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Tea Time: Tea Collection’s Black Friday Sale

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There are a few stores that I religiously shop each Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and Tea Collection is one of them! It just wouldn’t be Christmas if there wasn’t a beautifully wrapped Tea Collection dress under the tree for Miss L!

The Black Friday sale starts today (11/21) and goes through Saturday (11/25) with items priced at $10/$12/$15!

Want to see what Miss L got?

Three awesome new dresses to add to her collection, and for only $55.60 shipped! (3 x $15 dresses, $7 shipping, $3.60 tax)

I’m happy once again this year, and hope she will be too!

Here are the special rules about the sale: Tea Collection’s Black Friday Event prices are only valid on select styles featured in each category’s Black Friday shop. There will be no adjustments on previous purchases. The promotion is limited to stock on hand.


nkotb: the total package tour

On Saturday night, I got the privilege of reliving some of the best memories of my youth. I’m pretty certain no one at the ‘The Magic Summer‘ Tour at Shoreline Amphitheater in 1990 expected to be rocking out at an NKOTB concert 27 years later… but there I was… in the PIT at Golden 1 Center, screaming my guts out at Joey, Jon, Jordan, Danny & Donnie with my fellow Blockhead friend C. And I loved every single minute of it.

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5 reasons everyone should visit a Lantern Festival


Once you’ve seen Walt Disney Animation’s “Tangled” … you will add attending a lantern festival to your bucket list. And once you’ve seen the floating lanterns in person, you won’t cross it off your list, because once will never be enough.

Last September, we took a drive over the state line and headed to Reno, Nevada for one of these events: “The Lantern Fest.” The event was held out at a a remote dirt race track outside the city limits in Fernley and the lines to get in to park were HOURS long. We thought we’d arrive with enough time to get a snack from the food trucks and settle in before the big event, but instead we were stuck outside on a 2-lane road for 90 minutes and were a bit frantic that we might miss the entire event. But… we didn’t.

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upgrading my daily routine

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CLEAR CARE® PLUS as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.  I received financial compensation for my participation and endorsement.


It was exactly 16 weeks ago that I decided I needed to upgrade my routine. I was tired, stuck in a bit of a post-winter rut, and just doing the same thing day to day. I wasn’t getting out for those runs that I told myself I’d go on each morning. And I was skipping breakfast in favor of coffee, working through lunch, then devouring everything in sight when dinner came around.

The shake-up came from Facebook. I saw a few people talking about a new gym program opening in the neighborhood.

“Ooh! I’m so excited!” they all seemed to say. It was a female-only program… but it looked intense. The pretty people in the photos looked intense. I decided to keep scrolling.

Then an ad popped up in my Facebook feed a few days later and I noticed that a long-time friend liked the photo… and that she had belonged to a similar program for about two years.

But she’s a runner. And she’s in-shape. That’s what I told myself and closed the ad again.

Then came the final straw. A close friend told me she had done something crazy. She had signed up for this new intense gym program because she needed to do something for herself.

And that’s when I realized I needed to stop making excuses and give myself an upgrade too!

It’s been 16 weeks since I started the program: one 6-week 5/days/week session and 2 5-week 4/days/week sessions. And this upcoming Monday, I’m back to where I started 16 weeks ago with another “bootcamp” session. And I couldn’t be happier with my decision!

I’m usually not one to treat myself to little perks or upgrades… often preferring the generic brand or low-cost option among my choices. In this case, I kept thinking if I wasn’t running and working out already, then I didn’t deserve to upgrade to an actual class. In reality, I haven’t worked out this much in years thanks to the class and investing a little bit more in myself.

I’d definitely encourage everyone to invest a little extra into yourself in some way… because it really is worth it! And think of it this way, all that other skimping and saving can actually afford you these little upgrades along the way!

Speaking of upgrades, CLEAR CARE® PLUS (shout-out to my favorite contact lens solution! Love the bubbles!) is taking upgrades to the next level with the Bubble Upgrade™ Sweepstakes! From 8/10/16 to 9/6/16, a winner will be selected every Wednesday to win an upgrade experience (each valued at over $10,000), spanning categories from sports, travel, and self-improvement.


View the sweepstakes here to learn more, and discover the amazing prizes! You could win an upgrade experience worth over $10,000!

[No purchase necessary. Must be at least 18 and a resident of the 48 contiguous U.S. or D.C. Ends 9/6/16. Void where prohibited. Subject to complete Official Rules.]

I recently upgraded to  CLEAR CARE® PLUS for my contacts and I’ve been so impressed with how much better it deeps cleans the dirt and removes protein from my lenses. Let’s add that as another silly thing I should have done a long time ago! If you’re a daily contact lens wearer, I’d check it out as an upgrade option for you!

And if you’re not blind as a bat, then I hope you get a chance to upgrade something exciting or boring in your life soon!



cat & jack from target is pretty irresistable

If you haven’t heard yet (or been into your local Target store this past week), there’s a pretty new and irresitable line of clothing out for kids.

It’s called “Cat & Jack” and you can find it all at each and every Target store and online!

And from 7/24-7/30, you get $5 off every $25+ order of Cat & Jack!

Umm…. I may have already made a few purchases on my last run into Target for Gatorade and saltines (sick kiddo this weekend), so I’m not quite sure how anyone will be able to avoid it for long!

*PURCHASED* This dinosaur shirt for girls is pretty much everything! And it's only $10!*PURCHASED* Can we ever pass up an adorable Boston Terrier shirt? Especially when it's $6?!?
You know YOU want this fox pencil case!Seriously... these clothes are amazing! Encouraging kids to "make a difference everyday!" Good thing we have a Target card already!
My 1st grade teacher told my parents I'd probably end up being President some day... it didn't happen for me, but hope that some other girl wears this 'Future President' shirt and dreams and believes big too!I think Miss L and I are going to start using the phrase 'challenge accepted' more and more... I just sort of love everything about it.
I looked everywhere last year for a comfy jacket for Miss L that wasn't a hooded sweatshirt. THIS is exactly what I wanted... it's cute and comfortable!I'm a sucker for great durable skirts... and this one, with its embroidered hearts, fits the bill!