Saturday, November 26, 2016

Your Kiddo/Kiddos Are Going to LOVE This...Get Texts from Santa!

Christmas Day is quickly approaching, and the Holiday Season is now in full swing. To parents the day seems to often come all too quickly, but to boys and girls, the last couple of weeks before Christmas Day can seem like an eternity. This year, why not make your kiddo's wait for that special day a unique, fun, & even more exciting one with daily Texts from Santa?
Each day leading up to Christmas, at least one unique text will be sent to the number indicated in your order from Santa himself!
All messages are guaranteed to be fun, friendly, and enjoyable for people of all ages.



Texts are personalized and will countdown to Christmas (beginning on December 1st),
engage kids in fun Christmas activities, and describe what Santa and his team of elves and reindeer have been up to that day!






Some of the new features this year include:

* New storyline, photos and games for the 2016 season
* Different storyline versions for multiple children per household
* Choose the time of day texts are sent
* Includes 3 custom texts for parents
* And, the infamous, Santa selfie sent on Christmas morning


The 25 days of texts are only $9.99, but Use Code TEXT20 and save an additional 20% Off Your Order...love that! Click here to take advantage of the special opportunity and savings.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Sale Shopping - A Comprehensive List of Sales and Deals to Save You Time and Money

Happy Black Friday! There are a LOT of great Holiday sales and deals taking place right now, so I've compiled a list of a large majority of them to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier...just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale. :)

*Amazon - tons of Black Friday 2016 Deals taking place now.

*American Eagle: 40% off plus free shipping.

*Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.

*Anthropologie: 30% off everything with code LETSGO.

*Asos: 30% off sitewide with code THANKFUL30.

*Backcountry: 40% off plus free 2-day shipping on orders of $50+.

*Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide.

*Bergdorf Goodman: 40% off sitewide.

*Bloomingdale's - Buy more, save more...up to 20% off.

*Boden - 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of $49+ with code 3Y8N.

*Brooks Brothers - Black Friday sale - up to 50% off plus free standard shipping on all orders.

*Cabela's: save up to 60% off plus free shipping on on all orders with code 6HOLIDAY.

*Calvin Klein: 40% off sitewide plus free shipping.

*Current/Elliott: 25% off sitewide with code THANKS.

*Equipment: 25% off sitewide.

*FRAME: save up to 25% off select styles.

*Forever 21: save up to 70% off plus free shipping on all orders.

*GAP: 50% off everything restrictions with code TGIF50.

*H&M: save 20% off your purchase plus free shipping with code 5188.

*J.Crew - 40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY.
Even better yet... Ebates is offering 10% Cash Back at J.Crew right now, too!
If you're not yet signed up, you're definitely missing out!
Click here to join Ebates, and start earning cash back on your purchases now! :)

*J.Crew Factory - 50%-60% off everything plus free shipping on orders of $50+...prices as marked. Save an extra 40% off clearance with code HAPPYSALE.

*Kate Spade New York: 30% off with code THANKFUL. Free shipping and returns in the U.S.A, too.

*Kühl: Check out the New Fall/Winter 2016 Collection...
I'm loving the new Spyfire Down Jackets.

*Land's End - 50% off all outerwear & 40% off everything else with code: SAVEBIG pin: 9587.

*L.L. Bean - 20% off orders of $50+ with code THANKS20, and shipping is always free.
Receive a free $10 Gift Card on purchases of $50+, too.

*Loft: 50% off everything and more with code FRIYAY. Free shipping on orders of $125+.

*Lord & Taylor: Get an extra 20 percent off almost everything and 25 percent off fine jewelry with code THANKS. Plus, online get an extra $20 off your purchase of $160+ with code BONUS.

*Lucy Activewear - 30% off everything plus free shipping on all orders.

*Macy's: 20% off + free shipping on $50+ with code THANKS.

*Milly: save up to $200 off sitewide.

*ModCloth: up to 40% off plus free shipping on orders of $75+.

*Neiman Marcus - 40% off designer sale, plus 14% cash back at Ebates.
(Click here to join if you haven't already.)

*Nordstrom - SO many great deals available right now...be sure to check them out.

*Old Navy: 50% off everything-ish. Discount applied at checkout.
Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday.

*Ralph Lauren: Up to 60% Off + take an Extra 30% off select sale styles with code THANKS30.

*Rebecca Taylor: save 25 percent your purchase with code CELEBRATE.

*Shabby Apple: 50% off everything with code HOLIDAY2017, plus free shipping on orders of $150+.

*Shoes.com: Save 30% off orders of $99+ with code HUGEDEALS2016.

*Shopbop - Buy more, save more - up to 25% off full-price and sale items with code GOBIG16.

*Soft Surroundings: receive your choice of a free poncho with any $150 product purchase.

*Sundance - 25% off full-price items with code EMANTP.
Shop new arrivals plus save up to 60% off on outlet items.

*Talbots: 50% off one item until noon on Friday, plus 40% off entire purchase until midnight Friday.

*Topshop: up to 50% off, plus free shipping on all orders.

*Tory Burch - 30% off orders of $250+ with code THANKS.

*Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off all apparel.

Happy Black Friday Sale Shopping!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Savings Aplenty - Black Friday Deals Taking Place Today

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! There are a LOT of great Holiday sales and deals taking place right now, so I've compiled a list of a large majority of them to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier...just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale. :)

*Amazon - tons of Black Friday 2016 Deals taking place now.

*American Eagle: 40% off plus free shipping.

*Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.

*Anthropologie: 30% off everything with code LETSGO.

*Asos: 30% off sitewide with code THANKFUL30.

*Backcountry: 40% off plus free 2-day shipping on orders of $50+.

*Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide.

*Bergdorf Goodman: 40% off sitewide.

*Bloomingdale's - 25% off a large selection of regular & sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off.

*Boden - 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of $49+ with code 3Y8N.

*Brooks Brothers - Fall sale - up to 50% off plus free standard shipping on all orders.

*Cabela's: save up to 80% off plus free shipping on on all orders with code 6WINTER.

*Calvin Klein: 40% off sitewide plus free shipping.

*Current/Elliott: 25% off sitewide with code THANKS.

*DVF: 25% off sitewide with code HOLIDAYFUN.

*Equipment: 25% off sitewide.

*FRAME: save up to 25% off select styles.

*Forever 21: extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30, plus free shipping on orders of $21+.

*GAP: 50% off everything restrictions with code TGIF50.

*H&M: Black Friday Deal Days up to 80% off. Free shipping on all orders with code 0319.

*J.Crew - 40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY.
Even better yet... Ebates is offering 10% Cash Back at J.Crew right now, too!
If you're not yet signed up, you're definitely missing out!
Click here to join Ebates, and start earning cash back on your purchases now! :)

*J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything plus free shipping on orders of $50+...prices as marked.

*Kate Spade New York: 30% off with code THANKFUL. Free shipping and returns in the U.S.A, too.

*Kühl: Check out the New Fall/Winter 2016 Collection...
I'm loving the new Spyfire Down Jackets.

*Land's End - 50% off fleece & 40% off everything else with code: DELIGHT50 pin: 6281.

*L.L. Bean - 20% off orders of $50+ with code THANKS20, and shipping is always free.
Receive a free $10 Gift Card on purchases of $50+, too.

*Loft: 50% off everything with code BERRYGOOD.

*Lord & Taylor: Get an extra 20 percent off almost everything and 25 percent off fine jewelry with code THANKS. Plus, online get an extra $20 off your purchase of $160+ with code BONUS.

*Lucy Activewear - 30% off everything plus free shipping on all orders.

*Macy's: 20% off + free shipping on $50+ with code THANKS.

*Milly: save up to $200 off sitewide.

*ModCloth: up to 40% off plus free shipping on orders of $75+.

*Neiman Marcus - 40% off designer sale, plus 14% cash back at Ebates.
(Click here to join if you haven't already.)

*Nordstrom - Early savings...shop Black Friday deals now.

*Old Navy: 50% off everything-ish. Discount applied at checkout.
Free shipping on orders of $50+ everyday.

*Ralph Lauren: Up to 60% Off + take an Extra 30% off select sale styles with code THANKS30.

*Rebecca Taylor: save 25 percent your purchase with code CELEBRATE.

*Shabby Apple: 50% off everything with code HOLIDAY2017, plus free shipping on orders of $150+.

*Shoes.com: Save 30% off orders of $99+ with code HUGEDEALS2016.

*Shopbop - Buy more, save more - up to 25% off full-price and sale items with code GOBIG16.

*Soft Surroundings: receive your choice of a free poncho with any $150 product purchase.

*Sundance - 25% off full-price items with code EMANTP.
Shop new arrivals plus save up to 60% off on outlet items.

*Talbots: 50% off one item until noon on Friday, plus 40% off entire purchase until midnight Friday.

*Topshop: up to 50% off, plus free shipping on all orders.

*Tory Burch - 30% off orders of $250+ with code THANKS.

*Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off all apparel.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

A Day of Thanksgiving...

From my family to yours...wishing you all an absolutely beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving Day!
May we never forget that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
~Theodore Roosevelt

"We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."
~Author Unknown

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
~Thornton Wilder

“We can lift ourselves and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.”
~Thomas S. Monson

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
~Harold Kushner

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."
~W.J. Cameron

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
~Melody Beattie







Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shopping Simplified: Thanksgiving Day Weekend Sales Start Early...

It seems as if the Holiday Sales begin earlier and earlier each year, doesn't it?
In fact, there are a LOT of great Thanksgiving Weekend sales and deals taking place right now, so I've listed a handful of my favorite retailers, along with the deal they're offering, to (hopefully) make your Christmas and Holiday shopping a little easier...
just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale. :)

*Amazon - tons of Black Friday 2016 Deals taking place now.

*Anthropologie - 25% off tops plus free shipping on orders of $150+ with code LAYERS.

*Bloomingdale's - take $25 off every $200 you spend.

*Boden - 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of $49+ with code 3Y8N.

*Brooks Brothers - Fall sale - up to 50% off plus free standard shipping on all orders.

*J.Crew - 40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY.
Even better yet... Ebates is offering 10% Cash Back at J.Crew right now, too!
If you're not yet signed up, you're definitely missing out!
Click here to join Ebates, and start earning cash back on your purchases now! :)

*J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything plus free shipping on orders of $50+...prices as marked.

*Land's End - 50% off fleece & 40% off everything else with code: DELIGHT50 pin: 6281.

*L.L. Bean - 20% off orders of $50+ with code THANKS20, and shipping is always free.
Receive a free $10 Gift Card on purchases of $50+, too.

*Lucy Activewear - 30% off everything plus free shipping on all orders.

*Madewell - 25% off your purchase with code GETSALE.

*Neiman Marcus - 40% off designer sale, plus 14% cash back at Ebates.
(Click here to join if you haven't already.)

*Nordstrom - Early savings...shop Black Friday deals now.

*Shopbop - Buy more, save more - up to 25% off full-price and sale items with code GOBIG16.

*Sundance - shop new arrivals plus save up to 60% off on outlet items.

*Tory Burch - 30% off orders of $250+ with code THANKS.

Have a lovely day, and Happy Sale Shopping! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cooking Simplified: Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving is just two days away...can you believe it? Where has the year gone?
It seems to me that the older I get, the more quickly time is passing by, and here we are on yet another Holiday season. In all honesty though, this is my favorite time of year, so I'm actually really looking quite forward to it...as always. :)

Now, one of my absolute favorite things about the Holiday Season is all the delicious food associated with this time of year. I am once again looking for new dishes to prepare for family and friends, as I'm sure many of you do, as well. That is why I am sharing a recipe that I have posted each year since 2010...one that is so incredibly delicious that I am posting it again this year!

The recipe comes from the kitchen of my sister's mother-in-law, and is a different take on
Sweet Potato Casserole that is absolutely decadent...sort of more like a dessert, you could say.
My boys absolutely LOVE this dish, and needless to say are thrilled that we will be having it for Thanksgiving again this year. I am sharing it with you all in case you are looking for something new to make this Holiday season, too. :)


Ingredients:

2 Cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs Beaten
3/4 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Juice from the Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and boil the sweet potatoes, saving the needed juice before draining, then mash. (Two or three large ones should yield 2 cups). Mix all ingredients together, pour into a medium-size casserole dish, and bake for 20 minutes.

Topping Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Crushed Corn Flakes
1/2 Cup Crushed Pecans
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Stick Melted Butter

Mix the ingredients together, spread over the baked casserole, and place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.



This recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled as I have on occasion since it's one of my family's favorites). I even put part of the leftover casserole into a graham cracker pie crust and served it cold with cool whip as dessert on the weekend.


Incredibly decadent and delicious...your family & friends will love it! :)



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Monday, November 21, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sundance Catalog: 15% Off & Free Shipping on Orders of $100+ My Personal Picks Plus Reviews & IRL Pics

Sundance is offering 15% off your order of regular-price items, plus free shipping on $100+ with code EMA15F at checkout until 11.13.16. This is one of the better promos they offer, so if you're able to take advantage of it, then definitely do!

As I've mentioned many times before, I really love shopping at Sundance. Granted, many of their items can be quite spendy, but if you can catch them during a promo or on sale, they end up being reasonably priced, especially since the overall quality of their merchandise is excellent.

Click here to shop the deal, and take a peek at my personal picks and reviews below...



Sculptured Delight Dress

This was one of my very first Sundancepurchases.
The website describes it as..."A dazzling full skirt dress, with slim-fit bodice, pintuck and pointelle stitching. Back keyhole detail with jewel button closure. Cotton/polyester/silk. Hand wash. Imported. Exclusive. Sizes XS (2), S (4 to 6), M (8 to 10), L (12 to 14), XL (16). Approx. 36"L."

This dress is really lovely in person. It is not only very flattering, but also comfortable to wear, and a decent length, too. As far as sizing goes, I would say it is comparable to J.Crew sizes.
I usually wear a 0 or 2 in dresses at J.Crew, and purchased the XSmall in this dress.











Betrothed Embroidered Tunic

From the website..."Devote yourself to our beautiful tunic, with tonal embroidery, inset ladder lace at neckline, mesh and lace ruffle arched hem. Three-quarter sleeves, easy fit. Hi-lo hem. Rayon. Hand wash or dry clean. Imported. Exclusive. Sizes XS (2), S (4 to 6), M (8 to 10), L (12 to 14), XL (16). Approx. 29-1/4"L."



This tunic is so gorgeous IRL...the lace on the sleeves and bottom hem, plus the embroidery detail make it ultra-feminine and flattering. It does happen to be a bit on the sheer side, so I prefer to wear a cami underneath, and pair it with jeans and clogs. I took the XSmall in this one, and the fit is good. Once again, the sizing is comparable to tops at J.Crew or Anthropologie.







World Journey Bag

From the website..."A small suede and leather zip bag with enough space for everyday or a journey around the world; inspired by classic European mountaineering bags. Double pouch pockets with snap buckles, zip top closure, adjustable webbing strap and inside zip pocket. Imported. Antiqued bronze hardware. 11"W x 2"D x 11"H."

This was another one of my first purchases, and the bag quickly became one of my favorites. The size and weight are perfect, I love the thick strap, and the quality is excellent. The chocolate colorway is currently sold out, but there are several other gorgeous colors to choose from.







*Aria Boots - I own these boots, and they are simply the best! The color is a perfect taupey neutral, the quality is excellent, and they are super comfortable to wear. Highly recommend!


Do you plan to take advantage of the 15% off $100+ & free shipping at Sundance?
If so, what are you planning to get? Do tell!