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Winter Solstice means sunny days ahead

Good news for the Northern Hemisphere, for the next six months days will get longer and brighter! Today, during Winter Solstice (6:12 am EST), the Northern Hemisphere was tipped as far away from the sun as it gets, so now daylight will begin to increase faster the farther north you go

The Science of solstice:
Varied seasons across the globe are possible because of the Earth’s axial tilt. As the Earth orbits the Sun, the axis stays pointed in one direction on the sky. So during the winter, the Northern Hemisphere is tipped away from sun. Thus, the Sun is lower in the sky; it heats the ground less efficiently; and days are shorter.

Photo credit: Dna-webmaster, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AxialTiltObliquity.png

No Doomsday, just sunnier celebrations ahead!
The middle of winter and brighter days is something to celebrate. It was for ancient cultures as well! While Winter Solstice is celebrated in numerous ways across the globe and by each culture, the Northern Hemisphere cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Resources: Slate.com; WashingtonPost.com; National Geographic

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Inside Coolibar

The season of thanks

This time of year we like to take a moment to give thanks. To start the conversation, we asked our friend Karl Dunbar, DL Coach for the New York Jets, to share what he’s thankful for. Join in our conversation on Twitter @Coolibar #Thankful, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coolibar.

“This year in NY with the Jets, we have had a lot of story lines but none bigger than being thankful no matter the circumstances. 

I look back on the year and I see a Nation moving forward. My son is finishing his first fall of college with a 3.75 GPA, and his team is playing in the New Orleans Bowl against East Carolina University. My girls are healthy and playing basketball at the local high school and doing well. My wife and I are doing better after the loss of her mother and the graduation of our son from high school. I don’t know which one was harder.

My Jets have had a tough season and last Monday we were eliminated from the playoffs after our loss to the Titans. My faith keeps me strong no matter what goes on outside of my control. 

I’m also thankful that Coolibar has teamed up with me to help protect people with sensitive skin and I’m hopeful this off-season we can get on the road and speak to young kids about having a positive self-esteem no matter what their circumstances are. Happy Holidays to all of our followers and God Bless.”

– Coach Dunbar

Share what you are thankful for. Join in our conversation on Twitter @Coolibar #Thankful, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coolibar, or comment below.

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All I want is a Coolibar gift certificate!

Need a last minute gift idea? We’ve got one — a Coolibar Gift Certificate!

Coolibar gift certificates are a great way to say you care – and to let recipients select the sun protective clothing they want. Choose from six denominations ranging from $25 to $500. We can send them instantly via email or get it to you by postal mail.

Call 1-800-926-6509 to order your gift certificate today!

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Expert Rx

Sugar and Food Addiction: How to Stop Caving to the Craving

Limiting sugar intake is no simple task. Giving it up all together seems like mission impossible. Last month we revealed why refined sugar is harmful to our skin and body in the blog post “The Not-So-Sweet Truth: Sugar & pre-mature skin aging”. Now, Dr. Pamela Peeke, an internationally recognized expert, physician, and scientist of nutrition and fitness and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction” will tell you how to “trick” your brain into seeing that yogurt and blueberries is far more rewarding than a family size candy bar.

“For years I have listened to men and women who have experienced what they describe as a real addiction to refined (white) sugar in foods they eat— pastries, candies, desserts,” says Dr. Peeke.  “They have found that ingesting even one serving will lead to a binge.”

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

While sugar “addiction” may never fully subside, Dr. Peeke has some suggestions to help minimize cravings. “Not all sugars are the same,” says Dr. Peeke. “The worst ones are refined, processed sugars and they’re usually white – table sugar, white rice, white pasta, white bread… You can never have just one serving of this stuff. Your brain has attached such reward to having a sweet something, that you’ll always over eat it. Instead, avoid it.”

While it may be too hard to cut our sugars all-together, you can substitute refined sugars with natural sugars. “Natural sugars (or healthy carbs) are primarily derived from plants, have lots of satisfying fiber (that’ll fill you up the right way and keep you regular), and include whole grains, veggies, fruits and beans,” says Dr. Peeke… “If you feel you have an addictive situation, I would steer clear of refined sugars and substitute with healthy natural sugars instead. It will take you about a week or so to make the taste switch and a month to really effect a longer term change. Reward yourself not with a moment of fake bliss after devouring refined sugar, but with new energy, a leaner body and a satisfaction greater than any lump of sugar can ever provide you.

More on “The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction” www.drpeeke.com

Take the Food Addiction Quiz: http://www.drpeeke.com/PopQuiz.htm . The Hunger Fix lays out a science-based three-stage plan that shows how to break addiction to False Fixes and replace them with healthier rewards. Fun fitness activities, customized meal plans, and delicious, satisfying recipes are designed to trigger the specific neurochemical cascade that stimulates your body’s reward system, reclaims your hijacked brain, and supports your lifelong recovery. Energizing Healthy Fixes such as meditating, having sex, writing your own blog, or going for a walk on the beach— even laughing—quickly replace the junk food, couch time, and other self-destructive habits that can leave you unhappy and overweight.

Photo credit: Eric Gibson

Resources:
http://forums.webmd.com/3/diet-exchange/forum/716
http://www.empowher.com/healthy-eating/content/truth-about-food-addiction-dr-pam-peeke-and-michelle-king-robson
http://blogs.webmd.com/pamela-peeke-md/2009/08/sugar-addiction.html

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A trip down Coolibar Holiday Lane + Cookie Recipes!

The holidays are near and already here for some. There is much hustle and bustle in the Coolibar building: treats on the corner of every desk, talk of presents and of course the Coolibar holiday party! This year, our employees wanted to share their ways to get into the holiday spirit with you – including their favorite part of the holiday season, their ultimate gifting wish, and infamous holiday cookie and treat recipes!

Pat in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is spending more time with family and friends; and all of the beautiful lights and decorations.

If money was no object, I would give to Mary Jo Copeland of Sharing and Caring Hands – she is tops on my list if I ever win the lottery!

My Favorite Recipe is: Sweet and Saltine

40 saltine crackers

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup light brown sugar

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large jellyroll pan with alumi¬num foil and the saltine crackers.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly. Put the jellyroll pan into the oven and watch closely. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Substitute graham crackers for the saltines for a sweeter snack. Use 1 stick of butter instead of 2 for a crunchier, saltier cracker.

Use anywhere from 35 to 45 saltine crackers, depending on the size of your pan.

I used milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet once because that’s what I had on hand. They tasted great, too.

 

Alan in Marketing: My favorite part of the holiday season is getting out the Christmas decorations and decorating the house.  It is fun to remember who gave us the decorations, what we were doing at that time in our lives, and to prepare the house to make new Christmas memories.

If money was no object, I would give continued good health to my family.

My Favorite Recipe is: Cathedral Windows

1/4 cup butter

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 eggs, beaten

1 (10.5 ounce) package rainbow colored miniature marshmallows

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration

Melt together the butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir to blend, then stir in the eggs, colored marshmallows and pecans.

Pour the mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan, lined with foil. Dust with powdered sugar and refrigerate until firm.

Remove chilled dough from loaf pan, remove the foil, and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Cookies resemble stained glass windows. Note: pregnant women, young children, the elderly and the ill should not consume raw eggs.

 

Kara in Creative:

My Favorite Recipe is: Purist’s Lefse

5lbs White Russet Potatoes (yes, the type of potato is important).

Peel and cook. Mash whilst still warm, and add to the mash:

1 Stick of Butter

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2-3 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream

Cool mixture overnight. The NEXT DAY Add:

3 Cups of Flour to every 9 cups of potatoes.

Work flower in with hands.

Scoop out potato dough in balls slightly larger than a golf ball – approximately 1/3 cup. Keep the rest of the dough cool.

Roll out the ball of dough thin and round – use plenty of flour.

Bake on 450 degree griddle until brown spots appear – a couple of minutes. Pull off the grill and fold in half (use the flipper) and lay between 2 clothes (generally, cotton flour sack rags).

 

Kelly in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is decorating and attending fun events like the Holidazzle Parade, Macys display, seeing all the Christmas lights, etc.

If money was no object, I would buy my boyfriend Noah who is a chef this cookbook set he is dying to buy: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (over $500!)

My Favorite Recipe is: Special 7-Layer Bars

Preheat oven at 350 degrees –

¼ Cup Butter

Melt in the 9” X 13” pan in the oven

Place 1 can of Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk into a bowl with hot water (do NOT open the can until later step) 

1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 Cup Coconut

1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Butterscotch Chips 

Add graham cracker crumbs, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch chips (separate layers).

Pour warmed milk over the top.

Layer 1 cup of Heath brand toffee chips and then 1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans). Gently press the toffee chips and nuts into the milk layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Score the edges with still hot. Cut squares into the pan while still warm. Remove bars when completely cooled.

 

Chrissi in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with friends and family.       

I have a few friends who are working overseas with various organizations and have to raise support to be there. If money was no object, it would be awesome to be able to cover what they need to alleviate some stress and allow them to focus on their work. If money were no object, I would also buy everyone in Minnesota a shovel and some quality boots for shoveling your car out of the snow.

My Favorite Recipe is: Almond Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

3 cups flour, all-purpose

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

1 1/2 teaspoons liquid butter flavoring

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Almond glaze

 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup orange juice

3/4 cup sugar

Combine ingredients and beat with mixer 2 minutes.

Pour into 2 large or 5 small greased loaf pans.

Bake large loaves for 1 hr. and smaller ones for about 25 min. Or until brown. Cool 10 min and remove from pans.

To make almond glaze, mix ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Spoon glaze generously over tops and sides.

 

Ben in Merchandising: I love snowy pine trees during this time of year.

If money were no object, I would give free surgery to those most in need.

 

Jennifer in Marketing: My favorite part of the holiday season is being with friends and family.  I also love watching my loved ones open a gift that I have specially chosen for them, and they really love it.

If money was no object, I would give my mother a new car/truck. She needs something with 4 wheel drive to get through all the snow in ND.

My Favorite Recipe is:  the classic Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie and I still like to eat the dough.

 

Heather in Customer Service: My favorite part of the holiday is sitting around the tree on Christmas Eve with my family playing board games and sipping on hot chocolate.

My Favorite Recipe is: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies. You have to use the chocolate stars, not the chocolate kisses. 😉

Happy Holidays from all of us at Coolibar!

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Wear Sun Protection What's Hot

Cooper knows, you can sunburn your eyes

Last week, Journalist and TV Personality Anderson Cooper shared that he went blind for 36 hours after suffering eye sunburn. Cooper was in Portugal where he spent ample time out on the water reporting for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Cooper was not wearing sunglasses.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire, my eyeballs and I think, ‘Oh, maybe I have sand in my eyes or something,” Anderson said.  “I douse my eyes with water. Anyway, it turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours.” Other symptoms of eye sunburn include blurred vision, irritation, pain, redness, tearing and (like Cooper) temporary vision loss called photokeratitis.

Just like our skin, our eyes are susceptible to damage from the sun. Exposure to intense sunlight for even a short period of time can essentially cause your eyes to develop sunburn. Both short and long term exposure to UV rays could create vision problems and eye damage, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation.

It’s extremely important to not only protect your skin from sunburn but your eyes as well. We’ve compiled some simple tips to keep your eyes protected.

1. Always wear protective eyewear outdoors

The sun’s ultra violet rays reach the earth’s surface even on cloudy days. Also, bright reflected sunlight from sidewalks, sand, snow, water and other surfaces can cause UV damage just as easily as direct sunlight.

 2. Look for UV 400 sunglasses

Look for lenses that blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays (label could also say blocks 100% of harmful UV rays or UV 400 protection).

 3. Size matters

Bigger frames mean bigger coverage. Look for wide temples so sunlight doesn’t seep in the sides of the sunglasses too.

Your eyes can sunburn too, so take care to be SunAWARE. We hope your eyes are feeling better Cooper! – Coolibar, Sun Protection You Wear

We, at Coolibar, Sun Protection You Wear, wanted to ensure Mr. Cooper had gear to protect the rest of his body from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so we sent him a small care package with the items above!

Main photo credit: Instagram

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Wellness Warriors

Cancer Be Glammed

Canncer Be Glammed

The words cancer and glamour are rarely used in the same sentence…that is until now. We love the work that Cancer Be Glammed is doing to help women recover from cancer with confidence, self-esteem and style. Lisa Lurie, the company’s co-founder, shares her inspiration for starting this organization. And if you are looking for some good holiday gift ideas for the survivor in your life, Lisa’s team has some excellent suggestions. They even have a personal concierge.

Cancer and Glam are two words that most women don’t associate together.  As a cancer survivor and co-founder of Cancer Be Glammed, I am determined to change that.

Cancer Be Glammed was born from the frustration I felt during my own battle with breast cancer. Following my diagnosis, I underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Like most women who are quickly thrown onto the cancer rollercoaster, I was totally unprepared for the side effects of surgery and treatment.  Side effects that included permanent physical changes, hair loss, weight issues, and skin made ultra-sensitive to the sun.

It was soul destroying for me to look into the mirror. I could barely recognize the tired, bloated woman in the sweatpants, baggy top, and bandana– staring back.

Head scarf from CBG

When I recovered, I co-founded, Cancer Be Glammed.  Our goal–to prepare women for the side effects of surgery and treatment, and to provide them with easy access to fashionable products and style solutions to help them maintain their self-esteem and lifestyle.

On our website, www.CancerBeGlammed.com, women can shop for practical yet stylish products like beautiful headscarves and wraps, skin care that pampers and heals treatment sensitive skin, and great sun protective hats, clothing, and accessories.

In addition, we feature ideal gifts like journals, eReaders, soothing teas, and more that a woman going through treatment will use and appreciate.  Our Personal Concierge can help a woman choose items for herself or make gift recommendations to family members or friends.

Through our blog, Facebook, Twitter and other media, we are bringing together a community of women sharing their own advice on how to “Recover In Style.”  Cancer treatment is so hard, looking and feeling better — shouldn’t be.

Lisa Lurie

Lisa Lurie co-founder Cancer Be Glammed

 

 

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Expert Rx Parenting

Dr. George on eczema: a common childhood condition

Dr. Manju George - Pediatric Dermatology West Palm Beach

We asked Coolibar medical advisor Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Manju Elizabeth George MD, FAAD of Pediatric Dermatology of the Palm Beaches to share some information with us on childhood eczema.  Her response is below.

“When we think about baby’s skin, most of us envision soft, smooth skin unaffected by the sun, chemicals and other harmful substances. New parents often come to me in a panic, because their child’s skin is covered in a strange rash or bumps. It’s important to be aware that there are a handful of very common pediatric skin conditions that can be easily treated.”

“One such skin condition is called atopic dermatitis (AD), which is more commonly referred to as eczema (pronounced “EK-zema). In fact, AD affects nearly 10% of all infants and children. Literature and data have taught us the eczema is skin barrier defect. The exact cause is not known, but AD results from a combination of family heredity and a variety of conditions in everyday life that triggers the red, itchy rash.”

typical mild eczema

“Atopic dermatitis can be challenging to treat and education is of upmost importance. I always take the time to make sure I am educating parents on good skin care. Children with eczema are shown to sleep less and miss more school. This condition does not just affect children but the parents as well.”

“If you are worried your child may have eczema there are a few signs to look for.”

  • Time of Onset – it usually occurs within baby’s 1st year up to age 5 and tends to reappear
  • Itching – AD is very itchy, much of the skin damage comes from uncontrollable scratching
  • Rash Location – in babies, it usually starts on the face, elbows and knees. It may spread to involve all areas of the body. Later in childhood the rash is typically found in the elbow and knee folds but can appear on hands, feet scalp or bend the hears.

“Treatment for AD includes emollients such as petrolatum based products or creams. Lotions are not rich enough and often have a net drying effect on AD skin. Topical steroids, called corticosteroids, are cortisone like medications used in creams or ointments prescribed by your doctor. These medications can be very helpful and can calm the inflamed skin. They come in a variety of potencies and must be used with caution and supervision as there are some side effects associated with them, including thinning of the skin.”

“Since many of the products and prescriptions used in atopic dermatitis patients can cause photosensitivity, the use of sun protection for children with atopic dermatitis is recommended. If you are concerned that your child has eczema or some other skin condition, make an appointment to see your dermatologist or health care professional. They can help assess the problem, put your mind at ease and get your little one on their way to healthy skin.”

Manju Elizabeth George MD, FAAD
Triple Board certified in Pediatrics, Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Dermatology of the Palm Beaches

Disclaimer: The information provided by Coolibar and its contributors is general skin care information and should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem.

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Wellness Warriors

Book: Help Me Live… As I Die, Cancer vs. the Power of Love

Joe Peterson, author of “Help Me Live… As I Die / Cancer vs. the Power of Love” shares his story about the creation of a book that demonstrates the true power of love versus melanoma. Kelly, Joe’s partner, passed away from cancer, but his story lives on through Joe.

From Joe:

I am the youngest of twelve and have always been creatively ambitious. Throughout the course of my life I dealt with suicidal thoughts, came to terms with my sexuality, built self-esteem through body and mind improvement, and always believed in love. Exercise, nutrition and creativity have been passions of mine for many years, and when Kelly was diagnosed they were very much a part of our daily life.

Only after writing daily updates on CaringBridge and receiving positive feedback from the readers (while building a united support system) did I consider sharing our journey via a book. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I never suspected it would be inspired by a tragic circumstance. I contacted a publishing company months before Kelly passed away, and I believed it would be his and my success story against cancer… specifically, melanoma.

In October of 2011, I realized our physical time together was coming to an end and the story I had wanted to write was going to have an unthinkable ending. Kelly and I moved forth with the same amount of positivity and hope, despite the reality we faced.

Our journey, captured in “Help Me Live… As I Die / Cancer vs. the Power of Love” was completed and released almost one year after Kelly moved on. Reliving, over and over, the trials and tribulations we encountered during Kelly’s final nine months became a source of therapy I had not predicted.

Through my own personal growth, from rereading our united travels in 2011, and through the positive encouragement from others, I felt and still believe Kelly’s positivity will still impact others and potentially teach a better way to live, by living positively. Kelly and I also became aware that the relationship we had was very much respected by our straight loved ones, and our CB entries opened their eyes to the prejudices and safety fears we continually lived with. Our journey was as much about sharing as it was about learning.

–Joe

Joe Peterson, Author of “Help Me Live As I Die…Cancer vs. the Power of Love”

About the book:

This is not a story about death. It is a story about one couple’s journey of acceptance, love, and internal awakenings. Kelly and Joe met by chance, but were bound by fate. One morning in the summer of 2010, Kelly Boedigheimer, a thirty-nine year old man in good health, discovered what he thought was yet another ingrown hair on his chin. That was the first step on the life-changing journey he would share with Joe Peterson, his life partner since 1998.

Months later – following three surgical procedures, where each was more aggressive than the last – Kelly and Joe faced the inconceivable: Kelly was diagnosed with melanoma. In early 2011, Kelly met with a team of specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Another surgery, this one more wide-ranging than the others, removed a section of skin from his chin and a portion of his cheek. A graft from his arm provided new skin for those areas. Highly concerned about this aggressive melanoma, doctor’s proceeded quickly to save and protect Kelly.

Here, Joe lovingly and painfully recreates Kelly’s final nine months through journal entries, e-mails, blog posts, texts, and more. Their relationship was tested as too many are; in this visit back to those days, Joe unfolds an inspiring telling of the power of love, optimism, and hope. This is not a story about death. This is a story about love.

Enter to win a free book signed by the author. Share this story with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and tag @Coolibar or comment below. (We will only use your email to contact you for purposes of this contest. One entry per person please. We’ll choose a winner via random drawing on December 6, 2012 at noon CST.)

Purchase “Help Me Live… As I Die / Cancer vs. the Power of Love” at HelpmeliveasIdie.com, www.Amazon.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com.

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Contests

Coolibar Holiday Contest: Win a Beach Umbrella and Sand Anchor

Where is your favorite beach, resort or tropical oasis? Show us or tell us where your dream sunny holiday is for a chance to win a Coolibar UPF 50+ Beach Umbrella and Sand Anchor (a $100 value)!

To Enter:

1. “Like” Coolibar on Facebook If you’ve already done this move on to step 2, and thanks for being a fan!).

2. For one (1) entry, comment on our Facebook wall and tell us where your favorite beach is. For an additional (1) entry, post a photo on the Coolibar Facebook wall! IMPORTANT: use the hashtag #contest and mention @Coolibar in your comment so we know to enter you in the drawing. You may only enter a photo and/or comment once. Additional photos and comments will not increase your chances of winning.

It’s that easy!

We’ll announce our winner Monday, December 10, 2012. Good luck!

Rules: To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Contest open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winner will receive a Coolibar 6’ Titanium Beach Umbrella ($85 value) and Sand Anchor ($15 value). Winner will be chosen through random drawing. Comments and photos deemed inappropriate by Coolibar, or not owned by the posting individual, will be deleted and disqualified. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Two total entries per person. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Deadline for entry: December 9, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. This contest and its contents is in no way associated with Facebook.

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