Monday, November 20, 2017

Amazing Apps: SlumberType

SlumberType is made by the genetics experts at Exploragen. SlumberType uses your DNA data to help you proactively figure out how to sleep better and lead a healthier life. It works and is currently the number one DNA lifestyle app available. 

The app functions by analyzing four key sleep measurements – Chronotype, Sleep Quality, Sleep Onset Latency, and Sleep Duration – and then determining how the person's DNA impacts whether they are a morning or night person, how long it may take them to fall asleep, the duration and quality of their sleep, and how these may impact other areas of their lives such diet, exercise, caffeine consumption, etc. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweepstakes: Fall Home and Gift Giveaway

The Fall Home and Gift Giveaway is running in partnership with some of the top home companies including Glossybox, Blindsgalore and Country Living. The contest runs through next Wednesday, November 22 and there are over $2000 in prizes. 
Reinvent Yourself For The Holidays With $2,450 In Fun And Easy Modern Lifestyle Products

  • $350 In Custom Window Coverings from BlindsGalore
  • $350 in Unique Jewelry, Clothing and Conscious Gifts From Sivana Spirit
  • 3 Pairs of Stylish and Comfortable Jambu Shoes ($350 Value)
  • $350 in Authentic Italian Products from Nonna Box
  • 12-Month Beauty Box Subscription + 1 Limited Edition Box ($350 Total Value) from GLOSSYBOX
  • $350 in Beautiful Home Goods from Great Bay Home
  • $350 in Modern Furniture from Interior Designer And Fortune 500 Resource LexMod
Entry Period: Now through NEXT WEDNESDAY 11/22
1. Enter by clicking the link and submitting your entry.

Healthy Habits: Flu-Proof Your Home

According to the CDC, this year’s flu strain could be severeAnd with holidays and family gatherings taking place later this month, now is the time to “flu-proof” your home. 
Those tiny droplets from coughing, sneezing and talking can spread to others as far as six feet away, making those with flu germs highly contagious, even if they aren’t yet showing symptoms.
To minimize the spread of germs from person-to-person (and state-to-state if you’re traveling), here are a few tips to flu proof your home:
  • Get the flu shot now: Many people believe they should wait until later in the year or when flu peaks to get vaccinated. While the CDC is reporting that flu activity is low, it takes two weeks for the body’s immune system to fully protect against the flu. Now is the best time to get a shot is before the season starts.
  • Don’t forget to clean these germy items: Cleaning before and after guests come over will help disinfect any flu germs. Don’t forget about some of the germiest items we may not clean as often - TV controllers, kitchen sponges, hand towels, cutting boards, children’s toys and faucet handles and knobs.
  • Wash, wash, wash: Whether it’s before or after eating or after touching your eyes, nose and mouth, it’s critical to wash hands often, especially in a group setting. Use paper towels or disposable towelettes to limit the transfer of germs. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick: According to a new CityMD survey, 75 percent of people under 35 years old admitted leaving the house last time they had the flu. Stay home if sick to prevent the spread of the flu, especially if you will be around infants or the elderly, who are more susceptible to the illness. 
MedExpress Urgent Care, a neighborhood medical provider with more than 200 centers in 18 states, typically sees an increase in visits to its centers around the holidays and are well-versed in cold and flu season.

Amazing Apps: Band

The holidays are upon us and for anyone who has ever tried to plan a family gathering, regardless of size, you know that getting everyone to commit to a date followed by coordinating dishes, drinks and schedules is a major undertaking.  BAND is a 100% free app that makes the planning process easier and helps with the inevitable stress of the chaotic holiday season including crowded shopping malls and too much family bonding time.  BAND allows party hosts to manage everything within one centralized communication platform without using multiple channels such as emails, texts, and calendars. 

The first step to planning the perfect holiday soiree is finding a date that works for everyone’s busy schedules.  You can now send out a calendar to all your guests and ask them to check yes or no to a few possible dates and times and then you can focus on the important things…..who’s bringing what from side dishes, to drinks to entertainment.  BAND makes coordinating family gathering must-haves and delegating tasks virtually effortless through maintaining to-do lists and sharing messages all through the app.  Worried that someone won’t bring the cranberry sauce?  When using BAND, keep tabs on who read your posts using the handy view counter.

BAND also has an unlimited photo and sharing feature so the most memorable and funny family moments can be shared with grandparents and relatives who may not be (or who you may not want to friend) on social media.   

BAND is available for free on Google Play and Apple’s AppStore

Area Attractions: Granite Peak

With the power of new snowmaking systems, Granite Peak Ski Area is ready for the 2017-18 season with over a quarter (25%) of the primary terrain open, including eight of its widest runs and two terrain parks, all with superb snow conditions.

“Our 60 new energy efficient, tower-mounted snow guns double our early season snowmaking capabilities, and our opening day last Saturday (November 11) was our earliest opening ever, and  with our best conditions ever on an opening day,” said Vicki Baumann, general manager. “Join us on Friday as we celebrate the start of a great season of skiing and snowboarding with live music and fireworks.”

The current terrain has a deep 20 to 40-inch base and is serviced by Comet, a six-person, high-speed lift and Blizzard, the large conveyor lift for the beginner area. For a live, panoramic view of current conditions above the ski area,

“If conditions allow, we will have additional terrain and lifts opening next week and anticipate 46% to 51% of our primary terrain open for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Baumann.

Early season ticket prices until Dec. 15 start online at $42 per day for children ages 6 to 18, and $52 for young adults ages 19 to 29 and seniors, and $62 for adults. Visit for complete lift ticket prices, along with lesson and rental information. After opening weekend, Granite Peak will be open daily from Nov. 22 through April 8, 2018.

All guest services, including ticketing, chalet, gift shop, rentals and lessons, are open daily. Visitors can call the resort’s Central Reservation phone number, at 715-298-4036, for any assistance with information and ski and lodging packages.


Granite Peak Ski Area, located at Rib Mountain State Park, has a vertical peak of 700 feet with 75 runs, four terrain parks, three mogul runs, acres of tree-skiing and three high-speed lifts. For more information, visit

Friday, November 17, 2017

Shopping Savings: Carol's Daughter

This holiday season, is the go-to destination for the SWEETEST deals on hair & body recipes and holiday gift sets featuring their most loved products! 

Please see below for new gift set offerings, in addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals exclusively available to you and yours at
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Carol's Daughter Holiday Body Collection Gift Sets

The NEWEST Body Collection, featuring Karite Coco Nourishing Gift Set and the Almond Cookie Gift Set, are the SWEETEST gift sets for every BODY on your list. Not only are they made with love, but their soothing and warming scents makes them the perfect gift this holiday season.

Blended with Shea Butter (known as Karité in Senegal), Coconut Oil and carefully selected ingredients, this velvety, deeply nourishing trio instantly moisturizes extra dry, parched skin. Made with love, it leaves your body silky soft with a light, decadent scent.

This set includes:
  • Karité Coco Creamy Body Wash gently cleanses and deeply moisturizes. 12 fl oz
  • Karité Coco Velvet Body Cream instantly moisturizes dry, parched skin for 24 hours. 6 oz
  • Karité Coco Intensive Hand Cream deeply nourishes rough, dry hands. 2.5 fl oz

Almond Cookie has been the most-loved aroma for well over a decade. Blended with Almond Oil and carefully selected ingredients, this softening trio nourishes dry, tired-looking skin and hands.

This set includes:
  • Almond Cookie Softening Body Wash gently cleanses as it nourishes all over. 12 fl oz
  • Almond Cookie Frappé Body Lotion softens and hydrates all over. 12 fl oz
  • Almond Cookie Nourishing Hand Cream comforts and softens hands. 2.5 oz Holiday Sales

Carol's Daughter Black Friday Specials 
  •  Date: Mon 11/20 - Thurs 11/23
    • Black Friday Preview - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40
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    • Black Friday - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  • Date: Sat 11/25-Sun 11/26
    • Black Friday EXTENDED - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 (limited quantities left!)

Carol's Daughter Cyber Monday Specials 
  • Date: Mon 11/27
    • CYBER MONDAY - Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  •  DateTue 11/28 - Sun 12/3
    • Cyber Monday EXTENDED - Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35

Visit the "special offers" section on for access to savings all season long.

Shopping Savings: Unique Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for that unique and PERFECT gift!  We represent Bevy & Dave History Makers Puzzle Block Set and Airfree Air Purifiers.  Both companies are participating by offering exclusive ONLINE one-of-a-kind discounts for Black Friday Shoppers.   Please see below for more information on these deals:
Bevy & Dave History Makers Puzzle Block Set is happy to announce they will be participating in an ONLINE Black Friday sale and are promoting their one of a kind children's puzzle block set for only $19.99.  This deal will run from 5 am EST until Midnight! 
Airfree is happy to announce they will be participating in ONLINE Black Friday sales and are promoting the following select products:
P3000 – The Airfree P3000 pack will consist of 2 units 
Black Friday Pack Retail price for 2 UNITS is $319.00 
Original MSRP for 1 unit is $299.00 – an AMAZING SAVINGS OF $279.00 ON TWO!

Black Friday Retail: $99.00
Original MSRP: $169.00

Iris 3000
Black Friday Retail: $179.00
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Black Friday Retail $199
Original MAP: $399

Caring Causes: Brem Foundation (Cancer Screening)

Even though breast cancer awareness month has passed, that doesn’t mean that it should be forgotten for another year. While many women can get mammograms free of cost even without insurance, the follow-up exams, biopsies, MRIs and more that may follow abnormal mammogram results are not free, and can be both emotionally and financially devastating.
Why not consider giving the gift of early detection this holiday season to those who may not be able to afford it, or in honor of someone who has battled breast cancer? The Brem Foundation, a non-profit maximizing women’s chances of finding an early, curable breast cancer through education, access, and physician-training, is offering an easy way to donate on the Brem Foundation website so you know exactly what your money is going.
  • $290 buys a diagnostic mammogram
  • $483 buys a core needle biopsy
  • $1,084 buys a breast MRI
A little more about the Brem Foundation:
The Brem Foundation is inspired by Dr. Brem’s mission and life story. Dr. Brem’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33, and given six months to live. She lived for 43 more years. Inspired by her mother, Dr. Brem went to medical school to specialize in Radiology and Breast Imaging, and diagnosed her own breast cancer at age 37. She is still one of the leading breast-imagers in the world today. Her daughter Andrea, now CEO of the Brem Foundation, decided she would not be the third-generation to get breast cancer in her thirties, and at age 30, she had prophylactic double mastectomies.

Contest: Duck brand Stuck at Prom

The fads of prom are ever-changing – from grand ball gowns and traditional black tuxes to two-piece dresses and elaborately patterned jackets. And that’s just the fashion. These days, teens are watching online DIY make-up tutorials, rather than heading to a beauty salon; renting jewelry and accessories rather than buying; and even attending prom solo instead of as a couple.

Now in its 18th year, the Duck® brand Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest is breaking from previous traditions and embracing the ebb and flow of these trends. For the first time ever, creative makers can enter their unique promwear designs to win one of two coveted $10,000 Grand Prizes as individuals (rather than as a couple). There will be one Grand Prize winner in the Dress Category and one in the Tux Category, totaling $20,000.

“For nearly two decades, our Grand Prize winners wowed us with their craftsmanship, attention to detail and wild imaginations. They truly define what it means to be a ‘maker,’ someone who breaks the mold to create something the world has never seen before,” said Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand. “Now that individual entrants have a chance at the top prize, this opens the door for even more students to enter Stuck at Prom, and we’re eager to witness the next generation of designers, artists and innovators.”

Since 2001, the contest has inspired the creativity and uniqueness of students all across the U.S and Canada. Throughout the years, Stuck at Prom® judges, and the public, have awarded creative high school students with more than half a million dollars in scholarships. Students have made countless never-seen-before designs and styles from the hundreds of Duck Tape® colors and prints available, giving these makers the opportunity to showcase their talents and highlight their individuality in new and exciting ways.

Important Dates:
·        Submission Period: April 2 through June 1, 2018
·        Judges Voting Period: June 2 through June 8, 2018
·        Finalists Announced: June 14, 2018
·        Public Voting Period: June 14 through June 25, 2018
·        Grand Prize Winners Announced: July 9

Contest judges responsible for selecting the five finalists in each Category will review all submissions based equally on creativity, workmanship, originality, use of color and design, and the accessories that were created using Duck Tape®The Grand Prize Dress winner and the Grand Prize Tux winner, selected by public vote, will each receive a scholarship prize of $10,000, totaling $20,000. The remaining eight runners up will receive a $100 Duck Tape® prize pack.

For additional details on Stuck at Prom®,

Parenting Pointers: Custody Q&A

I have sole custody of my children. My ex, who lives in another state, has threatened to go to court in his state and get the custody order changed. Can he do that?
The court that will have jurisdiction over custody orders will be the one that is considered the "Home State" of the child - where the child resides.   The Home State of a child would be where the child has resided for the past 6 consecutive months.   However, if she has sole custody of her children and they have been living in the same state with her for 6 months, then her ex is not going to be able to get another court to pay attention to his claim.  
I have sole physical custody of our children. Several times my ex has not returned the kids on time after taking them for a visit, and I'm scared one day he won't return them at all. What are my rights as the custodial parent?
The issue of parents returning children late comes up a lot and it is a difficult one to deal with.   However, it sounds like the greater concern is one about the ex kidnapping the children.   I would ask this parent what other reasons she has to believe that her ex would do not return the children beyond being late at drop-off.    If she does not have objective reasons to fear that the Father will not return the children, the court will most likely not address it.   The court may address the issue of returning the children late as a violation of an agreement or court order, but it is unlikely that the court will take it very seriously without some concrete reason why the lateness leads the mother to believe the children may not be returned at all.  However, if the Father failed to return the children, as the custodial parent she could file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus to have the child returned. Then, the mother could seek to have access terminated or carried out in a supervised setting. 
I've heard that mediation is the best approach to solving child custody matters. Things are so bitter between my ex and me that it's hard to see us sitting down together to work things out. How can mediation possibly work?
Mediation is a great way to resolve conflicts when it works.  Litigation, while it is a significant part of my practice, is a terrible place to resolve conflicts - especially when you are dealing with custodial issues.  I say mediation typically works best when there is not a power imbalance in the room and everyone has a voice.   That said, just because a couple is high conflict does not automatically mean that mediation will not work.   It may mean that the sessions will be more difficult than a couple that communicates well, but it can still be done.   The goal is the same with bitter couples as well as couples that get along -- to do what is best for the children.   So, if we can remind people about that common goal, tempers may be kept in check.   Mediation is definitely worth trying and if it does not work out, then at least you gave it a shot before going to Court.
Jacqueline Newman ( ) is a New York City based divorce lawyer and experienced NY matrimonial law expert. As managing partner of a top tier 5th Avenue Manhattan law firm focused exclusively on divorce, her practice runs the gamut from prenups for high net worth people contemplating marriage to high conflict matrimonial litigation in dissolutions involving complex financial assets and difficult custody issues. A law school lecturer and New York continuing legal education instructor, Jacqueline sheds her fearsome advocate persona to teach mediation and collaborative law as alternatives to lengthy courtroom brawls.
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