Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: eShakti Review

Have you ever been clothes shopping and found something you truly LOVE only to discover they don't have your size? That is super annoying.

Have you ever found "your size" and have it still not fit you correctly? Just because you wear a Small or a Large or size 8 or whatever does not mean that those sizes will fit your body the way it should since everyone has a unique shape.

That is why I instantly fell in love when I discovered eShakti.

eShakti is a revolutionary online clothing shop for women. Not only do they always have any standard size, but they also allow you to input your own measurements and get the item custom made to fit your exact shape.

And as if that was not enough, so can also alter the design of the dress, including length, neckline and sleeves and even removing pockets.

This is such a practical yet unique idea. Having things custom altered by a tailor costs a fortune, but eShakti's dresses are insanely affordable, and since they are custom made instead of altered later, they come out looking more perfect anyway.

Plus, eShakti has countless stylish designs to choose from. They have a huge selection of dresses(even bridesmaid dresses), tops and skirts.

I am not really a dress kind if girl usually, but seriously, these dresses are so fabulous. I would wear almost every one and it would look great. They are that fashionable.

In fact, the dress I got is so cute, that it is no longer available. People must have snatched them up faster than they could make them. I can totally see why. I am so in love with this dress.

I actually ordered a standard size instead of doing custom measurements because the size chart seemed like it would fit pretty well and I am terrible at measuring. I am so glad I did, because it fits PERFECT.

I still customized this to make it what I needed though. I input my height so they would know where it would need to fall to get the length right, and I switched it from Tunic Length to Above the knee. SO I did not make it much linger, but just enough so I could still be demure and covered since I have to chase kiddos all day.

I ADORE this length. It's not too grandma-esque and yet to too revealing. It is just right for me.

It is so comfortable too. Not only the piece of mind from knowing I am not exposed, but also the real comfort from it fitting just right and being free flowing in the skirt part so I can move unrestricted.

The top fits like a glove too. I can just slip it over me head(although there is a hidden side zipper) and I am ready to go. It is like a hug. It just fits exactly right. Not to loose and yet not tight in any way. It even has a stretchy section so it moves with you.

I love that I can wear my bra with this too. Many dresses have the wrong back, neckline or straps to wear a bra without seeing it, but this one I can. It even has a partially open back which I love and could not usually wear without my bra showing.

And I hate wearing strapless bras, so it is usually not wearing the dress or wearing no bra and either way it is a lose. As much as I love everything about this dress, I think that is my most favorite aspect.

I know that this is only my first of many wonderful items from eShakti. This is a must try item for any woman. How great would it be to give as a holiday gift? The gift of a stunning dress with the PERFECT custom fit. Buy a gift card so they can pick any style/options/size they want. I guarantee it will be one of the best gifts ever.

*Although I received this dress at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Single Cup Club for the Holidays

I am a coffee addict. I love to try new flavors and am always searching for a more perfect cup. It is sometimes hard to hunt for new varieties, especially when other obligations are more pressing, like holiday shopping, entertaining and more. That is why I love Single Cup Club.

In the pursuit of amazing coffee, Single Cup Club is like having your own "guy" in the coffee world. Each month, a box of artisan coffees is shipped right to your door for just $19. You'll experience three small batch roasted coffees with each month's box in the convenience of Kuerig compatible single serve cups. Get 25% off your Single Cup Club membership (Gift & Ongoing Membership). It's the perfect box for the coffee lover in your life, especially if that coffee lover is you!

Right now, Andrea's World readers can save 25% off of a Single Cup Club Membership signup - Use code: HOLIDAY25

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Mom Buzz Media Holiday Gift Guide GIVEAWAY ­ 100 Blog Hop

This event is hosted by Mom Buzz Media and their network of super spectacular bloggers!

I am so excited to be partnering with MBM for this awesome Gift Guide Event. Check out all the amazing gift ideas we came up with.

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The Gift of WWENetwork

It is that time of your. Thanksgiving is almost upon us and the busiest shopping season is not far behind. There is still a lot to do and probably many people on your list to get gifts for. I have heard a lot of people talking about Black Friday sales and getting in line early and things like that. That may be cool for some people, but I like to sleep, I hate crowds and I don't want to battle a thousand other people for a chance at one of 10 available items.

Not only that, but many times Black Friday Deals are not as great as they claim to be, and there is not even always things that I want, or think my recipients will like. I like to give gifts that are thoughtful and personal. I want something that will actually be used and enjoyed, nit just sit in a closet or *gasp* be returned.

When you are shopping for someone who already has almost everything it is especially hard to find things they will actually use. That is why I like consumable items (food) and experiences(concert tickets, sports tickets, movie passes, etc). Now I have one more item to add to my "great gift" list. The gift of WWENetwork.

I am one of the biggest WWE fans on the planet probably, so I have always known a gift from WWE is perfect for any fan. And I have subscribed to WWENetwork since the very fist day it launched. I just enjoyed watching Surviver Series on WWENetwork just this past Sunday, a PPV that would cost $55 if purchased through my TV service.

Since WWENetwork is only $9.99 for the whole month(which includes the PPV each month), it is a steal. It's better than Black Friday by far. My WWENetwork subscription is something that I use every day with around 4000 hours of original content, and more being added all the time, there is always something new to enjoy.

I have wanted to gift WWENetwork to many people, but I don't want my card being charged every month for someone else. I am so thrilled that now I can gift a WWENetwork subscription with a gift card that can be purchased at Walmart, a store I always shop at anyway. I can even use cash on to buy the gift card if I want, which is awesome. I just pay once now and the recipient can add the card to their own account. It is prepaid so they won't be charged when it runs out unless they decide to continue their subscription.

The card is $30 for 3 months of WWENetwork. I can choose to gift just 3 months to people who I may not be as close to and I can buy more cards to give 6, 9, even 12 months if I want to. Best of all, if I start off with only 3 or 6 months, I can always give another card for a different occasion(like a birthday) later on. It is a gift that you can give over and over.

As a fan, I can tell you that although I already have a subscription, I would be thrilled to get this as a gift. If i didn't already have one, it would probably be the best gift ever. For a WWE fan, there is nothing like every PPV on top of unlimited access to thousands of hours of WWE programming.

With WWENetwork you can relive the Attitude Era and every old PPV there has ever been. You can watch the journey of new starts from the very beginning with shows like Breaking Ground. You get tons of exclusive interviews, podcasts and videos and even reality shows like Legend's House and Total Divas. There is something for every fan.

If you want to get a gift they are sure to love, something that won't sit around and collect dust, something they can use every day and never get the same content twice, the WWENetwork gift card is the perfect gift. Best of all, you won't have to search for a sale, because it is always a fantastic price. Of course they joy that comes from WWE programming is priceless.

Have a hardcore holiday *Bang! Bang!* 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hairstyles for Men: How to Style Your Hair

As a man, how often do you accompany your wife or girlfriend to the salon to have your hair styled? Or do you think that hair grooming and styling is only meant for women? Certainly not! If you are bored with the same old hair texture, look and style, check out our tips below:

Use Quality Products

Now that you are aware that hair grooming and styling is just as important for men as it is for women, it is high time to get rid of those cheap products that you have been using. In fact, they may be the reason behind that old look that has been making your hair appear too dry or too oily. Think a while about your cosmetics and choose the ones that will work best for you. You can try out a variety of products. Shop at Sears to get a great deal and remember to use Discountrue coupons on your purchase to save even more.

The following is a list of some high-quality hair products and the kind of effect that they will help you to achieve if you start using them today:

1) Serums/Creams: While these products help in taming fly-aways and de-frizz curls, they also prevent your hair from becoming stiff and immovable.

2) Mousse: It adds shine and volume to your hair with minimal hold, and should be applied to dump hair before the hair is allowed to dry.

3) Gel: If applied on wet hair, it contains alcohol that functions to dry out your hair and make for a much stronger hold.

4) Pomade/Hair Wax/Hair Clay: These products are used to mold hair into hard-to-achieve shapes like curls and pompadours. While pomade and hair wax are best for a shiny and wet look, hair clay works best to produce a matte and natural tone on your hair.

5) Hair Glue: This product is used to provide hair with the strongest possible holds for styles like Mohawks. Due to the risk of product build-up, thoroughly wash your hair between applications.

Take into Account Your Styling Needs & Situations

Why do you want to style your hair? Are you doing it for the upcoming prom, meeting your fiancée's parents for the first time, or you just want to have a new classy look? Whatever your reason is, make your new hair style match your situation. For a formal event like a wedding or a job interview wear something more traditional or that is closer to your everyday style. For instance, your niece (or fiancée for that matter) may not be very comfortable with you wearing a high Mohawk to her upcoming wedding. My husband had a Mohawk right before we got married and he cut it off for the wedding.

Try New Hairstyles More Often

Though there are no strict rules about hairstyles, you need to consider some factors before choosing yours. For instance, you need to figure out what your hair type is, so you choose the ones that suit you. Knowing your facial shape will also help you make the best decisions that will complement your look. Be sure to find a solution that makes you feel most comfortable. Try out a variety of hairstyles every few weeks or so until you get one that you really love!

Choose Your Sideburn Length

Most hair stylists will recommend an average length of classic sideburns to be at the middle point of your ear. However, you can adjust this length according to your head shape and facial characteristics. Choose a sideburn length that matches your hairstyle. For instance, if your hair is short, you should keep them short and well-trimmed. While short sideburns are best with longer faces, long ones make shorter faces appear more elongated.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ninja Coffee Bar Review & Giveaway!!

With the holidays right around the corner, the season of hosting begins. In the next few months there will be parties galore. From Thanksgiving dinner to baking and wrapping parties to surprise family visits to Christmas dinner and much more leading up to the new year.

Entertaining can be so much fun, but it can also be stressful, especially when it is spur of the moment and you are not as prepared as you would like. One of the biggest struggles I have found with entertaining is that not everyone likes the same things.

One thing that is a staple at all of my gatherings is usually the most "controversial". That would be Coffee. Some don't like coffee, in which case, they just pass. That's the easy part. However many love coffee. Sounds easy right? Well, not when they love it a specific way. Coffee addicts, like myself, are usually very particular about their coffee and are disappointed when the host/hostess makes it "wrong".

As a hostess and a coffee lover, that is the last thing I want to do. But when some people like it super bold, some like it mild and others like it iced or "specialty", what is a hostess to do? Finally there is an easy solution. The Ninja Coffee Bar is the do-it-all coffee system. It is like a coffee shop on your counter top.

The Ninja Coffee Bar can do it all. You can you choose a brew size; cup, travel mug, half carafe, or full carafe. You can choose the boldness of the brew with settings for original brew, rich brew and brew over ice. You can even get concentrated espresso to make specialty beverages.

Since I pretty much exclusively drink iced coffee and specialty drinks, that was more than enough to make me fall in love with the Ninja Coffee Bar. I have always made iced coffee at home, and it never compares to a coffee shop for one reason, it is hard to get the concentrated coffee to start with that compensates for melting ice. My iced coffee would always get watered down too quickly. The included easy milk frother makes it super easy to create coffee house beverages.

There are so many other features put this over the top. I love the stop brew feature, so I can can pour mid brew if I just can't wait. There is a 24-hour delay timer, so my husband (who gets up for work at 4am) can wake up to fresh coffee to start his day. The precise temp warming plate keeps the coffee at the perfect temperature too, so if he wants a second cup it is already done and waiting, nice and hot, for him.

This has an easy fill brew basket and a permanent filter which is super convenient. Who wants to fuss with filters over and over again? It looks great on my counter top and and is so simple to use. Everything can be done with a touch of a button. Best of all, everyone can get what they want.

Now my parties will better than ever. I had my sister and her boyfriend over just last night and we were all able to have just the drink we wanted, and it was even easier than a tradition drip coffee maker. It was so fast too. We were able to get right back to our movie in just a few minutes, all happier and more caffeinated.

I cannot wait to use my Ninja Coffee Bar for my Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings. It will be so wonderful to know that all my guests are getting what they really want. I never want people to settle when they are guests in my home. There is no fear of that with the Ninja Coffee Bar. I never dreamed I could make such amazing coffee creations myself, but everything I try comes out fantastic.

You really cannot know how great the Ninja Coffee Bar is until you try it. Luckily one lucky reader will be able to do just that. Ninja has been generous enough to giveaway a Coffee Bar to one very lucky entrant. Simply enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this amazing prize. Good luck.

*Although I received the Coffee Bar at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Wishes - Large Royal Sack

One theme that seems to be central for the holidays, and for winter in general is warmth. I know most of the US gets really cold, and people just want to snuggle up inside, where it's warm, and spend time with the ones they love.

So for Christmas Wishes I had to include something that would be perfect to make those cold nights a little more cozy. There is nothing like having one place in the house that everyone is drawn to. That is what is so great about the Large Royal Sack from The Bean Bag Chair Outlet.
This fabulous sack is about 4 feet in diameter, so there is plenty of space to snuggle up, alone, or with someone you love. This is filled with super plush shredded foam for optimum comfort and support. Although it may look like a large and fancy bean bag, there's no beans about it. This is so much more comfortable than a bean bag.

I chose the Tiger Fur cover, and it is gorgeous and super soft. It feels like a combination of velvet and fur, it is luxurious. Better yet, the cover is removable, and the foam is contained within an inner-liner, making washing a breeze. When you have young children, that is vital.

My daughter gets everything sticky somehow, but now I never even have to worry. No matter what she does to this sack, I can take care of it with an unzip and a quick wash. I love how practical that is.

The only "flaw" I have experienced with this sack is that we all love it. While that is clearly not a flaw, the fact that my daughter thinks it belongs to only her is. She gets mad if anyone else gets on it without her approval.

Her approval is only given if she is on it too, and all attention is on her.  It is actually really irritating how possessive she is of it, but it makes her so happy that it is hard to be upset about it.
When miss diva actually lets us on there, it is so cozy. She, her brother and I can all fit on there comfortably. This is where we have our story times, and it is wonderful. Sometimes hubby and I cuddle up on it after the kids are in bed.

It is amazing how much happiness and bonding can come about from one piece of furniture. Weather it be snuggle by the fire, reading a book, or watching a holiday special, the Large Royal Sack makes any activity more special.

So this Christmas, give a gift that the whole family will love. Give a special place perfect for bonding and create special memories that will be cherished far beyond the hustle and bustle of the holidays. You can save 10% on your Bean Bag Chair Outlet purchase if you use the code HOLIDAY.

As part of the Christmas Wishes event I am giving you all the chance to win a Large Royal Sack for yourself(or someone you care about). Enter below for your chance, and be sure to check out the LINKY, which features all of the other epic giveaways in the event. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won.

*Although I received this at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*
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Starlooks Utopia Looksbook Review

You all know how much I love Starlooks and my Looksbook subscription. It is like a gift in my mailbox every month. It is so much fun to get a surprise, especially when it is high quality cosmetics. I am so excited to show off my newest box, the Utopia edition. It is fabulous, as always.

This box is really exciting. I love the Utopia concept and the color palette is really great. They are earthy tones, but with some fun color. This is a little different than what I normally wear, but the colors fit my personality very well.

I really love how well the colors coordinate with each other. I am not the most daring with my looks, I much prefer when the colors are cohesive and look very matched rather than having a super bold aspect that stands out from the look.

This has just the right products to create an entire look alone or with minimal added products. It contains an cream eyeliner, cream blush stick and a lip gloss. Great for a simple yet polished look, even on the go and in a hurry. The awesome custom box makes it perfect for travel.

The "Abstract" Cream Blush Stick is great. It is so good for travel and much neater to apply on the go than pressed blushes and especially loose pigments. It goes on so smooth and does not feel thick or sticky like some cream products do.

This has a perfect powder finish. I love that this has some rich color to it. It is not too dark, and not too bright. I don't like the excessively red, pink or orange looking blushes. This looks more natural, especially with these products.

The "Concrete" Cream Eyeliner/Eye Base is fantastic. I love that is is light and neutral, but it really helps my eyes to look open and bright. I have very small eyes, so anything that helps them look larger or helps them pop is wonderful. The cream liner is so easy to apply, even for me. It glides on like silk it is so smooth and feels amazing all day. I am so in love with this formula.

To finish the look, the "Ideal" Lip Gloss is perfection. I was worried the color would be too dark or too reddish for me, as I usually opt for more nude or light pink tones, or sheer plums, but I immediately fell in love with this shade. It even made my lips look fuller, which was not my objective, but a really nice perk.

The color is so great, it is dark enough to make a statement, but it looks seamless and simple. The shine is stunning. I love having the wet effect without it looking too thick and without having to have shimmer. It is a very nice addition to my collection, I had nothing like this until now, and my lip gloss collection is very full.

As with all Starlooks lip glosses, it is so smooth, it stays creamy and keeps my lips moisturized all day long. The color stays true for hours without me having to reapply. My lips even feel soft after I take it off. This lip gloss is a true essential.

Of course the products are only as good as the looks they create. That is often my problem, as I am far from a pro at application. In fact my skills are strictly beginner. With that taken into account, I think the products look great on me. I wish I could do more with them, especially after seeing the gorgeous looks on the tips booklet in my Looksbook.

While my makeup will never look that good, I have to work with what I have, and I am pleased with how the look turned out. All I added was a touch of mascara. I probably should have used foundation too, but it is what it is.

With the holidays right around the corner, there will be so many gatherings to attend and so many gifts to buy. LooksBook by Starlooks would not only make a fabulous gift for any lady in your life, but it would be a great way to have a perfectly designed look all ready to grab and go in a custom designed box. What are you waiting for, the deadline for the AMAZING(I got a sneak peek) November box has been extended to Nov 25th. Subscribe now to get the exclusive collection.

*Although I received this Looksbook to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

A Perfect Thanksgiving With The Tender Fillet

Thanksgiving is coming up fast. If you are anything like me, you have been planning your meal since Halloween. I love food and, of course, I want everything to be perfect. My husband loves turkey, so I always make one. I, however, do not like turkey much. So usually I wall make something else for myself too.

I don't always pick one set thing. Some year it may be a pot roast, sometimes a lasagna, sometimes a ham. This year I wanted to make ham, especially since I had other family coming as well, and thought it would be a nice addition to my meal. I decided I would try the Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham from The Swiss Colony.

It looked like a present when it arrived. That's because it truly is. I was impressed by this ham as soon as it arrived. It was the perfect size, packaged beautifully. It was delivered fresh.

Of course it just got better from there. I could not wait until Thanksgiving, I had to try it right away, so I did. It is already cooked, so it was incredibly easy to prepare. Just heat for a few hours in the oven, or even heat some slices in the microwave or enjoy cold.

I expected it to be really tasty, but I was honestly blown away by how incredible this ham is. I know it sounds like I am exaggerating, but this was literally the best ham I have ever tasted by far. It was slightly smokey, it was sweet and flavorful, it was tender and succulent and it was not overly salty, which is the biggest problem I have with hams usually (besides being dry or too chewy, which this ham is neither.)

This ham is just so delicious. I ate three helpings and only stopped because I was about to burst. I ate the leftovers for days, and usually I am not a leftovers type of person. I always mean to eat leftovers, but I hardly ever crave them. With this, it was all I wanted to eat. I even nibbled a bit cold when I was getting ready to heat some up, and it was so great cold that I decided not to heat it. I usually never eat anything like this cold.

I cannot say how impressed I am with this fantastic ham. You don't always get what you pay for. I've been let down by "premium" products a lot, so I was skeptical, but this ham truly is a gourmet delight. It is worth every penny and I am so glad I found it.

All my Thanksgiving are set from now on. Now I just need to replace this one, since I decided to eat it before Thanksgiving. I am so glad I did though, not just because I enjoyed it so much, but because now I know my Thanksgiving dinner will be perfect when I serve this ham.

I wish I could invite you all over to try some of the best ham in the world. While I obviously cannot do that, I am very thankful that The Swiss Colony has been generous enough to give away one of these fabulous hams to a very lucky reader. Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Good luck!

*While I received this ham at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Live Well with Amwell - Get a Free Visit

 *This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own.*

Life today is so busy. We are always on the go and more and more things are being done online. We shop online, order food online, we talk to our friends and family with technology. Our dictionaries, calculators, alarm clocks, cameras and so much more is all on our phones. It makes life so simple. 

You shouldn't have to stop what you are doing and make an appointment, and wait just to get information, that could easily be provided with technology. If you need medical advice without needed immediate medical treatment, why should you have to sit in a waiting room or go to a clinic or hospital just to get told what you should do?

Not only is that a waste of your time, it is a waste of other people's time. If there are people who really need treatment(like for a broken bone or a cut or something hands on), they have to wait behind people just needing information; that is bad for everyone.

With Amwell, you can get medical advice from anywhere, via your computer or smartphone. If you are on vacation and get a massive sunburn, you can find out the best way to treat it, without looking for a doctor in a new place or interrupting your trip. If you sprain your ankle at home, you can find out how to treat it without having to drive(with a hurt ankle) to a doctor. How many first time parents wonder "is this normal?" Now you can ask quickly and easily from anywhere.

It is not just advice either, Amwell doctors are real doctors. They can write you prescriptions if needed. They get sent to your local pharmacy for you to pick up. Now if you have a rash and need cream, you can get it without waiting at a doctor. If you have an infection and need an antibiotic, no waiting hours to be seen or days for an appointment.

Amwell is so much more than a medical solution. Amwell also offers Diet & Nutrition consultations. No need to find a nutritionists office and wait for an appointment and try to fit it into your schedule. Now you can ask all the questions you have, get all the answers you need and still do everything your busy life entails.

As great as the medical and diet & nutrition aspects are, I am even more thrilled to have the option to see a psychologist from the comfort of my home. We all get overwhelmed sometimes, and usually we don't want anyone to know when it gets to a breaking point. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, a way to let our emotions out and some real advice and insight from an expert. 

I don't drive. My husband (who drives me) works a lot and even when he is home, it is very hard for me to do anything without my kids. I've wanted to visit a psychologist before, but had never been able to. Now I can do it on my laptop while the kids are at school and my husband is working. I can let out my insecurities and doubts and my stresses and things that upset me. I can do something to take care of myself and make me a better wife and mother.

I just did my first session with Amwell Psychology a few days ago, and it was amazing. I felt so much weight lifted of my chest. I literally felt physically lighter. Stress may be mental and emotional, but it can cause real physical symptoms. If Psychology is something you have ever wanted to try, but you were afraid of what someone would think or were too busy to do a regular appointment, there is no excuse not to try it now.

It really is so therapeutic. I have struggled with depression since i was a teenager. While I am able to handle things so much better now, there is a difference between handling and healing. Being able to carry all your problems may make you feel like everything is fine, but learning how to set them down takes a huge weight off your shoulders.

Amwell can help you to be well. You can learn about nutrition be healthy, you can treat your ailments with advice from a doctor and you can be much happier when you work with a psychologist to talk through your problems, vent your feelings and even find solutions.

Best of all, right now, you can do it for FREE. Use code CARENOW15 to get you visit completely free. Use it on any of Amwell's services. Unless you happen to have a medical situation come up, I would recommend the psychology. It really is wonderful. No more excuses. Take care of yourself and let Amwell take good care of you.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

All Things Christmas And More for the Holidays!

All Things Christmas And More has been a family business for over 5 years now. They pride themselves on offering the best Christmas products around at an affordable price. They stock over 2,500 items year round and expand their catalog every year. This year they featured new Halloween items. Next year they are looking to expand and a carry a Spring and Summer Catalog.

This Holiday Season, All Things Christmas And More is proud to offer FREE shipping on all order placed November 1st thru December 11th. Visit All Things Christmas And More and use code: UFG.
Happy shipping and happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates Veterans Day by Giving Back

*This is a sponsored post made possible by Baskin-Robbins and*

I have always loved Baskin-Robbins. Baskin-Robbins offers an extensive library of ice cream flavors, customizable ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and sundaes. What's not to love? Today, though, I love them even more. In honor of Veterans Day Baskin-Robbins will donate 11 cents from every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day to the USO in honor of all service members, veterans and their families. Baskin-Robbins is teaming up with the USO to support more than 1.3 million active duty service members around the world by encouraging guests to take a moment out of their day to say thank you.

It is always so inspiring when large companies like this decide to make a difference. Veterans Day, though, is especially close to my heart, since my husband is a veteran. I think it is so wonderful that Baskin-Robbins is being so kind to donate to the USO. Baskin-Robbins is the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, with more than 7,400 retail shops in nearly 50 countries, including nearly 2,500 shops in the United States. This will generate lots of money for the USO and lots of recognition for our amazing troops and veterans.

I never need an excuse to enjoy some incredible Baskin-Robbins ice cream, but knowing it is supporting such a worth cause means there is absolutely no excuse not to indulge. My family and I are visiting Baskin-Robbins after dinner tonight. We will all get double scoops and I will probably get some extra scoops to take home for later. The promotion goes beyond just buying scoops today; guests can text THANKYOU to 50555 and send a message to our servicemen and women. Baskin-Robbins will also celebrate the military community all month long with a special Camouflage Waffle Cone and Waffle Bowl, which are decorated green, brown and tan.

What could be better than all your favorite ice cream flavors served up in a fresh, delicious, camouflage waffle cone? You know you want one...or five. What are you waiting for? Your troops need you. The USO needs you, and you need some amazing Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

From our family to yours, I wish you all a very happy Veterans Day. My family could not enjoy this day or any other in freedom if it was not for the selfless service off all the men and women who have served our country. Thank you all!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Unique Gifts for the Holidays from NOVICA - Win a $25 Gift Card

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They have sculptures like this incredible Majestic Elephant.

Their are gifts in every category. I love that they have lots of Gift For Him. Need some inspiration on what to purchase? Here is a great list of popular items! Best of all you can Save $7 on first purchase! Use code: 7Novica to get $7 off.

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Pixi For the Holidays

If you are looking for a beautiful gift for any of the ladies in your life, Pixi by Petra is perfect. Pixi Beauty's Holiday Collection has something for everyone this year! Pixi Beauty's holiday products were designed for portability and versatility, all 3 kits are this season's must-haves!

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

The Endless Silky Eye Pen quartette has a color for every one of your Holiday looks.  With it's wonderful waterproof formula, your liner won't budge or smudge, and the gel texture makes them glide on with ease!

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The holidays are always beautiful, but with Pixi by Petra, they will be stunning.

Win a New Laptop From Intel! #UpgradeWithIntel

*Sponsored content: This post is for my participation in the Intel Program*

If you have been looking to upgrade your laptop, this post is for you. Upgrading with Intel is much more affordable than you might think. I will be upgrading my laptop for the holidays and I am so glad that Walmart has such great prices on the Dell Inspiron Black 15.6 Laptop.

The Dell Inspiron Black 15.6 Laptop is a great computer. It features:
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As great as it feels to buy a new laptop, it is even more exciting to win one. Intel knows that, which is why they have generously decided to give one of these amazing laptops away. Just click on the photo below to enter. Select the contest tab. Then, in 400 character or less, share” How would a Dell Inspiron 15.6” Laptop make your life more amazing?

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Monday, November 9, 2015 for the Holidays

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

5 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Alone Time

*This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and GSN Games. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine.*

As a mom, of course I love spending time with my family. After all, they are my life. At times though, I really enjoy the peace of having some (rare) alone time. It is nice to relax and have some quiet and just enjoying choosing an activity that is just for you.

I know a few people (moms), who seek this alone time as much as me, but often find themselves bored when they actually get it. When kids are at school or in bed and housework is done(for the most part) and you want to relax, what should you do?

That may seem like a silly question to many of you, who are dying to do anything other than what you are required to do. Thinking: "How could you be bored when you finally get a break?" I think there are probably many reasons this happens. I know in my case, it does happen rarely. I think for me, it is such valuable time that I feel I need to use it "properly". I've realized though, that anything that makes me happy is the perfect use of that time.

For anyone that may ever face the question "How should I relax during my free time?" I have a small list of 5 things that I really enjoy. I hope this little list can come in handy for you if you ever face a moment of boredom. The only poor way to spend your time is to waste time thinking of how to spend you time.

1. Watch TV.

I know that seems like a very simple solution. It may even seem like a waste of time to some people. For me though, it is very relaxing. I love being able to sit back and watch other (fictional) people's lives. I love being able to connect with characters. There have been times a simple TV show has made me cry. I love that I can be so emotionally invested in something like that. It helps me see the struggles that other people face and see aspects of my life mirrored back to me.

Being so busy during the hours that the shows I like actually air, I like to DVR them and watch them when the kids are in bed. It may seem odd, but it makes me feel like I am not missing out on something. I hate to feel like I am giving something up. My shows are something that I have always loved, since I was young, and it means a lot that I get to keep that.

Aside from the DVR, I tend to choose Netflix quite often. I love to go back and watch things that I watched as a teenager. It allows me to relive a simpler time in my life and appreciate the stories from a new perspective. It is also very comforting to already know how the story turns out and just enjoy the journey again.

2. Take a bath.

Again, this is so simple. During the day when I am with the kids, it is basically impossible for me to even take a very quick shower, let alone a bath. When I was younger I so enjoyed the whole routine of showering, applying skin care products and cosmetics. Now, taking care of others is already my job, and the time I get for myself is usually rushed and seen as work. It is so nice to just take an hour and enjoy a long, hot bath with a luscious bath bomb, soak in all the amazing benefits form the  bath bomb and get the relaxation benefits of just being still and enjoying taking care of myself. Sometimes I like to put on some music, others I just like to think. I always feel amazing afterward.

3. Play a game.

When you want to be alone, but you still want a bit of interaction, games are a really fun way to achieve that. I often find myself getting sucked into games on Facebook or on via apps on my phone. I recently found an app that I love. GSN Casino has a variety of games that I already love watching on TV. I love the familiarity of playing games I already know and have wished I could play in real life.

GSN Casino has tons of great games like Dal or No Deal slots. Deal or No Deal is my husbands favorite game show to watch and one of mine too. There is also Wheel of Fortune slots. I have loved that show since I was very young. There are card, slot and bingo games.

The games are so much fun. I use the GSN Casino app for Android on my phone. My kids (especially my son) use the GSN Casino app for IOS on their iPads. It is such a fun app. The games are free to download and to play. It is so fun to have a little friendly competition. Although it is not a real achievement, winning always feels good. It is fun to be part of a community of other players all enjoying the same things.

4. Read.

As much as I love TV for series, I prefer books to movies, because there is more detail. I love getting all the aspects of the story. I like to be so involved I feel like I am living it, and books are an amazing way to do that. Reading is so under-appreciated in today's world. I love the feeling of being so connected to a story that I am in literally pain when it is over.

I used to read all the time in high school and I used to keep making excusing that I was too busy once I had kids, but it feels so amazing to cuddle up with a good book and get so invested that I completely forget my surroundings. I can literally leave all my stresses behind and forget them for a short time.

5. Write.

You don't have to write the great American novel. No one ever has to read what you may write. You may never even read it again. You may just throw it away, but it is so nice to let your feelings out, write down your deepest thoughts, or just write something fictional.

Being creative gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I really love to write poetry. Even if no one else would ever like it. It is raw and real and even when I am my toughest critic, I like it. I hope to write a book one day. I may jot down notes here and there for it, but I when I really go for it, I want to be all in and focused. It is relaxing to open my mind, get ideas and let my problems out.

Of course, whatever you do, the most important thing is to make your you time really be about you. Don't spend it worrying or feeling guilty. Whatever you do, never waste your time being bored. Do something you love. Pamper yourself, create something, journey to another world. Just do something for you.