February 22, 2014

Enter to Win $600 in Amazon Gift Cards!


I am SO tired of snow and cold! Who's with me? Well we’re getting ready for SPRING with a Totally Awesome Spring Giveaway! This month we have two awesome prizes up for grabs -- one winner will receive a $500 Amazon gift card and a second winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Organized by :: Oh My Gosh Beck!


There are a lot of entries to choose from so take your pick … or do them all! And don’t forget that we also have daily entries, so bookmark this page and come back everyday.

February 19, 2014

Huge TOMS Sale!


Don't TOMS just scream spring?! I can't wait! Don't miss this huge TOMS sale happening for just a few days over at zulily! I absolutely love these Turquoise Metallic Linen Wedge Sandals! So cute!


The perfect sunny-weather shoe with all the perks TOMS has to offer. The stable wedge heel is lined with a comfortable suede insole, while the rubber sole provides additional cushion. And with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.


Looking for TOMS for kids or men's? This sale is for the whole family so start shopping now! From classic TOMS to fancy TOMS to boot TOMS, this sale has it all! Plus you also get FREE SHIPPING on your TOMS order over $65! Sweet!



Enter to Win a Glossybox!


Did you see the Glossybox review that I posted last week? I sampled the January Glossybox and I am hooked! Now I have your chance to WIN A GLOSSYBOX to try for yourself! 


What is Glossybox? How would you like to receive five surprise luxury beauty products delivered to your doorstep each month? Each month Glossybox curates a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom with. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest for just $21 a month!


The January 2014 box featured great products like the original beautyblender with cleanser, Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, and Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash.

February 13, 2014

A Self-Publishing Success Story


Getting Creative with Kal Barteski

What a great story! Blurb author Kal Barteski is a maker extraordinaire whose creativity knows no bounds. She’s a working designer, painter, storyteller, book creator, TEDx speaker, and calligrapher who can now add “video star” to her resumé with the first of our Canadian book-maker profiles. Watch the first installment in our Canadian Author video series with a wild look at Kal’s creativity. We think you’ll be inspired to make your own book with Blurb. Check out the video above!




February 12, 2014

14 Hands Moscato & Simple and Delicious Cherry Cheesecake {Recipe}




It is almost Valentine's Day and you may be looking for the perfectly sweet combination for you and your sweetie. I have it! This deliciously divine pairing is sure to impress your special someone.


Simple and Delicious Cherry Cheesecake

8-oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
8-oz. container cool whip
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring (optional)
1 - 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 graham cracker crust

Beat SOFTENED cream cheese with powdered sugar using electric mixer on high, till blended and smooth. Add cool whip and flavoring; mix till blended. Pour into prepared crust and spread evenly. Top with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate. Just like the title says SIMPLE! Note:  If making your own graham cracker crust, pat in an 8 x 8 baking dish, bake a few minutes; let cool.


Once your cheesecake is refrigerated and ready to be enjoyed, uncork a bottle of 14 Hands 2012 Moscato Columbia Valley. It was made from fruit harvested from vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley was fed directly into membrane presses, where the juice was quickly separated from the skins and seeds. After pressing, the juice cold settled for two days. The clean juice was inoculated with yeasts to initiate 20-30 day fermentations.

I am so impressed with this Moscato. Even without the cheesecake, it is so perfect to finish off your Valentine's Day! The cool temperatures throughout the winemaking process highlighted the fresh fruit and floral characters. The vibrant aromas of peach and citrus come together in a remarkable balance. The sweet and delicious qualities really do compliment the cheesecake (or almost any dessert) very well.


“This Columbia Valley Moscato leads with aromas of white rose and honeydew melon with an intriguing orange peel nuance. Juicy flavors of freshly sliced peaches are joined by tangerine and mandarin orange. While lightly sweet at first, ample acid balances the wine and keeps it clean and fresh.”
~ Keith Kenison, Winemaker

January 2014 Glossybox Review


What is Glossybox? How would you like to receive five surprise luxury beauty products delivered to your doorstep each month? Each month Glossybox curates a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom with. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest for just $21 a month! Here is what the January box had waiting for me inside!


The January 2014 box featured the original beautyblender with cleanser, Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, and Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash.

the original beautyblender with cleanser

So apparently this is a very popular beauty product. I had never heard of it, but I am glad I had the chance to try it. This makeup applicator leaves a  flawless look. It was created by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva. To use, just remove your dry beautyblender from its canister, completely saturate your with a generous amount of cold water until full size is achieved, then squeeze out excess water. You are now ready to use it to apply foundation, concealer, blush and more. I use a makeup sponge everyday, so this was something I was definitely interested in trying. I really liked the fact that it is latex free, and made from hypoallergenica foam. It was easy to use and it did leave me with a nice and even finish. I like the pointy tip for hard to reach areas!

Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

I used to use mineral makeup exclusively, now I dabble in it here and there. I was impressed by this creamy, super sheer all mineral blusher that gives you a beautiful, healthy tone that looks natural. Bellápierre Mineral Blush creates a soft, radiant glow for perfect fresh-faced rosy cheeks. The color is fantastic! The perfect mix of peach, pink and bronze. Love it!

TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray

I love using sea salt spray on my hair for a messy, wavy look. This TONI&GUY version is no exception. What I like more about this brand than others I have used, is that fact that it still leaves my hair manageable. Some sea salt sprays make your hair so stiff you can't do anything with it on day two. This version creates texture and body with light hold - perfect for achieving a lived-in, beach look. 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream

This couldn't have arrived at a more perfect time. I have been feeling like my face has been dry lately. I don't use a moisturizer because I am very picky about scents and texture that go on my face. But I was feeling so drenched that I gave this a try, and I was quite pleased. It does not have a strong scent so that was good by me. But what impressed me most was the texture. It was silky and not heavy or sticky at all. This fortifying and soothing moisturizer delivers 48-hours of continuous hydration for dry, dehydrated skin. It visibly improves skin’s radiance and texture, and prevents signs of premature aging with antioxidants.

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash

This uplifting super toning body wash has been designed to improve skin tone, soften, smooth and encourage good circulation thanks to the unique blend of natural active ingredients found in juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender. My favorite thing about this body wash is the scent. It smells so lovely and invigorating! Perfect for me because I am not a morning person! This gentle formulation will cleanse without striping the skin of its natural oils. 


I am so impressed with my first Glossybox! There really was not one product that I won't use. Are you ready to try Glossybox for yourself? It is only $21 a month, and as you can see, you get your money's worth. It is a great way to try new beauty products that you wouldn't want to purchase in full size without trying.



February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day at Outback Steakhouse #OutbackBestMates




First of all, I have some VERY exciting news! I am a part of the Outback Best Mates Blogger Network. This means for all of 2014, I will be providing you with deliciously fabulous information on all things Outback! Like what you ask? How about this Valentine's Day Special Steak Menu for Two?!


Let Outback Steakhouse help you do Valentine’s “Just Right” with a Special Steak Menu for Two! You get a Bloomin’ Onion and Classic Cheesecake dessert to share, paired with your choice of two of Outback’s favorite steak entrées, including:
  • Two 6 ounce sirloins 
  • Two 9 ounce sirloins
  • Two 6 ounce filets 
  • One Bone-in Ribeye & one filet, one of Outback’s most popular combos
  • Or, upgrade your Steak Dinner for Two by adding a grilled lobster tail for 50% off menu price


My husband and I enjoyed Outback Curbside Take-Away just the other day. This 6 oz. Outback Special was absolutely mouthwatering. It was perfectly seasoned and every single bite was juicy and delicious. We decided on Fresh Steamed Green Beans and Seasoned Rice for our sides. I am a huge fan of their green beans. They have so much flavor! My husband loves the rice.


Don't forget that the Special Steak Menu for Two includes a Bloomin’ Onion and Classic Cheesecake Dessert to share! Really? I mean what more could you ask for?! This special onion is hand-carved, cooked until golden and ready to dip into their spicy signature bloom sauce. It is just so delectable!


For budget-conscious mates looking to impress their date, they've got you covered with Outback’s New Steak Plates! Get a 6 or 9 ounce Signature Sirloin with your choice of one of five delicious toppings and a side of Aussie fries, starting at under $10 each.


Are you looking to make up for a past Valentine’s Day fail? Then you need to Enter to Win an Outback Date Do-Over! The winner will receive a $50 Outback gift card to help you do-over that date and turn your love life around. Beginning Monday, February 10th, you can share your date disaster story (Valentine’s or otherwise) via Twitter using hashtag #BloominDoOver to be entered to win. Ten winners will be selected each day from February 10th to 13th, and 20 winners will be selected on Valentine’s Day, February 14th! Tweet your story and enter to win!


Stay tuned! As an Outback Best Mate, I will have exciting promotions, news, new menu items and more to tell you about all year long!

Enter to Win a Week of Starbucks!

Greetings on this lovely Monday! [insert groan here] But don't worry - we have your back! We’re giving away a week of Starbucks to one lucky reader! The winner will receive a $35 Starbucks Gift Card - enough to treat yourself to seven days of caffeine goodness. Will you be the lucky winner?

February 9, 2014

BrylaneHome Woman's Office Chair Review


BrylaneHome offers the latest styles, colors and designs in bedding, bath, window, cooking, dining, entertaining and beautiful home accents. Right now you will find that they are having a fantastic sale on their plus size living collection which includes several kinds of chairs, including office chairs, like the one I reviewed!


I just remodeled my home office. The only thing I did not purchase yet was an office chair. When I heard about this promotion, I knew it was just perfect for me. This Woman's Office Chair looks just gorgeous in my office, wouldn't you agree?!


I have been using this chair for a few days now and let me tell you I am so impressed! First of all, I didn't even know that office chairs came made especially for a woman! This one is specifically designed for a woman’s posture. The features that really caught my eye were the 24/7 pillow comfort, the waterfront edge seat which improves leg circulation, and the ½" memory foam support. As you can imagine, I spend tons of time sitting in my office each day. My old chair did not provide me with the support I needed. This one is like sitting on a cloud. I have currently been on my chair for several hours, and my bottom and my legs are pain free! 


I am also so impressed with the quality. It is made from bonded leather with matching PVC back. The leather is so soft and smooth. I completely love the luxurious feel of it. It also comes in white (shown above). More important features include: a 500-lb. capacity with a 24½” wide seat, air pocket coil springs, heavy-duty casters and hydraulic height adjustment, chrome accent arms and base, and a pneumatic adjustable height handle which extends 2" from seat for easy accessibility. Some assembly was required, but my husband had it fully assembled in about 20 minutes. This robust yet elegant office chair measures: 46½"H x 29"W x 29"D, with a 24¼"W seat (18½"-23¾"H floor to seat). I would not recommend this chair if you are short. I am 5'6" and my feet just barely touch the ground at the lowest setting. My mom, who is 5'3", sat in it and her feet did not touch the floor. You could always add a stool if you needed extra foot length. I am just so impressed with my new office chair! I love it!


There are many types of chairs available in the plus size living collection. All of their chairs come with supple support and plush padding for the ultimate in home seating. Don't you want to get more work done without having to constantly get up and readjust your position throughout the day?! Check out the chairs shown above too! They are all currently ON SALE at 50% off! From left to right: Three-In-One Massaging Recliner Rocker, Leather-Look Power-Lift Chair with Storage Arms, and the Power-Operated Lift Recliner

February 6, 2014

NARS Free Gifts with Purchase


Have I mentioned that NARS is one of my favorite beauty brands? I absolutely swear by the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama. The color is amazing and it stays on forever without being too sticky or too drying. My other must have NARS product is Orgasm Blush. The color is perfect for a rosy glow. 


Take advantage of this great offer for free products with purchase! Receive a complimentary mini Orgasm Illuminator and a mini Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil with any purchase of $25 or more! Just use the code FEBMINIDUO at checkout. Offer valid through 2/28/14.

What is your favorite product from NARS?



ModCloth Make The Cut Contest


Attention Fashionistas!
Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? Well now that dream can come true! The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth!

How does the contest work?
Entrants will design a new print for a private label dress silhouette that is already being produced! Contestants have two weeks to submit designs. After the submission period, the ModCloth Creative Team will narrow down the submissions to 20, which will be sent to the guest judge, Amanda Needham, Costume Designer for Portlandia. After Amanda has chosen the 10 finalists, they will be posted on the Be The Buyer page for voting. There will be a week for the Community to vote, then ModCloth will contact the winner and update the contest announcement with the big news!

• Contest is Live Now!
• End of Submission Period: Friday 02/14/14
• Launch voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/03/14
• End voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/10/14
• Winner announced on ModCloth Blog (winner will be contacted personally): Wednesday 3/12/14

Send your entry in now and good luck!



Zulily Deals as LOW as $2.99!


$2.99 can't get you much these days, unless you shop at zulily! I am loving these zulily deals as low as $2.99! Here is a sampling of what I found!


I found the Love Face Nylon Spatula, the Beige & Pink Happy Flower Sandal and the Black & White Stripe Cow Socks all under zulily deals priced at just $2.99.


Next, I found the Green Heart Gripper Socks, the Bumblebee Spatula and the Infant Black Lace Skirt all under zulily deals priced at just $3.99.


Finally, I also found the Cute as a Button Infant Tee, the Black & Red Stripe Girls Tights and the 24 Piece Jumbo Pink Circles Baking Cups all under zulily deals priced at just $4.99.

There are some really cute deals for Valentine's Day or just because! They even have some $1.99 deals, but those are almost sold out. Hurry - deals like these sell out quickly!





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