Cute Weekend Bags for Under $40!

affordable Weekend BagWeekend getaways are a great way to de-stress. It’s all the fun of a vacation without the 2-week price tag.

As we get closer to the summer months, I know a few of you will set out to enjoy a well deserved two day break so I wanted to share a couple of cute bags that are the perfect size (and price) for your mini vacay.

Also, for all of us sticking around town, these bags are awesome for tackling a work weekend. On blog photo shoot days I typically pack a bag this size with: A few outfits, camera cards, something to keep me warm at night, deodorant, ponytails, etc.

I’m curious to see which bag is your favorite, let me know in the comments!

1. Chevron Printed Weekender Bag

2. Navy & White Striped Weekender Bag

3. Floral Print Weekender Bag

4. Coral Weekender Bag with Triangle Print



Broke Babe: How to get Yes, Please By Amy Poehler for Free!

Yes please Amy PoehlerI hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day!

I’ve been contemplating starting a variety of series on the blog but I really want to provide you guys with info you can actually use or at least be entertained by. So I came to the conclusion that the best way to find out what you like is to share a bunch of things and see what gets a positive response.

And now on to the good stuff. Here’s how to get the new Amy Poehler book for free!

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These are the Cutest Flamingos Ever!

 

 

I’m kinda sorta totally in love with Kate Spade’s new flamingo print! I don’t normally keep up with the latest designer lines but I saw this adorable little pink bird print in a web video starring Anna Kendrick.

I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I spotted a cute #MissAdventure video and was completely sucked in. 1. I adore Anna Kendrick, she’s like the skinnier, richer, more successful version of me. We’re both a little rough around the edges and kinda funny, Lol. 2) I’m an easy sell for cute novelty prints.

I personally can’t afford any of it but I can still appreciate the adorable design. So if you’re broke too, open a Kate Spade tab on your computer and lets be happily miserable together.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!



Mini Memorial Day Tostadas

Ground Turkey RecipeI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Honeysuckle White. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

We’ve got a wonderful three day weekend coming up and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Memorial Day is the perfect holiday for a fresh, fun, and super delicious recipe like the one I’m sharing today. These cute and crispy little tostadas are likely to become a family favorite!

This recipe features Honeysuckle White turkey, which is a leaner alternative to ground pork or beef. Honeysuckle White works with more than 700 independent farmers to produce these wholesome turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics! They are also super passionate and committed to offering better food for a better price.

I know how important it is to us all to serve our loved ones the best quality food at prices that don’t hurt the household budget. I strongly encourage you to check out Honeysuckle White and cook up a healthy and scrumptious meal for your family tonight!

After checking out this recipe, I hope you’ll stop by the Memorial Day Turkey Recipe Contest to vote for me! My future hubby and I would go absolutely bananas if we won! Lol.


INGREDIENTS:

TURKEY:

1 Package of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey (16oz.)

½ Tablespoon Seasoning Salt

1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Salt

1-2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce

1 Package Tortillas

SALSA:

1 Mango – peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Red Bell Pepper

1 Red Onion, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro

1 Fresh Serrano Chili, Finely Chopped

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Honey

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, head to the kitchen and get cooking!


•••COOKING INSTRUCTIONS•••

Mini Tostadas:

  1. Warm up a few tortillas on the stove. Once cool, use a circle cookie-cutter to cut small circles out of their centers.
  2. Lightly grease your mini tortillas and place them in the spaces of an upside down cupcake tin. You’ll notice how they natural begin to take shape
  3. Bake your mini tortillas for about 12mins at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

Salsa:

  1. Combine all mango salsa ingredients into a bowl and set in in the fridge to chill.

Tasty Turkey:

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine your HoneySuckle White ground turkey, seasoning, and hot sauce in a bowl and knead everything together.
  3. Place you’re your mixed ground turkey into your skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat up until it’s cooked. You’ll know it’s ready when you no longer see any pink (3 to 5 minutes).

The Grand Finale:

  1. Divide the turkey among the tostadas and top with your fresh Mango salsa.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! I’d love to hear how your mini Tostadas turned out. Feel free to share your cooking experience with me in the comment section.

Also, you can use the lovely little widget below to vote for this recipe! The contest ends Monday May 25th so be sure to get your vote in before than!

Memorial Day Turkey Recipe Contest



Fun Date Night Featuring euphoria Calvin Klein

new fragranceI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Forget about waiting until the weekend to have a date night!

Normally, I’m the first one to advocate saving major outings for a Friday or Saturday but not this week. On Wednesday, Will and I dressed up and went out for dinner & drinks.

I had stopped by Macy’s a few days earlier to find something new to wear. I wasn’t sure what type of look I wanted to create but after I few minutes of browsing I found the cutest little one piece.

I picked out a fun and sexy romper with a playful floral print. I decided to add a blazer both for warmth and to help my outfit look more nighttime appropriate.

Date Night Floral Romper

fiance dateSince we were doing something outside of our usual routine, the night itself took on a bold vibe. I knew a unique statement necklace and sky high heels would be the perfect accessories.

As a finishing touch, I spritzed euphoria Calvin Klein on my wrists and rubbed a little behind my ears. The sexy, sweet and very sophisticated scent was the perfect finishing touch for my date night look.

Throughout the night I kept catching whiffs of the exotic euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance and it served as a reminder of how exciting it was to be out having dinner on what would otherwise be an uneventful weekday.

So many of us get lost in the whirlwind of work and daily responsibilities that we completely forget about the importance of simply enjoying life. There will always be things on your to-do list but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a spontaneous outing here and there!

You can also make a mundane day more interesting by switching up your normal beauty routine. Instead of stepping out in your casual pink lip gloss, opt for a bright magenta. Or you can try a new scent like the euphoria Calvin Klein one I wore on our date night.

Also, since Mother’s Day is tomorrow and I know a few of us are doing some last minute shopping, I wanted to remind you that if you visit Macy’s or Dillard’s and buy your mom a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance line you will receive a beautiful and COMPLIMENTARY orchid like the one below! Two wonderful gifts all in one!

Orchid

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 



3 Reasons to Try Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant

DoveI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’ve been sweating for you!

Since the last time we chatted, I’ve been testing out Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/ Deodorant. I’ve worked out in it, sat in traffic in it, danced all night in it and… I even wore it out to the desert.

Was my testing thorough enough?

Now that I’ve comprehensively examined this sweat-fighting bar, it’s time to share my findings. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should give Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant a try.

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1. You Can Party for 48 Hours

Okay, maybe you don’t have club hopping plans in the near future. I don’t even like clubs, I’m a homebody. But I was able to test the duration of this deodorant during a bachelorette party weekend in San Diego recently. I didn’t quite make it to the 48 hour mark but I did hit about 30 hours sans re-application. And I was still pretty fresh. Exhausted, sleepy, and hungry….but still fresh.

2. Girl, You’ve Still Got Student Loans

We’re all either trying to pay off debt, save up for something big, or both. The last thing you want to do is spend more money than you really need to. Well guess what, Dove Advance Care is only about $4.99. Boom. I now grant you permission to go on a guilt-free shopping trip as a reward for saving money.

3. Your Underarms Need Some Love

Sure, you moisturize your hair with conditioner and then you lather your limbs up with lotion after your nightly shower. But when is the last time you did something good for the skin under your arm?! When is the last time you even complimented it or bought it flowers? I kid. But seriously, that’s skin under there. And that’s exactly why Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant contains NutriumMoisture, which is comprised of ingredients known to moisturize the skin. Show your underarm some love.

Speaking of love, Dove is inviting women all across the U.S. to try Dove Advanced Care and share their love for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Paris, or one of hundreds of other prizes! You can get all the details and enter the Love at First Swipe giveaway by  **Clicking Here**

I hope you enjoyed this review! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Get Grilling with Guy Fieri

Walmart Guy Fieri sausageI participated in a Influencer Activation for Guy Fieri Sausage. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

We’ve reached the end of the weekend and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably scrambling to figure out what your weekly dinner plans looks like.

Luckily I’ve got you covered for a night!

Don’t worry, this isn’t a super complicated one hour prep time meal posts. I know that work is exhausting and the last thing you want to do when you get home is spend hours in the kitchen. I’ll get you fed and into bed with your sweet sweet Netflix in no time!

So check this out, Guy Fieri has a line of sausage that is super delicious and affordable (you can find them at your local Walmart). These sausage are so tasty that they literally need nothing else added to them, not even a bun. But, I think it’s nice to have a few different elements on your dinner plate. Especially if you’re cooking for your husband or family, you want to serve a complete meal.

Guy Fieri Sausage

With such a delectable sausage base, you can come up with appetizing combinations in just a few minutes. With the time you save, maybe you’ll even decide to venture outside to enjoy the warm evening air as you chow down.

I experimented with four enticing options but this is by no means an exhaustive list.

My first two combos took advantage of Guy Fieri’s classic Italian sausage. On the first one, I scooped two tablespoons of salsa onto the sausage and then topped it with a sunny side up egg. On the second I sprinkled a handful of chips, 1/2 a cup of chili beans, and a pinch of cheddar.

Both of these sausages only took a few minutes to prepare and tasted AMAZING.

Guy Fieri dinner

Next up, I decided to get really creative and added a couple of completely unexpected toppings to the mozzarella and parmesan sausages.

I now present to you the mac ‘n cheese covered sausage. And to his left is the tomato and balsamic reduction sausage.

The mac ‘n cheese is pretty straight-forward. I just used a quick microwaveable option and it was oh-so-good. For the other guy, you might have been a little intimidated by the word balsamic reduction but don’t stress, it’s basically vinegar thats been cooked down into a tangy sauce. You can pick a bottle up at most major grocery stores.

Sausage Mac

What really made these creative combinations work was their savory base. When you’re working with a great quality product like a Guy Fieri sausage, it’s easy to build a unique and tantalizing dish.

If you’re wondering what else you might be able to do with these sausages, I should mention that they come in both pork and chicken varieties and each pack contains four 3oz. links.

This time of year the nights are warm and perfect for outdoor dining. So grill up your sausage links, add your fun toppings, and head outside!

 



Treat Your Mom to euphoria Calvin Klein!

euphoria_mothers_dayI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

The daily grind takes its toll on us all but no one ones that feeling better than a mom. Their daily routine calls on them to tend to the needs of their family and household while also trying to take care of their own basic needs.

Thankfully, Mother’s Day is coming up so we can show our mom’s how appreciated they truly are!

I recently tested out euphoria Clavin Klein and found its scent to be very sophisticated and sexy. I love its opening top notes of pomegranate and succulent persimmon. And more importantly, I know your mom is going to love it!

You’ll also be able to surprise her with a beautiful orchid because now through Mother’s Day, anyone who purchases a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance collection at Macy’s or Dillard’s will receive a complimentary live orchid.

Pretty amazing right? Happy shopping!

euphoria_Calvin_KleinMothers Day Gift



Wedding Invitations: How to Beat the Stress & Pick a Winner!

Wedding Invitation DecisionI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Wedding Paper Divas. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

It’s official.

We’ve chosen our wedding invitations!

After chatting with our families and repeatedly looking through our Wedding Paper Divas sample kit, we have very happily decided on “The One”. I’ll be sharing our final selection at the end of this post but first, I wanted to share some of the wisdom I’ve gained by going through this process.

Although picking an invitation might sound like one of the easier tasks on your to-do lists, it can easily become overwhelming and stressful. But don’t worry, I know exactly what you’re going through and I have a couple of tips that will help!

Tip 1: Don’t Let the Options Overwhelm You

Sparkly gold foil patterns, whimsical calligraphy, and intoxicatingly sweet flower designs, Wedding Paper Divas’ options will instantly make you swoon. But a word of caution, it’s going to be difficult to make a final decision or even narrow down your options unless you have a clear idea of what you want. Chat with your fiancé and decide on the look you are going for before jumping online and trying to make your final pick.

Tip 2: Don’t Forget About the Wording

Once we had chosen our wedding invite design, we begin the ordering process and got a little stuck! The process itself is easy and straight forward but we hadn’t anticipated how much some of the customization options would mean to us. We wanted our words to be warm and joyful. And that means “Will and Niki Cordially Invite You…” wasn’t going to suffice. I advise having all your wording prepped before you begin ordering, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling pressured to come up with the perfect words as quickly as you can so that you can complete your order.

Tip 3: Remember the Extras

Depending on the details of your special day, you may need a lot more than just an invite. Again, this is something we didn’t think about until we were ordering ours. Is your ceremony and reception at the same location? If not, you’ll likely want to provide directions & the address on an additional insert. You may also want to recognize special people or provide an itinerary for the day and guess what… you’ll need to order inserts for that! On the bright side, Wedding Paper Divas has options that match your main invitation so you’ll be able to maintain a consistent look.

Hopefully this was helpful! If you’re a newlywed and would like to share any of your helpful tips, please feel free to leave them in the comment section!

Are you ready to see our OFFICIAL wedding invitation design?! Scroll down!

Final Pick

Do you adore our lovely little laser-cut invitation?! I don’t think we could have imagined a better design for us. It’s whimsical, magical, and it’ll be unlike anything our guests have ever seen.

We are currently working through some of the things I mentioned above. The wording, in particular, still has us a little stumped. But is that really a surprise? I am marrying a writer… Lol.

Thank you for joining me on this special part of our journey to the big day! I strongly recommend Wedding Paper Divas to all my fellow brides. I pride myself on always being honest with my readers, so I hope you’ll take a second and check out this wonderful site: WeddingPaperDivas.com

 



New Dove Deodorant: Does it Really Work?

Dove Deodorant“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Happy Monday! Bit of an oxymoron huh? Lol.

Even though today might be a bit of a drag, I’m excited to test out a new deodorant this week. I love trying new things! I also really enjoy being able to help you find products that are worth your hard earned money.

I am a happy little guinea pig ready to share my discoveries!

I’ll be testing out Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/DeodorantIt provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection while also making your underarms softer & smoother. And boy oh boy do I plan to put this baby to the test. I already have a week’s worth of workouts planned!

If you’d like to jump in and test the Dove deodorant before my review (no judgment!), you can click HERE for a $1 off coupon.

Be sure to come back to find out how this all turns out! I’ll be sharing my experience in my next beauty post!