BB Cream- Why do I love Mally’s BB Cream?  It’s the best of both worlds… it’s a BB cream that provides coverage that you would have to look for in a foundation.  BB cream was created to be your one stop-shop after washing your face.  It’s your moisturizer, your SPF, skin treatment, and your foundation.  My favorite part about this BB Cream is that it makes your skin look poreless… SCORE! It also absorbs in like a moisturizer rather than a foundation which is a huge win!

    Next highlight and open those eyes!  Go for the illuminating cream that’s going to grab so much light and highlight your best features.  I applied over and under my eyes, above my brow, down the center of my nose, and the smile lines. 

    Add just a little bit of flush- you know like you've got perfect sun kissed cheeks…

    Finish off with your own mascara (or not!), brows, and or lip balm. 

    Summer Looks have never been as good for you or looked as good on you as with this kit.  It’s an easy 3 minute routine with BIG payoffs that gives you confident natural, glowing skin. 

    What do you think?!

    PM Style

    How awesome was our Vicenza Style event?!  Did you get anything good? I decided to get a little pretty, since Aaron was out of town, and I opted to go for the Bronzo Italia Horizontal Anchor Adjustable Necklace, J293354.  Since Lisa will be flying home from Vicenza, Sandra and I will be taking over PM Style… woohoo!  It’s going to be all about refreshing summer style.  Here’s a little sneak peak in case you can’t wait :)

     

    Susan Graver Lace Cardigan, A254450

    Susan Graver Chevron Top, A240042

    Susan Graver Cutout Top, A255339

    B. Mak Ella Tote, A255329

    See you soon!

    XO,CC


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  • 06/16/14--13:30: Happy Summer!!
  • As we reach the official start of summer, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with you on QVC!  I’m reviewing the product line-up today, which always gets me pumped up!!!  I’ve been busy designing for February 2015, so it is exciting to reconnect with my June designs. I had forgotten how fun, fresh, and colorful these pieces are! 

    It wouldn’t be summer without Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and there are some very special new pieces coming up. And for all of those summer special occasions, there’s a collection with a fresh take on pearls.  For you sterling silver purists, a new all-silver collection. And throughput the shows, we’ll be celebrating summer with lots of gemstone color!

    I look forward to spending time with my QVC family of hosts, models, and producers, and YOU on June 19th from 1:00-3:00pm and 8:00-10:00pm, and on June 20th from 11:00am to noon, and 6:00-8:00pm.  That’s seven hours of pure fun! And please join our Facebook team for a Live Chat during the two evening shows, where you’ll be a part of a spirited community of jewelry lovers and have a chance to win some prizes!  And there’s another great reason to join us on Facebook. You’re invited to enter a Sweepstakes to win my new Coronation bracelet. If you win, you’ll be the first to own this premiere piece!

    I hope you’ll join us!

    Love,

    Carolyn


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    Hello, foodies…

    I just LOVE it when we hit a home run with one of our recipes!! Last week I introduced you to our S’more Dirt Cake and all you foodies with a sweet tooth got REALLY happy. That recipe has trumped everything else we’ve ever made on In the Kitchen with David. It has more blog views, more Facebook likes, more shares, more EVERYTHING. I’m so happy you loved it and I can’t wait to show you today’s recipe. It’s another simple, but incredibly delicious recipe: Key Lime Cheesecake Milk Shakes!

    Key Lime Cheesecake Milk Shakes

    Ingredients:

    • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup fresh Key lime juice
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 4 full graham crackers, broken into pieces
    • 4 lime slices, for garnish

    Preparation:

    1. Place the ice cream, cream cheese, key lime juice, milk, and graham crackers into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the drink into glasses and garnish each with a lime slice.

     

    Key Lime Cheesecake Milk Shakes

     

    Key Lime Cheesecake Milk Shakes

     

    Key Lime Cheesecake Milk Shakes

     

    This recipe is prepared using the Vitamix Creations II 48-oz 12-in-1 Variable Speed Blender (K38242).

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

    Foodies, this shake will NOT make you mad. It’s just like you’re eating key lime pie, only in drink-form. And dare I say…it’s better than key lime pie? I will....because it can be ready in 30 seconds. This has made my summer complete and I know you’re just going to love it.

    Speaking of food-love, we’ve got an incredible Cookbook Corner® guest joining us this Wednesday...a VERY special lady named Bea Toms. In March of this year, Bea celebrated her 100th birthday. Let me say that again. SHE IS 100 YEARS OLD! Bea has spent her life cooking and baking Southern comfort foods and her cuisine is legendary across the state of Virginia—and beyond. She has joined us on QVC in the past and I’m thrilled to welcome Bea, herself, back to In the Kitchen with David this Wednesday with two books, Bea Toms Recipes From a Country Cook and Homeward Bound.

    Recipes from a Country Cook

    Since our minds are on sweet treats, tell me for today's blog question, what are your favorite summer sweets? Do you love water ice? Milk shakes? S’mores? A berry pie or crumble? I’ll see you Wednesday for a 3-hour ITKWD! It’s QVC’s Your Summer Kitchen event with some great special offers on your favorite tools and appliances. See you at 8pm ET.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    Dear Pet Loving Friends -

    It's time to showcase another of our precious fur kids! THIS month, we've decided to feature one of our kitty girls....and her name is Libby. Libby is the only one of our dear kitties who has a "pedigree" and she certainly knows it!!  She had a very special story.....  You see, Libby was born on THE 9/11.....September 11th, 2001. (We also have a very special nephew born on that same day). Libby  was born on that fateful morning. and was originally named Justice by her first family. We were actually searching around online for a cat to adopt for my parents, when we stumbled upon a photo of this little fluff ball with the special birthday and the patriotic name. As it turned out, my parents decided instead upon a Ragdoll kitten, so we decided to make Libby our own.

    Well, in the 12 years that have followed, little miss Libby ....(we added to her name, so that her full name became Liberty Ann Justice...Libby for short) has become the Princess of our little "zoo".  She insists upon having her own eating and drinking bowls, insists upon daily brushings, insists upon sharing mom's coffee creamer, insists upon having her own special kitty bed and her own spot on the bookshelf and her own windowsill. She loves my husband and I...but "merely tolerates" the other pets. You see, we had a white Persian cat named Mischa, whom we lost a few years back to cancer, and he was Libby's great pal. But since then, she's a PURR-fectly regal loner....gazing upon her housemates from a distance, but always ready to snuggle with mom and dad. We adore her right back, and love that we have two special 9/11 birthdays in our family...my nephew, John Logan AND Miss Princess Libby.  Here are her "stats":

     

    Name: Liberty Ann Justice  (Libby for short)

    Birthday:  September 11, 2001

    Breed: Dilute Calico Persian

    Sex:  Princess! (I mean, female)

    Favorite food:  Fancy Feast in the Shiny Green Cans! (I can tell when mom tries to give me the stuff from a can of a different color....May I just say, YUCK!!)

    Favorite Spot....Anyplace perched "above the throngs of commoners" in this pet kingdom!

    Pet I WILL tolerate:  Now that my buddy Mischa went someplace called Rainbow Bridge, I suppose I like Eliza Jane, even though she IS  (ahem)  a DOG.

    Favorite PastTime:  Pretending to groom myself AGAIN, while waiting ever so patiently for mom to brush me!!

    PS: I actually LIKE going to the groomer (aka Kitty Spa) occasionally and getting pampered!!

    Favorite Treat:  Sharing Mom's Coffee Creamer in the morning! (I make SURE she doesn't forget to give me some!!)

    Favorite Q product:  A MYPILLOW pet bed ALL to myself!! 

     


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  • 06/17/14--06:29: My Dad, My Rock
  • Good morning my LCNY fashionistas,

    Summer is almost officially here. Sarah and Bryan were married on June 21 last year, the first day of summer, so I have a wonderful reminder. The Davies clan has gotten through the craziest busiest spring ever, I dare say. Meg and Matt are now married, Kevin is officially a high school graduate, and their mother has finally settled into summer living. That means outdoor grilling, visiting friends, and trying to sneak some time in at the pool for a bit of vitamin D therapy.....a little color.

    This past weekend was Father's Day. A tough one in our house. Each of our children dealt with it in their own way. They texted each other throughout the day of funny memories they had of Larry. I told them that they should each do something that they knew he liked and did with him that way they would feel close. It worked; it was a day of celebration of life. He would have loved that. I had a lovely Father's Day dinner with my dad at my brother's house. My Dad is Bruce Peter, age 82 and full of life and energy. My Mom and Dad will be married 60 years next February.....he is a character. He enjoys life to the fullest each day and is a friend to all. He is a tough guy with a hearty laugh, but yet gentle enough to know he has your back.

    When I was in seventh grade I was invited to a party. All the girls were going to be wearing makeup but me. He took me to the store and I bought my first lipstick, it was coral. He told me I looked beautiful, need I say more. My Dad gives great advice. He always wants me to get to the end of my story quicker than I can, but his advice is immeasurable. He has always been there...through good and bad, solid like a rock. He took the loss of his son in law pretty bad, trying to be brave for all of us but many a tear flowed. My children and I have great comfort in knowing that he, my dad; their POPOP is only a phone call away. He is our ROCK. We reach out a lot, he is solid.

    A friend called me on Father's Day and wished me happy FATHER'S DAY. At first I was taken aback, and he said I am proud of the way you are wearing both hats. You have been there for your children as a Mom and Dad. You are their ROCK. I have learned from a great one.....my own. All my love Dad.....I am one lucky girl.

    Join Nancy and I for a full hour of LCNY on Wednesday, from 9 to 10 am. MBR is celebrating her son's graduation and being the wonderful Mom that she is. See you soon.


    Linda


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  • 06/17/14--07:59: 15 Picnic-Perfect Recipes
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  • 06/17/14--09:17: "The Shawnee K Expression"
  • Time for Ms. Shawn’s 5-week haircut with Maria McCool of Calista Tools.

    3 sections are used for the “Shawnee K Expression” (as dubbed by Maria)

    Section 1 starts in the back nape which is sectioned ear to ear.

    Hair is held vertically and cut with a razor at one inch length from scalp.

    Section 2 is at the skull ridge from temple to temple.

    Still using vertical sections, start on the sides and cut hair 1.5” length and 2” in the back connecting it to the nape area.

    Continue with horizontal sections to the part on both sides using the razor to create texture and release any bulk on top.

    Section 3 is the top. Zig zag the part and pull entire bang to the left and cut on an angle to the right.

    Maria applies Expand from Calista Tools and then Shawn dries it herself to make sure the cut works perfectly for her.

    Last minute touches to be sure it is perfect…

    and Voila!! The “Shawnee K Expression”!!

     


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    Hi, everyone!

    It’s Pool Party time tomorrow on You’re Home with Jill! My kids love to swim—in fact, did you check out my Facebook page earlier? My family escaped for a quick trip down to the beach and my son Trevor and his best friend were in the ocean ALL DAY. It was their first official day of summer and I felt like a kid again just watching them.

    Fellow Philadelphians, we're pretty lucky—the Jersey shore is so close! But we're in the minority...I know lots of you are hours away from the nearest beach, which is why a Pool Party makes sense for everyone. On Friday I showed you a fun decorating idea using drink umbrellas! And today, my good friend Laura Geller and I will show you how to make a great party recipe: my Easy Cheesy Corn Dip.

    Easy Cheesy Corn Dip....

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cans Mexicorn
    • 2 (8-oz) blocks pepper jack cheese
    • 2 cups mayonnaise
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is always best, but canned is fine, too)
    • Scooped corn or tortilla chips (for serving)

    Easy Cheesy Corn Dip

    Preparation:

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon the mixture into a large casserole dish and bake for about 25 minutes.

    Easy Cheesy Corn Dip

    Two quick tips—I’ve found “Mexicorn” in two places at the grocery store: the canned veggie aisle and the ethnic foods aisle. It may have a slightly different name, so just look for corn with red peppers. And two, be sure to get the scooped or curved chips…this is a heaver dip, and you need that spoon-like shape to help you get all those wonderful ingredients in one bite.

    So that’s one recipe Laura and I are making tomorrow on You’re Home with Jill. Here’s another…White Bean Hummus!

    White Bean Hummus

    I'll share the recipe on the show tomorrow...it's on at Midnight ET and all day tomorrow on QVC.com. If you’re lucky enough to get QVC PLUS®, you can watch at 7pm ET.

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill  


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    On August 27, 2014, it will be my nine-year anniversary with QVC. Thank you all so much for believing in WEN and evolving with Team WEN and me. As a result of your love and support, we're growing each and every day, developing new ideas to help get your most beautiful hair, scalp, and skin.

     

    As you may be aware, over the past couple of years we've grown—both in the U.S. & internationally—with QVC, and there are far more shows needed than I can host alone. That's why I know it's time to bring you a new on-air WEN host to further educate and fill in on occasion. I've been searching for a representative who knows WEN, breathes WEN, and LOVES WEN—and my search led me to Gina Gannon. Gina is ultra-passionate about WEN and uses the products religiously. She grew up in the QVC area, is a Pennsylvania native, and has been a beauty girl since day one. Growing up around all things beauty with her mother, who's a hair stylist, Gina was exposed to the damage caused by using curling irons, flat irons, and other heating tools, not to mention the plethora of hair products she's come across throughout her years in the entertainment industry. It wasn’t until her mother introduced her to WEN that she realized how easy it was to attain beautiful, healthy-looking, shiny, manageable hair.

     

    Gina is a WEN girl who has learned about the WEN lifestyle directly from my team and me. She understands the importance and benefits gained from cleansing, rinsing, and repeating, as well as the philosophies behind the styling and treatment products that give you your best hair. Gina is excited about teaching you everything she's learned from Team WEN, and she looks forward to sharing her stories, tips, and tricks with you. I hope you embrace her as much as we have. Gina feels blessed to have found her dream job and to have followed her passion to Team WEN.

     

    What would be your dream job?

     

     

     

    —Chaz Dean


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  • 06/17/14--14:43: Alzheimer's, My Mom + Me
  • This week I'm preparing for our family vacation next week - but this trip is going to be bittersweet.

     

    We're first headed to Alaska where my mom now lives in a home that specializes in the care of those with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.  My mother is now transitioning into Alzheimer's.  Some days she recognizes my sister, nieces and their families - some days she doesn't.

     

    I've been trying to prepare my 7 year old daughter Theresa --- Explaining that her Grandma Connie may remember her one day and not the next - but that she loves her very much.  Theresa reassures me that she understands and that Grandma could be fine --- but that she'll pray for her to be healthy.   It melts my heart.   I know that at 7 years old - she doesn't understand this completely.  How do I explain my moms condition to her - so she's truly prepared?

     

    I'm actually nervous to see how just how much has changed with my mom since seeing her last summer.  I'm sad and happy to see her - but I knew we needed to get to get before she gets worse - and create memories with Theresa.

     

    A little background on my mom ... she was tough ... really tough growing up. She'd never smile for a photo, would take 3 hours to get ready to even go to the grocery store --- and she'd be furious to know that she'd be in the condition she is now.

     

    With that said...this illness has made my mom sweet, innocent, happy and she smiles for photos all the time.  It's been a complete transformation...but occasionally the mom we knew sneaks out in her personality.   

     

    My sister Beverly is a true Super Hero.  She had been taking care of my mom for the last few years.  (Mom is also a Diabetic, in Heart Failure and now Kidney Failure.)  During that time my Brother in Law became ill - and my sister had been caring for both of them  (and honestly, neglecting her own health.). As my brother in law's condition became more serious and my mom's health declined - the only option was to place her in a skilled home to care for her around the clock.  Her residency was changed from New Mexico to Alaska - so luckily she was accepted right away.  We discussed her coming to Pennsylvania or Florida (where my sister lives in the winter) - but there were large waiting lists and she wouldn't be a state resident.

     

    I can't wait to see the place where my mom lives.  It's a private home with just a few residents.  My sister worked with Alzheimer's patients before and knew the woman who started this home.  My mom loves it there.

     

    My sister, nieces and their children go to visit - and take my mom to art classes - that apparently she loves (she NEVER would have done art before!)!  The health care providers love her and say she's always happy.  However, she can't leave the house as much because it takes her days to readjust.  She occasionally thinks she's back home in Albuquerque and asks to get back to her room before it's too dark outside.

     

    She's also starting to have issues with "Sundowning".  It's a term that after looking it up - really saddened me.  Definition: "The term "sundowning" refers to a state of confusion at the end of the day and into the night. Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. Sundowning can also lead to pacing or wandering."

     

    I also worry if Alzheimer's Disease is in my future - and if my daughter will be going through this with me when I'm older OR if she'll have this disease.  We don't know if my grandparents would have had it - unfortunately both died from accidents.  Or if it started from a bad fall my mom had (she blacked out and went face first into her cement sidewalk.).

     

    The good news is that we'll be spending our 10th Wedding Anniversary with my mom and family.  Eating New Mexican food - and spending quality time together.  Then we head to Hawaii to reunite with my old staff friends from when I lived there. It will be Jim & Theresa's first trip there and my first return in 14 years - very excited.

     

    Thank you for any advice you may have for me - and my daughter - and my family!

     

    Best wishes and blessings,

    Jacque :)

     

    You can always find me on my Facebook page directly at www.facebook.com/jacqueqvc (since I cannot reply directly on this blog!) 


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    I don’t know about you, but if someone asked me to describe modern life in three words, I would say Busy (REALLY busy), Exhausting, and Complicated! I find that, at almost 50 years old, the “complicated” part has to do with all of this “technology” that is supposed to make my life easier. Really, passwords, account names, applications, and a constant stream of updates and downloads doesn’t translate to “easy” for me. As a hairdresser, I’m very hands on, and I love the one-on-one, face-to-face connection that I have with my clients. To me, this is simplicity at its best. You sit down, we talk about everything, you leave feeling great about yourself, I feel good that you feel good—simple!

    I feel that when clients think about blow drying their hair, they remember how much time that it used to take to get their hair to look great. For most of us, that meant 30-60 minutes in our bathroom—blow drying, sweating, and struggling to get our hair to look like we wanted. As life got busier, as we went back to school, got jobs, had kids, and fully immersed ourselves in technology and modern life, time became a commodity and we realized that in order to get everything done in our day, something had to give. For most of us, it was the 45 minutes we spent on our hair each morning!As someone who truly understands the power of a great hair day AND how complicated our lives are getting, I look for ways to simplify as much as I can.

    On Tuesday, June 24th, I will be presenting my #1 way to simplify your mornings and simplify your beauty routine. I am so excited to share my professional tips & tricks from almost 30 years in this industry—so that you can look your best every day and not have to spend hours in the bathroom! Along with QVC & T3, I can’t wait to introduce you to the award-winning, ground breaking technology that is the T3 Featherweight 2. This is a dryer that has been engineered with professional strength power, the lightest weight I’ve ever felt from a dryer, and a long life motor that has been scientifically engineered to last. And the best part is, the T3 Featherweight 2 is proven to deliver healthy, beautiful hair in record styling times!

    It’s simple really. You can choose from two beautiful colors (Sleek Black or Chic White, both with stunning gold accents), and enjoy a never-before-seen value price (Thanks QVC!) on this must-have dryer. Make this the simplest choice of your year. I’m telling everyone I know to tune in for some great hair styling tips, and the best deal that I have ever seen on this 2014 QVC Customer Choice Award and Total Beauty Award winner for Best Blowdryer! I can’t wait to have a one-on-one, face-to-face connection with you on the 24th! Post any questions you have about the T3 Featherweight 2 and we’ll answer them throughout the day!

    Simply,

    Dan Sharp

    T3 Lead Stylist


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    Crunchy Green Pea Salad

    • 10 oz. frozen peas
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 1 cup cauliflower flowerettes
    • 1 cup crisp-cooked, crumbled bacon
    • 1 cup roasted cashews
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 diced green onion (scallion)
    • 1/4 cup sliced pimento
    • 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Salad dressing OR 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing mix
    • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
    Place frozen peas in a colander and rinse with tepid water. Set aside.
    In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, salad dressing, mustard and garlic, blending well. 
    Place the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl: celery, cauliflower, green onions, pimento, cashews, bacon and peas. Spoon salad mixture into large mixing bowl with veggies and stir gently. Transfer to a smaller bowl and serve or for best results, refrigerate overnight. 

     

     

     


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  • 06/18/14--10:55: What It Means To Be "Dad"
  • Parenting. As anyone with kids knows, it’s a challenge for those who work a “normal” 9-to-5-type schedule. When it comes to my schedule there is no such thing as a typical day. My schedule is ever changing and the hours are often very odd, and then you through in the TONS of tournaments, practices, and games that my sons Nick, 15, and Josh, 13, are involved with. For example – this summer Josh is playing on FOUR baseball teams, while Nick is on THREE basketball teams, and sometimes it feels like we have no idea how we will juggle all of it.

    Somehow, some way my wife and I always seem to get our sons to every practice and to every game, because that’s what parents do. I’ve had this kind of dedication to my family ingrained in me thanks to my father, Les, a Gunner’s Mate First Class in the U.S.S. Boise during World War II. I speak about my father with great pride and recall of the war stories and values that he instilled in me. I can only hope to pass these same values onto Nick and Josh.

    This Father’s Day I’m grateful for the extraordinary blessing of having had a great dad, and a great mom, as well. They were married for 61 years! He was an incredible guy, and he just had a tremendous amount of integrity. He was hard working and he is certainly my hero.

    With that said, I’ve dedicated myself to being a hands-on Dad, involved with coaching my sons, rooting for them from the bleachers, and just being there for them – values undoubtedly passed down from my Dad.

    While Amy and I enjoy our son’s involvement in sports as it’s a fun and exciting environment to be part of, we’ve also made it clear to them that it is always their decision to keep playing or not. If the sports stopped now, and they wanted to get into anything else, we’d support them 110%.

    While the boys both literally and figuratively grow up (Nick is now 6'3", Josh 5'10"), there are certainly things I miss about the days when they were small enough to sit on my lap. I miss lying in bed and reading to them, tucking them in at night, teaching them how to ride a bike, showing them how to swing a bat, how to play basketball… I definitely miss all of those things. In exchange though, I’ve found that that I’m learning even more from Josh and Nick. Now I get man-to-man talks… I even get advice from them! Amy and I are actually even getting appreciation from them now, as they recognize the fact that we spent a lot of time with them and they know that we’re there.

    So while I reminisce about the fun routines and the milestones that come with having young children, I also look ahead and adjust my parenting philosophy accordingly. I think it’s our job to love them for who they are, to give them the tools to help them be young men, and then let them fly away.

    One thing is for certain, I don’t take a moment of my life as a dad for granted. Being a father is one thing I cherish and value above all else. Fatherhood has been the most rewarding experience of my life, being part of coaching and guiding them. And when all’s said and done, the thing I’m most proud of is that they’re good kids!

     

     

     


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    Hello, everyone!!!

    Who’s ready to sparkle and shine with Angel, Albany and me today at 4pm ET?!

    Speaking of sparkle and shine – how much are you LOVING our Today’s Special Value – Quacker Factory DreamJeannes Super Sparkle Pedal Pushers?!

    My favorite part, besides the new super sparkle rhinestones at the hem, is that our incredible design team even gave the diamante heart on the coin pocket a special ‘facelift’ with the addition of coloured stones – how Quack-Tabulous is that?!

    Can you believe that it was almost 4 years ago that Jeanne Bice first brought the world DreamJeannes with her groundbreaking and crowd loving 5-Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants?

    I know that she would be SO proud of our team for bringing you so many wonderful items in her DreamJeannes material - straight leg pants, capris, shorts, skorts, skirts, jackets – even vests!! 

    My question for you today is:

    “What is it that you LOVE so much about DreamJeannes?!”

    Is it the comfort, the flexibility, the colours, the way it washes, the way it keeps its shape – what is it that you love, love, love?!

    I’ll be chatting with you right here on this blog today, June 20th, for TWO whole hours starting at 4pm ET!!

    So make sure to join me here as I’ll be reading some of your answers to my question on air!

     

    Here’s the schedule for the rest of our Super Sparkle ‘Special’ Day on QVC:

    Midnight -1am ET – Angel & Jacque will start the day off – make sure to join them while all sizes and colors are still available!

    3am - 6pm ET – I’ll be with Stacey for THREE hours – and you can bet I’ll have some Clearance Priced items with me!

    9am – 10am ET – Angel & Sandra will be help you bring in the bling on this beautiful day!


    See you all at 4pm!!!

     

    Quacker Hugs & Love,

    Patrick Hoy

     

     

    To see ALL of the DreamJeanne items currently available and in stock, click on this link:  http://qvc.co/-Shop-DreamJeannes

     

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