Thursday, June 5, 2008

Simply Stunning! WIN this Ring!

Yes, you can WIN this stunning ring by SUZANNE!

Suzanne Somers hand picks each and every piece of jewelry for her jewelry line at SUZANNE. I am excited to offer this piece to you in this contest, you will feel like a million bucks wearing this gorgeous Eternal Stunner Ring!

If features over 6 carats of stunning emerald cut CZ, set on a gorgeous crystal eternity band and is Rhodium plated. It is available in size 5 - 10.

If you LOVE jewelry like I do, then be sure and visit me at and "click" on View Catalog to view the other pieces in her collection.

Okay, on to the details ...

Contest is valid: June 6th, 2008 - June 30th, 2008

Wondering how to Enter?

Simply click on the link below:

June Contest - Eternal Stunner Ring
No purchase neccesary to enter!

To increase your chances of winning, you can ...

1.) Leave a comment telling me how jewelry adds sparkle to your life.

2.) Comment on your Blog/Website about this contest AND link back to this post! Don't forget to email me at and let me know so I can add your additional entries to the drawing!

Each entry received will be assigned a number and on June 30th, 2008, at 5pm EST, I will use a random number generator to select the Winner! Once, I have contacted and verified the winner, I will announce their name on July 7th, 2008.

Good Luck to you all!!!


Thursday, May 8, 2008

I'm Tread'n, Tapp'n, ...and hopefully Bike'n!

Lipton T is giving away a FREE bike! Diana over at Scale Junkie has been selected to give one of her lucky readers one. So head on over to Scale Junkie and Enter!

My reason for entering was simple ...

My daughter Karen is celebrating her 9th birthday this Saturday, on May 10th. We are buying her a bike for her birthday!

Not because all kids like bikes, but because she has never learned how to ride a bike without training wheels due to being over-weight and not being able to balance very well. She has been following the Suzanne Somers program called Somersize, I call her my "Somersizer in Training" and she has lost 11 lbs. since March.

I am so proud of her and want so much to encourage her to not only eat healthy but to incorporate exercise in her daily routine.

I would love to WIN this bike so that I can really be a positive example, ...riding along side her to better health and creating loving, lasting childhood memories for her!


SUZANNE™ Consultant Opportunity!

I have received some exciting news and wanted to share it with you!

We have some fantastic changes going on at SUZANNE™ and to celebrate they are offering a special promotion to join SUZANNE™ for only $10.00! This start up kit includes a dvd, catalogs, order forms and information on the company.

Once you join, you can choose to sell SUZANNE™ products, Agua Dulce Wine products and/or Youngevity products. It's completely up to you since all three are now part of the SUZANNE™ product line up! Or, you can just purchase the products at whole-sale pricing for your personal use only, ...I love that there are no minimums or sales requirements!

With SUZANNE™, since there are no requirements for sales, you can put as little time or as much time and effort into it as you want! It's completely up to you, ...I love that we can join to build a profitable business or just to purchase products for ourselves at really great discounts!

For SUZANNE™ products, we receive 40% on beauty, 25% on food and 35% on jewelry and accessories. For Agua Dulce and Youngevity products we receive 25%.

In addition, SUZANNE™ Consultants are offered products that are not available in the catalogs or on the website at really low prices!

The $10.00 promotion kit is incredible, our normal kits start at $99.00 and go up to $999.00.

I'm so excited, this is such a great opportunity, I wish they had this when I joined!

I'm not sure how long they will offer this promotion, so, if you are interested in purchasing products at such great discount prices or in selling any of the products, I would jump on it,'s definitely the best and most affordable time to join!

If you are ready to "join" or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call me at (513)772-4565 or email me at .

I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Betsy Carter, Team Leader
Charter Consultant #2789

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We had a Blast with SUZANNE™ !

My SUZANNE™ Open House was so much fun, truly was a blast!

Here are some of my displays ...

I forgot to take photo's of the food display's in the kitchen, ..I had three mini crockpots and a beverage bar as well as some other desserts! And, I had two other areas of food product displays!

I really wish all of you could have been there, ...we really had a lot of fun.

I ended up having a ton of sales and some bookings and a few of my guests are interested in becoming Consultants! Yay!!! I'm so excited, ...I'm am ready to have a TEAM of my own and can't wait to pamper and spoil my girls with the SUZANNE™ products!

Kenny and I brainstormed and came up with the name "NeverEnding Somers" for my Team! I love it, ...what's better than the feeling of warm air, gentle breezes and the soft floral scents that envelope you on a Summer afteroon, it fills you with happiness and leaves you with the feeling of not wanting it to end! And, of course subsituting Summers with Somers is so fitting, ...Suzanne never ceases to amaze me on how her compassion and dedication to helping others to live healthy and beautiful lives comes through in all of her hand-picked products!

I have a few outside orders that I will get today, so if anyone else is interested in placing an order with me, you still have time! I'm closing out my party on Wednesday morning. Don't forget, all of the food is 25% off until April 30th and as an added bargain, the protein bars are only $8.99 a box!

Oh, I have to tell you, ...I LOVE the flourless brownies, if anyone has tried the Somersize version you will absolutely love the SUZANNE™ version with the All Natural Somersweet, they are so much better!!!!! I'm buying 6 boxes just to have on hand for my daughter Karen for when she reaches Level 2.

If you would like information on becoming a SUZANNE™ Consultant, just send me an email at , I'm more than happy to share with you all the benefits! I personally love saving 40% off on beauty, 25% on the food, and 35% on the jewelry and accessories with it's so awesome that there are "no" monthly minimums or sales requirements!

Suzanne really knows what us girl's want and how to make us happy, ...really, who can resist great savings like these!

I can't wait to share with you, ...I will have a special announcement in the next day or so for those interested in becoming a SUZANNE™ Consultant!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hormone Therapy for Menopause (6 Part Series)

This is a Lecture given by Suzanne Somers on Bioidentical Hormones. Very facinating and interesting information, ...there are 6 parts, please take the time to view them, you will be glad you did!

Part 1 of 6

Part 2 of 6

Part 3 of 6

Part 4 of 6

Part 5 of 6

Part 6 of 6

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Dreamy Coconut Squares

Dreamy Coconut Squares
(Makes 24 squares)

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup Vanilla Whey Powder
1/2 cup whey-low (sugar substitute)
6 tbl. butter (softened)
1 tsp. coconut extract

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Blend all ingredients together, press in bottom of 11x7 greased baking dish.
3.) Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes while preparing filling.

Filling Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened-room temperature)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup whey-low (sugar substitute)
3 eggs
1 tbl. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
2 tsp. coconut extract

1.) Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir to combine removing any lumps.
2.) Pour over cooled crust and return to 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is set.
3.) Remove from oven, allow to cool completely.
4.) Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over-night, then serve!

Eat & Enjoy!,

Monday, March 24, 2008

Carter Cafe ...serving up over 600 Recipes!

Carter Cafe - Recipe Collection #1 features over 600 recipes!

Just to name a few, ...Betsy's Irish Cream Bread, Loaded Chicken Breasts, Stuffed Green Peppers, Spinach Ala Mode, Santa Fe Beef Casserole, Onion Rolls, Poached Pears w/Raspberry Puree, Dude Ranch Skillet Pizza, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Swiss BLT Salad, Salmon covered w/Basil Presto Sauce, Asian Pork Medallions, Creamy Mashed Cauliflower, Espresso Cream Custard, any many, many more!

My recipe's focus on no added sugars, fruits and vegetables low in starch and complex carbohydrates. I provide you with healthy and delicious recipes that your family will not only eat but will love, ...with simple to follow directions using ingredients found mostly in your local grocery stores.

Come see what Carter Cafe has to offer

For a limited time, you will recieve a FREE gift with purchase. Hurry, offer ends soon!


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Welcome to ...SUZANNE!

I'm proud to announce that I am now a Consultant for SUZANNE products!

At Looks Aren't Everything I promote eating healthy and being fit. Having the dedication and the will power to make healthy choices and to exercise is hard work.

I'm pleased to offer you a line of products that will pamper you, delight your senses and add sparkle to your life through beauty products, delicious foods and ...the most fabulous jewelry and accessories!

What else could a girl want?

Well, to go shopping of course!

So, come along with me ...
Betsy Carter
Charter Consultant #2789

Customer Appreciation Sale!
During the month of March you will recieve a FREE gift with any purchase!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Betsy's BabyCakes - Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Betsy's BabyCakes - Vanilla Protein Pancakes
(Makes 12 triangle shaped pancakes)

6 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
2 scoops EAS Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbl. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 tbl. whey-low (sugar substitute)

1.) Blend all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
2.) Pour batter into a greased sandwich maker.
3.) Let cook for 2-3 minutes, lift with spatula and serve topped with orange cream filling and sugar-free maple syrup.

Additional recipe:

Orange Cream Filling

2 oz. cream cheese
2 tbl. whey-low powder (powdered sugar substitute)
1 tsp. orange extract
2 tsp. cream

1.) Put all ingredients in a small bowl.
2.) Heat in microwave oven on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
3.) Stir to combine, serve.

Eat & Enjoy!,

Friday, March 7, 2008

Betsy's Loaded Chicken Breasts


4 large chicken breasts
1½ cups water
1 stick butter (softened)
8 ounces sour cream
12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chives
12 strips bacon (cooked/crumbled)

1.) In a large skillet, cook chicken breasts in water for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

2.) Remove chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, place in large serving bowl. Add butter, sour cream, 8 ounces cheddar cheese, bacon, salt & pepper to taste.

3.) Stir to combine, top with remaining cheddar cheese and chives, microwave on high for 2-3 minutes and serve immediately.

Eat & Enjoy!,


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Celebrating ...7 Years of Somersizing!

Today is my 7th Anniversary of Somersizing!

I began Somersizing on March 5, 2001. My starting weight was 160 lbs. and in 3 months I lost 30 lbs. and achieved my goal weight of 130 lbs.

I maintained this weight with only slight fluctuations for four and a half years.

Then, unexpectedly in 2006 my husband became ill and I was unable to focus on myself. The next year proved to be a very stressful and emotional period, I was lost in a sea of emotions and continued to not eat healthy food choices and had lost interest in exercising all together.

By the Spring of 2007, my husband's body began responding to the medications and his health finally began to improve.

After a couple more months, I was able to feel some of the emotional weight being lifted off of me. So, on July 14, 2007 I felt that I was able to shift my focus back on me.

On July 14, 2007, I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 182 lbs. I was saddened but not surprised to have gained 52 lbs., this had been such a difficult time and I was aware that my old comfort food friends were taking advantage of me.

So, on this day, I whole-heartedly choose to follow the Level 1 guidelines and began exercising again. It didn't take long for me to feel the benefits of Somersizing, was a feeling of coming home again.

My goal is still the same, to find my way back to 130 lbs.. As of today, I have lost 28 lbs. and have 24 lbs. to loose to reach my goal weight.

However, something is very different this time. Coming through a long, emotional experience does change a person. I've learned to really appreciate life and not to take our health for granted.

As for reaching my goal weight, I'm not in any hurry, I know that the road that I am on will lead me to where I want to go, ...I've always believed in Somersizing and I know in my heart that this is the perfect lifestyle and it is simply the best way to eat for me!


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Now accepting Product Review Offers!

Looks Aren't Everything
Product Review Corner

In the Product Review Corner, I write about other products and services offered by other WAHM's (work-at-home-mom's). It's my desire to help other small business owners who wish to get their own products and/or services marketed and sold online.

Each and every product I write about has been "tried" or "tested" by me personally. I will only promote a product and/or service that I feel is beneficial to my readers and is directly related to the content at "Looks Aren't Everything."

If you are interested in submitting your product and/or service for review, please read the rules below. If your product and/or service qualifies and you accept these terms, please submit your application including your information as instructed below.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for your information to be considered. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I am unable to respond to all of the applications that are rejected. If you do not hear back from me after 2 weeks has passed, you may contact me at to inquire about the status of your application.

Product Review Rules:

- The product and/or service you submit must be created/owned by you, a WAHM.

- If your product and/or service is selected, you must send me the product and/or service to review. Your product and/or service CAN NOT BE RETURNED.

- If your product and/or services are selected for a review, you must have a product, discount, or coupon to be offered to my readers that will be featured in your review. (This includes any contests that you offer as long as my readers are not required to make a purchase to enter the contest. You are responsible for the contest rules, regulations, entries and awarding a winner.)

- You must have a Website and/or Store Front where you offer your product and/or services that is neat, organized and easy to navigate.

- If your product and/or service is selected, A "Looks Aren't Everything" advertising banner is required to be placed on your website with a "working" link back to during my "test" period before your written review will be posted. Please email me at with the "URL" for verification. Failure to do so will result in your product and/or service review being rejected.

- Direct-selling products and/or services are not allowed, such as ...Pampered Chef, Tupperware, etc. as these are not your own product and/or service.

Please copy/paste the following information into the body of an email and send to for consideration. To expedite your application process, please put LAE – Product Review Corner in the Subject Line.

Your First & Last Name:
Your Company Name:
Your Email Address:
Website URL:
Product for review:
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Brief description of your product and/or services:
What promotional item will you offer my readers:

Thank you for your interest, if you have any questions, please email me at .



Monday, February 25, 2008

Our Challenge is underway ...

We are on day 3 of The aMAYzing Body Challenge!

I am so happy to have so many fellow Somersizers join me. Although, the challenge is in progress, ...if you are brand new to the program or a veteran, I encourage you to join us too!

If you think you will benefit from motivation, encouragement and support in reaching your weight-loss goals then this is the place for you!

Email me at for more information or just "click" on the link below to join ...

What have you got to loose?


Friday, February 22, 2008

The Challenge is about to begin!

The aMAYzing Body Challenge!
February 23rd - May 17th

Okay so far I have the following Somersizers joining me ...
Linda in AL

It's never too late, ...if you are interested in joining me on the road to better health and fitness then email me at .

Hugs to you, BetsC

Graphics by Betsy at
Growlibear Graphics

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The aMAYzing Body Challenge!

May is just around the corner, ...and I'm determined to loose 20 lbs. by then!

Having a support system brings about great success, so I'm challenging you to join me in reaching your weight-loss goals.

If you would benefit from having a "buddy" to support you and help you reach your weight-loss goals, ...then email me at to join the challenge to find your amazing body!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Halfway ...there!

27 lbs. down and 25 lbs. to go!

Okay, so I have officially reached the halfway mark. Yes, it's taking me longer to reach my goal, but I'm older now, er I mean more mature (LoL) and this time I am taking things a bit slower, ...I'm really savoring the moments and enjoying the journey.

My new short-term goal is to loose 20 lbs. by my birthday, May 17th! That's three months from now, which is doable, ...just need to remain focused and continue eating Level 1 food choices and working out on a daily basis!

I'm on my "weigh" !!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you and yours a day filled with love, laughter and chocolate (sugar-free of course)!!!

Hugs, Betsy

Up 1 lb. wait I'm down 3 lbs.

Yep, ...I was a little discouraged to find that I had gained 1 lb. a couple of weeks ago. Then looking over my progress I realized that it was the first time I had actually gained since returning to this WOE, ...and it was only 1 lb. so no reason to feel blue over that.

I hopped on the scale the following week and guess what? Apparently one or both of my cats have taken a liking to the scale (again) as their choice of places to snuggle up for a nap during the day because nothing, no reading, ...the batteries were completely dead.

I bought some new batteries mid-week but decided to wait until Monday for my official weigh-in, ...guess I was dreading seeing the 1 lb. again or worse yet more! When Monday finally came, I hopped on the scale and to my surprise I had lost not only that pesky pound but two of his friends! Yep, I'm down three pounds this week.

Okay, now you know me, ...somewhat skeptical I had to get on and off and weigh again. Then again, and move the scale around the kitchen floor again and again, ...and finally after 8 times I decided it must be so, I am thrilled to report that I am officially at 155 lbs. ! Woo Hoo!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Healing hearts and stopping the Silence ...

I was sent this link by a friend and it touched my heart, ...I'm sure it will touch your heart too!

Please take a moment to visit, it will help raise money for researching Autism.

The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for *each time* this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help support research and support for autism. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your loved ones. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.

This is dedicated to RainMom, Zanna, and all the other special Moms like Claudia's!

P.S. The Butter Bear Awareness Ribbon for Autism above was created by me at Growlibear Graphics, please feel free to save it to your computer to share with others on your website and in emails. When displaying it, please provide a link back to , thanks!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Weighing in on my Progress 01/14/2007

I've been on a plateau for a couple of weeks now, so I'm not surprised that the scale is sticking. It's okay though, I'm not all all discouraged by it, I know it will begin to move again.

And, when I measured, I made some progress, I discovered that I have lost 3 more inches!

So, all that extra Steppin I've been doing is definately working!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I've been hanging out in the BARS!

No, not the bars where social gatherings occur, ...I'm talking Protein Bars!

When you work out on a daily basis building muscle, you need to make sure that you are getting enough protein to help build and maintain muscle mass.

So, I've been experimenting with different types of protein bars. Here is what I have tried so far ...

Think Thin Protein Bars - they are available in chocolate fudge, brownie crunch, chocolate mudslide, dark chocolate, white chocolate chip, crunchy peanut butter, and smooth peanut butter. Also, for a limited time in support of breast cancer they are offering ...white chocolate raspberry, peanut butter caramel, blueberry dark chocolate, and lemon burst.

Zero Imact Protein Bars - pumpkin supreme, chocolate peanut butter. This bar is really different than most I've tried, ...kinda grows on you. LoL I prefer the pumpkin supreme flavor and really the texture, it's like eating fudge. It's actually a protein meal replacement bar so don't overdue it when eating these.

EAS Myoplex Carb Control Protein Bars - chocolate chip brownie, chocolate peanut butter, and cookies and cream. I really didn't care for the two chocolate flavors, but did enjoy the cookies and cream flavor. Makes me feel like I'm eating a candy bar though! LoL

Balance (Carb Well) Protein Bars - chocolate fudge, chocolate peanut butter, caramel n chocolate.

Make sure when choosing a Protein Bar that you read the ingredients list. Depending on what is included will determine whether it is a Level 1, Almost Level 1 or Level 2 food choice.

It's important that while loosing weight you choose a bar with legal ingredients for Level 1.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Gotta Have this ...

Okay, I am head over heels (um, emphasis on heels) in love with this Treadmill and I just gotta have it! LoL

I've wanted one forever, but honestly, we just don't have the space to put it in so that it will be easily accessible. I can make room in the basement, but I know if I put in down there it will only collect dust, it definately has to go in one of our everyday living spaces.

You know me, things have to be functional as well as decorative, so I've really been racking my brain about re-arranging things to make this work. And, I think I've come up with a plan, I just have to convince Kenny and that has been the hardest part! LoL

He's kinda on the fence about this one, ...really the only negative thing that he has come up with is the space issue. And, yes I agree that has been the biggest hurdle when it comes to choosing a treadmill.

But, ...this particular one is available from HSN, currently it has FREE Shipping and Handling and they are offering 4 flexpays, what's not to love about that? LoL

I know, I know, nothing, ...I love all the features and HSN is really making it so affordable, so why not?

January - Scrapbook Page

Thought I'd share some progress photo's with you ...

This was taken on May 10, 2007, my daughter Karen's 8th Birthday Party. (182 lbs.)

And, this one was taken on December 20, 2007, just five days before Christmas (157 lbs.)