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Caroline Boyce

Safety Tips for the Holidays November 29, 2012

Filed under: Christmas,Holidays — Caroline Boyce @ 11:28 am
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Safety Tips for the Holidays.


The Next Generation of Male Groups in Pop Music November 28, 2012

Filed under: Music — Caroline Boyce @ 9:48 pm
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CLASS A — This is another very interesting group I recently came across …Class A were created by Noble Artist Management in 2011 following a nationwide search for six great-looking guys who could sing, dance and write their own music. They are currently working on their first album – an eclectic mix of strong melodies, bold harmonies and high production values.  This exciting new act throws down the gauntlet and leads the way for the next generation of male groups in the pop music genre.

Having launched in central London UK this Summer and seen their music videos go viral in Asia, trending in the top ten global music acts and charting at number 7 and 5 with Fighting for the Stars and Superhero respectively, Class A has quickly established itself  as a brand with global potential and is attracting serious interest both at home and abroad. Members: James Poole, Robin Varley, Jake Birnie, Seb Kinder, Craig Plant and Sean Ryan (bio taken from their facebook page)

American Nigerian Afro Beat Artist — A Must

Filed under: Music — Caroline Boyce @ 12:40 am
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I just got turned onto this very unique Artist De’boyed – Iyawo — My name is De’boyed & I’m a singer, rapper, & song writer. My debut CD is out right now with CD baby for download.  — When I read “rapper” I confess I was expecting something totally different than what I heard … I think this guy really has something worth listening to and makes you want to move to the music … check out his videos and listen to a few of his tunes;  let me know if you agree.



A Great Christmas Gift @ Tundra Books November 27, 2012

Filed under: Book,Holidays,Inspiration — Caroline Boyce @ 3:01 pm
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My kid’s other Mom Melissa Hardy-Trevenna posted this today on facebook…
“My publisher, Tundra Books, has asked that I share this link with you for a monthly giveaway copy of my new Young Adult novel, The Geomancer’s Compass:”  This will make a great Christmas gift.  Click this link:  http:tundrabooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/tuesdays-with-tundra-25/

The Geomancer’s Compass for ages 12+; I can’t wait to get my copy! A great Christmas present for the young adult in your life?  Click the pic to Buy!

This futuristic novel has all the elements a Young Adult  fiction needs to draw critical attention from reviewers, and to elicit award-nominations. It is thematically interesting, culturally diverse, well-written, futuristic, and very funny.

“The year is 2021 and sixteen-year-old computer whiz Miranda Liu’s world has turned upside down. Summoned to her grandmother’s deathbed, Miranda finds herself entrusted with a family heirloom – a seventeenth century geomancer’s compass – as well as a sacred mission to honor ancient Chinese magic. With humor, intelligence and suspense, The Geomancer’s Compass imagines a world in the near future while exploring the Chinese immigrant experience and the expanding, elastic and shifting nature of reality.”


Support Terri Clark and Vote November 26, 2012

Filed under: Country Music,Music,Terri Clark — Caroline Boyce @ 8:38 pm
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VOTE – TERRI CLARK CLASSIC –This  is an easy vote; no logging in required.

Please support my friend Terri and Vote … Thanks in advance!



One Week Left to Enter Boyce & Hart Contest

Filed under: Boyce and Hart,Music — Caroline Boyce @ 11:06 am
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Make Your Own Creations Contest –Only a week left to play so get your entries in to us right away! Here’s the link (see feature post for details): https://www.facebook.com/boyceandhartpicturecreations  Bobby Hart will personally autograph a photo for each of the contest winners! Winners will also receive a bonus Boyce and Hart logo flashlight keychain!! … Thanks Noranne Gavin & Boyce & Hart


10 Spices, Herbs That Aid Weight Loss

Filed under: Health and Fitness — Caroline Boyce @ 10:33 am
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Top 10 Herbs and Spices to Help You Lose Weight

1. Ginseng

Ginseng is valued for its ability to boost energy levels and speed metabolism. Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits, with one study showing obese, diabetic mice given panax ginseng extracts not only had improvements in insulin sensitivity, but also lost a significant amount of weight after 12 days.



2. Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat, may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body. Part of the benefit may be due to capsaicin’s heat potential, as it is a thermogenic substance that may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body, where your body burns fuel such as fat to create heat, with beneficial impacts on metabolism and fat storage. Research suggests that consuming thermogenic ingredients may boost your metabolism by up to 5 percent, and increase fat burning by up to 16 percent. It may even help counteract the decrease in metabolic rate that often occurs during weight loss.

3. Cinnamon

This spice may help to boost your metabolism, and it also has impressive benefits for blood sugar regulation, making it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Cinnamon has been found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, as well as increase glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar.


4. Black Pepper

Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which not only gives it its pungent flavor, but also blocks the formation of new fat cells. When combined with capsaicin and other substances, black pepper was also found to burn as many calories as taking a 20-minute walk. As an aside, black pepper also increases the bioavailability of just about all other foods — herbs and other compounds – making it a healthy choice for virtually any meal.


5. Dandelions

Every part of the dandelion is edible and full of nutrition. And because they help slow your digestion, they can make you feel full longer, helping you maintain a healthy weight. Dandelions have antioxidant properties and contain bitter crystalline compounds called Taraxacin and Taracerin, along with inulin and levulin, compounds thought to explain some of its therapeutic properties. Along with being full of dietary fiber, dandelions also contain beta carotene, vitamin K1, vitamins and minerals, and are known for being beneficial for normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as cleansing your liver.


6. Mustard

The mustard plant is actually in the cruciferous family of vegetables (along with broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, for instance). Mustard seeds have been shown to boost metabolic rate by 25 percent, which means you’ll burn calories more efficiently. In fact, just 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help you burn an extra 45 calories an hour.


7. Turmeric

If you’re a fan of curry, you’re probably also a fan of turmeric, as this is the yellow-orange spice that makes the foundation of many curry dishes. Curcumin, one of turmeric’s most thoroughly studied active ingredients, reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it, and therefore may contribute to lower body fat and body weight gain. Curumin may also be useful for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases, as the interactions of curcumin with several key signal transduction pathways in the body result in improvements in insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders.

8. Ginger

Ginger is another warming spice that has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help soothe and relax your intestinal tract. Research also suggests that ginger may have thermogenic properties that help boost your metabolism, as well as have an appetite-suppressant effect when consumed, suggesting a “potential role of ginger in weight management.”


9. Cardamom

Cardamom, an aromatic spice with a spicy-sweet flavor, is another thermogenic herb that helps boost your metabolism and may boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Cardamom is a popular herb used in Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of medicine and natural healing from India.



10. Cumin

Cumin is useful for digestion and energy production, and may improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. The spice has a long history of medicinal use, and has also been found to enhance memory and provide potent anti-stress benefits.

By Dr. Mercola —I just had to share — I found this at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/26/herbs-and-spices.aspx?e_cid=20121126_DNL_US_art_2


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