Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hi everyone! Today's post is shorter one that will hopefully inspire you and reignite a flame in you that perhaps went out a while ago or will encourage you along in the right direction as you currently work towards a big dream.
In our busy day-to-day life it's easy to get caught up in our work day demands or keeping the house clean, getting the kids ready for school, running errands, washing laundry, cooking meals and going to church, etc., etc. It may feel as though your free time is limited to pursue dreams or do things that would bring you great joy but I encourage you to carve out that time. Most of us have time for more passive activities like watching TV or scrolling through social medias apps which can sometimes be time wasters. Take that block of time and use it for something that will truly change your life for the better. Make it your goal as we wrap up this year and get ready to start afresh in 2014!
This quote above by Eleanor Roosevelt really spoke to me today and as I often do, after sharing it via our Facebook Community this morning I wanted to share it with everyone here on the blog because I know someone else would benefit from reading it and meditating on it. We must do the one things that scares us, that we think we cannot do and essentially prove ourselves wrong. ;)
There are many circumstances that present themselves in our life which force us to become stronger than we knew we were and create a more determined and disciplines spirit within us. However, there is a different sense of personal fulfillment and accomplishment when we run towards the one thing we think we cannot do, be or have and actually achiever it! Here's the best part... even if you don't achiever that dream for some reason, oh the joy you will in the journey and the awesome stories and experiences you'll have along the way that nothing else like it can bring!
I encourage you all to dig deep an be courageous enough to go after that 'one thing'! :) If you're feeling open to it, I'd love to hear what your one thing is. It may just inspire others in this community to go after theirs!
Thanks for Reading!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Continuing in the same format of my 12 Best Black Friday Sales, I thought I'd update some of my favorite store sales and in my opinion the best deals on the web for women's apparel right now. What better time to take advantage of not only shopping for gifts for those on your list, but finding that perfect holiday dress, outfit or heels for an upcoming Holiday party, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve celebration or a new handbag to enjoy all season long!
Kate Spade- 30% off the entire site with code: CYBER30 ~Ends: 12/02/13
GAP- 40% off everything with code: CYBER
LOFT- 50% off EVERYTHING using code: CYBER50
Ann Taylor- Save 50% off EVERYTHING using code: SHOP50
Piperlime- Up to 40% off!
J.Crew- 30% off site wide using code: MONDAY
Club Monaco- Save an extra 30% off site wide using code : CYBER
Shopbop- 25% off site wide with code: BIGEVENT13
C.Wonder- 40% off everything with code: GIFTS40
Banana Republic- 40% off everything with code: CYBER
Whether you find yourself back to work browsing over your lunch hour or cozy at home with some hot cocoa in front of your laptop with a day off, I hope you have a wonderful day. :)
Friday, November 29, 2013
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and/or friends. We sure did! We celebrated our very first Thanksgiving with baby Lily as a group of 12 over at my in-laws' home, we had such a nice time catching up with everyone. I made these fabulous roasted garlic mashed potatoes which were a huge hit and I can't wait to make them again.
Today is a long awaited shopping day for many as well as the next few days. While we don't venture out by car on this busy day to scope out deals, I love to curl up with some hot apple cider and visit my favorite shops online. I hit the jackpot today with these 3 items from the 75% off Kate Spade Black Friday sale which ends tomorrow. I searched high and low for that Ooh La La bangle and it's been sold out for nearly a year as was the iPhone 4 case (because I'm not upgrading my phone anytime soon). I was over the moon to have found both. The bow coin purse was just the icing on top! My shopping budget was $100 and these lovelies including shipping and tax were all under that-yay! If you are in the market for a stylish new handbag, they have some amazing steals which end 11/30/13 at midnight EST.
I've compiled for you a list of the 12 Best Black Friday Deals on the web for all of you Classy Ladies!
Kate Spade- Up to 75% off several items, flat rate $5 shipping on any purchase. ~Ends: 11/30/13
GAP- Save 40% off your purchase using code: GAP40 ~Ends: 11/30/13
LOFT- 40% off everything using code: ENJOY ~Ends: 11/29/13
Ann Taylor- Save 40% off entire purchasing using code: GET40 ~Ends: 11/30/13
Neiman Marcus- Up to 40% off! Free shipping, free returns and free gift packaging! ~Ends: 11/30/13
J.Crew- 30% off entire purchase with code: HOLIDAY ~Ends: 11/30/13
Club Monaco- Save an extra 30% off already reduced items using code: THANKS30 ~Ends: 11/29/13
Nordstrom- Save 25% off select brands
Tory Burch- Save 30% off orders over $300 + free shipping with code: HOLIDAY ~Ends: 11/30/13
Henri Bendel- 25% off your order of $100 and receive a $20 splurge card with every purchase. Enter code: TURKEY25 ~Ends: 12/01/13
C.Wonder- 30% off everything with code: GIFTS30 ~Ends: 11/30/13
Banana Republic- 40% off everything with code: BRGIVING ~Ends: 12/01/13
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Over the years when trying to shop for a hard-to-buy for person, I've found that photo gifts seem to be a hit. Anything personalized, monogrammed or that reminds someone of really wonderful memories is a winner. Photo books have a way of telling a story, they make for a beautiful accent for anyone's coffee table also. Out of all of the companies I've come across, blurb seems to provide the most polished looking final product.
As the leading indie and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles below. Each costs around $40 USD or less:
Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper.
Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.
Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions.
Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.
Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed.
Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.
These pre-made custom books aren't your only option of course, you can use your own photos to tell a wonderful story such as a recent family vacation, your wedding day or even sharing how much your kids have grown over the year. If you order a few printed books with all your recent fancy Thanksgiving pictures, you can have them in time for Christmas! Blurb even allows you to use your Facebook and Instagram pictures to help build up your books, which is bonus in my opinion!
Thanks for Reading!
*image sources: (1), (2) and (3)
**This is a sponsored post however all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Every year around this time (and sometimes a few months earlier if I'm really organized) I begin making a list and thinking about what I want to either make or purchase for each person on my Christmas gift list. I'm a big believer in sticking to a budget so I write out the names of each recipient and break down the value of their total gifts based on what I have to work with that particular year. Then, I decide if I'm going to get one larger gift or a few smaller gifts and write some ideas that come to mind for each person based on their needs, wants and what they like. My favorite gifts to give are those that are meaningful and will be used or enjoyed over and over again.
Certain people are harder to shop for than others but when it comes to the important ladies in your life, such as your mom, sister, best friend or daughter, I don't know of a single woman who doesn't appreciate a quality piece of jewelry in a timeless design. :) Jewelry is something that I personally get excited to receive. Most people will buy themselves clothes, fashion jewelry, perfume and other accessories but hesitate when it comes to buying fine jewelry as they typically can't justify spending on themselves in this manner, so a gift like this is always a winner!
Helzberg Diamonds recently contacted me to share their newest INFINITY X INFINITY jewelry collection with me since they know I enjoy curating classy holiday gift guides, and I'm so glad they did! I've long been a fan of the infinity symbol on jewelry and it has become increasingly more popular over the last couple years making for a beautiful and meaningful gift for a variety of occasions. What's neat is that this exclusive collection was inspired by ABCs hit tv series "Revenge" and lead character Emily Thorne and her father's mantra, "I love you infinity times infinity." Do any of you watch the show? These pieces are the perfect way to celebrate your infinite love and make someone special sparkle this holiday season and for years to come!
Created by award-winning jewelry designer Udi Behr, the collection emphasizes the double infinity insignia, symbolizing infinite love, and, with an elegant collection starting from just $49.99, it offers the perfect gift on any budget this holiday season. There are 44 infinity jewelry designs in all, including bracelets as well as rings. How gorgeous are these diamond-encrusted sparklers below? This necklace and earring set are my favorites of their entire collection-they are stunning and so versatile.
Here are their Top 3 Best Sellers of the INFINITY X INFINITY collection which are each under $100.
Clockwise: Infinity Diamond Pendant in Sterling Silver
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Thanks for Reading!
*This was a sponsored post, however all opinions and thoughts are my own.