Holiday Gift Giving with prAna

Dec 15, 17 Holiday Gift Giving with prAna

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Holiday Gift Giving with prAna. ‘Tis the season for gift giving. Gifts for your family, friends, and even yourself. I’ve got a suggestion that I wanted to share. There’s even a special code for you to use! Because who doesn’t love a good product and a good DEAL.

Have you heard of prAna? Well until recently I hadn’t. I’m so happy I came across them. prAna believes in making things better by giving…quality, durable and stylish clothing that’s thoughtfully designed. A new outfit that looks and feels good can be transformative, both to others and yourself, and we all deserve that.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Gifts From Uncommongoods

Cheese and Meat BoardPictured – Reclaimed Wood Serving Board.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Uncommongoods. Opinions are my own. Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Gifts From Uncommongoods.

I’m still incredibly stuffed from Thanksgiving. Yes, it was several days ago now, but I went in like I was training for a world championship food competition. I’m proud to report I was victorious. My pants gave me the award. Now that I’m looking down the glass of a protein shake I’m focusing my efforts on the remainder of the holiday season. Planning meals, thinking about hosting parties and of course the presents that I want to give to my friends and family. That requires shopping, during the holidays. Did that make you a little anxious?

Do you dread holiday shopping or love it? I actually am split between the two camps. How’s that possible? Let me tell you, I love gift giving, coming up with ideas for that perfect unique gift for each person on my list makes me ridiculously happy. I’m just not fond of the actual shopping part.

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Small Town USA – My Town Proud

Small Town USA - My Town Proud

This is a sponsored by America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.

Last month I shared why I’m My Town Proud. I’m sharing more about this campaign called My Town. It’s a celebration of the people, places and stories that make small towns great through a series of video content that highlights the innovative and altruistic nature of rural communities. I’m pro small town if you couldn’t tell. I absolutely have a giant case of wanderlust. I love traveling (I’ve been all over the country and world) to experience other cities and cultures but I could never imagine myself living anywhere but in a small town.

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My Town Proud

This is a sponsored by America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.

Hometown USA


I live in an extremely small town in North Carolina. I’m talking less than a dozen stop lights small. It exemplifies the term small town USA. Small towns are often portrayed as being full of challenges or being less than let’s say optimal their counterpart cities. I think that every town – city or metropolis is full of challenges. I also think rural communities are full of so many positive attributes that you won’t find in larger cities. I’ve traveled a good portion of the world but I always come home to a small town. I’m proud to say I am and will more than likely always be a small town USA girl. I’m excited to share what I love about my small town.

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Create Magic Memories + {Gift Card GIVEAWAY}

Sep 27, 17 Create Magic Memories + {Gift Card GIVEAWAY}

Magic Memories Puzzle
This post is brought to you by Magic Memories.

We all have a few thousand photos on our phones (or is that just me?) Maybe you don’t have thousands like I do (hello shutterbug) but I’m betting you have hundreds if not. Do you ever do anything with those photos besides swipe through them? I have to admit, before recently I had not. I’d always thought about doing something with them, but was worried it might be too much of a hassle. I was WRONG. It couldn’t be easier to turn your memories into personalized items like photo books, calendars, PUZZLES, MOUSE PADS and more using Magic Memories.
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DIY Lavender Orange Sugar Scrub

DIY Lavender Orange Sugar Scrub

DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub.

Have I ever mentioned that I’m obsessed with scrubs? I am. Instead of buying them in stores or at the spa, I save a ton of money by making my own at home. Not only am I saving money I can control what goes into my scrubs. Winning. It’s going on your skin after all. I also like making small batches (2 small jars) at a time so that I can experiment with different combinations. I’m guessing since a handful of our kitchen beauty products (both sugar and salt scrubs) are in the blog’s top 10 best read and loved posts EVAH EVAH that y’all dig them too. So we’ll keep on scrubbing until we can’t scrub no mo. Okay that was bad, I probably should’ve had more coffee today. Sorry.

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Papa Murphy’s $10 Tuesday

Papa Murphy's $10 Tuesday This post is sponsored by Papa Murphy’s. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. #DealsAt425 #ad Did you know that on TUESDAYS Papa Murphy’s offers a large fresh pizza (any menu pizza or up to 5 toppings) for just $10? That’s right a large gourmet pizza for just ten bucks. Papa Murphy’s is the world’s largest take ‘n bake pizza brand so they kinda know a thing or two about take ‘n bake. What does take ‘n bake mean? Exactly that, you take the pizza home to bake in your own oven so it’s fresh and HOT right out of the oven when you’re ready to enjoy it. No more lukewarm pizza by the time you get home after picking one up.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Whiskey Barrel
Because we know how busy your lives are this is your friendly reminder that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th this year. We’re hoping to make your gift giving as stress free as possible by giving you a few gift suggestions for ALL the Father’s in your lives with a little help from our friends at UncommonGoods. They have a very large selection of products, and prices to fit your budget. You’ll be an all star gift giver in no time.

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DIY Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub

Rosemary Lavender Sugar ScrubDIY Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub. This is my kinda do it yourself project. If you can mix, you got this. DIY CUCUMBER MINT SUGAR SCRUB is one of the most popular posts on da blog so I’m guessing y’all are kinda into kitchen beauty products. I like to keep a jar of sugar or salt scrub next to the kitchen sink. It helps keep pesky kitchen smells (think onions and garlic) away and it keeps my hands soft as a baby’s butt.

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ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI

ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI


This post is sponsored by ALDI. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

To know ALDI is to love ALDI. I’d love to introduce you to (or re-introduce if that’s the case) to ALDI. Think of this post as ALDI 101: Getting to Know ALDI. It’s simply smarter shopping. You shouldn’t have to spend a lot to enjoy quality food, and ALDI believes that too. They’re shaking things up in the food business.

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Olay 28 Day Study

Olay ProductsThis post is sponsored by Olay. Olay 28 Day Study.

Let’s talk about skin care. We’re always looking for the next thing to help our problem areas out, am I right ladies? Something to help us put off the inevitable aging of our skin, I’m no exception. Do you have current products and a skin care routine that you love? No? I’ve got something that might be helpful. Olay has created a Skin Advisor Tool. It’s simple, easy and FREE to use and it’s one click away on your smart phone or tablet.  

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

DIY Glitter Rimmed Mason JarsDIY GLITTER RIMMED MASON JARS Made using old canning jars. Add an arrangement of flowers or even makeup (even paint) brushes for a complete gift.

I can assure you I’m not the craftiest person in the world, more stubborn than crafty but if I can make these gifts, so can you. We’ve got everything from decorative jars, to candles, to scrubs (both salt and sugar) to play dough for the kids to even a DIY mirror spruce up from that goodwill or garage sale find. You might even find you don’t want to give a few of these away and keep them for yourselves. They’re all budget friendly and like I said incredibly easy to make. A little time, a little glitter (because sparkle all the things) and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift to give for the holidays (or just because you want to make someone smile, there should be more of that in life.)

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Holiday Gift Guides – UncommonGoods

City Map Glass
Now that we’re all stuffed and working our way back into our regular clothes (please tell me I’m not the only one) it’s time to start thinking about the gifts we’re going to be giving over the holidays. I would love to tell you I’m one of those people that already have their shopping done and all my gifts wrapped but that’s SO far from the truth. I always wait until December to get started and I’m thankful that there are places like UncommonGoods where I can find things as unique as the people that I’m buying them for. My favorite rocks glasses came from UncommonGoods. I do enjoy a glass of bourbon and I like to drink it out of a glass as unique as my bourbon itself. The UncommonGoods CityMap Glass fits that bill. You can take a mental stroll through familiar streets with this rocks glass, etched with your city’s distinct grid. Grab a set of glasses, add a bottle of their favorite beverage and maybe even a set of the NeighborWOODS (yes, wood, they’re made from Cedar) map coasters and you’ve got the sipping aficionado on your list covered.

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Petco Pet Grooming + {GIVEAWAY}


This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and #PetcoGrooming blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Charlie aka Chuck is our rescued Beagle Hound. He’s the most laid back dog on the planet until you open the back door and then it’s like he’s drank a gallon of energy drinks and off he goes into the woods to chase deer and squirrels and all the other animals that’s hell never ever catch. I do have to admire his persistence though. OR when it’s time for a trip to the vet or the groomer. Then he tucks tail and becomes a nervous Norman.

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Raleigh Area City Guide

Joyner ParkJoyner Park

Raleigh is a city with a lot going on at any given time. I’m sharing a few of my favorite places located in and around our Capital City of North Carolina for your entertainment pleasure. I’m a giver like that. Food, Drink, Parks, Shopping. Who doesn’t want in on that action? I mean come on.

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Celebrating Local Eats


Taco Al PastorDisclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pepcid through Mom It Forward.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I’m kinda a nut about tacos. I dig ’em. I especially dig those from my favorite local food truck. It’s ones of those gems that unless someone has told you about it, you might not even know about it. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you about it so you can go, and invite me. Because I’m a giver and shared with you. Food trucks aren’t what they used to be boys and girls. No need to shy away from them. Food trucks are all the rage across ‘Merica and there’s a good reason why. Good eats. Good local eats to be exact.

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Have a Jolly Time

JOLLY TIME PopcornThis is a partnered campaign with JOLLY TIME Popcorn and Mom It Forward.

Whether you’re watching a movie or planning a family game night, popcorn is the perfect accompaniment. It’s quick, easy and almost everyone loves it. Pop a few bags in the microwave or go the stove top route with kernels and you’re good to go. Want to add a little more oomph to your snack? Flavored butters are super simple and can be customized. Like it sweet, salty or savory, no problem. Melt your butter, add your flavor or choice and then drizzle it into your bag. Easy peasy.

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Turn Your Phone Photos into Moments

Roller Coaster

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kodak Alaris as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m one of those people that takes A LOT of photos with my phone. I’m always looking at this or that and capturing what, where and who catches my eye, usually driving everyone around me nuts because I’m holding things up (sorry not sorry y’all). I currently have over 3 thousand photos on my phone. Anyone else out there a phone shutterbug? I think it’s important to document our moments, people, places and them share them. I didn’t really have a great way to share all my shutterbug love (without dumping a thousand photos onto my Instagram feed, y’all would have loved that) until I came across this easy to use app by Kodak Alaris. It organizes, shares and can even print your phone photos easily.

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Ready, Snack, Go!

Smithfield Ready Snack Go

I am one of those people that has to have snacks on me (and by on me, I’m not that messy, I mean with my person. I do. It’s like I’m a toddler (but not really). Especially when I’m traveling for work. Planes, trains and automobiles equal long days and all that jazz and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the choices for eating during travel aren’t always ideal. Snacks are a must. If I don’t eat I get cranky. And no one wants to be around a cranky me, I can assure you.

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Pear: Connecting Groups with Sponsorships

Marching BandThis post is sponsored by Pear.

Whether or not you have children, let’s be honest, we’ve all been approached to help with a fundraiser of some sort . Fundraising helps offset funds that simply aren’t available. For school groups for instance, it goes towards things like field trips, uniforms, travel and so much more. Guess what? There’s a great solution besides selling wrapping paper, cookie dough and the like. It’s called Pear. Pear is a company that connects fundraiser’s with companies such as US Cellular, All State and other sponsor’s to support organizations. They make fundraising simple for groups and events of all sizes. Simple is good. You can find a sponsor in less than 60 seconds and activate your community to raise up to $1,000 or more toward custom shirts, cash donations, products/services or food and catering from a national brand or local business near you. Sounds good right? Here’s how you can Get Sponsored
Did I mention that Pear is a social engagement platform that
is FREE.

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