NEW!!! Erin Condren Surprise Boxes!


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You guys!!! Did you see this today? Erin Condren sent an email to their VIP list and let everyone know that they have seasonal surprise boxes starting in January! According to the website, it will contain $80 worth of goodies, but it only costs $35, which includes shipping. I think that is quite a deal, so I jumped on it. Supplies are limited, so once it’s gone… it’s gone. If you want to get a code for $10 off your first order, sign up using my referral link! And be patient. First you’ll get a code for 10% off, but after you finish your registration you will get an email with a code for $10 off. If you’ve been wanting to check out EC’s products, this would be a fantastic way to get a variety for a good price. And who doesn’t want a little pick-me-up in the middle of January?

{Review} Prescription Glasses from Firmoo

Disclosure: I received a free pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for a review on my blog.
All opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation.

For a few years I’ve been reading blog reviews of various mail-order glasses websites. I always thought it sounded convenient, but I was hesitant. Would my prescription be correct? Would the glasses fit well? I never felt brave enough to try it out. However, a few weeks ago, a rep from contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying out their service and reviewing it on my blog. Absolutely! 

Ordering from Firmoo was easy. I browsed their selection for a pair of glasses I liked. Honestly, that was the hardest part because there were several that I thought would look good on me! In the end, I decided to go with a funky pair of frames — something totally different for me. When I placed my order I filled in all the usual shipping information as well as my eyeglass prescription. They have information on their site to help you along and make sure you are putting everything in the right place. I hit “submit” and then waited for the glasses to arrive! 

Here’s the timeline:

  • Order placed: July 10
  • Order shipped: July 14
  • Order received: July 23

The glasses came from China, and I was impressed with the speed in which order was produced and delivered. They arrived well-packaged in a lovely hard case, complete with a special cloth to clean the lenses. review

The frames themselves were just what I expected! They are fun and different, and fit exceptionally well. In fact, I’m considering ordering another everyday pair from them. review review

 If you are interested, you should check out Firmoo’s First Pair Free Program. This is for new customers only. 

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 If you’re looking for an extra pair of glasses, or some fun fashion frames, I would definitely give them a try!

Spring Influenster VoxBox

Spring Fling Influenster VoxBox

I was so excited to be chosen to receive my Spring VoxBox from Influenster! It was full of fun products for me to try out and review and so far I’ve liked everything.

My box included:

  • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
  • Kiss Everlasting French Nails
  • Peach Pie Car Freshener from the Labor Day Movie
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
  • NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Lotion

Some boxes also included the Softlips Cube. Sadly, mine did not :-( I made an unboxing video when I received it. Check out my first impressions! I’ve been testing everything and sharing my thoughts on Instagram, and Twitter. So be sure to follow along!

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sponsored: Electrolux Perfect Temp Fridge & Sweepstakes

We’ve just had some the hottest weather of the summer here in the Hudson Valley and it reminded me just how important it is to store food at the perfect temperature. Bacteria love when it’s warm, so it’s important to be extra-cautious during the summer (of course it’s important year-round, as well). 

Of course, some foods need to be stored at different temperatures than other foods — even within the refrigerator. (For example, did you know that when thawing frozen meat, you should store the meat on a bottom shelf where it’s the coldest?)

The Electrolux French Door Refrigerator has adjustable, humidity controlled crisper drawers that keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer with self-closing drawers that provide a tighter seal to lock in freshness. When you’ve just stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market, you want to make sure they will last the week, right? It’s always a bummer when you’re craving a crisp salad, only to find that your lettuce has wilted.

The Electrolux French Door Refrigerator also  features the innovative Perfect Temp Drawer with Luxury-Close. The Perfect Temp Drawer provides ultimate control with a customizable, versatile temperature zone designed to store a variety of foods and beverages at the ideal temperature. So, if you’re having guests and want to perfectly chill that bottle of white wine, you can set the Perfect Temp Drawer to 45ºF while the rest of your fridge stays cooler.

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Electrolux Perfect Temp Sweepstakes

Wouldn’t it be amazing to win a new Electrolux French Door refrigerator like this one? 

Electrolux French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator

Now through August 22, visit and enter the Electrolux Perfect Temp Sweepstakes daily for a chance to win your own Electrolux French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator and a trip to a climate with a perfect temp — the sunny Abaco Islands in The Islands Of The Bahamas. For every entry and share, Electrolux will donate $1 to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) with the goal of reaching $125,000.

In the meantime, I also want to share a delicious summertime recipe with you, thanks to Kelly Ripa. I love making freezer pops with my kids — not only it is a fun activity, but you can make them much healthier than the ones with crazy food dyes and tons of sugar. These Spiced Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Pops sound so delicious. I can’t wait to try them for myself!

Spiced Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Pops



Spiced Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Pops
Kelly Ripa says, "I love adding a pinch of an unexpected spice to recipes, especially a healthy treat like my Spiced Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Pops. This recipe combines all of my favorite ingredients: fruit, yogurt and a hint of spice. The key to this simple recipe is serving it at an ideal temperature (I set the Perfect Temp® Drawer in my Electrolux refrigerator to a perfect 30 degrees)."
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  1. 2 cups of chopped ripe mango
  2. 1½ cups non-fat Greek yogurt
  3. ½ cup peach nectar
  4. two tablespoons sugar
  5. ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  6. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Pour the mixture into individual popsicle molds
  3. Freeze the molds for 30 minutes, remove and insert popsicle sticks
  4. Return to freezer and keep there until solid – approximately six hours (or overnight)
  1. Makes 6-8 pops (depending on size of mold)
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{Vlog} April Favorite Finds

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OK, kids — here we go! I have done a very (very) limited number of video posts (a.k.a. vlogs) in the past, but I feel like it’s time to shake up the old blog here and do something different and maybe try it again.

Inspired by my longtime bloggy friend Echo of Life’s Like This, I decided to give it a go. I’m linking up with MamaKat who does a weekly Vlogging Workshop and this week I’m talking about some of my favorite purchases from last month. Who knew I could ramble on about purses, wallets, and tea for so long?

So… what do you think. Love it? Hate it? Should I keep doing these? Am I just a big dork who gets overly excited about tea and candy? (The answer to that last question, of course, is yes… clearly.) Let me know what you think! And let me know if you bought anything super fun last month!


1. Bag from Pick Your Plum {no longer available}
2. Wallet from Ebay seller
3. Lots of amazing teas and treats from Harney & Sons

cyber monday deals at eversave

Eversave has a great deal today from I’ve been an Overstock customer for many years and I’ve always been pleased with my purchases. They have amazing jewelry deals, so if you finished your shopping on Black Friday, maybe take advantage of this Save to pick up something for yourself!

Cyber Savings:$10 for $20 worth of high-quality, brand-name gifts on – plus free shipping!

They also have an entire page of special Cyber Monday deals, and if you use the code CYBER, you can get an extra $3 off. (Note:This code is only valid on the Cyber Monday deals — it will not work on the Overstock share.) Also, Save Rewards cannot be used on select Cyber Monday deals.

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hartstrings black friday sale


Do you guys remember the Hartstrings review I did a couple weeks ago? Well, the dress was a hit at the birthday party and held up well in the wash. I have since been eyeing an adorable Christmas dress for Laura. What do you think:

Obviously I love the traditional look for dressy outfits, but Hartstrings offers a variety of styles from classic to modern. And they are having an excellent Black Friday sale — everything  on their webiste (including sale items!) is an extra 20% off. If you hop over there you’ll notice that many outfits are already discounted, so you can get 20% off on top of that.

If you haven’t already found holiday outfits for your children, Friday would be a great time!