Jun 26

The Benefits of Sunless Tanning

The Benefits of Sunless Tanning

A tan can help you to look your best. Many people associate a beautiful golden tan with health and vitality. Although a little bit of sunshine can be good for you, it can also harm you in the long run. Too much sun will damage your skin and can lead to problems like skin cancer. If you choose to tan in a spray booth, you are avoiding this type of problem all together.


No Sunburns and Quick Results
Instead of risking your health, try a spray tan instead. You do not want to have to worry about harmful rays from the sunshine if you do not have to. Instead, enjoy a fast option that will give you that instant tan without having to bake outside in the sun for hours. A spray tan can be done in just a few minutes and will last for a week or longer. You can enjoy having a beautiful tan the same day that you want it. If you are planning on going to the beach or going to a special event, you can have that tan without having to prepare for it weeks in advance.

A Perfect Tan
You never know what your tan is going to look like if you lay out in the sun. You could end up with splotchy skin and uneven tones. On the other hand, a spray tan can come out just the way that you want it to. If you visit a professional spray tanning salon, expert consultants can easily help you find the right shade for your needs. You can have the look that you want if you visit a salon instead of choosing to spend hours in the sun. There is no need to risk your tan’s outcome, when you can be confident that it will turn out just right when you get professional assistance.

Many people decide to go with a spray tan. They can confidently know that this type of tan is safe and will turn out like they expect it too. Instead of walking around with an uneven color or a tone that is too red or too orange, you can enjoy have a tan that is a perfect match for you.

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May 22

Great Places to Travel in 2015

With more and more travel deals and options, it’s becoming possible to see every part of the world you used to only dream of visiting. Consider adding these locales to your “Places to Visit in 2015” list.


1. Fez, Morroco

Located approximately 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, Fez is a sophisticated part of Morocco that’s quickly gaining popularity. The area is rife with hotels, galleries and restaurants. The Hotel Sahrai has a rooftop bar popular with on-trend crowds, plus 50 rooms, many of which have a view of the infinity pool.

2. Catskills, New York

Popular with both hippies and young crowds, hikers and those who want to lounge at a spa, the Catskills in New York is gorgeous particularly in the autumn. Consider staying at the cool Hotel Dylan in Woodstock or the Arnold House in Livingston Manner. Pay a visit to Table on Ten, just one of the area’s fantastic eateries.

3. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is known for it’s old world elegance, but Rotterdam is it’s futuristic counterpart. This city is chock full of style, including the Markthal, which has shops, restaurants, apartments and more. You can also check out Holland’s biggest artwork there. Rotterdam has everything, from fantastic hotels to museums and theater. Want to visit another area overseas? Check out London hotels for a different kind of experience.

4. Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana may be more well-known, but Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic has just as much to offer, but without all the rowdy crowds. This is the place to go if you want fun in the sun. Check out The Gansevoort hotel, which has three-bedroom apartments, each with their private pool, plus penthouses and hot tubs on the roof.

5. Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Love playing in the snow? This may just be your dream vacation. This area is frequented by Olympic athletes, celebrities and other A-listers, not to mention luxury hotels, like the Waldorf Astoria and the St. Regis. Plus, the area is filled with snow junkies who come for everything the mountains have to offer.

With the right planning, budget and zest for life, 2015 can take you places you never thought you’d have the chance to go.

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May 11

Cricut Explore One™

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If you’re new to the wonderful world of crafting — or even if you consider yourself to be more of a “basic” crafter — then Cricut’s brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it’s perfect for crafing beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut’s other Explore machines, it’s just priced lower!
In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you’re sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You’ll have free access to Cricut’s Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you’ll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You’ll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts — for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with the Cricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.

The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May – you’ll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

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May 11

Enter the Superhero Celebration Giveaway from Birthday Express

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Want the chance to win the ultimate celebration? Birthday Express is giving away a $1,000 party package to one lucky winner! You can enter every day from now through 5/17.

To enter, click here >> Superhero Celebration Giveaway

Birthday Express offers over 200 kids birthday party themes, including exclusive themes you can’t find anywhere else! With hundreds of party planning tips and advice, Birthday Express makes planning the perfect kids birthday party a piece of cake! Top party themes include Disney’s Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob and more!

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May 03

Organize Your Photos With Lyve

I have had the pleasure of traveling a bit lately. From Disney to blog conferences, I have made some awesome memories this past year. I take photos on my iPhone, my camera, and sometimes even my tablet. It can be hard to really streamline all of those photos! Especially when you’re a blogger… I have photos all over the place!

Life is one big box of memories and photos are often the key to remembering the experiences that shape you, your friends and your family. My toddler loves to go through old photos and call out our “mom” “dad” “pop” and “ma!” When I use Lyve, I can rediscover some of our favorite family memories. Let’s talk about how to organize your photos with Lyve and the Moments Past function.

Organize Your Photos
Preserving Digital Memories: Our generation is defined by digital media. Instead of one photo at a time, we take a hundred. And instead of printing them out, they exist in digital files that are spread throughout our tech gadgets and devices. I am loving how now I have a single collection I can carry on my phone, including all of those photos that may have been sitting on my computer or hard drive for years.

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The Lyve App: Free and can be installed on the following platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Kindle. The app consolidates all your photos and videos scattered across multiple devices into a single app for viewing across all those devices. Organized by date in a beautiful, simple timeline. Continuously imports photos and videos from Dropbox, GoogleDrive, iPhoto and selected desktop photos. Can easily share photos and videos on FB and Twitter as well as message or email.

Moments Past Function: The Lyve app for iOS and Android devices includes a feature called “Moments Past” which displays front and center on the main screen all the photos or videos from a specific day, week or month from the pas years (the more photos and videos in your library, the farther back it will go, evoking memories that are sometimes long forgotten). Once all of the files are synced into the Lyve app., the Memories Past feature bubbles up photos and videos from this day, week or month from years past, reminding storytellers of memorable moments that they can easily share with family and friends.

Lyve Home: The LyveHome 2 Terabyte smart storage drive securely and safely backs up all your photos and videos on an always connected drive that automatically syncs all new photos taken with your phone, tablet, etc. With the Lyve Home storing the original files securely, you can delete originals from your phone, freeing up valuable space on your phone while having access to the full resolution photos at any time on any device.

*You do not need to have a LyveHome device in order to use the Lyve app.

LyveHome Giveaway

The Lyve Home 2 Terabyte smart storage drive securely and safely backs up all your photos and videos on an always connected drive that automatically syncs all new photos taken with your phone, tablet, etc. With the Lyve Home storing the original files securely, you can delete originals from your phone, freeing up valuable space on your phone while having access to the full resolution photos at any time on any device.

How to Enter:

1. Download the Lyve app for their phone or tablet (iOS or Android)
2. Find a picture that evokes an emotional memory of friends/family
3. Share their feelings around the photo/app in the comments of your blog story!

So, spill! What are some of your favorite photos?




Mar 09

American Girl Sale at zulily – Save up to 30%!

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Attention American Girl fans! zulily.com has American Girl dolls, clothes and accessories on sale today, up to 30% off! American Girl items always go fast at zulily, check out the sale now >> American Girl Sale – Up to 30% Off

American Girl Light Skin, Layered Caramel Hair, Blue Eye 18” Doll & Outfit Set

American Girl School Stripe Dress – Girls

American Girl Starry Doll Holder

About American Girl – Centered on celebrating girls and all that they can be, American Girl® is all about products that spark the imagination and teach the importance of friends and family. Made to educate, entertain and inspire, this indispensable book collection features fun crafts, brain-building exercises and problem-solving strategies that will stick with a girl every step of the way.

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Feb 22

Get $20 Off a Gramercy Bra at True&Co.

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Get $20 Off a Gramercy Bra at True&Co.
From 02/20- 02/26 you can receive $20 off of a Gramercy bra from True&Co. with code GRAMERCY20. This unapologetically seductive, lace balconette was specially designed to support with one-way stretch cups and gorgeous coverage. A flattering alternative to padded bras, the Bézier Gramercy bra features a peek-a-boo gore and flexible underwire that provides firm yet comfortable support from below with the slightest lift. I have included my two favorite colors below, you can choose from black, scarlet, or nude. Happy Shopping!
My Favorite Picks

Gramercy Bra

Gramercy Bra

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Jan 08

A New Way to Party – Personalized Plates from Birthday Express!

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Birthday Express Personalized Plates

Birthday Express has done it again with their newest arrival, personalized plates! You can now upload any photo you would like and design a customized party plate for any occasion, from birthdays to graduations, anniversaries to everyday gatherings. These plates will take your party from good to great, by adding a personal touch never before seen!

At just $9.99 per set of 8 plates, this is a fun and affordable way to bring life to your party, quite literally! Check out the personalized plates I created of my son decorating cupcakes at his birthday party. These would be such a fun addition to a birthday party or to commemorate a special event like a birthday or graduation.

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Don’t forget to check out other personalized party supplies like party banners, centerpieces, and invitations at BirthdayExpress.com!

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Dec 18

Last Minute Gift Idea: adidas

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Dec 18

Order a Blurb Book for the Holidays!

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