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  • 07/10/14--10:05: Finding Balance with TULA
  • One of the greatest things about being a host at the Q is getting introduced to new and exciting ideas before they can be seen anywhere else.  Such was the case when I met Dr. Roshini Rajapaska (Dr. Raj) and experienced her new skincare line called TULA.  You might already know Dr. Raj because of her appearances on The TODAY Show, Dr. Oz, Katie Curic, etc etc etc … the list goes on and on (and on and on...).  She is a leader in her field and a recognized guru when it comes to seeing beauty with an “inside-out” approach.  She is also super friendly and has gorgeous skin…so when we met, the angels were singing and the sun rays were shining. :)

    TULA is a collection of four skincare products that promise to bring balance to the skin via a new approach.  Their key ingredient is a proprietary blend of Probiotics.  That’s right, I’ll say it again – PROBIOTICS. Her serum and moisturizers are formulated to help fight aging in the skin while bringing back balance and hydration. 

    I have been trying TULA for a while now and like both what I’m seeing and feeling.  During these east coast summer months, we could all use more hydration in the skin, and the light fragrance makes me feel like I’m on vacation.  

    Oh, and here is a pic of me from earlier this year on vacation in Hawaii!

    I’m glad that Dr. Raj is bringing this line to the Q.  She is not only a wealth of knowledge, but also a breath of fresh air.  Have you had a chance to try TULA yet? Let me know what you think!

    XOXO

    Alberti :)

    Ps. Just in case you are wondering – the first question I asked Dr. Raj about TULA was, “Because of the Probiotic Blend; do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?” (not a bad concept since I always seem to find myself in front of it!!!) She chuckled and reassured me that my TULA would be just fine on my bathroom counter :)

    Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page ALBERTI POPAJ QVC to learn more about my life at the Q as well as other great brands that I get to work with. 


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    More summer fun with our shoe shopping family. Leilani was back with more pictures of her adorable family - hubby Sean with Connor, Gabby and Patrick!

    Looks like I'm not the only one that loves the beach!

    I'll see you next Thursday for Shoe Shopping with Jane and feel free to stop by my facebook page and say hello! www.facebook.com/JaneTreacyQVC

    -Jane


     


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    Hello everyone. Can you believe it is already July? This summer is really flying by, and I hope that you are all creating your own special memories. I think that it is so important to take time to enjoy the beautiful weather. Ron and I have been doing just that.

    I always say that if I did not spend my life creating jewelry, I would be making sculptures. There is something very moving about giant, life-size pieces and I especially love when they are outdoors. Because my jewelry is scaled so differently, creating giant sculptures would give me a new sense of freedom.

    This summer, Ron and I have been lucky enough to spend time with some spectacular outdoor sculptures, which whets my appetite and inspires my creativity. Earlier this month, we visited our friends’ property, which has twenty-three acres of land filled with amazing outdoor pieces.

    Do you remember when the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York was covered with a bamboo sculpture installation? During summer 2010, an exhibit called “Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop” literally turned the rooftop into a jungle. Our friends loved it so much that they decided to have a piece of it installed at their home among many other special pieces.

    This sculpture is made up entirely of individual letters. It looks so elegant next to all of the trees.

    Ron liked the bamboo piece so much that he climbed up and took a seat.

    The picturesque weekend at our friends’ was just a warm-up for one of my all-time favorite moments of summer – the Fourth of July. There is no holiday quite like it and we celebrated with wonderful company in a stunning location.

    Look familiar? This is from the same artist as the silver sculpture above.

    The hostess looked fantastic in a pair of our earrings. 

    Fresh cut flowers are nice – but life-size rose sculptures are truly sensational. Notice the ladybug, one of my favorite symbols of life and love. 

    Yours truly.

    Looking at beautiful pieces of art is one of my favorite ways to get inspired. These swimmers are magnificent.

    The holiday weekend ended with a bang – literally. The fireworks were brilliant and reminded me of how excited I am for the newest Today’s Special Value item and some of our other exceptional new pieces.

    I am delighted to introduce the “Fleur” earring, a part of the Double Brilliance Collection featuring 118 facet DIAMONIQUE, which is a new design feature cut by Swarovski solely for me. It is no secret that I love iconic pieces with unexpected details but these are very unique. Each of the stones in these sparkling studs is lasered with my signature and they will literally catch every single glimmer of light in a room. Combining mesmerizing beauty and easy elegance, they can go from black tie to blue jeans and everything in between. They are perfect for travel and for less than $69 - $79, they are entirely accessible. But, keep an eye on these – your daughter, sister or even your mother may try to borrow them. 

    When it comes to parties and stackable jewelry, I have the same mantra – the more the merrier. Of course, cuffs and rings are go-to pieces but what I love even more is when they are stackable.

    Say hello to the 118 Facet DIAMONIQUE pave cuff and ring. Both of these dazzling pieces are available in sterling silver, blackened silver, rose gold clad and yellow gold clad. Stack your arm with these cuffs and give your hand the same special treatment with the rings.

    Remember to take a break from your summer parties and picnics and catch me on my upcoming shows on July 12 from midnight–2am, 3–5am, 3–5pm, and 8pm–10pm.

    With love,

    Judith

    118 Facet DIAMONIQUE pave rings



    118 Facet DIAMONIQUE pave cuffs


     


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    Philosophy 15th Anniversary SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

     

    SPONSOR: This Sweepstakes is sponsored by QVC, 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380 (“Sponsor”).

     

    ELIGIBILITY: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island, who are 18 years or older at the time of Submission and have submitted a valid Submission prior to the end of the Sweepstakes. Any person who submits any information to Sponsor or any other party in connection with the Sweepstakes is a “Participant”.  Any references to “you” or forms of “you” shall mean the Participant.

    Employees, officers and directors of QVC or its affiliates, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each, their agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and those involved in the production, development, implementation or handling of the Sweepstakes are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a Prize.

    Without limiting any other provision of these Sweepstakes Rules, any winner may be required to sign and return a Release as a condition to receipt of a prize under this Sweepstakes.

     

    SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins on July 11 2014, and ends at 11:59PM (EA) on July 18, 2014 (the "Sweepstakes Period").

    HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to enter the Sweepstakes, online via gather.qvc.com or by mail.

    To enter online, you must have access to toGather.   To gain access to toGather, you must go to gather.qvc.com and sign up either through your Facebook Account or through your QVC Account.  Creating a QVC account requires providing a title (i.e., Mr., Mrs.), first name, last name, email address, physical address, and phone number.  You then submit your “Entry” within toGather by following team philosophy.  Follow the submissions guidelines listed in these Sweepstakes Rules and submit your Submission ("Submission").  A Submission includes any story, text or any other information or data in any form that a Participant submits in any manner, directly or indirectly, to Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is limited to one (1) Submission per Participant.  Duplicate Submissions will be removed.  In the event Participants exceed the stated limit, only the earliest Submission will be reviewed. No e-mail or fax Submissions will be accepted.

     

    To enter the Sweepstakes by mail, send your name, address, and daytime telephone number and Submission Story on a standard 4 inch by 6 inch postcard addressed to Philosophy 15th Anniversary Sweepstakes part one, 1200 Wilson Drive MC – 201, West Chester, PA 19380. (“Mail Entry”).

     

    Online Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EA on July 18, 2014. All Mail Entries must be postmarked by July 18, 2014, and received by July 19, 2014.

                   

    Limit of one (1) entry per person during the entry period. Any person who attempts to participate with entries in excess of these entry limitations will be disqualified. Any other attempted form of Sweepstakes entry is void. Any person who attempts to participate under multiple identities or uses any device or artifice to enter in excess of this entry limitation will be disqualified; use of programmed, automated or like means of entry is prohibited. All duplicate entries will be discarded. All Mail Entries are the non-returnable property of Sponsors.

    Sponsors are not responsible for lost, misdirected or late entries caused by hardware or software errors or other technological malfunctions or failure of any kind or invalid/non-operational device, or lost, late, mutilated, misdirected or postage-due mail. Sponsors are not responsible for the failure of the delivery carrier responsible for delivery of any entry.

     

    DRAWING: Each eligible submission will be entered once in a random prize drawing to be held on or about July 18, 2014. QVC, Inc. retains the right to delay the prize drawing. Winners will be chosen at random from the pool of eligible entries received. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries received. Winning entry is subject to validation.

    PRIZE: Seven (7) winners will be randomly selected to each receive:

     

    A Philosophy prize pack featuring core items: Retail Value $600

     

    • 16oz Amazing grace whipped body creme
    • 2oz Loveswept edt
    • 8 piece head-toe best sellers collection
    • 4oz amazing grace edit
    • time in a bottle eye
    • time in a bottle
    • 64oz fresh cream shower gel
      • the microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel (12 pads)

     

    Total retail of all 7 prizes= $4,200

     

    Prizing is limited to one prize per person per household. Prize is limited to what is listed in these official rules. Prize winner (“Winner”) is not entitled to any surplus between actual value of prize and stated retail value. In the event Sponsor is unable to award prize as stated, Winner will receive a substitute prize of equal or greater value, at Sponsor’s discretion. Any costs or fees not specifically listed herein are the responsibility of the Winner.

     

    If a potential Winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize for any reason, he/she will be disqualified and the entire prize forfeited; and, in such event, an alternate Winner shall be selected from among all remaining eligible Submissions received.  Prizes cannot be substituted or transferred by Winner. If a Prize must be forfeited, Winner will not be given the cash value of the prize or any component of the prize.  Winner is solely responsible for all expenses not expressly included. All taxes are the responsibility of the Winner. Winner may be required to sign an IRS Form 1099, Form W-9, or the equivalent for all prizes valued at $600 or greater, or for any prize as to which Sponsor, in its sole discretion, believes it is warranted.  PRIZES PROVIDED BY QVC.

     

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Within toGather, follow Team Philosophy to enter to win the 15th anniversary prize pack. The winners will be selected randomly from all eligible Submissions.

     

    ONCE TRANSMITTED ALL SUBMISSIONS BECOME PART OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND MAY NOT BE REMOVED BY THE Participant, EVEN IF Participant CEASES OR WITHDRAWS FROM SWEEPSTAKES CONSIDERATION. Any Submission may be posted on Sponsor’s website and/or any other website specified by Sponsor and may be available to be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet.  All Submissions may remain on any website specified by Sponsor in perpetuity or for as long as Sponsor deems appropriate to archive.

     

    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. By entering the Sweepstakes and making any Submission, a Participant hereby represents and warrants to Sponsor and its affiliated entities that (a) the Participant has obtained all permissions necessary to post publicly the Submission and any portion thereof; (b) the Submission is an original work of authorship, created by Participant, has not been previously published or won any award, and there are no conflicting rights in the Submission, including but not limited to copyright, rights of publicity or privacy, or other intellectual property rights; (c) the Submission will not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including by way of example and not by limitation, any copyright, trademark or patent rights or rights of publicity or privacy belonging to any third party; (d) the Participant is a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island, and is at the time of Submission, at least 18 years of age; (e) the Participant has the right to agree to, and fully perform the Participant’s obligations under these Sweepstakes Rules; and (f) the Participant has the consent of any third parties as required to grant the rights and licenses granted by Participant hereunder, including without limitation all licenses, rights, assignments of rights, waivers of non-transferable rights, consents and permissions to any portion of the Submission or performance contained in such Submission, and to all underlying elements or other works incorporated into the Submission (including without limitation any dialog/monologue, music, lyrics, voices, statements, photos and likeness releases for any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Submission).

    Participant hereby agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, and its respective parents, successors, assigns and licensees, harmless from and against any losses or expenses incurred by Sponsor relating to any right or license granted, or any breach of any representation, warranty or covenant made, by Participant under these Sweepstakes Rules.

     

    PUBLICITY RELEASE. Subject to applicable law, Participant irrevocably grants Sponsor the right to use the Submission and the Participant’s name, voice, likeness and/or biographical material, and has obtained identical rights of any third parties depicted in the Submission for advertising, promotional and/or publicity purposes in connection with the Sweepstakes, in all forms of media (now and hereafter known), worldwide in perpetuity, without any obligation or consideration of Sponsor, or its affiliated entities.

     

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

    Participants must have express written consent of any individual featured in the Submission. Please do not submit duplicate Submissions. Any Submissions that violate the Sweepstakes Rules will be removed. Any Submission using the likeness of others or uses or displays copyrighted material without permission will be removed.

    Submissions may not portray the Sponsor in a negative light.  Submissions may not contain offensive, defamatory, inappropriate, or obscene material, in the sole discretion of Sponsor. In the event the Submission contains photographic images or likenesses of individuals, those individuals must have provided the Participant with adequate written permission to use the image, and must not be under contract or have any guild or association affiliations that would limit the right of Sponsors to use the Submission for any purpose for which a license or right is granted to Sponsors under these Sweepstakes Rules.

    Sponsor is not responsible for legal protection or clearance of Submissions in any form. Sponsor reserves the right to request evidence of permission or original work and further reserves the right to disqualify any Submission it deems infringing or inappropriate in any form, according to these Sweepstakes Rules.  Except where expressly prohibited by law, once transmitted all submissions become part of the Sweepstakes and may not be removed by the Participant, even if Participant ceases membership or withdraws from Sweepstakes consideration.

    Sponsor grants a limited license to use its proprietary text, logos, and trademarks provided and necessary to create a Submission.  Except as set forth in the preceding sentence, no rights in the Sponsor Content are granted to Contestant for any other purpose.  “Sponsor Content” means Sponsor’s name, proprietary text, logos, trademarks, trade names, service names and any other intellectual property of Sponsor.

     

    WINNER NOTIFICATION: The potential winners will be notified on or about July 18, 2014. The potential winners will be required to respond (as directed) to the phone and/or e-mail notification within the time period specified in the notification (“Notification”). The failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prizes; and, in such case, Sponsor may choose an alternate Winner from the remaining eligible submissions. The potential winner also will be sent an affidavit of eligibility / liability / publicity release ("Release"); and together with the Notification and any other release or document required to be executed by Sponsor, the (“Prize Acceptance Documents”). Unless restricted by law, the potential Winners will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. As a condition of receiving a prize, potential Winner shall, in the form specified by Sponsor, provide a perpetual non-exclusive license to Sponsor to use the Submission in any and all media throughout the world, in perpetuity, for any purpose whatsoever, without any additional compensation, the term of which shall be the entire life of the copyright. Should potential Winner be unwilling or otherwise unable to enter into the license, or provide such permissions and/or releases or otherwise cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, an alternate Winner will be selected by Sponsor from the remaining eligible Submissions until one who is able to meet all requirements can be selected. Potential winner must provide Sponsor with all signatures on the Release and return all documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Sweepstakes Rules in order to be eligible to receive any prize.

     

    USE OF SUBMISSIONS: LICENSE. Participant, by entering the Sweepstakes or making any Submission to or for the benefit of Sponsor, hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free, fully paid license and right to use, distribute, make derivative works from and otherwise exploit the Submission, in any manner and in any medium now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world in perpetuity, including without limitation the right to use the Submission in whole or in part in merchandising, advertising, marketing or promotion or for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose related to the Sweepstakes or not related to the Sweepstakes. Participant hereby forever waives and relinquishes all so-called "moral rights (droit moral)" now or hereafter recognized.  Participant agrees that Sponsor shall have sole discretion in determining the extent and manner of use of Submission and is not obligated to use any Submission.

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Sponsor shall not be liable to Participants for, and each Participant releases Sponsor from, any failure to supply any prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other similar or dissimilar cause beyond any of the Sponsor’s control. Sponsor is not responsible for, and each Participant hereby releases Sponsor from any claim with respect to, any: (a) lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable, incomplete or indecipherable Submissions due to system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or Submissions; (b) technical failures of any kinds; (c) failures of any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (d) unauthorized human and/or mechanical intervention in any part of the submission process or the Sweepstakes; (e) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of Submissions; or (f) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from any Participant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize.

    Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Participant it finds to be violating these Sweepstakes Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to require any Winner to submit to a confidential background check to confirm eligibility and help ensure that the use of any Submission will not bring Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Sweepstakes for any reason.  Sponsor has the right, but not the obligation, to use any Submission. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may prohibit a Participant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such Participant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, plagiarizing, engaging in any deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. The internal laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will govern the Sweepstakes, these Sweepstakes Rules, and any disputes regarding these Sweepstakes Rules and/or this Sweepstakes. Any attempt to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation or fair play of the Sweepstakes may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and will result in disqualification of the Participant from participation in the Sweepstakes. Should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorney fees) to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.

     

    PRIVACY: Information collected from Participant is subject to QVC’s privacy statement located at www.qvc.com (“Privacy Policy”).  By entering the Sweepstakes, you accept Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.  In the event of a conflict between these Sweepstakes Rules and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, Sponsor’s Privacy Policy will govern.

    GOVERNING LAW / LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

    BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, Participant AGREES THAT: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, (IF ANY), NOT TO EXCEED FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS ($410.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY Participant BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND Participant HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO (I) HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED RIGHTS AND (II) SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS ($410.00); AND (4) Participant’S REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND Participant IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF.  SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.


    MISCELLANEOUS:

    The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Sweepstakes Rules or the Prize Acceptance Documents will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision of the Sweepstakes Rules or the Prize Acceptance Documents is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Sweepstakes Rules or any Prize Acceptance Documents will not constitute a waiver of that provision.  Participants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Sweepstakes Rules.  Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof.

    DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT: Sponsor’s policy is to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").

    WINNER’S LIST: For the name of the prize winner, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Philosophy 15th Anniversary Sweeps, QVC Studio Park Mail Code 201, West Chester, PA 19380.

     


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    Here are the most frequently asked questions from our customers about the HP Pavilion laptop. Don't see an answer to your question? Post your question to the blog, below, and check back throughout the day on Sunday, July 13, 2014, to have your question answered by our new HP Expert, Stephanie Humphrey!

    Q: What is the weight of the computer?
    A: 6.23 lbs.

    Q: Is this Wi-Fi-capable?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Is it Bluetooth-capable?
    A: No.

    Q: Can this be connected to a USB printer?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Can you print wirelessly from this computer?
    A: Yes, if you have a Wi-Fi-capable printer.

    Q: Does it have a CD/DVD drive?
    A: Yes, this laptop has a SuperMulti DVD burner

    Q: Does it have an HDMI port?
    A: Yes, it has one HDMI port.

    Q: Can I connect this to my HDTV to play DVDs?
    A: Yes, you can use an HDMI cable if your HDTV is compatible with HDMI connectivity.

    Q: Where are the speakers?
    A: The Beats Audio speakers are located at the back of the keyboard.

    Q: Can you Skype with this computer?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Can you connect an external monitor?
    A: Yes, there is a VGA port or HDMI connection for an external monitor connection.

    Information provided by HP.

    Connect with Stephanie, our new HP Expert, on Facebook!


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  • 07/11/14--12:41: Compost Anyone?
  • Making your own compost is a simple process with so many benefits!   A compost bin will mean less garbage, greater fertilizer for your garden and a greener environment for all of us.

    There are numerous compost bins you can purchase.  At the farm, I use a tumbling composter largely because it is easier for me to mix (turn) and gives me just the right amount of fertilizer for my vegetable and flower gardens.  My composter has a large removable lid so I can leave off or open and sunlight, rain and snow aid in the breakdown for rich fertilizer.   Joe made his own open-compost bin with a 3 sided box made out of wood since he has much more to cover on our large property.  

     

    We throw in everything fruit pieces and peels, leaves, fireplace ash, shredded newspaper (high carbon) egg shells (great calcium), coffee grounds, grass clippings, and vegetable scraps (high nitrogen)  I try to be careful not to put pulled weeds in the composter as if it goes to seed it will spread the weed seeds throughout. 

    During the summer we try to mix the compost bins at least once a weekend.   The best compost will take a full 3 seasons to enrich and be ready to use for next summer’s gardens and lawns.  No more trips to the garden store for fertilizer – it’s organic, free and right in your own backyard!

    - Barbara


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    Sometimes you just have to laugh.  We had another round of bad thunderstorms in our area on Wednesday evening.   The high winds brought down several large trees and when that happens we often lose power.  Last time it occurred we were without electricity for almost 5 days and we had a tree in our living room.  So both Kelly and I were happy it was just a lack of luxuries for a night and not a repeat of "the great outdoors" brought inside. 

    Pictures from previous storms.. so you get the idea of what it looked like to have a tree in my house and a new "lake" ..lol

    We are a rather hardy stock here at The Hughes' Farm so we can survive without lights, air-conditioning, water or plumbing for one night.  I set my phone to wake me a little earlier than normal so I could get into the studio and shower there before going on air.  Now, my garage is not attached to the old farm house, so I can’t just walk out the kitchen door and climb in my car.  You can only access the garage from the outside and it is all built into the home security system with a backup battery that allows me to raise the door in just this type of circumstance.....usually. 

    Apparently the battery had gone dead and there was no way to get to my car. It's 3:00 AM, I'm standing in the driveway in the dark and trying to figure out what to do next.  Believe me when I say there is always an answer. My commuter vehicle for the day was a bit unconventional but I got to work on time, got my shower and as the saying goes, "the show must go on."  I do apologize to the other hosts for taking up twelve parking spots in the parking lot for the day...my bad.

    If you see a farm tractor parked in the lot next time, you know I lost power again!  Lol!

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/DanHughesQVC

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/danhughesqvc


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  • 07/11/14--14:23: We All Scream For Ice Cream
  • Here’s a fun fact  -- July is National Ice Cream Month! Who knew there was such a thing?

    So, in honor of the month dedicated to ice cream, I thought I would share my favorite and easiest ice cream recipe. I make mine in my Vitamix, but it works just as easily in a food processor or a blender.

    There isn't much better than ice cream on a hot summer's day! 

     

    Easy Soft Serve Ice Cream


    12 oz. bag of frozen raspberries (or other frozen fruit)

    2/3 cup heavy cream

    1/2 cup sugar

    1 tsp vanilla

    Pour all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend to a creamy frozen consistency. You can enjoy it “soft serve” right away, or put it in the freezer if you prefer a firmer texture.

    Enjoy!

    Leah

    What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Tell me in the comment section below.


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  • 07/11/14--15:19: 12 Days of Christmas Recipes
  • Hello, foodies…

    QVC is celebrating Christmas in July® so our studios are twinkling, singing, and buzzing. The only thing that’s missing is the food—one of the most special things about the holidays. So the In the Kitchen with David team took a look at my recipes on QVC.com and compiled a list of our sweetest holiday favorites. Without further ado…the 12 Days of Christmas Recipes.

    David's Snowball Cosmopolitans

    David’s Snowball Cosmopolitans

     

    Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

    Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

     

    Gingerbread Waffles with Eggnog Ice Cream

    Gingerbread Waffles & Eggnog Ice Cream

     

    Sweet Ambrosia Salad

    Sweet Ambrosia Salad

     

     

    Pizzelles

    Pizzelles

     

    Quick, Easy Gingerbread Cookies

    Quick, Easy Gingerbread Cookies

    Not-Your-Grandma's Fruit Cake

    Not-Your-Grandma’s Fruit Cake

     

    Christmas Yule Log (Buche de Noel)

    Christmas Yule Log

     

    Frosted Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

    Frosted Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

     

    Fudgy Brownie Gift Mix

    Fudgy Brownie Gift Mix

     

     Candy Cane Cannolis

    Candy Cane Cannolis

     

    Sugar Cookie Cutouts

    Sugar Cookie Cutouts

     

    Look for these recipes in a handy pin on my Pinterest page. You can also find these recipes and more on QVC.com/David’s Recipes.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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  • 07/11/14--15:49: The Best Way to Grill Shrimp
  • Hello, foodies…

    Have you ever tried grilling shrimp? It’s not an easy feat—shrimp goes from raw to fully cooked in seconds. So what’s the best way?

    You gotta love America’s Test Kitchen…their job is to make your food the best it can be! Speaking of grilling, I hope you’re still barbecuing every chance you get. But, in case you’re in a grilling rut—feeling tired of those same old burgers and dogs—remember that there’s SO many things you can perfect on the grill. From seafood and chicken to veggies and fruit, I’ve got lots of recipes on QVC.com. Go exploring and fall back in love with your grill!

    In fact, why don’t you make that your project this Wednesday. Because it’s Gem Day on QVC, I won’t be seeing you for In the Kitchen with David. I will, however, be back with you for Saturday Morning Q and ITKWD on Sunday, as usual.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    It’s official! We're OBSESSED with Shoes & Handbags here at QVC. Everyone has an accessory their obsessed over and we want to see your favorite obsession!

    Submit a photo to accessories@qvc.com of your favorite shoe or handbag collection for a chance to be featured on-air on July 17th during our Obsessed with Shoes and Handbags Event.

    Looking forward to seeing your guilty pleasures!

    Our ecommerce intern is head over heels for handbags! How cute is her collect from QVC?

    Her favorite Vera Bradley pattern is the new African Violet! Tune in on Thursday, 7/17 for a one day only Vera Bradley special!!!


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    The day after Ryan's high-school graduation party, he left for China on a cultural mission trip with a group from our church. Our son, Eric, went on the same trip eight years earlier and had such a great experience. Here's Ryan's story:

     

    "I’m sure it takes a lot of guts for a mom to let her son travel to the opposite side of the earth at my age, but luckily I’ve been blessed with a mom that has the guts to stand in front of millions of viewers every day.
    I couldn’t be more thankful to have experienced the things I did in China.

    My experience in China was exciting, humbling, and all together a life changing experience. Our team of 20 people traveled to Guilin, China in mid-June and stayed there for 18 days.

    For the first week we visited many different English classrooms of freshman and sophomore classes at the Guilin University of Technology. We played games, shared our thoughts and ideas, and built relationships with the people of this magnificent country.

    We spent so much time with the students visiting Chinese markets, famous parks, and even inviting the students to stay with us in our hotel at night. I’ve been very blessed to go to many of the places I’ve been to, but nothing compares to the connection I have with China because I’m not just a tourist to the students, but I have an everlasting friendship with many amazing people in China that has and will continue to prosper.

    It was so encouraging for my Chinese friends and me to be able to open up to each other and share our hearts because of how we trust each other and we could see each other as God see’s every one of us on all sides of the world: his equally important and worthy children. Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers throughout the summer, and though I so badly want to go back, I’m glad to be back home where I belong."

    Counting our blessings, 

    Mary Beth and Ryan Roe


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  • 07/14/14--09:42: Roll Back the Years
  • "Meg, looking at your neck is giving me neck envy! What is going on with that neck?" "StriVectin's brand new TL Neck Serum Roller! That is what is going with my neck!"

    StriVectin TL "Roll Back the Years" 3pc Firming Collection
    StriVectin TL "Roll Back the Years" 3pc Firming Collection

    Benefiting from the amazing technology that comes out of our StriVectin laboratories is an occupational hazard!

    So, what is it you ask? We have formulated a revolutionary TL Neck Serum Roller to treat all of the aging concerns of this delicate skin. The serum absorbs quickly and the unique combination of ingredients, including our patented NIA-114.

    Personally, what brings this breakthrough home is the unique cool metal roller (the roller itself is age-defying too!) that does all the work for you. It rolls on the perfect dosage of the serum while cooling, soothing, and massaging this delicate skin.

    TL Neck Serum Roller
    TL Neck Serum Roller

    We are SO excited for the launch of our TL Neck Serum Roller in our Today’s Special Value® collection, exclusive to QVC until 10-31-14! Tune in at 12am ET on July 21 and let me show you how to "Roll Back the Years." Just wait until you see the before and after photographs taken on women who all had neck aging concerns and saw results. All I can say is, “WOW!”

    We aren’t stopping at the neck! You will also get TL Face Serum and TL Body Cream to complete your 3-piece head-to-toe firming collection. TL Face Serum helps your face look firmer with greater resiliency after using it for 2 weeks, and TL Body Cream, in a clinical study, 89.7% of subjects saw a reduction in skin crepiness after 8 weeks! That’s a 3-piece head-to-toe firming collection I want to get my hands on!

    Can’t wait to tell you (and the lovely Lisa Robertson) more and share all of the AMAZING head-to-toe firming benefits of this collection!

    Before I say farewell for now, I’d love to hear any questions you might have about this upcoming Today’s Special Value or any StriVectin products. Please leave me a comment on this blog!

    XOXO,
    Meg


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    Hey Denim Divas!!

    What's better than a Denim and Company "Active" TSV?? How about a Denim and Company "Active" TSV set!?!?!  That's right, after hearing tons of feedback and requests from YOU, the team went to work to create a matching D&Co "Active" jacket and T-shirt, especially for our TSV today!! It is DARLING and SLIMMING...I just love it!!  It will assist me and YOU with tackling the day in comfortable style, even when our "to do" list is at least a mile long!!

     

    As you know, Denim and Company created the "Active" apparel line last fall. It’s all about that perfect French terry knit that has been getting rave reviews from our D&Co customers!! (Remember, back in May, when we featured a TSV that was a D&Co "Active" French terry SKORT?!? It was incredibly popular!)

    Today, we're offering our first ever "Active" SET as a TSV—per your request!! Yes, you get TWO pieces for an amazing price, which will create lots of versatility for your wardrobe, especially if you get a couple of sets to mix and match! Each two-piece set can be worn together or separately. The first piece is a French terry jacket, which features seaming detail that’s extremely figure-flattering and active inspired. It also features a zip front, two front pockets, and a hood (we love our hoodies and our pockets!) The additional details are terrific....you will LOVE how you look in this jacket! The set also comes with a T-shirt—which is a striped knit top—done in our Perfect Jersey fabrication of 95% cotton and 5% spandex, with our top-selling V-neckline and short sleeves. Stripes are all the rage, and make everyone look so sporty and youthful. (Not to mention the fun, nautical factor!). The set comes in SIX amazing colors to wear NOW AND LATER, with all stripes on the shirts done in white, on a color background.

    I can see this becoming a major "go to" for me, especially as we get later into summer and early fall!

    This jacket looks fantastic open or zipped up. The fit is perfect and it's easy care too....machine wash and tumble dry.

    So, what are you waiting for? Come on, get "Active"!! Even if active means taking a walk with friends or meeting your friends for lunch and a bit of shopping! You will look and feel your best in this Active Set from Denim and Co!! See you every Tuesday morning for our always FUN Denim and Company time together!!

    Love,

    Carolyn XO (Your resident Denim and Co Diva and Fan!!)

    PS- Remember you can always connect with me and get insider information on my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and toGather™ for more about what I’m up to at the Q!


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    A couple of weeks ago, Chris Pryme (our dear friend from Lock & Lock) made me some Gluten Free Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were to die for. Now, she is on a very-deserved vacation and she kindly e-mailed the recipe to share with you! Please see below and ENJOY!

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup Crisco

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 cup white sugar

    1 egg

    2 teaspoon vanilla

    3 1/2 cups brown rice flour

    1 cup almond meal

    2 teaspoons baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 cup oil

    1 & 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes

    1 & 1/2 cup gluten free oats

    2 cups chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS

    Pre-heat the oven to 350.

    Start by mixing together the following ingredients: Crisco, sugars, egg, and vanilla until creamy. In a separate bowl, mix together the rice flour, almond meal, baking soda, and salt. Now mix the blended dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in the oil, corn flakes, oats, and chocolate chips until well blended, but not over-mixed.

    Let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Scoop (I use a small ice cream scoop) and bake for 8-10 minutes.

    Tip from Chris: “I find when I do the gluten free recipes if I let them set for a little while to absorb, the recipes come out better”. So don’t forget the “resting” time!

    And, of course, they store beautifully in any of your Lock & Lock containers! See you soon :) ~ Mary DeAngelis


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    Hi, ladies!

    I am very excited about our Denim & Co. Today’s Special Value today - Denim & Co. Active French Terry Jacket and Knit Striped Top Set - being it’s our first Denim & Co. Active set TSV! It is a comfy stretch French terry hooded jacket and a perfect jersey knit tee. The solid jacket has a zip front, active raglan styling, self hood, rib trim at the bottom & sleeve cuffs, and has a semi-fitted fit. The short sleeve tee has the customer favorite V-neck, rib trim, and a classic 2-color stripe. It also has a semi-fitted fit. And both styles are 95% cotton/5% spandex. 

    The colors available today are Light Heather Grey, Bright Aqua, Fall Blue, Blue Iris, Fall Pink, and Black. You can wear the jacket & tee together or mix and match with other Denim & Co. items in your wardrobe! Both pieces will transition beautifully through the seasons, so you can wear now and wear later. What colors are you looking at today?

    This style would be a great addition to your Denim & Co. Active wardrobe. Have you purchased other items from our Denim & Co. Active line yet?? I would love to hear from you! 

    If you have any questions or comments about the TSV or anything you see today, or just want to chat, I’ll be checking in throughout the day today. I look forward to chatting with you.

    Talk to you soon!

    And don’t forget to check out Gary's blog to see more about Denim & Co.

    Heather

     

     

    Check out the complete Denim & Co. collection on QVC.com.


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    Weekend Recap

                    What a whirlwind weekend we just wrapped up.  Wedding planning and organizing was in full effect this weekend.   Not only did we order flowers, we designed and laid out the scheme of our reception, we tasted potential signature cocktails, we got our marriage license (WOOHOO!), filmed for Courtney Says I do, and a Bridal Shower to finish thrown by my amazing Kindergarten teacher and my mom’s dear friend.  I don’t think we slept the entire weekend :).  That’s ok because it was worth it to hang out with my QVC friends and family. 

    QVC Friends, Aaron, Me filming for Courtney Says I do

    We had to have brunch so why not have French Toast and Beignets?!

    Bridal Shower Goodies

    My Kindergarten teacher, Caron, Laura, and my Mom

    Bridal Shower Spread

    Wrapping up a great weekend with a yummy dinner

    Love my Family!

     

    Smoothie Challenge:

    This week I am promising myself to have fresh juices and smoothies out of my Vitamix.  Over the weekend Aaron and I had to sample potential cupcakes to be served at our wedding and I am just in Sugar Detox mode…. No more sweets for me for a good while! Right…

    The QVC Kitchen has given me awesome recipes for me to share with you during the summer months and this one is no exception.  There is only a short time frame where one can enjoy the fresh peaches of the season, and with this smoothie we are making the most of it.  If you’re looking for that “Sit back and Relax” kind of smoothie, than this is for you.  It’s just sweet enough with all the peaches, but balanced out by the spinach.  The raspberries (or strawberries) give it a sweet tart kick but it’s enough to keep you coming back for more on those hot summer nights.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  Follow me on ToGather for this exclusive recipe.  Enjoy!

    Crush- Worthy Handbag

    Dooney and Bourke Suede Leather Hobo. Find it here -->A255177

    PM STYLE

    Tonight It’s all about Fashion Now and Later.  When you think about that idea… it’s nice to have pieces in your wardrobe that can live with you for six months out of the year.  With 24 hours dedicated to those fashions and accessories in mind, here are a few of my favorite Now and Later pieces from the show.  Enjoy!

    LCNY Printed Button down Dress, A254905

    George Simonton Peplum Top, A255495

    Denim and Company French Terry Bomber Jacket, A255324

    Susan Graver Beaded Dolman Top, A255384

     

    Have a Great Week!

    XO, CC

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    http://instagram.com/courtneycasonqvc

     


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    If you follow me on Facebook, Alberti Popaj QVC, you probably know that I was in Southampton last weekend shooting video content for our big Super Saturday event on 7/26/2014. Since I was going to be there for a few days, I decided to bring Prince Charming and Coco Chanel for some “fun in the sun!” Although we had a rigorous shooting schedule, we definitely had time to enjoy all that “The Hamptons” had to offer - from beautiful streets, to great shopping and restaurants; as well as wonderful people.  

    Here is a photo diary of our trip.  From the photos I think you can tell the puppies were in a good mood :) (no grumpy faces here!).  On our first day, we got to spend some time outside.  

    Coco was my lunch date while Prince Charming scoped out the scene at the pool.  

    Then we got to walk around town and check out the art scene, as well as the beautiful courtyards.

    On our next day I got to visit Isaac Mizrahi at his store and get a sneak peak at some of his fall collection pieces.  

    I got to interview Isaac on his involvement with Super Saturday as well as some of his thoughts on the summer/fall trends.

     

    We also got to visit the home of Dr. Gross and his wife Carrie in Bridgehampton.  The puppies came along to play with Yogi – the Gross family pet.  

     

     

    We had such a lovely time there and their home is absolutely stunning!

    I also got to visit Nova’s Ark, the open field/art haven, where Super Saturday is held.  It was quite the experience!! I learned so much about the artist Nova and where the idea for Nova’s Ark came from!  

    Here I am with Tundra, learning about Nova and the reason for the artist’s grounds.

    There was so much that we did, and if you want to see more of our trip, tune in to QVC PLUS on QVC.com on 7/26 at 1pm EST/ 10am PST and watch the full preview show, hosted by Courtney Cason. Then be sure to check out the live broadcast of Super Saturday beginning at 2pm EST / 11am PST on QVC.  

    There are many great values on products as well as a great cause to support!!

    See you then!!

    XOXO

    Alberti

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