Tuesday, December 22, 2015

White Chocolate Vanilla & Peppermint Chex Holiday Party Mix. Plus, win $10!

Looking for a simple yet delectably sweet party mix for the whole family? You've come to the right place. I partnered with Publix and Linqia to bring you my own recipe, made especially for the holidays. This white chocolate vanilla and peppermint Chex party mix is super simple and only takes a few ingredients you probably already have.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card! Ends Dec. 22, 2015

So Black Friday is done and gone, but there is still Cyber Monday and the entire cyber week to grab anything you couldn't get on Friday. We are back with another giveaway to help you get those gifts! Love Walmart and know the perfect gift to get from there?

Then enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card! 

Open World Wide. Ends Dec. 22. This giveaway is in accordance with FTC guidelines. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Win a $25 Gift Card from Kohls! Ends Dec.17, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Find Unique Decor at Winterland Holiday Shop.

Looking for unique and affordable holiday decorations to spiff up your home? Winterland is the place to shop and they're offering FREE shipping right now!  Winterland has been around for 20 years and in that time, they have made happy customers. 

Led snowflake light from Winterland

Winterland claims to make dynamic and awe-inspiring statements. Concept after concept, they dare to be different. How? They're committed to listening to clients and working hard to provide solutions that are tailored to their needs. Winterland thinks about Christmas every day of the year. While you're putting the decorations away in January they're  already planning for next Christmas. Designers are constantly looking for the latest trends, while at the same time remembering the classic elegance that many people look for during the holiday season. Whether it's decorating the tree in the corner of the living room, putting up a 50 foot animated tree in the center of a shopping mall, or creating a fantastic drive through light park experience for your community, Winterland has been there, done that, and is here to make it easy for you. Their goal is to exceed your expectations for creativity, personal service, value, and delivery. They do it with every single customer because they take the holiday season seriously. Winterland's flexible and willing to accommodate your ideas as a customer. 

If you can dream it Winterland Inc. can build it!!!! Let them assist with a custom design for the holiday season. Winterland will be more than happy to help and answer all questions. Just contact them!  
Don't forget the Free Shipping on your order this holiday season at Winterland Holiday Store. 

Use code: GUIDE 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5 ways to spot a Fake Designer Prom Dress Seller.

NEW Holiday kits by PIXI BEAUTY!

Looking for Unique gifts to appease that beauty guru friend or family member? You ar e going to flip over this one.  #PixiBeauty has a gorgeous line out for the holidays. They are gorgeous period, but these 3 original kits look stunning! All very fall color Palettes I am dying to try out!  

Pixi Beauty's Holiday Collection has something for everyone this year! Designed for portability and versatility, all 3 kits are this season's must-haves!

You can check out these beautiful new kits by Pixi Beauty here: www.pixibeauty.com/gift but first, you must appreciate the eye candy below.
Feast your beautiful eyes on these luscious fall kits: 

The Natural Contour Kit is your one-stop solution for face and eyes! Organized in one light-weight palette, all of your Holiday looks will be fuss-free and flawless!

The Endless Silky Eye Pen quartette has a colour for every one of your Holiday looks this season! With a waterproof formula, they won't budge or smudge, and the gel texture makes them glide on with ease!

The Mattelustre Lipstick quartette adds a touch of colour to your look, and they demi-matte finish wears on and on! Infused with vitamins, the hydrating formula keeps your lips looking great even after you take it off!

Don't take them by word though, see for your self how amazing these kits look!  Look at that luscious fall plum eyeliner and those lippies. So perfect for full on blow them away fall looks!

Hand made gifts made by skilled artisans. Plus a Giveaway!

What's one of my top favorite places to Shop for gifts? 

One of the most unique and beautiful places to shop online during the Holidays has to be Novica. I discovered them about 2 years ago and have loved everything that I have purchased from them. They have everything hand made  from purses to wonderfully crafted wooden bowls and other hand crafted gems.

The best part about this company. every product is made by a skilled Artisan from all over the globe. Each product that I received in the past has been very durable and so different. There is not much you will find any other place, quite like the creations that are made by these artists. Not to mention the prices are just as nice to your wallet. Nothing is overtly expensive, but giving anything will help these Artisans do more work for a lifetime more to come and I love the fact that I can give to those who work hard and put their heart into their handmade creations. Novica gives back to their creators every day and to contribute to that is a beautiful thing.  

Take a small peak at some of the beautiful items they have.

Use code Save7Novica  for $7 off your first purchase!

Special thanks goes to Family Guide and Novica for sponsoring this post.  I will have something I know will be lovely as a follow up review within the weeks to come. Stay tuned! 

 WIN a Gift Card! Enter by commenting below what you would purchase with your $25 Gift Card now! Winner will be chosen at random.Contest Ends November 25th! Good Luck! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

3 tips to get your partner to help with chores. (The no nag approach)

Most people don't like to ask others for help around the house. Especially because they want to come across needy or naggy. The truth is though that anyone you live with should always help you out with chores, whether you own the place or they do. It is a combined effort to keep things from becoming a disaster. We don't want to offend or annoy, but we deserve and need the help. There is a right way and wrong way to do this. 

It's settled, getting housework done needs to be a team effort if you aren't living alone.  More help means more work can be efficiently done with less stress for you, and more time to spend on more enjoyable things, like quality time spent with your partner or family. 

   These 3 tips provide ideas to get the help you need with the chores.

Make life easier and more fun, with cool gadgets.

Everyone likes a cool new toy to try out and housework is no exception! Get your partner a bit more excited about doing the chores with some of the new, innovative, time-saving gadgets available on the market today. Gadgets that will inspire awe while doing the housework include roboticvacuum cleaners, a fridge with an inbuilt tablet or computer to help you order groceries, and even an automatic lawn mowing machine! Some of the gadgets available today are truly astounding and amazingly high tech.

But even if you’re looking for something that’s less flashy but impresses on a practical level, there are an excellent range of versatile and powerful vacuum cleaners that can be adapted to various jobs around the house, such as sweeping, dusting and upholstery cleaning, as well as vacuuming. Other simple, but awesome cleaning tools are mops, dusters and cleaning cloths that are made from electrostatic microfiber. This material is easy to use, quick to dry and saves on cleaning products, while the electrostatic aspect helps to ‘magnetise‘ dust, dirt and hairs to the cloth, meaning you can clean more in less time!

Talk to them. Work out a plan.

Of course the best way to get your partner to give you more help with the chores and a good place to start is by talking with them about the needs and expectations you both have. Take some time in a quiet space where you will have a bit of time for yourselves to discuss without interruptions. Think beforehand about what you’d like to say, in a way that is not accusatory or harsh towards the other person. Think of some reasons for the things you’re asking for, for example, a more even share of the housework if you both work full time, or if you are starting some part time work, how that might influence how much house work you are personally able to do and how they might help out.

Take time to listen to your partner’s requests and opinions too, as well as making your feelings known. Maybe they have fair reasons for helping out less than you would like, for example, busy work schedules or not knowing what you needed help with. Oftentimes we can feel it would just be easier to take care of all the work ourselves than to try to explain what needs to be done to someone else. But taking the time to open up communication channels and being understanding is a great way to a happier partnership and a cleaner house.

Draw up a rota.

What the heck is a rota? 

 A good way to ensure there’s a balance of household chores between family members and to make sure everything gets done, isto draw up a rota, or schedule. It is useful to collect a list of all the chores that need to be done around the house within a regular week, and then divide that list of chores between members of the household who are able to help out, such as your partner, as well as older children and teenagers. A lot of times the bulk of household chores falls onto one person because of their failure to delegate tasks. A well constructed rota makes it clear what needs to be done, by whom and by what time, to ensure household chores are completed efficiently and effectively.

If your children or partner need some encouragement with following the rota, it’s a good idea to incorporate rewards for tasks done, such as free time or a weekend treat for your partner, to pocket money or special outings for kids. Positive motivation has a great affect on getting those less pleasant household jobs done. Working together with your partner or family on keeping the house neat and tidy is a great way to foster a sense of community and working together which builds a stronger partnership and family.

$25 Hallmark Gift Card Giveaway!

More awesome giveaways for Gift Cards to hopefully help you ladies and gents out with your Holiday Shopping! 

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

#Win a $25 Gift Card from Target!

I don't know about you, but the Holidays feel like they crept up in record time this year! I can't believe it is already November 5th and I'm JUST beginning to shop the most important items. I know how it is. I know the craziness and the need for just a few more dollars. 

Well, in light of the craziness, I am here to help offer a $25 Gift Card to Target to hopefully help make someone's Christmas a little bit cheaper. Who doesn't love Target?! 

Enter for your chance to win down below and Sign up for my newsletter for more chances to win other great prizes this holiday! 

GOOD LUCK! Ends November 30th.

Contest open WW, except where prohibited. This giveaway is in accordance with FTC guidelines. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Decorate for Halloween on a minuscule budget.

Make a perfect cup of tea anywhere or on the go.

To me, there is little better than relaxing with a hot cup of tea in the morning on a cold day, before bed or after a long day. Decaffeinated or not, it still gives me pleasant relaxing feelings. Libre is a company that devotes themselves to helping people make tea very easily, safely, efficiently and as fast as possible.

Why you should invest in Healthcare and Information technology.

Why should you invest in healthcare, information technology and more? 

Here are a few solid reasons. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Capture your memories in high quality Metal Prints this Holiday.

Do you have a photographic memory or favorite art piece that you'd like to display in a big way and protect for years to come? How about making it water and weather proof? 

Have you seen these crafty cake pans?

Have you ever heard of Love Cooking Company? This is the first I have heard of them and I'm excited to discover all their crafty cooking pans. These pans look like they will make my life a lot easier in the kitchen.  Love has unique bakeware that helps you easily achieve the best-looking baked goods on the table, from filled cakes to bite-size desserts and more.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wow me Wednesday! My newest addiction - Wish.com.

This makes for an awesome Wow me Wednesday! 

Oh my. I've just found my newest addiction - wish.com. Be careful with this place. Really cute and very cheap things (even the s/h is super cheap) and from what I see and hear, VERY nice quality. Sugar skull pillow cases, cat rings, PLUS SIZES, but it's overseas so keep in mind their sizes run smaller. BUT they do carry up to XXXL and that is like an XL or a little bigger for US Juniors. They have everything from home decor to nail art! Have fun!

Just an example of their current cheap prices! I just bought this! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

My Top 5 must have comfort essentials.

We all have our important essentials that we carry with us every day, but what's interesting is how ours differ from each other. For, me these 5 products are essential to keeping my life comfortable on the go.

1. Liners and pads- For those times when that certain something shows up unexpected or expected. U by Kotex light days liners are great for backup and I always keep some kind of liner in my purse. They're so light, It feels like nothing is on, except my comfy panties. Bonus: Out of the ordinary, but since pads are so absorbent, I have been known to soak up spills with them!

2. Tinted lipbalm with SPF-   Sunscreen is a huge part of my anti aging regiment and I don't leave my lips out of that equation.  I always wear lip balm with SPF to keep my lips soft and try to avoid damage from the sun.

3. Soap Sheets- These are such an awesome invention.  I have come across bathrooms without soap before, so I love these. Sometimes you really want to wash your hands  but you can't get to a bathroom, so use a water fountain or water bottle. Whatever gets the job done. You just wet the paper and rub it between your hands. Voila, soap suds. Way better than hand sanitizers, because soap kills a ton more bacteria. I do keep sanitizers for double the protection though. Especially during the Germ crazy months. I get my soap sheets at World Market. The scents are yummy. 

4. Perfume/Deodorant-   I always have back up deodorant and perfume roller. Especially in the summer, when I tend to sweat more. And I can never reapply enough perfume. Certain scents Like Paris Amour from Bath & Body Works, cheer me up. 

5. Gum- Because it's good exercise for the jawline, creates saliva for dry mouth, curves sweet cravings and it lasts longer than mints!

Of course there's more that I carry around in my seemingly Marry Poppins purse, but those are the most important essentials that I must have wherever I am. I feel lost and incomplete without them!

And now I Invite you to add to your comfort arsenal, by grabbing a free sample of U by Kotex light days liners! You can never have too many for backup! 


2 U by Kotex Curves® Liners
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You can also enter this awesome contest brought to you by Kotex. What kind of face do you make when you get that uncomfortable feeling? Share your uncomfy selfie to win some amazing prizes!

To enter the #BringComfyBack Contest, visit Bringcomfyback.com and upload your creative pic or gif showcasing your best uncomfy face.

Each month, one lucky winner will receive a $200 Urban Outfitters gift card, a Go Pro Hero 3 white camera, a $100 Sephora gift card and U by Kotex products!!

At the end of the contest, the most creative selfie will be chosen and the winner will receive a trip to L.A. with a girlfriend, an exclusive U by Kotex photo shoot to be their new social star and $2,000 spending cash!!

Remember to be creative with your selfie. They'll be looking for the most original and funny! Good Luck!

Fall into Neutrals with World Market this season.

Summer isn't over quite yet, but I have been feeling the Autumn bug ever since the end of July. I avidly await the cooler air, spicy scents, pumpkin spice everything and new decor for my living space. But let's face it, I started shopping for that a month ago. It's never too early to plan your decor theme.  In the summer, I am all about aquas and pinks, but when fall hits, I love different colors that always fall into the neutral and deep colors palette. So come fall into neutrals with me this season, through my Mood board, using some of my favorite World Market products from their new fall line!

I am in love with the clean lines, airy feel and unique shapes, such as the owl lamp and hexagonal accessories. This fall look has a very boho like charm, from the furry pouf ottoman to the elegant patterned pillows. The furniture is big, warm and inviting. With neutrals, you are left with a blank slate to play with a bunch of colors. I like pops of colors here and there and if you can't tell, i'm big on throw pillows to do that for me. With neutrals you can play around with your palette so much. These throw pillows from the new fall line are gorgeous and their designs pop. Don't be afraid to mix designs and materials. It will give your look dimension and character!

The products seen above: 

3. Patterned Pillows 

9. Solid Pillows:

This mood board was inspired by World Market's Fall line and has not been compensated for, but thoroughly enjoyed. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Preparing for Fall Semester? Sell your books and buy them easy!

Thanks to Campus Book Rentals for sponsoring this discussion. 

It's about that time to be preparing for that place with books and people who like to talk a lot. Oh yeah, school, college. Time to frantically sell the books you have and buy the books you need. Why struggle with this when you have enough to worry about, like getting all the supplies on your list? Pop that hangover pill and let's get started, shall we? 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fillers for wrinkle reduction. Is it worth it?

We all want to stay as youthful as possible by the least invasive measures. Well, surgery really doesn't have to be resorted to a lot of the time.  There are a myriad of ways to stay looking young without cutting your face! One of the best being Juvederm. Read on for more details about this great harmless alternative with real results and why I would do it myself.

About Medical Fillers

One of these precautionary measures is treatment with medical fillers. Medical fillers are regarded as the most sophisticated cosmetic procedure that the current technology and medical science can provide us. Even though the treatment is quite simple (injection of a drug in certain places), medicines such as Juvederm are the revolutionary ingredient. Today, pharmaceutical industry provides us with a solution to almost any ailment. However, most of these solutions have a price: side effects are quite unpredictable. Unlike most other drugs, medical fillers are quite harmless; they can be absorbed by body and they do not pose a long term threat.

The Secret lies in the components.

 The secret lies in components that are used for the drugs. Most of the modern medical fillers use hyaluronic acid as the basic ingredient. This substance is present within the skin and it is important for hydration and creation of skin cells. As long as we have enough hyaluronan, our skin will be able to produce new cells and refresh itself. As we start getting older, body is no longer able to produce adequate amounts of this substance. By using Juvederm, we are able to supplement our natural production of hyaluronic acid and to fill the wrinkles with this substance. It comes in a form of smooth gel and patient will not be able to tell the difference between the filler and his natural skin. Treatment is used for lower parts of the face (such as nasolabial folds, jaw line, mimic wrinkles and corner of the mouths) as well as neck and cleavage area.

Short process and Long lasting results.

According to Doctor Medica team, Juvederm can be potentially dangerous if used on neck and cleavage. This area has numerous blood vessels that can be easily ruptured. This is why you will have to have an experienced medical professional for treatment of these particular areas. Treatment lasts for 15 minutes. In most cases, you won’t even feel the sting because doctors use thin needles for the procedure. Drug will last from 9 to 12 months within the body. After that, you can administer additional shots. Have in mind that each additional shot will prolong expected duration of hyaluronic acid within the body. So, if you are a regular patient, it means that you can even save some money on Juvederm.

Very low risk of side effects

 Side effects usually appear within a week after the treatment. They usually include allergic reactions and various skin irritations. Luckily, severe side effects are very rare.


Given the relatively lower cost compared to surgery, the very low risk of side effects and the convenient use,  I would definitely get juvederm injection here and there when the time comes. Even If i had the money to throw down for cosmetic surgery I probably wouldn't do it for a very long time. The side effects and recovery can be worse than you'd imagine, not to mention how long you'll be out of commission. Having a safe much more affordable way to reduce wrinkles is the way to go.

Thanks to Medica for sponsoring this discussion. on wrinkle reduction.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ring in the new season with jewelry styles that speak volumes.

Recently, I've been perusing different ways to style my outfits with more "bling" I've never been big on chunkier style jewelry, but it's beginning to grow on me, quite literally. Gone are the days of  just thin dainty jewelry. Sure, I still use it and love it, but other options are a must. Variety is a must. I like to show my style in a bigger way. 
One of these ways is through wearing rings and bracelets. These are the center stone of jewelry.  Pun intended. They are in your face, they move with your hand movements. Hand movement shows everyone's personality by far. Hands are what we use to communicate our words every day. They're the busiest parts of our body! 

One of my favorite ways to show off my ring collection is by stacking. Check out this article on how to ring stack. If you've never layered rings before, they have some great ideas mixing chunky with thin styles! 

If I want to be unique, I always go for handmade rings like these. These rings are like wearable art on your fingers! So much depth and style. Gorgeous  swarovski crystal colored gems embedded in silver plated alloy metal. Green and pink are my top favorite colors and combined with silver compliment my fair skin tone well.

The right ring or any jewelry can make a pretty outfit look amazing.

Do you know what looks best on you?  Check out what style of jewelry and coloring best complements your complexion, with this short quiz. 

These stunners are from the jewelry store Unode50. A company that hails from Spain. They have kind of a rustic elegance that is refreshing. Durable, yet beautiful in design. 

Unode50's slogan, "Guilty of being me" speaks volumes. You want to wear things that scream your personality. Otherwise, what's the point? 

When it comes to fashion and you really want to find something different that speaks your name, look outside your normal retailers for unique and handmade jewelry. 

Silver plated rings are my ultimate favorite and unode50 specializes in this. Silver compliments me, but i also just find it prettier in general. I may be the minority!

I love jewelry that makes a statement. That lets my personality literally shine through metal and gems.

Look at some of the other gorgeous jewelry this store carries. They carry everything for both male and female. If you want to show your love for someone, the key to your heart bracelet is really cute and unique. Or what about a charm bracelet to show your personality,holding all your wishes like peace and harmony, in every little charm. 

What kind of jewelry makes your heart pitter patter? 

Source: Images from pixabay and Unode50
Special thanks to Unode50 for sponsoring this article.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Is the new Thrive Market better than Vitacost?

I'm not quite sure yet, but I am seeing AMAZING deals! Less than $2 for Braggs Apple Cider vinegar?? I also notice Thrive Market offers more of a variety than Vitacost. As much as I do love my Vitacost, this may be my new go to for healthy organic foods, cleaning products and beauty!

If you sign up under me now, you'll get $30 when someone else does under you. PLUS, there is a 25% off coupon code right now AND you get FREE Shipping if you spend over $49! 

It's just like Vitacost.com, they carry all healthful products, from gluten free food to cruelty free makeup and more! Only most things are insanely cheaper! Which I really didn't think was possible O_o  Here is my link. http://thrv.me/HxjPXf

Good Luck!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Win a pack of Death by Chocolate K cups!

Death by Chocolate. I  can think of worse ways to go!  How about  not dying and  tasting these Crazy Cups instead?  Enter for your chance to win a pack today! 

Giveaway Sponsored by Crazy Cups

If you love flavored coffee and haven't heard of Crazy Cups you have been missing out! Crazy Cups come in a variety of different flavors and are compatible with Keurig K Cup brewers (other than the Keurig 2.0). Their single serve cups contain 13 grams of coffee in each cup which is 35% more than other brands and all Crazy Cups contain only 100% coffee and flavorings. They are sugar free, gluten free, kosher, nut free, and have no calories! One of the best things about these single serve cups is that they are recyclable! They use cool-peel-recycle technology; once the cup is cooled you peel off the covers, empty the cup, and recycle the cup! Today we are giving away a pack of Death by Chocolate cups from Crazy Cups! These cups are packed with flavor and are chocolate nirvana!

Enter to win a pack of Death by Chocolate Crazy Cups!

This giveaway is in accordance with FTC rules. Bloggers advertising this giveaway are not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Win a set of 40 lb dumbells!

CAP Barbell Adjustable Dumbbell Set Giveaway {US, ends 6/24}

Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom had a chance to review this set of CAP Barbell Adjustable Dumbbells (40 Pounds), but here are some quick facts for you! For your chance to win the same set, enter below. 
  • Fully adjustable weights – (4) 6 lb. plates, (4) 2.5 lb. plates
  • Create your own weight combinations!
  • 2 threaded solid dumbbell handles
  • 4 spin lock handles
  • Includes a website on the box for FREE exercise videos!
  • Cast-iron plates with baked enamel finish
Entering is simple using the widget below.

Rules: This giveaway is in accordance with FTC guidelines. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. US only. Daily Deals From a Nerd Mom & all bloggers involved in this promotion are not responsible for prize shipment.

Win a Magic Bullet System!

Fellow blogger Lisa of  Mom's Gone Bronson, talks about her household and how the Magic Bullet has helped her. Plus, she's giving away a Magic Bullet system to one lucky winner on her blog! Enter Below.


We have ONE (1) Magic Bullet up for grabs, and all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter, below! 

You must be 18 or older, or have parental permission to do so, and you must reside in the U.S.A. All entries are verified so please use a valid email address and enter as many of the entry points as you like, nothing is mandatory! 

This giveaway ends at midnight on June 30th and a winner will be chosen within 24 hours. The winner shall be informed and shall have 48 hours to claim their prize! If no winner claims their prize, then a new winner will be selected until we have confirmation and a prize claimed!

It is that simple! Have fun and GOOD LUCK! 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Win a free restaurant.com party for up to 6 people!

Ladies and Gents! May I have your attention? I have partnered with Restaurant.com to offer you another amazing giveaway!  Restaurant.com  is celebrating 20K partner restaurants across the nation with the Plates of Thanks Sweepstakes! Twenty (20) winners will be selected randomly to receive a free party for up to six people at a participating Restaurant.com restaurant.

How to enter:

(1) During the Promotion Period, visit www.restaurant.com/sweepstakes(2) Social media: To enter the Sweepstakes, go to the Restaurant.com Twitter page to follow them, or go to the Restaurant.com Instagram page to follow them. After you follow Restaurant.com, snap a photo dining out, tagging either Restaurant.com's Twitter or Instagram with a caption that indicates the photo is part of the Sweepstakes for an attempt to win a prize. All entrants must use #PlatesofThanks in their photo caption to be entered to win.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#FREE Sample of Olay Regenerist and #coupon!

(Includes high value $3 coupon! Apply this to a sale and you get a great deal!) 

Ideas for what to include in a College Personal Care package.

Getting the right care package ready for your daughter, niece or friend can be a task. Especially when you know they are picky. I like to narrow it down by category. For example, one month will be a food package, one month will be a pampering package and one month it will be a personal package to battle those more not so fun days.

A personal package is something I haven't seen much, but given that its focusing on the crappiest time of the month, it is something that will be very appreciated. These kinds of packages are really inexpensive to boot. 

In a personal care package, you want to focus on what's new with the latest technology. 
First and foremost, don't underestimate the power of a good pad. U by Kotex pads are designed with capture core technology to help keep you stain free. Anything to help keep stains away is great in anyone's book!

  • Lots of chocolate goodies. For the time leading up to that dreadful week.
  • I'm a huge fan of taking warm baths when I get cramps. They really help and so do invigorating bath salts and bombs. 

  • Tea, to help sooth their cramps and tummy. There are special versions just for that time of month too. 

  • Pain meds and de-bloaters: Pamprin, Midol, Advil. You'd be surprised the worst possible situations when some of us run out! 
  • Makeup to make them feel extra pretty on the days that they feel far from. Think fun lip colors and whole face looks like a smokey eye package or a palette that holds everything in a compact way. Such as this e.l.f. studio 22 piece mini on the go palette. It's smaller than her iphone! 

  • Another idea is to put the makeup, chocolate and whatever else fits into one of your cute IPSY bags! Surely you have enough to spare! 
  • The best tampons and pads they probably don't want to go buy, such as the new U by Kotex with 3D Capture Core* technology to help keep you and your undies leak-free. These new pads offer much more coverage and support to keep you feeling confident, even in your whites. Yes, I actually wear whites with these! U by Kotex also come in a convenient fashionable drawer! Again, concentrating on compact. In College, there is very minimal space usually and this is a great way to help them organize things taking up as little space as possible. When anything comes with storage that is a plus living the dorm room life. 

You can also get a FREE SAMPLE of U by Kotex pads here! Become an #UnderWarrior with me and save your pants from one more stain! 

  • Some other ideas to take it one step further would be to add their favorite magazine or perhaps a book by an author they love. Or a book full of inspirational and feel good quotes. A good movie on DVD. New music by their favorite artist . Anything you know they have had their eye on. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Preparing for summer classes? Save money by renting your books!

This sponsored post is in accordance with FTC guidelines. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Most of us are thinking about vacation, sun, sand, margaritas, being lazy, but some of us are planning our next text haul for summer classes. I've been there and I would struggle trying to sell back the books I already had in order to get the money to buy new ones. I'd use ebay, amazon etc, but back then I didn't have Campus Book rentals.

The new Cord-less Dyson V6 Fluffy Vacuum. A dream for my bad back.

Dyson was kind enough to supply me with a vacuum, in exchange for my honest opinion. This review is in accordance with FTC guidelines. 

EDIT: FOLLOW UP. Just wanted to follow up. I have had this 7 months and it still works amazing. Just make sure to clean it regularly when it gets full, which is pretty fast! But for such a lightweight small vacuum, it really is worth it's price tag. 

A lot of vacuums are being created with our needs at the forefront. Long gone are the cumbersome, heavy, corded and hard to move vacuums. Replaced with lighter more compact models that have a lot more to offer. Especially, the new Dyson V6 Fluffy