Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Look Back at 2014

Can you believe it's already New Years Eve? This year time just flew by. I don't know what happened. I guess that's what happens when you're having fun, right? So this post is a reflection back on my year. The fun, the laughter, and what I hope to achieve in 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Money Saving Tips For College Students

The following post is a sponsored guest post. The school year is halfway over. Only a few more months of school and many kids will be off to college. This post is all about money saving tips for college students. Feel free to share with your soon-to-be college kid. Also, teach them the importance of each item.
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Keep reading to see these great tips!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Body Shop Beauty Bags + Free Two-Day Shipping


Make someone feel beautiful from head to toe with these beauty bags from The Body Shop.  Use code "SAVE50" for 50% off and Free Two-Day Shipping on Orders $50+.



Pink Grapefruit Beauty Bag

The Body Shop - The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Beauty Bag One Size
The Body Shop - The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Beauty Bag One Size - $12.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop



Honeymania Beauty Bag

The Body Shop - The Body Shop Honeymania Beauty Bag One Size

The Body Shop - The Body Shop Honeymania Beauty Bag One Size - $15.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop



Coconut Gift Bag
The Body Shop - The Body Shop Coconut Gift Bag One Size


The Body Shop - The Body Shop Coconut Gift Bag One Size - $15.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop

Wild Argan Oil Beauty Bag



The Body Shop - The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Beauty Bag One Size


The Body Shop - The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Beauty Bag One Size - $12.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop


Satsuma Beauty Bag



The Body Shop - The Body Shop Satsuma Beauty Bag One Size


The Body Shop - The Body Shop Satsuma Beauty Bag One Size - $12.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop

Moringa Beauty Bag



The Body Shop - Body Butter Moringa Beauty Bag One Size by The Body Shop


The Body Shop - Body Butter Moringa Beauty Bag One Size by The Body Shop - $12.00, 5.95 shipping - Available at The Body Shop






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Charge Your Phone on The Go

I've posted before about how my phone and I have a love/hate relationship. I sometimes blow through the battery and then am stuck without my phone. So I've recently started trying out charge banks to charge my phone up on the go.  

Recently, I received a portable charger from Olala.



Below is my review.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How To Save Money On Gas Every Month

I often find myself posting when I find a great deal, or when I pay less for gas than everyone else on my Facebook page. Then I get people asking how'd I do that? I've said it before many times on my social networks, but I'm one of those who hates repeating myself.

Gas for the car is a necessary evil. Unless you have an electric car. But then doesn't your electric bill go up? That's another problem for another day. For now though, I'm going to share how I save money on gas for our car each month. This way whenever anyone asks, I can just direct them here.
So keep on reading to see what my trick is to save money on gas each month.


My Fave Pre-K Learning Apps Got An Update!

I love it when a favorite app updates their software! It makes the app better in all sorts of ways! This review is for Kids Academy (I've reviewed them a few times before; here, here, and here). But recently they updated the apps.
Keep reading to check out the reviews and where to get them!

Learning Apps for Kids

Have you heard of Splash Math? I've actually reviewed the web version of their product earlier this year (see post here), but did you know they had apps? My son has really enjoyed playing the game on the computer these past months, but I didn't have the apps. Now that I have the apps, he'll probably play more. And it's not just playing, he's learning. In order to do anything fun, he has to actually do the math. 

Keep reading to find a giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card from Splash Math!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The 8 Must Have Makeup Brushes

Here are the eight basic makeup brushes you should have for a perfect makeup look. A foundation brush, a concealer brush, a powder brush, a blush brush, a small blending brush, an eyeshadow brush, an angled brush and a lip brush. They also make for a great gift set for the makeup lover in your life!

Check out the brushes below! Do you have at least one of each? I know I do! ;)

Fashionable Tech Savvy Gifts For Her

Is she tech savvy, and wants tech but doesn't think the designs are so great?  Here are some great gift ideas her that are fashionable yet functional.

Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet


Tory Burch - For Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet ROSE GOLD,SHINY GOLD,TORY SILVER OS



Tory Burch - For Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet ROSE GOLD,SHINY GOLD,TORY SILVER OS - $195.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom







Michael Kors Lipstick Phone Charger in Brown




Michael Kors - Logo Lipstick Phone Charger in Brown



Michael Kors - Logo Lipstick Phone Charger in Brown - $58.00, Free shipping - Available at Michael Kors







Michael Kors - Logo Lipstick Phone Charger in White




Michael Kors - Logo Lipstick Phone Charger in White



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Michael Kors - Logo Lipstick Phone Charger in White - $58.00, Free shipping - Available at Michael Kors







Beats Studio Noise Canceling Headphones




Beats - Studio Noise Canceling Headphones - Orange (Enclosed, 9.17 oz)



Beats - Studio Noise Canceling Headphones - Orange (Enclosed, 9.17 oz) - $231.25, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com







Portable Bluetooth Speaker Clutch - Red




Audio-Technica - Stelle Audio Clutch Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Red Snakeskin)



Audio-Technica - Stelle Audio Clutch Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Red Snakeskin) - $199.99, 6.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace







A Portable Bluetooth Speaker Clutch - Black




Audio-Technica - Stellé Audio Couture Clutch Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black Basketweave)



Audio-Technica - Stellé Audio Couture Clutch Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black Basketweave) - $229.00, 6.99 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace







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Monday, December 15, 2014

I Am (Not) My Hair


I've always had a love/hate relationship with my hair... It never did what I asked, it pretty much did what it wanted. I've always been a "shedder". My hair would shed a lot every time I brushed it. If anyone was around me when I brushed my hair, they would end up wearing a blanket of my hair. It was so ridiculous. 

I ended up getting pregnant, and life was great! My hair was fabulous during the pregnancy. But after... Oh, it was a nightmare! I shed more than I ever had. It would tangle up whenever I left it down, and with a new baby that isn't ever good. Hair got wrapped around her fingers, hair was everywhere.. and I mean everywhere. There was once or twice where I found my hair in her diaper!? What the heck!?

So I made a drastic decision.......................................I cut my hair off.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fun Fashion Glasses from Firmoo (Review)

I've worked with Firmoo before (see review here). The sunglasses I ordered wasn't as wide as I had hoped, but they did the trick. I wore them in the pool this past summer quite often. They contacted me again recently for another pair. I said yes, in hopes I could find a pair that were wider and closer to something that I liked to wear. I chose a fun cat eye with a tortiose design on the top half (brown with light brown mixed in) and a pretty blue turquoise on the bottom half. (If you want to find them they are #F1009)
Keep on reading to see them on me! 

One Day Tiny Prints Deals

Monday only there are AMAZING deals available on Tiny Prints. You can get 25% off off with no minimums, or get 30% off $99! You can also get free shipping on orders of $49 or more! Details below!

These are all for MONDAY 12/15/14 ONLY!

Use promo code: 30SWDEAL

Enjoy Free Shipping With Orders of $49+
Use promo code FREESHIP49




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Photo Gifts + Free Shipping

Today is the last day to get an awesome photo gift from Tiny Prints in time for Christmas...at least without paying an arm and a leg for shipping.
If you order today, you can still get your order shipped by Christmas Eve, guaranteed in the lower 48 states. And if your order is more than $49, your shipping is free with the code FREESHIP49.

After today, you'll have to use upgraded shipping in most of the country, so get your order in today!

They have tons of gifts to choose from and they're all personalized. For most of them, you can add photos, customize your text, choose from different colors, etc.
Here are just some of the cool gift ideas you should check out:

I've ordered photo mugs before, and I absolutely love them!

So check them out and also make sure to use the code 30SWDEAL to save up to 30% on your entire order!


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Organize Your Child's Artwork In A Beautiful Book!

Chances are if you're a parent then you're like me. You have a box for your child's artwork they do at school or at home. You plan to save it for as long as possible, because that's what you want to do. Either your mom did this for you or you decided you couldn't ever throw away not one piece of your child's imagination on paper. Thankfully, Artkive can neatly turn your child's mounds of artwork into a fabulous keepsake book!

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Favorite Holiday Traditions

With Christmas less than two weeks away (and I haven't even started shopping yet), it's getting close to getting geared up for our Christmas traditions. I have some from when I was a kid, but my husband really doesn't have any. He doesn't get why I want to do what I do every year, but I'm trying to show him its SO worth it.

Amazing Deals At Wedding Paper Divas

Spring is right around the corner... so is wedding season! If you're getting married soon, you NEED to check out these deals.

First off, get a wedding website... for free! Yes, 100% free. No catch! 


Get $75 off $200 Wedding Paper Divas orders. New customers only. Click here and use code WPD75. Now through December 23, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. 

Get 20% off Save the Date orders! Click here and use code 20DECDATE. Expires 12/16/14 at 11:59pm PT.

Take 20% off Wedding Suite. Click here and use code DECWED20.  Expires Dec 16, 2014. 
Note: Save 15% off wedding suite orders of $99 or more or 20% off orders of $199 or more.

15% off all party invitation orders. Click here and use code PARTYDEC15. Exp: 12/16/14.
Note: Save 10% off party invitation orders of $49 or more or 15% off orders of $99 or more


Get 10 free stationary samples from Wedding Paper Divas. Click here and use promo code 10WEDSAMPLES. These samples are absolutely free! No shipping charge.


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30% Off Site Wide at Tiny Prints

If you haven't ordered your Christmas cards or gifts yet, it's not too late. Check out the sitewide sale on Tiny Prints going on right now - 30% off everything. It's the best remaining sitewide sale of the season, so don't miss it. 

When you go to Tiny Prints and place your order, just use the promo code SW30SALE and you'll save 30% on your purchase.

This deal is active from: Friday 12/12 through Sunday 12/14 at 11:59pm PT
Promo code:SW30SALE

Go on, get the most aesthetically pleasing cards you can create! Yes, I just said that ;)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes Album Review

Yes, you know that name. Idina Menzel is also the voice of Elsa on Disney's Frozen. I'll be honest, every song has me envisioning Elsa singing every song. So when you play this in the car with the kids you can tell them Elsa made a Christmas album! I'm sure they'd love it.

Mary J Blige: The London Sessions (Review)

Mary J Blige has taken some time off from music. I personally thought she was done. Then she surprised us all and came back with something new and refreshing. Of course I love all her music previously, but her new album, The London Sessions is a breath of fresh air. It's nice to see her step out of her musical comfort zone.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates - The Perfect Gift


I wrote about Mrs. Cavanaugh's not too long ago (read about it here). Shortly after that post they sent me a box of their candy for myself to review. oh.my.god. It was SO good and didn't last long at all in my house LOL.



I don't typically buy boxes of chocolate, because every sense I've ever had gets thrown out the window and I loose all control, as does my son. This was a delicious treat that I feel guilty for having because we had it all in one day! LOL.

But I have to say, it was all worth it. Next time, I'll use control and eat it in moderation. You know, hide it from myself. It was so good though. I'm so glad I received these. It was so delicious, creamy, smooth, and everything you'd ever want in heaven... err, I mean chocolate.

I highly recommend! This is a great gift for any time of the year, for any occasion. Get a discount by checking out the website and using promo code usfamily2014. But that code is only for a limited time, so hurry!


I received the items in this post for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.

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Monogram Necklaces - Perfect Gift and Great Keepsake

I remember getting my first monogrammed necklace. I was in high school, and it matched one of my friends. It was perfect, and I still have it actually. Though it's probably out of style compared to the ones I've seen lately. I know they're back in style, and I want one for my daughter when she's older.
Keep on reading to get an awesome discount code!

Crazy 8 Dresses on Sale for Toddlers and Girls!

Shopping for a little girl this holiday season? Check out this great sale from Crazy 8! You can get 40% off dresses for a limited time (while supplies last).

 Online only, dresses are 40% off at Crazy 8!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

New Modcloth Deals & Steals!

Do you love Modcloth? Check out this new deal!!

"Big news, everyone! For a short time, we're treating our customers to a fantastic deal on 100s of personality-packed presents. Whether you need gifts for gal pals, guy pals, or even pet pals, our adorable array of awesome items has you covered. Think you've seen all the fab finds we have to offer? Think again -- we're introducing oodles of fresh NEW gifts during this sensational sale. Styles this exciting won't stick around long. "

Starts: Monday 12/8 at 9am PT/Noon ET
Ends: Saturday 12/13 at 10am PT/1pm ET



Don't forget to check out the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for unique gift ideas, party style, & oh-so-festive decorations! They've got great gifts for gals, guys, treats under $20, and more. You're sure to find something special for everyone on your list!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Easily curl, Straighten & Give Your Hair Life

I've mentioned before how my hair absolutely hates me. It will literally suck the heat out of a curling iron, then won't curl! I have a curling iron that I rarely use. I also have a product from another brand that I've reviewed recently. But one of the products I'm going to tell you about takes the cake.

seriously.

It's that awesome.

I received three products from Instyler and Vocalpoint to try out with some girlfriends (this time I used my mom and sister) and then report how I like/dislike them. I know you've seen one of these on TV as an infomercial. Or at least I remember seeing it a while back. I'm really excited I got to try these!

Look below to see what Instyler can do (+there is a nice discount available at the bottom of the post!)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Getting a Child a Phone For Christmas? Buy Used!

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More and more children are using smartphones to play games. If you're considering purchasing a smartphone for a child, selecting a certified pre-owned device makes a lot of sense. Buy.Gazelle.com is a great place to find a gently-used device. Here are just a few of the reasons why purchasing a certified pre-owned smartphone is a good choice for a child: 

  • You can purchase a pre-owned iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or iPad, without a contract and no strings attached.
  • You don't have to pay the full MSRP on a certified pre-owned device.
  • Choosing a gently-used device for a child is a smart choice since they will use it mostly for play.



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    So if you're going to be one of the many parents that buys their child a smartphone for the holidays, or even a great used tablet, you should go to Buy.Gazelle.com.

    Get $25 Back For Every $50 Spent with Stella & Dot!

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    Happening now, just for the holidays, Stella & Dot is having their famous DOT DOLLARS sale. For every $50 spent, customers will get $25 back! All the details you need are below. 

    Stella & Dot Sale
    Kick off your holiday shopping right, the Stella & Dot DOT DOLLARS SALE is here! Starting today for every $50 you spend before December 15, you will earn $25! That's right - $25 back for every $50 you spend! So pull out those shopping lists and get started now, you don't want to miss out on the fantastic savings. Click the image above to get shopping!


    Cricut 12 Days of Christmas + New Frozen Set!

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    All you crafty folks get ready!

     

    See What's on Sale at Cricut 

    Through December 14th, Cricut is running the 12 Days of Christmas Sale, where every day there will be new and exciting items on sale. Best of all, be sure to check out the Ultimate Disney Frozen™ Cricut Explore® Machine Set on SALE for $259

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    Christmas Cards That Don't Suck!

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    Still need Christmas cards that don't suck?

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    Try on Glasses at Home Before You Buy!

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    I've never heard of Warby Parker until recently. What makes them stand out to me from other online eyeglass companies is that they let you try them on before you buy. Yes! You can actually try on up to 5 of your favorite pairs to see how they look on you before you buy. I've bought glasses online only to have them not fit my face the way I like or they look horrible on me. And you can't return them at all. So, which ones did I choose? Keep reading to see!



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