Try the New Caress Forever Collection at Walgreens! {Gift Card Giveaway}

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Now that Zac is a little bit older, I’ve finally been able to get back into my usual beauty routine. Instead of frantically throwing my hair into a ponytail and rushing out the door to get Shane to school, I can actually take the time to do my hair, put on my makeup, and pick out an outfit that even sort of matches! Of course, nobody at the kindergarten drop-off cares what I look like, but taking those few extra minutes to be put-together just really makes me feel better.

Jamberry Valentine's Nails

Since I’ve had more time to play with, I’ve been experimenting with some new tools, too. I’ve recently fallen in love with Jamberry nails, discovered the out-of-this-world lashes I can get with Younique mascara, and I’ve started using a new body wash! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I am stepping up my romance-ready beauty routine with the new Caress Forever Collection. I’m so excited to try this new product line because I love picking out new Caress fragrances for everything from my busy weekdays to fun date nights. Their scents always leave me smelling great and feeling confident- and now with amazing fragrance touch technology, I’ll stay smelling amazing simply by touching my skin for up to 12 hours!

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There are two new tempting Caress scents with this new touch-reactivated scent technology- Love Forever and Adore Forever. You can visit the beauty counter at Walgreens to test one {or both!} for yourself! I’m sure that you’ll fall for these captivating scents just like I did. Plus, you can get an exclusive $1 off in-store coupon at the Beauty counter until 2/28/15, so it’s a great time to try it. {Also, it’s touch activated, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so…. it’s a really good time to try it.}

What type of scent is your favorite? I love a nice floral fragrance. Which Caress scent are you ready to try?

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Win It: One lucky reader will win a $25 Walgreens gift card so they can stock up on Caress! Just enter using the simple form below. Good luck!

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Score Sweet Perks from Dunkin’ Donuts with DD Perks

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It all started this time last year, when I was in the hospital after having had Zac. He was in the NICU so whenever I was in my room by myself, I had the TV on- and I kept seeing commercials for brownie batter and cookie dough donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. Between having just had a baby, being stuck with hospital food for five days, and oh, did I mention brownie batter and cookie dough donuts, I knew that when I got out of there, I had to have those donuts!

A few days after we got home, Justin got us a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts and I finally got my donuts. {They are super delicious, by the way.} Then, he surprised me with them for Mother’s Day, and again on my birthday. Then when the holidays picked up and he was working six days a week, for 12+ hours a day, we celebrated our Saturdays together with a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts! Even though the holidays are over, it’s still our family tradition just about every weekend. We all look forward to it all week!Christmas Dunkin' Donuts

While Vegas is full of bakeries, we love Dunkin Donuts for so many reasons. The employees are always welcoming {and thankfully, patient while my five year old takes an hour to select his donuts} and they are always so festive- any time there’s a holiday coming up, the donuts reflect that! Some people might not care about what kind of sprinkles they’re eating but my five year old does- almost as much as I do! The donuts are so affordable, too, which allows us to go every week, and you can tell that they’re always fresh.


Lately, we’ve been using our DD Perks when we go! Sometimes in my email I’ll find fun surprises like chances to earn extra points- which in addition to points from purchases add up quickly to score free beverages!

Colorful Dunkin' Donuts!

The awesome DD Perks program has been around for just over a year {just like Zachary!} and to thank fans for supporting them, they created this short video:



With DD Perks, you can earn five points for every dollar you spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card {either plastic or through the app}. Once you hit 200 points, you get a coupon for a free beverage of any size, which you can redeem at participating Dunkin’ Donuts! You can even share your rewards through the app with friends, family, and colleagues. You’ll also receive a coupon for a free beverage when you enroll and on your birthday. You can sign up for DD Perks here- use the special code BLOG!

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

Give Teens What They Really Want This Year- a Cell Phone!

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

The year that Justin and I met, I was a freshman in high school. Back then, cell phones were pretty mainstream but not everyone had one- and certainly not every fifteen year old. Every day after school, I would rush to my computer to chat with Justin on MSN Messenger {or AIM, sometimes- this was 2004 after all} into the wee hours of the night, but then every day at school having to spend 8 hours disconnected was torture. {Did I already mention that I was a lovesick fifteen year old girl?}

So that year for Christmas, I begged my mom for a cell phone. When we were all done unwrapping presents, our tree suddenly started ringing. I was obviously confused, but finally I figured out that my mom was calling me on my very own phone!


If you have a teen {or anyone, really} in your life who would love a phone this Christmas, you have to check out the plans available from T-Mobile at Walmart. Not only do they offer really affordable plans {like $50 for unlimited talk, text, and data}, they offer unlimited music streaming on most of the devices through their plans! What more could a teen want? In fact, we’re adding my 18 year old brother to our family line!

We have T-Mobile service and our coverage is amazing. We have very fast internet speeds and we don’t pay very much at all for our plan. Of course, data speeds and coverage will vary by location but we have been very happy with T-Mobile so far!


Buy It: To learn more about the phones and plans available from T-Mobile at Walmart, be sure to check out Walmart’s website or head to a Walmart near you!

Win It: You can enter to win 1 of 5 $50 Walmart gift cards at the link below. Good luck!

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When did you get your first cell phone?

Get Great Savings on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I’ve always loved taking photos. Long before I was a blogger, and even before I had kids, I would spend hours taking and editing shots of the most random things. I have pictures from elementary school of my stuffed animals all lined up in a row that I took on an old disposable camera. In high school, I used my first digital camera {a point & shoot} to capture selfies while deep in concentration {as teens are known to do}. Now as a mom and blogger, I use a heavy duty DSLR to capture everything from cookies to crafts to, of course, my kids.

Canon Rebel

As my subject matter has grown up, my camera has, too- from the disposable camera with the wind-up flash to the point and shoot to the primative cell phone camera to the real deal. If you have someone in your life who has been wanting a “grown up camera”, be sure to check out this amazing deal going on at Best Buy just in time for the holidays!

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

-Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
-Continuous autofocus while taking HD video

-Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.

-The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20


Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes! Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

Who do you know that would love the Canon EOS Rebel T5i?


Get Sweet Rewards from DD Perks from Dunkin’ Donuts

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Since we had Zachary, Shane has had to share the spotlight. We try to give him as much individual attention as we can, but between having a baby and him being in school, it’s not always easy to fit time in. I help him with his homework and he gets to go with Daddy every Saturday to go get breakfast. Every weekend when I take Zac to his baby class, Justin takes Shane to Dunkin’ Donuts- it’s become a tradition that we all look forward to all week!

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I even got Dunkin’ Donuts as part of my Mother’s Day present this year!

Since we are there so much, I was really excited to hear about their loyalty program! DD Perks rewards you for your purchases by giving you points that are redeemable for free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages! You earn five points for every dollar you spend whenever you pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card, whether you’re using a plastic card or the Dunkin’ Mobile App {which, by the way, is super easy to use}. Once you get 200 points, you receive a coupon for a beverage of your choice- it’s that easy!


Not only do you earn free beverage perks, but sometimes Dunkin’ Donuts adds surprises to DD Perks accounts. When DD Perks surpassed one million members in June, they deposited 100 bonus points into every existing account and offered 100 bonus points to new members for a week!


As you can see, the DD Perks card is always a great deal- but if you sign up today you’ll get an extra bonus! Use code BLOG at sign up to get a $5 bonus put onto your card but hurry, this code expires tonight!

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

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