Submitted by Adriana Rae on October 28, 2011 - 17:00.
My son (who will turn eight in January) has been our test user for the new Toy Shopping App we just launched. He really seemed to enjoy browsing the different toy categories but it took him no time at all to come up with his favorite toys. His letter to Santa now includes three toys. (He wanted to pick more but I told him Santa does not look kindly on kids who ask for too much.)
LEGO Walkie Talkies (which apparently work for up to a mile distance and have great customer reviews). He's really excited about running around the block with his friends and doing the walkie-talkie spy thing. (at Target, $19.99)
He also really wanted the Lego Star Wars Ewok Attack (at Target, $24.99)
If I had let him choose a toy that cost more than $100 he would have ultimately wanted the Lego Republic Frigada which costs about $120.
Based on a sample of one (but also knowing what toys his friends are crazy about) it looks like Lego will be selling a lot of products to 7-8 year old boys again this year.
Target is currently offering free shipping for total purchases over $50 so it's an easy, painless way to get your xmas shopping underway.
Sears also has a huge toy selection and they are offering a (online shopping only) coupon savings of $5.00 for any purchase over $50 through to the end of the year. You'd need to use the coupon code SEARS2011. Kmart has the same deal.
YoYo.com is the giant new toy company owned by Amazon.com. They have a huge selection of toys and you will find many more eco, green and educational toys here than at typical department stores. They are offering a great deal of 10% off to any first time customers (up to a total of $20). Use coupon code YOYO10 to get this deal. They are also one company that does ship to countries outside the United States.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 21, 2011 - 09:08.
If you are thinking of buying any funky bling or fine jewelry for this holiday season, check out our newest app in the Apple store.
Whether you seek the most dazzling engagement ring or simply a bold and inexpensive necklace - you will find it here!
This app provides you with an easy gateway to the best online jewelers. You can choose from tens of thousands of jewelry items. Featured retailers include Allurez Jewelers, Buy.com, BodyCandy, Charm & Chain, Gemvara, Jomashop.com, My Jewelry Box, Sears, Target and Ziamond.
Expect fantastic savings and free shipping on most products!
The app is lots of fun to browse and it's free. Download at the Apple iTunes store and start shopping now!
Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 21, 2011 - 08:03.
Wow, check out this beautiful mom makeover, before and after video. Tababatha is a grandmother in her sixties and she is also a mom of six(!) kids. In this video she gets a wonderful uplift with a new hairstyle and makeup.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 11, 2011 - 10:41.
The popularity of leather bracelets has surged in the past three years. They'd make a great gift idea and you can find many different styles for under $20 online. The four bracelets above are all under $20 and available at Target.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 15, 2011 - 14:28.
Gemvara is an online jewelry retailer that lets you customize your own jewelry pieces. They have been creating some excellent YouTube videos of their products. The one shown here features their "Capture My Heart Pendant". Retail value is $257, sale price is $134. See more examples of the pendant here.
Check out this video on how to easily make homemade bubbles using water, glyceryn and dish soap. Katie and Jackson show us how. Congrats to Katie on her new HD camera. This footage is amazingly high quality.
Researchers have found that liposuction on the thighs will result in slimmer thighs, but the lost fat will return to other parts of the body within a year. Mostly in the upper abdomen, shoulders and triceps.
Check out an interesting article about this in the New York Times. (See also their funny before and after images.) They note that liposuction has been a popular procedure for more than thirty years but there has never been a study measuring if the fat comes back until now. Over 450,000 people a year choose liposuction at a typical cost of a few thousand dollars.
If instead, the fat came back on the breasts, that might not be so bad. But these study results would make us think twice about opting for this procedure to reduce saddlebags.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on April 22, 2011 - 11:47.
Check out this interesting interview with Max Barenbrug, the founder of the Bugaboo baby strollers. The company now has about 400 employees and their strollers are huge hits internationally. Costing about $1,000 each, they are considered the Rolls Royce of strollers.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on April 19, 2011 - 13:09.
Here's an interesting half hour interview on NPR about our 'toxic' relationship to plastics. Susan Freinkel's new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story discusses the rise of plastic in our culture, and its effects on the environment and our health.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on April 11, 2011 - 12:19.
If you like shopping from the convenience of your home and already have an iPad or iPhone, check out this new app which enables you to buy all your baby supplies online; Baby Supplies.
The app displays an enormous range of baby supplies including strollers, diapers (even cloth diapers), gear, toys, clothing and baby and toddler room bedding and furnishings. Featured retailers include BabyAge.com, Kazoo Toys, Kmart, Sears and PoshTots.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 27, 2011 - 11:36.
Here's a one hour interview with Lady Gaga at the Google complex. She's being interviewed by Marissa Mayer. Lady Gaga says right at the beginning that when she was in highschool all her girlfriends wanted to work at Google, but she wanted to be the one 'most searched' on Google. At 33 minutes is her best quote of the hour. She says the greatest piece of advice she has ever received is "If you don't have any shadows, you're not standing in the light".
Jennifer Aniston's new ad for SmartWater is really smartly done. It mocks the idea of making a viral video on YouTube and will itself become hugely viral (it already has over 2 million views and has been up for less than two days). Check it out below;
We're looking forward to reading Dr. Youn's new book about what it's really like to become a doctor. (See it at Amazon; In Stitches)
Other than being a leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Youn is the #1 plastic surgeon blogger on the Internet. You'll find a lot of sites (such as ours) talking about celebrities and their plastic surgery but Dr. Youn is one of the few writers who are actually qualified to review (and gossip about!) the latest developments in the surgical sphere of celebrity beauty enhancements. Check out his popular site at Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Youn grew up in a small town where his family (from Korea) were one of only a handful of non-Caucasian residents. He says that other than being nerdy and from an immigrant family his handicap in his teenage years was a jaw that started to grow and protrude into 'cartoon'-like proportions. He was convinced his jaw was keeping him from getting dates so after finishing high-school he went to an oral surgeon to have it broken and set back. This experience was what first got him interested in cosmetic surgery. Check out this fun video below where he tells us about these early years;
Dr. Youn's book is due out in late April and has already gotten some great reviews;
"Surprisingly warm and unquestionably witty, In Stitches is a riveting look at the sacrifice it takes to become a premiere plastic surgeon. In a world where physicians can be almost god-like, Dr. Tony’s not afraid to show us his heart, his humor, and his humanity. I adored In Stitches and even though I’m not ready to book Dr. Tony for a face-lift, I’d sure like to call him for lunch." —New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster
"Part 'Grey's Anatomy', part 'Nip-Tuck', In Stitchestakes you under the knife to expose the layers of one doctor's journey to become not only a plastic surgeon but also his own man. A humorous, heartfelt, honest memoir about med school and MCATs, fathers and sons, and finding your place in the world, In Stitches will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and make you think differently about your doctor." —critically-acclaimed author Wade Rouse
“Tony Youn traces his success to a stern Korean father and his own fanatical work ethic -- but the real secret is his fabulous sense of humor. If you're contemplating medical school, you'll need three things: resilience, caffeine, and In Stitches -- a raucously funny and genuinely affecting account of what becoming a doctor is really like.” —Audrey Young, M.D., author of What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey.
"In Stitches is well written, very readable and appropriately witty. I had the pleasure and opportunity of meeting and working with Dr Youn. I find him not only to be extremely capable and a great surgeon, but also a kind and generous man. In this book, I actually see a lot of myself in him. At times I was in tears and at others was laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!"— Dr. Robert Rey of Dr. 90210
Submitted by Adriana Rae on February 28, 2011 - 10:13.
Donovan (a famous musician who reached his peak in popularity in the late 60's) has put a call out for people to create videos to some of his tunes. The winner of the contest will get a trip with him to Hollywood to meet some film producers there. Here's one contest entry for the song "Olive Tree", a story about aging beauty. Via Katie