Archives for the month of: November, 2017


Most of us tend to overextend ourselves and over-exert our muscles in making holiday preparations. Salonpas ( has introduced its Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid and Pain Relieving Cream formulas to offer quick relief when muscles are aching and sore.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been applying both the liquid roll-on and the cream to body areas that were screaming “ouch” – and are happy to report we got quick relief from a sore shoulder, tense neck muscles, and aching ankles. The cream form of Salonpas Lidocaine Plus absorbs quickly into the skin without any stinky medicinal odor, and the unscented liquid roll-on was very easy to use because it conforms readily to contours of the body and your fingers never touch the formula. Keep both handy in your medicine chest!

Both Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid in the roll-on applicator and the Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream in the squeeze tube make perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays, especially for those in the senior age category or individuals who tend to be very physically active!

Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid and Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream – Gotta Love It!




This post is directed at the women in our audience who want to do something to promote good breast health. We were invited several weeks ago to test out “Nightlift”, the night time sleep bra developed by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Randal Haworth, MD, FACS (

This specially designed piece of lingerie helps to prevent breast sagging and drooping. We were skeptical about being comfortable throughout the night wearing Nightlift but have to admit that after three weeks of nightly wear we do notice a nice difference and can attest to Nightlift’s claims regarding helping the breast skin and connective tissues against stretching and drooping. This bra also feels silky smooth and looks sexy, so we’re including it in our recommendations as  a quality holiday stocking stuffer, both for yourself and for the ladies on your gift list. The Nightlift website features a full line of lingerie styles you can choose from.

The Nightlift Night Time Sleep Bra – Gotta Love It!


Mike McCourt pours fudge

If you will be travelling and experiencing someone’s hospitality during the 2017 Holiday Season, it’s nice to arrive with something special for your hosts. The Original Murdick’s Fudge from Martha’s Vineyard ( always makes a sweet and welcome gift. It also serves as a lovely thank you gift shipped to the recipient after your visit and Murdick’s ships worldwide. December 15th is the cut-off date for holiday shipping this season.

We recently sampled Murdick’s Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut and Peanut Butter (our favorite) Fudge varieties and found it absolutely delicious, a very sweet and solid candy that melts in your mouth. Just a small square goes a long way!  This “Slice of the Island” as their candymakers call it,  is handsomely packaged so that it is guaranteed to arrive fresh. You can also preserve it in your freezer for up to 3 months to savor after the holidays. Pictured above is Mike McCourt pouring fudge, using the same techniques and recipes the company has used since 1887.

The Original Murdick’s Fudge from Martha’s Vineyard – Gotta Love It!


Sending all of our faithful readers warm wishes for a Happy
Thanksgiving Day  and a holiday season filled with abundance and peace.

Thanksgiving and the 2017 Holiday Season – Gotta Love It!


If your budget for Christmas gifts this year isn’t as generous as you would like, you can learn how to make your shopping dollars go farther by using “ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper’s Guide to Smart Fashion” by Allison Engle, Reise Moore and Margaret Engle, published by Imagine! (

Thrift and resale shops across the country offer a bounty of treasures, many high-ticket brands and vintage items in gift-giving condition, for the savvy shopper. ThriftStyle teaches you how to shop for the best bargains at these places and what to look for, whether you are searching for ties, sweaters, designer jewelry or a winter coat and matching leather boots.  This book clues you into valuable information and tips that the pros know when it comes to making purchases as much as 90% discount.

“ThriftStyle” by Allison Engle, Reise Moore and Margaret Engle – Gotta Love It!


Most cities throughout the country have fine Mexican restaurants, but many Latin American culinary cultures are hard to find. But author Patricia Cartin now makes it possible to celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Latin America at home with her newly released “A Taste of Latin America: Culinary Traditions and Classic Recipes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela”, published by Charlesbridge (

This wonderful collection of recipes from  10 Latin American countries features bold and colorful photography to illustrate the dishes that are the heartbeat of many a Latin American kitchen.  The Costa Rican-born Cartin devotes about 8 recipes to each country, and they range from soups and side dishes to main courses and sweet treats. This book will make a welcome holiday gift, as it is a vibrant feast for the eyes as well as the senses. If you have never explored Latin American cooking, this book is a valuable addition to your library and your culinary education.

“A Taste of Latin America” by Patricia Cartin – Gotta Love It!


“Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home”, published by Tally Ho! Publishing (, written by Jody Dean and  illustrated beautifully by Susie Lee Jin, tells the loving story of an excited dachshund dog named Roxie who is moving from foster care to a forever home.

This story is a loving way to help both parents and children explore the jumble of emotions, ranging from excitement to fear, that children especially experience during the adoption process. It is also a lovely story to help everyone adjust when two families are being blended by re-marriage. Roxie the Doxie  includes a very beneficial parent & therapist guide for adoptive families by professional therapist Renee Smola so this charming tale can encourage open discussion about everyone’s feelings and misgivings when a family adopts.

“Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home” – Gotta Love It! 


Theatre program director Cass Foster didn’t want to let a lack of time keep students from enjoying the great plays of William Shakespeare, so he designed a very clever series called “Sixty Minute Shakespeare” published by Five Star Publications (

This abridged version provides an appetizing taste of the Bard’s best works, rich and imaginative but minus the weightiness and length. Other titles in this series include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Taming of the Shrew.  Sixty Minute Shakespeare volumes are a great way to introduce students to this literary giant, either by individual play or the entire collection. Cass has included great resource material about Shakespeare and his plays themes at the front of each book for further exploration.

Sixty Minute Shakespeare by Cass Foster — Gotta Love It!


Here’s a great stocking stuffer for the holidays, a little gem of a book by former advertising executive Don Hermann called “What Is The Meaning of Life?”  from Andrews McMeel Publishing ( 

It offers the reader a collection of 92 deceptively simple questions to ponder, such as “What was the one event that most changed the course of your life?”, “How many people know ‘the real you’?”, and “Who has taught you the best lesson you ever learned?”. Open the book to any page, by yourself or with friends, and you’ll be surprised how much you will discover! You may just learn more from the questions asked than the answers given.

What Is The Meaning of Life? by Don Hermann — Gotta Love It!


Whose heart wouldn’t melt at the sight at that happy pooch on the cover of Tom Baker’s “One Dog’s Faith” from Evergreen Press (

Told from the perspective of author Baker’s shelter adopted dog, the book explores the many ways that humans can learn from a dog’s day to day behavior, becoming more trusting and present oriented, and enjoying every little moment that this experience called life has to offer.  This is definitely a wonderful stocking stuffer for the dog-lover in your life.

One Dog’s Faith by Tom Baker – Gotta Love It!