Friday, May 15, 2015

Dot Dollars are back at Stella & Dot!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Delightful news! Dot Dollars are back at Stella & Dot! Here's how it works ... For every $50 you spend on Stella & Dot retail items between May 15th and June 15th, you'll receive $25 Dot Dollars. 

Then, between June 26th and July 2nd (at 11:59PM PST), you'll be able to redeem your Dot Dollars on a wide selection of Stella & Dot's boutique-style jewelry and accessories.


Here are a few details to take note of:
  • $50 must be within one order – total is not across multiple orders.
  • Stylist orders do not count for Dot Dollars. 
  • Codes will be available for customers on their Stella & Dot Account Page on 6/25.
  • Redeem $25 Dot Dollars for every $50 spent.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dry Lips, Anyone?

 You all know that I love finding new natural products, and this time I found something amazing for my dry lips!! I had no idea that my pucker could be so dry even in the summer time, but now instead of resorting to a more powerful medicinal chapstick, I have eco-friendly vegan and non-vegan lip balm from Pure + Simple!

The line was first developed to help soothe incredibly dry lips as a result of using Accutane; a very harsh acne medication that's notorious for causing severe skin dryness. To date, I'm told that it remains the only thing effective against the incredible dryness and cracking from the medication. Powerful, right? But it's still natural!

The chapsticks have minimal ingredients as to keep the product pure and the consumer familiar and informed of the natural products used, they come in bpa-free recyclable tubes, the labels are of 100% recycled brown kraft paper, it uses soy ink made from renewable, environmentally-friendly soybeans to print on the label and seal is all with a non-toxic sealant spray. They've even taken our shipping into consideration, using 100% recycled content kraft mailers - not bad, right?!

But can you believe that powerful and natural chapstick can come in yummy flavors?  There is Grapefruit + Basil, Lavender + Spruce, Lemon + Eucalyptus, Lime + Jasmine and Tangerine + Peppermint! Love these - especially the Grapefruit and Basil which I was lucky enough to try out!

You can find out more about the company and the lip balms HERE

**Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I was provided with one tube of chapstick to try out and decide whether I wanted to share this product with all of you. And guess what? I fell in love with it! All opinions are honest and my own!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Man Crates for Father's Day!

I've been struggling to find a good father's day gift for my husband, but I think I've just stumbled across the perfect thing...

I don't know about anyone else's husband, but mine LOVES grilling out. And I love that he loves grilling out, as that means that sometimes I don't have to cook!! So I think I will be furthering his love of BBQ and grilling this father's day. Here's how!

Um, anyone heard of a Man Crate?? It's the male equivalent of a gift basket, but so manly that it takes a crowbar to open it! And inside the crate? It's filled with all the awesome things that a guy would need to make his grilling experience absolutely perfect. And did I say it's manly, too?

If I had to pack my own crate, it would be filled with an assortment of BBQ spice rubs, some outdoor speakers, an awesome playlist, and some sturdy grilling tools. But someone else has picked some other amazing assortments of grilling tools and created a whole slew of different Man Crates to choose from.

Check some of these out below and let me know which one you would pick for the father in your life for Father's Day! Oh, and don't forget to take a closer look at the impressive BBQ stats in the infographic and share it with your grilling man!

All Man Crates can be found HERE! (Though this is NOT a paid post and I will not receive compensation for any sales!)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Photo Books as Gifts!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize it. 

Chances are you already have an idea for the kind of book you want to create. But in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books: 

A beautiful, custom-made book is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give. With Father’s Day, graduation, and wedding season just around the corner, this type of book can make the perfect gift that keeps on giving. And with Blurb’s cutting-edge book-making tools, you can add photos, words, stories, drawings—anything you want—and make something that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Ideas include: a favorite recipes book, a baby’s first year book, a book of poems, a senior year book, etc. 

You have a story to tell. Ok, so you may not have hiked across the Sahara or been on Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t impacted lives or had interesting life experiences. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable insights to impart. Even if you have no interest in sharing your memoir with anyone, the process of reflecting on your life and writing down some of your thoughts and experiences can be incredibly eye-opening and cathartic. 

Pet Books
What better way to showcase your best friend than with their very own book. It could be something as simple as pictures and quips of trips to the park, naps on the couch, playing with a favorite toy, or basking in the sun, to a more in-depth life story book about your pet. These can be shared as gifts, sold to fellow pet-lovers, or just kept for your own personal enjoyment. 

Non-Profit Fundraising Books
With Blurb, non-profits can share their story with compelling words and images and then sell them via Blurb’s Sell & Distribute option to fundraise for their organization. For example, Gerrit Greve’s Hearts for Healing book showcases how kids interpret a giving heart through art. It also chronicles how Greve’s students gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities knowing that their art could make a difference in someone’s life and health. This beautiful book is an example of how Blurb’s platforms can be used to support a cause that’s important to you. 

These are just a few ways that you can use Blurb to share your story or promote a purpose, but know that there are many, many others. Get creative! Honestly, the most important part is just clicking on the “Get Started” link on As you start the process of creating your own book, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the creativity floodgates open!  

And when it does and you’ve created your own book, be sure to tell me about it—if you’re okay with me doing so, I’d love to promote it to other readers. Who knows? You may inspire someone else to create a book of their own!