Thursday, December 12, 2013

@beautypress #HolidaySpotlightDay offers up some great holiday gift ideas for men and women! #bbloggers #beauty

I love discovering Beauty Brands that are completely new to me or new products from old favorites, making Beauty Press Spotlight Day one of my favorite Press Events to attend in New York City, it packs the wallop of a conference into a much more scaleable amount of time to take out of one day, but offers a wealth of knowledge and products and tons of one-to-one time directly with the brands!

Kaia Wine Bar
Kaia Wine Bar

This year Beauty Press held it's first Holiday Spotlight Day event at Midtown Loft & Terrace where Beauty Enthusiasts, Editors, PR representatives, retail and 10 exhibiting Beauty Brands where able to mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.

Palais de Thes
Palais de Thes

Palais de Thes was on hand with their latest holiday tea collection and a sneak peek of N•25 Black Tea! Kaia Wine Bar provided us with South African hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, while Baked by Melissa offered mini cupcakes for dessert!

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better, Helping Women With Cancer

Because of the way I worked the room, this is really the first company I interacted with, and with it being the time of year when people want to find ways to give back to show how grateful they are for all the ways they were blessed during the year, I was very happy to meet look good feel better who are helping women with cancer. There are tons of ways to partner with them to help, you can volunteer, donate and right now there is a super easy way to give back, the #PinItToGiveIt campaign! For every image that is re-pinned from the specially designed Elizabeth Arden Pinterest Board, one product will be donated to Look Good Feel Better! How simple is that? You can literally make someone's day by doing something that will take not even a second! I've already re-pinned and I hope my dearest butterflies that all of you reading this will to. 

You all know by now why any Cancer Charity gets my full attention, and what Look Good Feel Better is doing to assist those with cancer is amazing. I know first hand that the first thing it is does especially during treatment is make you un-reconizable to yourself, it makes you feel horrible on the inside and changes you on the outside as well. 

A boost to morale and self-esteem in a way that is empowering and not filled with Pity is critical. I am so glad I got to meet with Look Good Feel Better in person! I remember during my last hospital stay, family had brought over one of my favorite lipglosses and one of the many doctors I had to see each morning, looked at me and said 'well I see somebody is feeling better'. I actually wasn't, but I made it a point to make some sense of my hair and do something about my face that day, and perception is sometimes half the battle. We definitely got a good laugh, and I could hear the doctors and the shift nurses tease I must have been expecting a date. Did primping up change my situation? No. But doing a little something to feel more like myself again was a great motivator to keep fighting. I love that there is someone out there doing this for other women, and for all the makeup artists among my readers, if you have the time, please consider donating your services.

OK, so now I'll go in Alphabetical Brand Order to give you a taste of what else I discovered at Beauty Press Holiday Spotlight Day:


BioElixia, Cellulite Contour Cream, Stretch Mark Diminishing Cream, Firming Toning Body Lotion, Exfoliating Body Polish and Radiance Body Cleanser

For guys who are tired of hearing 'Do these jeans make me look FAT?', consider slipping some of these fine products in her stocking (with jewelry of course!) and for the man in need of a creative 'push gift' for his 'baby mama' - BioElixia is where beauty meets science and with products like Cellulite Contour Cream, Stretch Mark Diminishing Cream, Firming Toning Body Lotion, Exfoliating Body Polish and Radiance Body Cleanser, she'll be back to her 'pre-baby body' in no time! This is also perfect for someone on your list who has lost a ton of weight, as their skin may need that extra boost. And in case Santa doesn't slip anything like this in your stocking and you are a new mom or have lost a bit of weight and want to get your skin to look as great as you feel, treat yourself, the prices definitely won't break the bank, and you can feel safe that with 14 years of research under their belts, they've got this down to a science! (I'll give you a more thorough report once I've had a chance to road test the products!)


Brocato Hair Products

Brocato Hair Products were back at Beauty Press for the Holiday Spotlight, and I can tell you that you can never go wrong with any gift related to hair, taming of the tresses is always a perpetual battle and the gift of a happy hair day is priceless my friends! And what you might not know about the products is that there is a butterfly connection! the NANO SILK COMPLEX which is the active ingredient in Supersilk is rich in amino acids and the formula is derived from the cocoon of a butterfly AFTER they have flown away. It is also 100% formaldehyde free, nourishes strands from the inside out and is good for frizzy hair types! Needless to say the color caught my eye too, I'm going for a change for 2014 and cut and color is definitely on my agenda!

M. Asam

M. Asam Signage During Beauty Press Holiday Spotlight Day in New York City

For those HSN and QVC fans among us you may already be familiar with M. Asam, but for those of you who are not, they are a luxury skin care line for all skin types and for all ages that uses a patent pending VINO GOLD complex based on the anti-aging ingredients that are extracted from Grapes combined with a range of herbal extracts and vitamins. The peptide complex offers high protection against free radicals and helps against the appearance of premature skin - ie less wrinkles and a much younger looking complexion.

This is definitely perfect for those hard to shop for's on your holiday gift list! And for those of you with Sensitive Skin or those who prefer fragrance free products you may want to check out their Aqua Intense line! For those of you with someone who already has beautiful skin on your list, you can bet they are probably particular and very discerning, you can't go wrong with slipping some M. Asam into their holiday stocking!

Mani Diaries

Mani Diaries

Ever forget that nail polish color you got at a salon? Loved it, but it wasn't a spot you typically frequent or got it while traveling. Did you a visit a salon you don't normally visit and want to remember who your manicurist was? Mani Diaries is a free app for your iPhone that lets you track, manage and share your mani or pedi, you can show off yours or admire those posted by other users. Seeing all that beautiful nail art and colors are bound to give you ideas to refresh your look! So give your iPhone a gift and download the free app and open up a world of fun ideas for yourself. (Bet you won't be able to resist using the app when you are in a waiting room!)

Menaji Skincare

Menaji Skincare

Who said when it comes to Beauty we have to leave out the Men?

Menaji - is Skincare for the Confident Man! Men have skin concerns too, Acne, Chapped Lips, Dark Under-Eye Circles, Dull Skin Tone, Razor Burn and more. For instance did you know that Men typically have larger pores than we do? While we envy those thick beautiful lashes most men seem to have, I certainly don't envy their larger pores.

Menaji Skincare, CAMO Concealer, HDPV Anti-Shine Powder

It's not just men in television that are using Makeup, high powered sales and ad men have been using Makeup for awhile now, so if you have a rockstar man in your life who needs to always be camera ready and wants a 'no muss' solution, Menaji's CAMO concealer is made for him with it's lip balm sized applicator and 3 shades to match light, medium and bronze skin tones, he can reduce dark circles, hide scars, bumps and blemishes. If he really does have to be camera ready, like HD camera ready, then you might want to get him Menaji's HDPV Anti-Shine Powder that is designed for the unforgiving clarity of high definition television!

Menaji Skincare

I love the cigar box packaging and can definitely think of a ton of guys on my list who this would be perfect for! And the guy you gift this to will be in great company because apparently a wide variety of celebrity men in the know are using this brand, check out the who's who on their page of celebs who use MENAJI products!

Orlane Paris

Orlane Paris

I am sure my 'price is no object' girls are probably already quite familiar with Orlane, I definitely am and was happy to see them represented at The Beauty Press First Annual Holiday Spotlight Day! The House of Orlane definitely has something for everyone, Make Up, Fragrances, Skin Care and you can shop by category or skin care concern making it easier to find the Orlane system that is best suited to your needs and your individual skin type. While their products are pricey, their newest baby B21 EXTRAORDINAIRE is on Pre-Order and is already out of stock, so that definitely should tell you just how in demand their products are!

Pour le Monde

Pour le Monde

You know just how much Ascending Butterfly loves Brands that Give Back. I live in Gratitude every day. And every day I'm in awe just to get another day, for me giving back is the best way to show the Universe my gratitude for the blessings that are bestowed to me daily, and apparently Pour le Monde feels the exact same way!

Pour le Monde

I love that their perfumes are 100% natural and are NPA certified! (NPA = National Products Association), made with ingredients harvested from around the world.

Pour le Monde, Fragrance, Together, Empower, Envision

Some of the charities they support include: Cancer Support Community, Guiding Eyes For the Blind, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society! 10% of the net sale of each fragrance supports a specific charity, EMPOWER benefits Guiding Eyes for the Blind, ENVISION benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and lastly TOGETHER benefits the Cancer Support Community. If you have special ladies in your life that you tend to buy fragrance for as a holiday gift, please consider supporting Pour le Monde, and let the recipient know which charity their fragrance supports so that when they spray it on they know that they are helping others by supporting Pour le Monde! Needless to say the next time I am about to make a scent purchase they will be top on my list!


Savane Natural and Organic Skincare, Ethical Sourcing
Savane Natural and Organic Skincare, Ethical Sourcing

Savane Organic Skincare is a bit 'old meets new', they use the ethnobotany of Southern African Plants combined with modern Green Science to protect skin against premature aging and restore its natural balance.

Savane Natural and Organic Skincare, Ethical Sourcing

I have to admit I loved the way they decorated their table! It was the eye-catching display that lured me in, but I stayed for the great advice!

Savane Natural and Organic Skincare, Ethical Sourcing

I was able to describe my skin concerns and got an 'on-the-spot' remedy to take home in the form of Savane's Anti-Aging Lift Serum which contains: Kigelia, Baobab and Buchu and helps to feed skin with a potent blend of natural antioxidants. The Kigelia has skin tightening and firming properties which reduce wrinkles, Baobab, Rooibos and Buchu fight free radical damage, soothe skin and help even out skin tone. I am a serum fan and I love trying out new serums, I experience less reaction and my pores don't clog as much testing serums as they do with testing creams, so I am always up for a serum test and I recommend this one! And an extra thumbs up for the 'Beauty without Cruely' to animals seal! They also are certified organic by Ecocert which is an independent certification agency. I definitely look forward to trying out more items from their line and reporting back to you!

My Take:

As always Beauty Press delivered a great mix of brands I already know and trust and brands that were new to me in an environment that is always conducive to not only networking but getting in those questions and one to one time that is truly invaluable in a very relaxed atmosphere. While I still very much have to attend tradeshows, I find that Spotlight Days feel less like 'work' and more like a discovery zone which I very much appreciate.

Butterflies which brand resonates most with you? Which one would you most like to try? Let them know you saw them featured on Ascending Butterfly so we can hopefully come back with something fun for YOU too!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Beauty Press Network. This is NOT a compensated post, it is an event recap. This is NOT a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Butterfly Kiss!

Happy Wordless Wednesday, no formal linky here so bloggers just comment with a link to your Wordless Wednesday Post so we can go visit your photo today too! (No Giveaways Please!)

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Motivation Monday: My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote!

This has always been my favorite Nelson Mandela Quote:

"Our Deepest Fear is Not that we are inadequate. Our Deepest Fear is That we are Powerful Beyond Measure." ~ Nelson Mandela

We lost a leader who truly led by example, but he wouldn't want the world to be darker in his absence, he would want us to shine our lights even brighter and apply our collective individual light to making this world shine brighter.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

{Last Chance!} RSVP for the #DotheDownton @worldmarket Virtual #Tea Party 12/8/13 11 am PST/2 pm EST!


FIRST WAY TO PLAY: (This is the HEART of what this fun day is all about! YOU!) 

Here's the 1,2,3:

What: #DoTheDownton Tea Party

When: 12/8/13


1. On December 8th make your favorite tea and put it in your prettiest tea cup!

2. Put up that pinky! Then take a sip, but don't forget to take a photo! A friend can take it for you or you can totally rock out with a tea drinking selfie!

3. Don't forget to upload it! -  Upload your photo on any of your social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) showing off your best Tea Party Pose (pinky up please) and include the hashtag #DoTheDownton and tag @WorldMarket along with your photo


(10) - $100 World Market Gift Cards
(10) - Exclusive Downton Abbey Tote Bag
(10) - Exclusive Downton Abbey Tea Mugs

These prizes will be drawn by Cost Plus World Market and winners will be notified directly by Cost Plus World Market!

Here is Ascending Butterfly in her #DoTheDownton Tea Pose:

Get more Deets on World Market's Tumblr Page here:

SECOND WAY TO PLAY: (oh no biggie, just a dream trip to London)

Do you want to win a Dream Trip to London literally fit for royalty?

Enter for a chance to win the Downton Abbey Sweepstakes here

Grand Prize Package:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Trip for 2 to London, England (including hotel + accommodations)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Private tour of Highclere Castle

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit to the set of Downton Abbey

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - $1,000 World Market Gift Card

Three (3) First Prizes:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - $500 World Market Gift Card

These prizes will be awarded directly by Cost Plus World Market!

THIRD WAY TO PLAY/ The PARTY: (How about a 'Social Media Sandwich with that tea?)

The Official #TwitterPartyDJ is hosting a 'Social Media Hop', this is not just a twitter party my friends, it's a party for the most popular of the social channels, so you don't like twitter no worries, join us on facebook, don't have either of those but like Google +, cool you can join us there too! Remember, pinkies down for typing!

Details for an afternoon of #DoTheDownton fun:

Date: 12/8/13

Hashtag: #DoTheDownton - This hashtag will be used on ALL channels so be sure to use this hashtag in all your tweets, status updates on facebook and google plus as well as instagram!

Times and Channels:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 11 am PST / 2 pm EST - Twitter: The party kicks off on twitter (the door prize will be given away the first 15 minutes of the party! so don't forget to RSVP using the Rafflecopter RSVP Widget Below), there will be prize packs given away every 15 minutes!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 12 pm PST / 3 pm EST - Facebook - The party will move to Facebook and there will be prize packs given away every 15 minutes there too!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST - Google Plus - The party will become a Google Plus Hangout and there will be prize packs given away every 15 minutes here too!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 pm PST / 5 pm EST - Twitter Again: The party starts and ends on Twitter, there will be prizes drawn every 15 minutes and the last prize is the GRAND PRIZE!

Prizes for the Social Media Party Sandwich Virtual Tea Party:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Door Prize: $150 World Market Gift Card, Downton Abbey Tote, 2 Mugs

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Prize Packs:  $50 World Market Gift Card, Downton Abbey Tote, 2 Mugs

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grand Prize: $250 World Market Gift Card, Downton Abbey Tote, 2 Mugs

The Twitter Party Prizes will be drawn by the party host and both the party host and co-hosts will be notifying winners throughout the twitter parties, so be sure to follow the sponsor @worldmarket, party host (yours truly), @Tracy_Iglesias and my secondary handle in case I get put in twitter jail @Ascending1), and our co-hosts @Mommy PR, and her secondary handle @Mommypr_feed and @jessienuez and her secondary handle @TheWiredFamily for party prizing announcements.

Please note that the prizing during the Facebook Party and Google Plus Hangout will be drawn directly by our Sponsor Cost Plus World Market so follow all instructions in the status updates posted during the party on both of their pages.




Please RSVP using the Rafflecopter Widget Below! Please remember to follow the sponsor, host and all co-hosts as per rafflecopter instructions, we need to be able to Direct Message you if you win! Please note the 'Door Prize' and 'Grand Prize' as listed above in Prizing will only be drawn from those who RSVP, All 'Prize Packs' will be awarded to ALL active participants in the twitter party.

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FTC Dislcosure: This is a Sponsored Twitter Party in conjunction with Cost Plus World Market. All prizes are non-transferable with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor's Sole Discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a Winner with their Prize the Sponsor may elect to provide such Winner the approximate value of said prize in an alternate prize of comparable value. Prizes will be awarded via a random drawing and winners will be notified via Twitter's Direct Messaging System. All Winners must respond to the notification within 24 hours or an alternate winner will be selected. Party hosts and co-hosts are NOT responsible for shipment of prizing, shipping fees or insurance, prizes will be fulfilled by Cost Plus World Market. Sponsors or hosts are not responsible for lost, late or mis-directed mail. Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes awarded. Odds of winning are based on the number of tweets, status updates and Google Plus participants during each respective entry period. No Purchase Necessary. Prizes will be honored and shipped to winners ages 18 + who are United States Residents. Contest and Sweepstakes is NOT affiliated with Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.

Friday, December 6, 2013

#ad: @Univision and @jnjcares Want You to Vote for "The Family of Today" #LaFamiliadeHoy

#ad: This is a compensated post in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect, All Opinions Expressed are 100% my own. I have been selected among a group of Latina Bloggers to help spread awareness about Johnson & Johnson and Univision's "La Familia De Hoy" campaign. See below for additional disclosure information.

La Familia de Hoy Logo

Today's Modern Family is a bit more complex in structure, but at it's core are people who love one another un-conditionally, and parents who want to see their children do that much better than they ever could. For me, my family is filled with people who are in every sense of the word 'my family' although not all are related by blood or marriage. It's a different kind of family, the friends that have really been there are the sisters and brothers that I didn't get from God, my mother's childhood friends were the Aunts I wasn't given by blood, who all have very special places in my heart.

I think for the most part the notion of a 'traditional' family has been very much turned on it's head in this day and age. And that's a good thing.

Here is one of my favorite 'family photos:

Ascending Butterfly Birthday with mom and aunts
That's me laughing hard about to cut my birthday cake!

In this picture on the very right and very left are my 'Tia's'/Aunts, they are not my Aunts by blood, but by something more meaningful, time and love. They were there every step of the way in my life and still are! Their children are my 'cousins' even though we are not related and many modern day families of 'today' are comprised of people who are not always related by blood or marriage ties.

Johnson & Johnson has partnered with Univision to find La Familia de Hoy, and they want your help! You get to check out the family's profiles and determine who you think should become a 'spokesfamily' for Johnson & Johnson in 2014

The Olivera Family La Familia de Hoy Campaign Photo

While I can easily see any of the families that are in the running do a great job, the Olivera family resonated most with me, the dad who is a semi pro football player also owns his own business and takes time to coach as well. I can relate to his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the difficult thing called work/life balance.

Though he passed when I was very young, my dad also enjoyed his sports, he played baseball, loved his daughters very much and my mom she was the Entrepreneur, she taught me that you don't have to be chained to a cubicle to make a living or a life.

So Visit the La Familia de Hoy Voting Site to select which family you think should win! If you want to find out who won you can watch the show Sábado Gigante on Univsion on Saturday, December 21, 2013 (check your local listings for the exact time in your area).

My Take:

The face of today's family is changing, but the glue that keeps families strong will never change, it's love, respect, communication and support! I love that Johnson & Johnson is looking for 'Today's Family' and letting voters help determine what that looks like for us. As a Latina, I love that there will be a family in campaigns that look a lot closer to mine than 'Traditional Media' has offered in the past. Without the cheesy stereotypes, without the generalizations, just a real family being celebrated for what they do best, celebrating life's everyday moments!

Butterflies tell us which family ultimately got your vote? Was it my pick, The Olivera Family? or was it The López or Jiménez Family?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign/Sponsored Post brought to you by Johnson & Johnson and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#ad: Starting a Business Takes More than just 'Ganas'/Desire, it takes Planning + a #Giveaway too! @AmwayUS #SomosAmway

#ad: This is a Compensated/Sponsored Post in collaboration with Amway and Latina Bloggers Connect, as always, all opinons are 100% my own, additional disclosure information below post.

Amway English Logo

I've been an entrepreneur in some form or another for as long as I can remember, in fact I worked three jobs to get myself through College (in addition to several academic merit scholarships!). My original major was Biological Sciences (because I was pre-med and an aspiring Cardiologist at the time), but I was already a freelance writer contributing articles to a Bronx Newspaper (no, folks not just the Campus paper), and I ran my own Transcription and Translation Service, it started small and the word-of-mouth eventually landed me a Major Magazine Client whose editors would use both services, they would send me the tapes of the interviews editors would conduct with Spanish Speaking Celebrities and have me translate them because the magazine published articles solely in English at the time with some peppering of Spanish in some articles, so I would not only transcribe all interviews, (both the English and Spanish ones), but also translate the Spanish articles. It was my first lesson in just how long the hours are when you work for yourself. I would get a lot of 'overnight' turn around requests. Tapes would sometimes arrive to me via a messenger service up until 1 am (the latest time those services ran in my city) and I would have to translate, transcribe, proof read and get the tape returned and story sent to the editor hours later for same day rush service. Yes I was smart enough to charge additional fees for same day service and turn around, but I had to be up all night sometimes to complete those jobs. And still get up early for an office day job and a FULL TIME, NOT PART TIME class schedule.

Was it easy? NO, not at all.

Was I always tired? Indeed.

While my three jobs were very different in scope they all taught me unique lessons that all specifically prepared me well for the future. They honed my discipline, my accounting skills, my time management skills, project management skills and client management skills. All skills you need in spades to turn your dreams of running your own business into a reality.

It takes more than 'Ganas'/'Desire', it takes more than wanting it to make it happen. Yes butterflies if you can dream it, you can achieve it, I have NO doubt about that, but don't forget that it takes planning, research, in some cases additional education and it does take financial preparation. When you work for yourself, you will work way LONGER hours than you've ever worked for anyone else. Trust me when I tell you no day job you've ever had will ever compete with the amount of hours you will have to work when you go into business for yourself.

Amway is partnering with various digital entrepreneurs to discuss and share our stories. They empower people everyday by enabling them to start a business, and they wanted us to share our perspective with being your own boss. Despite the fact this economy is still very much in a recession, it's exactly that reason that many people are exploring their options. Sometimes a 9-to-5 isn't quite enough to make ends meet these days and knowing that there are other options to empower yourself and your family is important.

My friends there is a cure out there for "The Common Cubicle"! Sales skills are an integral part of any business, so this is a great way to hone those skills in hours that are convenient for you. Check out the quick video below:

I for one think it's important to get first hand feedback from someone who is currently in a business, so I would suggest checking out the testimonials from happy Amway Family members including the Diaz Family, the St. John Family, the Avellaneda Family, the Veloz Family, the Kothapallis Family, and the Garcia Family. There are tons more!

I personally think it's good business to allow folks to 'try the goods' you know 'sample the merchandise', and thankfully our friends at Amway agree, there is no better way to help people understand just how great your products are than by giving them the chance to try them out for themselves! Amway wants YOU to do just that!


Our friends at Amway want you to try out some of their most popular products including:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NUTRILITE Fruit & Vegetables 2Go Twist Tubes (We actually did a full review of this product HERE if you'd like to check that out)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NUTRILITE Men's Packs Dietary Supplements

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NUTRILITE Women's Pack Dietary Supplements

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - NUTRILITE Perfect Pack for your Health

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Artistry Youth Xtend Collection

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Artistry Liquid Eyeliner

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Legacy of Clean All Purpose Surface Wipes

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Legacy of Clean SA8 Triple Liquid 3X Concentrated Laundry Detergent

The Approximate Value of this Prize Basket is $710.00! Can I get a Woot! Woot!

Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget Below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note Ascending Butterfly is NOT drawing the winner, the sponsor is, so please check back after the contest closes to see the winner's name announced on the widget as I won't be posting a winner's announcement for this since I'm not drawing it.

Tell us Butterflies, What part of the prize package interests you most?

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Monday, December 2, 2013

#ad @BestBuy & @Dyson w/ Holiday Shopping so big I need a new stocking + 2 new coupons for #CyberMonday #BBYHoliday13

#ad: Ascending Butterfly is a member of Best Buy's WOLF Blogger Program and this is a Sponsored Post. Compensation in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or product/services at no or reduced cost has been exchanged, as always, all opinions are my own!

Merry Christmas from your friends at Best Buy

Trust when I tell you I am NOT making a political statement of any kind here, but I have never shopped 'Black Friday'. I hate crowds. I refuse to get trampled for a discount, no matter how great it may be. And I'm not going out shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That day is about being Thankful for my blessings and enjoying them with those I love. I also like sleeping in WAY too much to get up before the sun does on Friday Morning to stand in long lines in the freezing cold. NOT Happening.

That said, I do like my discounts and Cyber Monday is MY day. I get the deals, keep my PJ's on, and knock everyone off my list without leaving the house. (You know so I don't miss the UPS or Fedex Guy!)

Our friends at Best Buy are serving up a little something for everyone, and I do mean everyone, you may just need a bigger or extra stocking to hang by the chimney with care this year! (At least I know I do!)

Got a 'clean freak' on your list? (Are YOU the clean freak perhaps?), Best Buy and Dyson sent over a great reco for those who like their clean with a side of tech/electronics! I have to admit, cleaning, particularly sweeping the super old hardwood floors in my apartment are NOT my favorite thing to do, so this gift idea definitely got me excited, and it really does take a lot to get me excited about chores. I love my tech and tech appliances though!


Dyson - DC44 Animal Digital Slim Bagless Cordless Handheld/Stick Vacuum - Iron/Satin Nickel
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Dyson DC44 at Best Buy!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The DC44 is a lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner that is engineered for nimble, high-performance cleaning and is perfect for quick pick-ups. - It assembled in a breeze and is really very lightweight which made me very happy. Just note this is NOT meant for you to pick up water or liquids, stick to the dry stuff!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It gives you a fade-free 20 minute run time on a full charge with NO loss of suction and a full 8 minutes of 'boost' suction!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - It combines anti-static carbon fiber filaments and stiff nylon brushes to tackle dust and dirt on any surface. Making this a thoughtful and fantastic gift for anyone with allergies or anyone who is an asthmatic!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Want to nab it for an extra $100 off? (like DUH!!!!) it's regularly $399 at Best Buy, but they are knocking $100 for Cyber Monday! So you totally have permission to abandon this post, nab yours and then come back! (Seriously, my link will take you straight to it!)

Traveler on your list?

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Tablet 512GB in Dark Titanium
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 at Best Buy!icon

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - As a blogger who is always on the go and who travels often, the right tablet is crucial for me, I just can't lug a heavy laptop everywhere, and while they are finally getting a bit lighter, tablets are often the less weighty option, and usually fit way better in a handbag. As you know many don't do flash. For me a tablet needs to have the functionality of a laptop, and work just like my office desktop, and I do mean seamlessly. I got to play with the new Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 at the Engadget NYC Tech Conference, and I've got to admit I'm totally obsessed! Hopefully Santa is reading this as I have been EXTREMELY GOOD this year! I have a funny feeling your traveler will LOVE finding this under the tree! I honestly think that the Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 with 512GB is a Tablet I can grow into, I'm obsessing over the Dark Titanium at Best Buy!

Cellular that works for everyone and saves you $?

Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone at Best Buy
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone at Best Buy!icon

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - I did a full post on how much I love Best Buy's Zact Mobile - Samsung Galaxy S III 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone with the most flexible service plan currently on the market, if you missed that post, check it out HERE

Coupons for Additional Categories on your list!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Me being "The Official #TwitterPartyDJ" on twitter I am always on the lookout for deals in Music and Music Accesories so if you are shopping for a music lover on your list nab 10% off Headphones and Portable Speakers (just note this excludes Beats, Bose and Sony) by entering the code bloggers10off at check out at Best Buy! I reviewed these (you can check out my full review HERE), and I highly recommend these:

Frends Taylor Headphones at Best Buy
You can press directly on this image to purchase the Frends Taylor Headphones at Best Buy!icon

And you can definitely use that sweet coupon on these, so GO FOR IT!

Toys, Toys and more Toys!

Best Buy has also got Toys on lock, YES TOYS! and you can score 15% off Health and Fitness products AND Fisher Price and Mattel Toys! Visit Best Buy and enter the code: bloggers15off at check out! This coupon is valid December 1st through January 18th 2014! Cool Beans!

My Take:

When it comes to Holiday Shopping, Best Buy has got you covered in pretty much every category! I am going to need a much bigger stocking to fit all this in.

Did you nab a great Cyber Monday Deal Today at Best Buy Butterfly, Let Us Know!

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