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    Spreading The Sweetness with Holiday TakeAlongs…

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    This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® on behalf of Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

    ♥The Holiday season is in full swing + we all know what that means…time to share some sweet memories♥

    I LOVE the holiday season, not just because of the festive decor, music + yummy treats, but because it is the season of giving. While presents are great, one of the best gifts are gifts made with love + from the heart..so naturally I show my love for my family + friends through baking…yummy gingerbread cookies of course!

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    Whether you are trying to think of what to gift your family, friends, or just about anyone…I always feel baked treats coming from the heart are always a great idea. The one struggle with gifting baked goods for the holidays is how to gift them! What are you going to wrap them in? How can you find a way to gift them that is practical but also festive? Well…I am pretty sure I found a solution – Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs®.

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    We baked and designed some gingerbread cookies over the Thanksgiving holiday and began spreading the joy (and sweetness) early by gifting our creations to our friends, coworkers + neighbors. We sealed them up in the Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® that are for a limited time only in festive holiday colors like green, red + gold available at your local Walmart (my go-to) place to shop for everything Holiday!

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    TakeAlongs® holiday containers are perfect to take on-the-go to holiday gatherings, cookie swaps, or for gifting baked goods. This year we plan on doing a cookie swap with some of our close friends (some gingerbread swapping to see who gets the most creative). What is great about TakeAlongs® is that they come in a variety of sizes so they can fit all types of baked goods from cookies, to cupcakes, to brownies, to cake + more! Another awesome thing about TakeAlongs® is that although they come in festive holiday colors, they are translucent enough so you can get a peek at your treats when gifting or swapping!

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    Will you be spreading sweetness this season?

    Happy Baking + Happy Gifting!



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    Collaborations, Health & Fitness

    Jenny Journey Journal Vol 2…

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    *Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post*

    ♥ Hey Babes ♥

    I am so excited to share I am officially down 30 pounds! Ah! Seriously…if you told me a few months ago that I would be down 30 pounds just from following the Jenny Craig Rapid Results Program I would have thought you were crazy…but here we are!

    What makes me beyond thrilled is that I finally found a program that helps me not just loose weight, but gain my confidence back. For years I have struggled with my weight…trying fad diets + workout programs to no avail…and now…I FINALLY found a program that works!!

    ICYMI – I first shared about my Jenny Craig journey at my last weight loss milestone here. I have been doing the Jenny Craig Rapid Results program since July + it has totally changed my life.

    Ok, I know it sounds crazy, but getting healthy + learning when you should be eating, the types of foods to avoid + portion control have made a huge impact in my life. Before Jenny Craig, fast food was my go-to. I ate at random times, avoided all things healthy at all costs + basically hoped one day I would loose weight without actually doing the work.

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    What I love about the Jenny Craig Rapid Results program is that it makes loosing weight simple. As my amazing consultant Barbara says ‘Just follow the menu + you will loose the weight‘ and she is absolutely right. All of the food is sent to you, so as long as you follow the menu, you will loose the weight – it is that EASY!

    I started uping my workout routine as well. Pre-Jenny Craig, I felt sluggish, lazy + didn’t have the energy to workout (plus I was embarrassed about wearing workout gear at my heaviest) but now that I am 30 pounds lighter, I am hitting the gym a few days a week + feeling better than ever.

    What is awesome about the Jenny Craig Rapid Results program is that if you follow the program (just the menu, no workout necessary), on average you’ll have weight loss of 1-2 lbs. /week. How great is that?!

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    Have you ever wanted to try Jenny Craig?! I would LOVE to answer your questions + help you achieve your goals! Comment below or email me to learn more ♥

    This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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    My Essentials to Staying Healthy + Fit during the Holidays…

    This post was made in partnership with Kleenex® Wet Wipes. All opinions my own.

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    ♥ Hey Babes ♥

    With the holiday season just around the corner, I have been hitting the gym even more than usual to ensure I stay fit during a season I typically over indulge in hehe :p I always love to snack on freshly baked cookies or eat that extra serving of Thanksgiving dinner etc so that means I need to hit the gym hard to avoid going overboard :p My only struggle? Making sure I have the right gear to keep me on track + keep me healthy.

    While the holiday season is a time I love because of yummy treats, spending time with family + friends, and of course…presents haha One thing I am not a fan of is getting sick due to Cold + Flu Season. How does a busy gal avoid getting sick? (especially at the gym where the equipment always needs a good wipe down) Easy…use Kleenex® Wet Wipes!

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    New Kleenex® Wet Wipes* are Made for Doers™ – people who act with purpose and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty – to help them keep going, without slowing down. That is ME! Year round I have a hectic + busy schedule, but during the holiday season, it pretty much triples. That means I have absolutely no time to get sick! Luckily, Kleenex® Wet Wipes Germ Removal* wipes are clinically proven to wipe away 99 percent of germs from skin without harsh chemicals. This is why I keep Kleenex® Wet Wipes in my gym bag all the time!

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    While my water bottle is with me to keep me hydrated, my weights are with me to tone up while doing cardio, my Kleenex® Wet Wipes are with me to wipe down gym equipment before I use it and they are also perfect to clean my face, neck + chest post workout prevent that sweaty feeling!

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    Now I know what you are thinking…are these wipes safe to use to wipe my forehead etc post workout? The answer is YES! Kleenex® Wet Wipes* are available in three unique varieties to bring the gentle cleansing power of water to you anytime, anywhere. All are dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and contain no alcohol. Kleenex® Wet Wipes* are thick and soft, contain no harsh chemicals (vs leading national brand of hands and face wipes), and are designed for everyday use on hands and face. Now that is what I call a WIN/ WIN!

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    In addition to bringing them with me to the gym, I often keep a pack in my car for after I fill up at the gas station, a pack at home for after meals (my boyfriend + I are messy eaters haha) + I even keep a pack in my purse…you know because you never know when you’ll want a quick wipe down while out + about.

    What I find to be so important during the holiday season is to constantly clean + prevent germs from getting the best of you. Now there is a product that helps you not just clean, but also stay healthy + germ free during the busiest cold + flu season!

    Shop the Kleenex® Wet Wipes HERE!

    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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    Holiday Guides, Tips + Tricks

    How To Save Money During The Holidays…

     

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    The Holiday season is quickly approaching + that means time to get ready, get set, SHOP!

    While I love shopping, I find shopping during the holidays a bit stressful…why? Because I am always trying to get a good deal + never want to miss out on getting the best gifts for the lowest possible price. So many of us spend, spend, spend + while I am all about splurging on others during the holiday season, I think it’s super important to shop smarter…not harder hehe :p That’s why I am rounding up some of the best ways to SAVE $$$ during the Holidays!

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     1. PLAN PLAN PLAN

    This may sound silly when it comes to Holiday shopping but just like with anything else in life, making a plan helps you achieve success! It’s important to make a clear list of what you need to purchase ahead of time so you aren’t just buying random gifts, decor elements etc without covering what you actually need. So many times I get easily distracted while online or in store shopping + then I completely forgot important items I actually needed to buy!

    Easiest way to get started? Create a note in your phone and break it down based on people you are buying for, decor you need etc so you have everything you need in ONE place + when you shop online or in store, you can reference that list and even jot down who has what and for what price.

    Rather than make purchases right away, I tend to search around, wait + then pounce when the time is right (usually Black Friday or Cyber Monday – or sometimes even closer to the holiday when stores are trying to get rid of inventory)!

     

     2. RETAIL ME NOT

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    I absolutely LOVE Retail Me Not! In case you haven’t heard of this amazing site / app, Retail Me Not helps you find the best deals + promo codes from pretty much any retailer. About to shop at Macy’s and need a discount code or heading to Old Navy and don’t have any coupons?

    Simply download the Retail Me Not app or head to the Retail Me Not website, search the retailer you are shopping at + BAM you can select to find either in store or online offers and you can then see all deals, sales and promo codes in one convenient place. So many timesI whip this out at the register + find a coupon to save me money just by searching the retailer!

     

     3. EBATES

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    OK…I don’t know if you have seen countless commercials for EBATES but when I saw them I initially thought ‘is this a scam? no way does this work’ BUT guys I am here to tell you, EBATES 100% works + helps you save money + make money on your purchases online AND in store! 

    Here is how it works: Head over to the EBATES website, set up an account + add the extension to your browser. It’s that easy! When you set up your account you can add your mailing address to receive a check with the money you’ve saved on purchases or you can enter your PayPal account to receive it that way. Basically as you shop on various websites, the extension will pop up telling you to ‘Activate Your cash back‘ – it will tell you the cash back percentage that retailer gives on certain types of purchases + once you click the button to ACTIVATE, the rest is just you shopping as you normally do. After you check out, you’ll get an email from EBATES telling you how much money in cash back you earned + usually within 30-60 days you get it in your account! How great is that?!

    In the year I have been using EBATES I got over $500 in cash back on purchases – you can even use EBATES on sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Groupon etc – the bigger the purchase, the higher the cash back.

     

     4. GROUPON

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    I am sure by now ya’ll are pretty familiar with Groupon. I love it for getting discounts at places where I want to try new services or vendors (mainly spas, activities like Escape Rooms etc). While I LOVE purchasing for myself whenever there is a good deal, I have found Groupon to have really competitive pricing when it comes to products your loved ones may have on their holiday wish lists, upcoming travel you want to do or even decor or home essentials you need for entertaining family + friends.

    Other than finding great gifts for everyone on your list…Groupon helps you save money when entertaining visiting family + friends with deals at local restaurants, bars, activities + more! When my brother visited over the summer I was able to get us awesome deals on mini golf, escape rooms + more.

    Groupon is great for gifting as well – I have bought spa packages via Groupon as gifts, beer or wine tastings etc and every recipient has LOVED it! Now-a-days everyone is into experiences so Groupon makes a great gift option.

    P.S. Groupon also has a Groupon Coupons section – similar to RetailMeNot where it gives you the best deals + promo codes.

     5. Honey

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    Show me the…HONEY! haha like what I did there? :p

    If you haven’t heard of JoinHoney.com here’s a little overview. Basically, similar to EBATES, Honey requires you to make an account + add an extension to your web browser. When you go to shop at any retailer online, the Honey extension will blink + activate to tell you if the item you are looking at has went up or down in retail price AND even if another vendor has the same product for a cheaper price. How cool is that?! It is pretty amazing how awesome technology is now-a-days.

    Honey also will share various promo codes with you when you are at the checkout stage of a purchase so you can see if any of the codes it knows of will apply to your purchase!

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    ♥ HAPPY SHOPPING ♥

    Do you have additional ways you save money during the holiday season?! I want to hear from YOU!

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    Halloween, Outfits, Shopping Guides

    Halloween Ready…

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    Jack O’ Lantern Tee || Black Skater Skirt || Black Pumps || Gucci Belt 

    Babes I am super excited that Halloween is just around the corner…and we all know what that means! Bring on the candy, spooky times + pumpkins! I have been having way too much fun celebrating Halloween all month long, (ICYMI – I made a little Halloween shopping guide HERE). While I don’t know what I will actually be doing on Halloween yet…I know I will be wearing this adorable Jack O’ Lantern tee…because why not, right?!

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    I have never been one to dress up in a costume, so this year I am all about embracing cute graphic tees to show off my fun side for Halloween.

    This tee is one of my favorites along with my Here For The Boo’s tee I wore a few weeks ago to kick off my Halloween content.

    While it is great to style with a casual pair of jeans, I dressed it up here with my go-to skater skirt, black pumps + Gucci belt.

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    Still looking for some great Halloween decor + apparel? 

    Check out my guide below (click to shop)

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