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Erica Kennedy Bling: Teachable moments in Books

Posted by Nicole K. on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Books 

Diamonds can be a girls best friend, and if you really decide to take it upon yourself to embrace such an attitude, I say go right ahead. I won't present you with directions to the nearest Tiffany's or Zales, but I will advise you to check out a book that will take you on an unblievable ride. Bling from the author Erica Kennedy tells a fictitious story of the in's and outs of the music business. Take a look at what you should be looking for if you have not already finished this page turner. ...


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Don't Stop London Fog: Upgrade Your Coat Choices For Style

Posted by Nicole K. on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, In : Winter Fashion 

For every woman who has ever gone shopping for the perfect winter coat, you have to know that every closet has to have a Classic Trench in it to ensure that winter is done right every Fall season. London Fog is all I ever knew as far as Classic Trench Brand Names go. I only owned a couple of these in my lifetime. One was a gift that I didn't have the liberty to purchase myself, so I don't even know how much it cost. The other one I purchased at a super bargain price from a local Thrift Store ...


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From Hot Oil to Smooth Gold Bond Ribbons Lotion(s)

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, November 14, 2011, In : Skin 

Sounds delicious, if I ever heeard anything that made me crave chocolate cake and whipped topping, yum is my immediate reaction. Desert aside, I'm thinking in terms of relaxation, bonding, and smooth skin. Alleviating dryness especially during the cold winter months is key, and that's only one part of why I suggest using the new silky smooth Gold Bond Ribbons Body Lotion. One other option is I want you to consider is substitution. Think in terms of a routine massage given using this very inno...


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Bury the Hood Rumors or Make It Happen With Run Athletics

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, November 14, 2011, In : Young People 

Originally, this post spot was reserved for my next post, but one of my favorite sources leaked footage about a new sneaker from a well known Rapper, Run of the group known as Run DMC. Credited by many as being responsible for the Adidas proliferation in the Black Community after the release of their hit song My Adidas in the early 90's. Contrary to what you may believe, as far as we know Adidas is not involved with the release of the new Run Athletics Sneaker being sold at Sears Department S...


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Sunday Politicking: On the Monday After Rick Perry's Fumble

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, November 14, 2011, In : Politics 

Okay I have washed the cake out of my mouth, and now the celebration leads me into the Pete Williams coverage where he is keeping Gwen IFill's seat warm round table on Washington Week. The focus was on Rick Perry who is the competing candidate for the Republican nomination. He experienced a brain freeze at the wrong time during a debate held recently when he could not remember the name of the third government office tht he would eliminate if elected President in 2012. There was certainly s...


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Sally Hansen Salon Effects 320 Kitty, Kitty Style

Posted by Nicole K. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, In : Nail Color 

Alright, this week I have been on this leopard print kick and the adventurous ride is not over yet for me or you. Leopard print makes me feel frisky and playful, but for some the design may be a little bit to Sunset Blvd. Oh it's California alright, but hotter than the boulevard. Wearing it and making a fashion statement with clothing is not for everyone. I'll be the first to admit that personality plays into the style, so doing it on a smaller scale will be right for the conservative and les...


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What Type Are You At Work? Back End/Front

Posted by Nicole K. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Advisor 

The way you see yourself in the scheme of life out in the workplace is really totally up to you. Determine what role you play in performance and delivery and how the outcome affects the future of the company and the overall reputation of your employer. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro does not really matter. It is about taking pride in what you do, and delivering real results. Alright now that I have you thinking positive about your performance, I want you to think about what dr...


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Sunday Politicking: Walking Tall Or Walking Away?

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Politics 

Know when to walk away! From either side, it really is not a fold. Life goes on. The fall from glory is apparent and everyone knows it is real. On Washington Week, Herman Cain is all the talk the circumstances are clear accusations of misconduct from Cain allegedly of a sexual nature have sent his campaign into defensive mode. Now he must decide what is next for him on the campaign trial and in his political future. Anyone who is held in high esteem for any particular reason has a great respo...


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Leopard Print Using Fashion Reinvention

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Fashion 

Ever felt like doing something different but needed a little push in the right direction? Well, that's what we are here for. In all of my teams 14 years in sales, customer service, and related fields, I have learned a thing or two, through trial and error of course, about reinventing myself. One thing I know for sure is: reinvention does not have to mean forgetting old habits or behavior totally. On the contrary, it is really about maintaining a healthy mix, so that you feel different in cert...


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Introducing Duncan The Wonder.......

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, November 4, 2011, In : Duncan's World 

The excitement has been brewing ever since last weeks post, and I could not wait to spill about the amazing new addition to the Abornewords family. Before I do let me tell you that it all kind of happened so fast. The swirling news and then he was just here. Establishing a Dream Team is not easy especially when the weight of the world is on your shoulders and your opponents are many. Building a trustworthy team is even more difficult when the pickings are so few. Our Dream Team is our Wonder ...


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More Mondays: Remington King of ShaveS

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Gifts 

We already showed you how a true King does it in front of a crowd both ways. In comedy and as host of the ever so talked abut game show (It's Worth What) Cedric The Entertainer did his thing. (See A Refresher) Now it is time to show our men that we value them as King of our fantasy castle. In our home and everywhere else our desire for equality has not changed. We are all for equality between the sexes. Still, it's high time we took every opportunity to celebrate our bro-man. Some suggestion...


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More Mondays: Luxury Divas Infinity Turtle Neck Scarf

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Winter Fashion 

In Florida, the Weather can be so beautiful at times. Temperatures are often perfect for the beach even during the winter months. However one thing we Floridians know firsthand is that Florida's weather can also be unpredictable. Cold weather for three days of the week and hot weather for the other four days.  That sporadic zigzag type of weather is what we have grown accustomed too living in The Sunshine State. Now what we have realized is that bundling up during winter is sometimes a hassle...


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Sunday Politicking: Personality and Micro Messages

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Politics 

Taking the lid off of Washington Weeks jar of politic goodies is something that I look forward to because of the mix of personalities and opinions sitting at the table every week. Gwen IFill asked "Why is Herman Cain leading in the polls"? She received a great number of answers, all having to do with personality, realness, and likability. The messages we send out should be something that gets attention by peaking the curiosity of others. Herman Cain has been successful in doing so because Ame...


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Bruise Relief Has All Natural Ingredients To Heal Scarring

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : Topical Products 

As the saying goes sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. You may believe those words or totally reject them, your decision is do either is a personal choice. However, in case you happen to really end up injured not by the words of some malicious deviant using negative language who resist any form of amicable behavior, but by a real flesh wound, bruises, or an abrasion, happening by accident or during your morning run, at the hands of some barbaric individual in a ...


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Arm Surgery 2 Guy Games And Face Time

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Recreation 

To much of a good thing is never good just because of the tendency to fall into habits that might not be good for you. The debate over to much or television, video games, or computer time has been on going for quit some time. Some parents are really confused at what to do about their children's face time in all of the forementioned situations. Many experts and parents alike feel that children should be spending more time on reading or other physical activity.

An abstract of a study conducted...


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Terrific Tuesdays: Considering Characteristics and Comfort and Dressing Down A Look with Flats

Posted by Nicole K. on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Shoes 

On the high or the low, heels do not mix with every woman. Certainly their good on occasion, but please for your sake consider your footsies. Anyone of you (executives, teachers, and even you assistants) with the desk jobs who has ever changed into a pair of comfortable flats, you realize truly that heels have their place. Come on though, who does not want to have comfortable feet? You may not remember the piece I did called New Trend For Women Who Love Shoes Heels and Ugg were featured with...


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Monster Monday's: Beats by Dr. Dre Tour Mobile with Control Talk Headphones

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Gifts 

Quite a few steps up from Gummies which is usually my choice for quality and sound when buying headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre Tour Mobile with Control Talk In-Ear Headphones have ranked high on the Abornewords Watch Radar. Described as the head phones that can crush ordinary ear buds so you wonder what you have been missing.  Well here it is:  Monster claims that "most in ear headphones reproduce low audio frequencies" that cutting off the low end of your music because they simply can't reprod...


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Sunday Politicking: Libya and Politics In Limbo

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Politics 

A backshot or a low blow can not change the impact of the strategy of powerful presence. Gwen IFill is here and she is fulfilling her role as the in between to some of the most influential political junkies in television and print media. The rundown may leave some of the wannabee leaders standing on a lower platform looking up as other candidates like Mitt Romney and Herman Cain get more and more attention. The Shadow of Death is looming over the conversation and the name Moamoar Gadhafi is ...


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Refrigerated: Hersheys Delight An Aerated Chocolate Treat

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, October 22, 2011, In : Reviews 

Are you head over heels in love with chocolate and just have to have the sweet treat within reach at all times? Do you remember how you felt the last time you reined out? I'm picturing cabinent doors slamming, turned over candy dishes, open night stand drawers, and turned over matresses. Forget about it! Close your eyes and wish hard that you were Charlie. You know from Willie Wanka and the Chocolate Factory. Let your fascination and craving take you that far, but make sure you create your ow...


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Ellen Warren: From Skirts to Thongs

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Shapewear 

The Answer Angel has clarified a few things when it comes to fashion that may help some women who are obsessing over skirt and dress lengths. "The most universally flattering skirt length is at or just an inch below the knee" says Ellen Warren. That seems reasonable enough, but going shorter also works well for women with petite bodies. Even with larger legs, a pear shaped petite body looks long and lean because the body build is narrow. Shorter styled skirts go well with sheer fashionable ti...


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Learn From Ron Howard: Share Your World

Posted by Nicole K. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Travel 

Time does not stand still, and life happens so fast as the hands on the clock move. Striking a pose is like striking gold in the snapshot frame. Ron Howard advertised to get all of your best shots, and his plan was to bring the pictures to life on the big screen. "Happy Days" for anyone who has the creative patience and know how to create a visual story that represents life experiences. Howard's search for the right pictures proves that staying connected matters. In Howard's case the pictures...


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Sunday Politicking:The Shift to Gwen IFill's Take and Herman Cain's so called Shine

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Politics 

Away from the Washington Week Panel and into the mind of Gwen IFill as she gave a brainful on Herman Cain's political past concerning his support of Mitt Romney. Herman Cain's current day status is Republican Nominee contender, so is he a traitor or just a strategic opportunist? He could very well be labeled both for arguments sake, and how he comes off will make the difference one way or the other. Think legacy and political future. If done right, he will be remembered more for his accomplis...


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A New Way of Faking It: Fingers Crossed or Winking

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Beauty 

Who in the blink told you that a wink and a smile would get you everywhere, if you did it right? Putting your lash strategy on does not have to be done for the sole purpose of flattering for a cause. Getting your lashes right should mean much more to you, and for most women lash looks are an essential part of their make-up routine. Essence Magazine cited a survey conducted by Cover Girl Cosmetics "if women were forced to choose only one cosmetic, more than 50 percent would select mascara", ac...


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Talking With Parents or A Mentor Might Help

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Advisor 

Talking with your child is like second nature when addressing topics like the birds and the bees as their bodies and emotions are changing, and as they grow up and take their rightful places in society as responsible adults naturally their admiration will lead them away from the parent(s) as hero, and their attention will likely be focused on someone who inspires or interest them in someway. Keeping with that idea, the talks that were once conducted by parents will probably take place with a...


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Get On Our Mailing List

Posted by Nicole K. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, In : Gifts 

It's our pleasure to provide you with creative content from various fields to give you access to information, products, and services that we believe may change your life in some form or fashion. We believe that the information we provide will increase your well-being, and we do so to inspire you to act in some way, and our hope is that you will be entertained each and everyday.

That's why we want you to be the first to know what we have planned throughout the season so that we can send surpris...


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Taming Your Edges Has Never Been Easier

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : Reviews 

For women who choose to go natural, or just manage their braided up strands, finding the right product to help keep your edges looking tight and pulled together is key. Gels work well, but the downside to many is the flaking aspect, and it's never pretty when you end up with dandruff looking particles on your shoulders. Another problem with hair gels is the fact that most harden to support a style. Thinking about the manageability of a style means you have to determine what works best for you...


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Hot Cereal Breakfast Is New And Improved

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : Nutrition 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At some point in your life you heard this phrase or in an attempt to convince some resistant child to eat, you have uttered each and every word with general concern. Hot cereals like oatmeal and Cream of Wheat are ideal breakfast choices and the nutritional value is a parent pleaser. However, in today's fast pace environment, many families are looking for quick and simple breakfast choices that are healthy and tasty.

The texture of oatmeal is wh...


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Sunday Politicking: Women Hold Their Own

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Politics 

A meeting of the minds on Washington Week changed up from the ties who dominated last weeks sit down to the ladies carrying briefcases and balancing on heels. To hear them go deep (on issues like political strategy and fund raising) while also talking about the highly sensitive issue of the constitutionality of a mandate that requires all employees to purchase healthcare insurance, was enough to inspire dresses everywhere. Their brainy and in charge attitudes are proof that women can hold the...


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The Issue of Tattoos and Redefining Diversity

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Executive Minds 

So many things are popular now until the wave of the new just keeps getting bigger. The good, the bad, and the ugly rotate in and out of the spotlight setting the pace for what is hot and what is not. After reading an article (sometime in early September) about Tattoos In the Workplace, I had to speak with my creative team about the subject. We decided it would be a good idea to blog on the subject of diversity in a future blog post, and thus here we are.

From tattoos in the workplace all the ...


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Sales Representatives Care About The Consumer Experience

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, October 7, 2011, In : Executive Minds 


 

 

The sales game may be different from past times when door to door salesman strolled down sidewalks and approached front doors dodging yard dogs and water puddles, but one common thread remains the same even now in modern day consumer meets salesperson situations, the ability to close the sale remains the top priority. Impulse buys are the most common lures when it comes to tagging on the extras as consumers always find it necessary to pick up a snack or two before daunting through the exit ...


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More Mondays: A Tribute to the Color Orange

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Gifts 

Business woman alert! For a highly fashionable look that gives you a casual professional edge, try the Roamans Orange Suit (pictured above) for a reasonable price that will work with every budget. Looking fabulous does not have to cost you a pretty penny. Wow the crowd with your fiery style, and show off your bold attitude. A suit like this will make choosing your outfit for the party easier and you can also dress it down for an amazing casual evening look by pairing the skirt with this Merin...


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More Mondays: Jersey Shore Cast Branding

Posted by Nicole K. on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Branding 

The branding of the bad girl Snooki and her "GTL" cast members The Situation and Pauly D just got bigger with the release of Jersey Shore talking pens now floating around on the retail market at many of your local Walgreens Stores. Who knew Jersey Shore would take it this far? The Wacky Wobblers pictured above are cute mini play things available online. Work well options for little knick knack type of decor if you're into Jersey Shore like that much, but seriously their personalities don't ...


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Sunday Politicking: Gwen IFill and the Ties Play Nice

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Politics 

A scene to admire; Gwen IFill and four men around the table Oh My! The only woman and she didn't appear to be afraid, even a mist all the talk of terror attacks, guns, and killing. What has the table come to? Well, the table has spun through a new intellectual, Pierre Thomas. He's one representing ABC who we don't know real well over here at Abornewords, but he does not disappoint. His verbs and adjective are descriptive and sound off perfect syntax, leaving more written on the walls of my mi...


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Virgin Reborn or Not so Strong?

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : Health 

Can a virgin really be reborn? We got into a discussion about this topic here at Abornewords after watching a clip featuring Anna Faris on David Letterman, and I was on the fence at first. Once a woman takes the leap to become sexually active can she ever make it back to some type of purity? Clearly there is a line that has been crossed that takes her out of the class of the none. I realized quickly that thinking about purity should not even be in the equation because it's really about making...


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October Preparation: Halloween, Fall Decor, Make Up, and More

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Holidays 

Decorating during the holiday season can make the occasion more festive and meaningful, but it can also be an open door to family bonding that is entertaining and fun. During Halloween, if you are not into goblins, witches, blood scenes, and crystal balls, concentrating on fall decor is a perfect alternative. The month of October is ideal for changing things up in your home. Dramatic change of any kind can cause shock, so try to choose a starting point that will help everyone smoothly tran...


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Sunday Politicking: Who is Our Teacher and What Can We Learn From Each Other?

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 25, 2011, In : Politics 

As always the many personalities around the table had lots to talk, about and if you are more or less confused about who's side you're on for the 2012 Presidential Election, then you certainly had a chance to pick an issue that concerned you. Do you care about the balance of power in the UN (United Nations), education, immigration, or gay rights? I'm sorry, but how does the teacher choose to lead the class, when students are behaving badly. We can certainly learn from each other what not to d...


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Using Books For Teachable Moments Within Your Family

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Books 

Reading is a way to encourage the use of imagination. It's a wonderful way to bring character and voice together outside of the television or movie screen. The real beginning way to tell a story and make it your own without using cameras or lighting, and a surefire way to be heard without interruptions from anyone. Without actually speaking verbally or directly to any particular person, you can let the powerful impact of your words ring out and help so many people. That's why I have so mu...


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Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss & Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Demonstration

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Makeup 

Simple looks work for everday life at home or in a professional work environment, and it really only takes a few steps to spruce up your areas of concern, so you will still have plenty of time to juggle work and family. Take a look at a keep it simple make up demo and watch how Maybelline Fit Me Concealer #30 and Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss #16 is used to work miracles. If you are a skeptic, see if this demonstration can change your mind about wearing makeup or using cosmetics products.

Thi...


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End Stuffy Noses and Soothe the Sniffles

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Health 

Does Goose Grease and Honey ring a bell or maybe you just mixed up a batch for flu season?  What is in your medicine cabinet and how do you decide which medications will lace the shelves of that limited space? I really want you to think about the medical products you own and their contents before I tell you why you need Noxzema on your grocery list and in your medicine cabinet.

 

By now I hope you are curious because here is the nosy scoop for a little assistance with your respriatory ailm...


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Movies, Movies, Movies

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Recreation 

DVD rental centers like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video were taken by storm when Netflix tapped into their profits by offering movie lovers various monthly plans for their favorite movie rentals. The only drawback is that for instances where mailing movies is required, the wait time takes away the instant gratification of viewing without delay. However it seemed to balance out because of the convenience of internet viewing. Next came the automated movie peddling machine, Red Box.

What made lot...


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Sunday Politicking: Poverty, Service, and Presidential Approval Ratings

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Politics 

A cool down mixture of all things politics that included a couple of new faces dishing, asking, and answering tough questions one by one. The most vocal person was Beth Reinhard who made it a point to mention diversity, and the best listener was Micheal Fletcher who appeared a little uneasy at the round table, but he was able to loosen up during the Webcast Extra as he unleashed his views on the poverty issue.

Watch the full episode. See more Washington Week.

Hearing President Obama's...


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Compliments and Flirting

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Advisor 

Careful examination of behavior of a flirt is what you want to look at and measure against your own beliefs and standards because each persons boundaries will be a little different. A line should always exist when it comes to determining appropriate behavior as it relates to action(s) and comments. Flirting is much different than a simple compliment. Other clues are usually happening when words are being spoken or in the absence of language other things may give cues that something more is go...


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The Tangled Web of Break Up *ex

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Advisor 

We gave you alternative break up routines and we used your favorite binge food to do it. Now we want to admonish with examples of what unhealthy behavior can birth. Life after a break up is much different than what you knew of when you were a significant other. Sometimes the bond between two people is still not completely broken, even when they have separated. Emotions may still be going crazy, and the thought of a sighting shifts your mood one way or the other. Good or bad feelings are natur...


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Shekhar Eye Research: Chandra Boston Scleral

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Jewelry 

Who can ever forget the ever so popular gold teeth trend of the late eighties when a smile gleamed gold instead of pearly whites. It was a way to show off a hip and cool fad that made dentist very wealthy and young urban African American appear a litter richer on the outside. As time passed the platinum grill took over and diamonds became the new way to show status and wealth. Sure, a new way to floss and stunt was born during the 20th century, but what real purpose do these trends serve. Bes...


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Eyes by Afterglow Cosmetics

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Makeup 

The eyes are the window to the soul" has now become a part of the lyrics to a song called eyes from the artist KasKade. Contemplating on that powerful statement is really a search for deeper meaning in the absence of language. A mother looking into the eyes of her child at age 21, the moment your clear vision returns after an eye examination, or that fierce look sported by the next Top Model. Tyra Banks coined the phrase Smieyes and expanded the concept to tap into our imaginations in her new...


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Sunday Politicking: On the Break of Tragedy Healed

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : Politics 

Now that I've met the majority of the Washington Weeks regulars, the next move is to acquaint you with the latest politic talk in an interesting manner. To get you on the edge of your seats, I will start with the deadly 9/11 attack that happened a decade ago. The tragedy was hurtful to say the least, and not only because of all the fatalities. It was down right crushing because something like that happened right in the heart of America. There was so much more juice on the full show, and you c...


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Cedric The Entertainer:It's Worth What?

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : Gifts 

NBC has Cedric the Entertainer holding all the cards, but for Cedrics early fans who enjoyed his comedic style and big personality on the Steve Harvey Show, his new approach in this serious presentation of the funny may be lacking the familiar attraction that opened the door for him to claim his fame.  Hosting is not new to the comedian great either because he actually hosted a BET show dedicated to comedians on the come up called Comic View.  Recently, he was labeled as being a part of an on...


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Employee-Employee Relationships and Company Policy

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : Advisor 

Once you enter the workforce and become a bread winner your responsibility shifts from personal to professional when it comes to how you behave and deal with people. There are also new rules you have to follow in order to perform within the guidelines of the law, and company policy. A business or company is not excluded from their requirement to function within the guidelines of the laws of the land either so don't ever be intimidated because of the size of a company. Let's focus on rules, co...


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Lady Liberty's New Look and How to Get Yours Celebrity Style

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Beauty 

The tag line for Febreze for the incoming season reads "Fall is in the air. Breathe happy." The Febreeze Fall Collection is sure to change the air in your homely castle. With scents like Apple Spice & Delight how could you not be curious to sniff?  Well our Lady of Liberty has made the news. Besides being the symbol representing liberty, justice, and freedom, she is also a symbol everyone associates with New York, and for good reason too. Hence, a location attribute for the Big Apple. The gab...


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Farming 101 and Reap: Baby Boomers

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Agriculture 

The feeling of being close to the land, near a meadow, and a countrys walk to a shallow creek paints a picture of a place a long distance away from city lights and taxi cabs on a congested interstate highway. Many of the farms located here in the United States easily fit that description. Farm life in the country is totally different from life in the big city, so it's understandable that technology and advancement in a rural area would be far less modern. That's what makes REAP (Rural Energy ...


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Sunday Politicking: Surface Transportation Bill, Information, and Compromise

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Politics 
Gwen IFill described the process of juggling or multitasking in our daily lives as a type of split-screen process when it comes to how we view the current agenda and political strategies of President Obama and his challengers.  Her description wasn't at all surprising to me because of my appreciation for the massive amount of information available nationwide from various media outlets, including television and print sources.

 One critical thing that I can not help but focus on is what I learne...

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SJP (Sara Jessica Parker) Perky Packaging

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Fragrances 
Product Safety is at the top of my list when it comes to marketing to the consumer.  No doubt, safety is one very important aspect to consider before finalizing a purchase. In a previous post Consumer Product Safety: The FDA and You" I mentioned how safety was more important than segmenting target market groups, choosing the right packaging and proper marketing channels. I still believe that too, but I must tell you I saw something recently that made me realize that all things work together t...
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Champion Pace Step: Foot Problems Solved

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Reviews 
There are more fish in the sea does not only apply to the nice pool of catchings that will land you another companion. Right now, more fish in the sea is taking on a whole new meaning; landing out of the dating pool and onto my feet.  My new favorite kicks are called Champion Pace Step.  As a former Rocawear Shoe lover, I can tell you these sneakers trumph.  Toe room is what I value most in my shoes, and after wearing these sneakers for only about a week, I can honestly say, my feet have been...
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Young People On A Positive Level: Take One

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 3, 2011, In : Young People 
The way to encourage and secure the future of our country is to nurture and support the accomplishments of our young people who are working to defy the statistics of high school drop out rates, low college graduation rates, and high felony offender levels leading to incarceration.  Whitney Houston's song  "Greatest Love Of All" reminded us that children are our future. As parents, teachers, and mentors, we have a serious responsibility that requires us to model the type of behavior that will ...
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Tone In Writing

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, September 3, 2011, In : Advisor 
Trust in the message and bring the words like you mean them, but make sure you are careful to consider how your audience will receive wisdom.  Don't forget that your words have power and how you arrange them will determine the level of your tone, so make sure your pitch is right.  By right I mean, amicable and welcoming.  I tell you this with much caution and only because of my love for writing.  In no way am I advising you to hold back your emotions.  All I'm suggesting is that you adequatel...
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Sunday Politicking: Balance In Media Tells it like it is

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : Politics 
The ability to tell it like it is directly states how an audience should feel about receiving the latest news, gossip, or story from the conveying party.  There wasn't much excitement in the eyes of the Washington Week panel this past Friday, but I still felt hungry for a story or two.  Trying to find my spark, I listened to the tell all wondering what would strike me to formulate my own tell it like it is written piece.  Gwen IFill shifted to Jim Tankersley, an Economics Correspondent, openi...
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Beauty Secrets: How Many of Us Have Them?

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : Beauty 
Beauty myths or beauty secrets are shared all over the internet by various brands and other people too.  We want to look our best so that we will feel good about ourselves, but are our Beauty Advisors really spilling the beans on all the tricks of the trade?  For example, many female consumers purchase their hair color from drugstores because they want it quick and easy, and they also don't want their best friend to know how many times they actually color their hair.  Or maybe it's the husban...
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Change Your Ice Cream Break up Binge

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : Travel 
It's no surprise that all to often ice cream is the break up comfort food of choice when things go wrong and relationships end abruptly.  We'll variety never hurt anybody and I'm not talking Neapolitan either!  How about nothing in a bowl, and out of your favorite slippers for a little trip.  The ice cream binge is dead, and an alternative course takes you down a path leading to everything diary.  What?  Let me share an idea for a good time.  Instead of staying home feeling sorry for yourself...
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Hilary Duff with Love ~Fantastic

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : Reviews 
With Love by Hilary Duff is a connotation to something out of this world, different, and fantastic.  That's exactly what you will experience when you wear it ladies, and the hype is well deserved! This fragrance will blow you away easy.  The notes mingled all together is what gets you Hilary Duff branded and you will fall hard, on a high note of Exotic Spice Blend.  My favorite of the four notes included.  It's no wonder it is deemed an expression of love. Not just for family, but the giving ...
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Travels and Meetings that Miss the Media Mark: No TV Read

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, In : Agriculture 
The think tanks in Washington are working together to show Americans that President Obama is not alone in his efforts to address the slowing job market across the United States.  Leaders are going out in various cities meeting with business leaders and members of the community.  These are actual round-table sit downs! 

Just recently in Greenville, SC the USDA's own Catherine Woteki convened with business leaders to try and create a national agenda that encourages new ideas and more job opportu...
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Sunday Politicking: The Democratic Meal Ticket

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 21, 2011, In : Politics 
In a report from Gwen IFill last week, Dan Balz mentioned cleverly how the tiebreaker between Republican choices would narrow and be decided by the results of the Iowa Caucus, identifying the strongest candidate for the front runner position among Republicans.  The round table with John Dickerson tied in and made me focus on how the Democratic Party will benefit form the divide between the Republican Party Candidates.  The fire of the conversation struck a cord of concern about leadership and...
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Dermatologist Tips: Forgetting Uneven Skintone

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 21, 2011, In : Reviews 
Uneven skin-tone is not a problem occurring only on the face.  Skin-tone differences on other areas of the human body are also common.  On the arms, the inner arm is usually lighter than the forearm.  The chest and abdominal area of the body is lighter and easily distinguishable from other parts of the body like the legs which are exposed to more sunlight.  Areas of the body exposed to more sunlight naturally appear darker, and are more prone to discoloration.  Darker skin on the neck can ind...
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Misunderstood Minds: Attention or About Face with Popularity

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Advisor 
A single serving of it's all about me, keeps my plate pretty full these days.  Yes, I'm the center of my own world, a gift of God's creation, all for me.  Too funny for me to laugh alone, so I give in only to tell you that some of you really have that type of mentality.  Gosh (a term used by my grandma all the time) self esteem is a wonderful thing, as long as in the process of being confident, you do not annoy the people around you.  Noses in the air, and still can't get any attention? You m...
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Reading Food Labels Can Save You Big

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Nutrition 
Reading food labels may seem unnessary to someone who is unconcerned about packing on extra pounds, but to the yo yo dieters, calorie counters, and health fanatics who understand a thing or two about serving sizes, the label read is a must.  Reading the label can save you big time calories.  Eating extra servings can lead to an extra 5-10 lb. weight gain annually.  Take it from someone who knows.  Personal experience is the best teacher, and after losing about 80 pounds (three pants sizes) yo...
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Consumer Product Safety: The FDA and You

Posted by Nicole K. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, In : Beauty 
Putting products on the market for sale extends further than segmenting target market groups, choosing the right packaging, and selecting appropriate marketing channels.  Cosmetic Firms must also be sure to label the product(s) properly and provide instructions for proper use so that consumers are aware of hazards and side effects that might occur upon usage.  The manufacturer owes the consumer a Duty of Care (not to set out to hurt or harm) under the law.  Some of the more common adverse rea...
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Sunday Politicking: Republicans Debate Numbers and Results

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Politics 
In this political side bar of Washington Week Judy Woodruff met roundtable with John Harwood and Jackie Calmes and did not hesitate in laying out the bait for the dish.  Introducing the feast, If "ten dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of revenue increase" was the only logical answer for America's budget crisis, should that type of legislation make it though committee?  There was talk about the political ideologies of Republicans and their campaign strategies for low or no taxes, and a...
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Mack Your Makeup: Miami Girls Have Access

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Makeup 
Being born a girl is associated with all things new, youthful, and colorful.  Who has never heard the phrase anything boys can do girls can do better?  Sugar and spice and everything nice is also another phrase yammered from the mouths of girls trying to keep up with those nothing but trouble boys!  Call it girl power, women's lib, or the battle of the sexes, but statements like that encourage and uplift females competing in a society that often overlooks the value of women past motherhood or...
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Agriculture News and Talk: Practical Law

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Agriculture 
Undeveloped land masses in Detroit has gained the attention of John E. Mohk, a Professor of Law at Wayne State University, Mohk believes that proper regulation enacted by Detroit officials through city ordinances will help to promote large scale growing efforts as opposed to only the locals growing food in their backyards.  Apparently, Mohk thinks that city officials are stalling because of their concern for the community.  Mohk claims that a lot of the available land in the city is contamina...
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New Trend For Women Who Love Shoes

Posted by Nicole K. on Friday, August 5, 2011, In : Shoes 
Leah Remini brought us the funny on Kings of Queens in character as the confident and bold Carrie Heffernan, but these days she's getting cozy on the new CBS round table The Talk, so let's speak on it!  Can you say conversation rival The View?  Besides the different personalities on The Talk that includes the well known Mrs. O, the show makes for a seasoned afternoon treat loaded with opinionated, charismatic broads with style and attitude.  Their flavor is a lot different than anything you a...
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Marijuana -vs- Alcohol

Posted by Nicole K. on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Gifts 
If you are a Red Fox fan from back in the day, you might remember the super funny episode of Sanford & Son when Fred (the character Red Fox portrayed) used marijuana in a salad fearing he would be caught and arrested for holding the bag.  I laughed so hard at that episode.  It was hilarious.  In line with the whole marijuana issue, California made an unsuccessful attempt to legalize the use of marijuana.  The people voted and the no's reined supreme.  The Golden State would not go down in his...
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Nicole K. In 2002, I earned an Associate In Arts Degree from Brevard Community College. I'm currently focusing on commentary, blogging, freelance writing, music, and social networking. Happy Anniversary Oct. 28
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