Stella & Dot Stylist Opportunity

As an independent Stella & Dot stylist, you can set a flexible, manageable schedule while earning extra income.

Stella & Dot consultants represent a line of jewelry and accessories that is fashion-forward, high quality and adored by fashion editors and celebrities.

Each stylist provides one-on-one style consulting through trunk shows, helping guests find exactly what they’re looking for. Have a busy week? You decide when to host style parties and can even take them online, hosting from the comfort of home.

You’ll earn a 25-35% commission on any sales you make, and get up to 50% off for yourself. Plus, you’ll receive up to $350 in free products.

Whether you’re looking for a second part-time job, or something that can be done on the side while the kids are at school, Stella & Dot can provide you with the flexibility to be your own Style Boss.

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Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Spring2017x2 HeaderI’ve long been a fan of Shutterfly, so it’s no surprise that I always take advantage of Shutterfly freebies!

Shutterfly helps you make the most out of life’s most memorable moments. As a leader in personalized photos and services, they allow you create lasting keepsakes; award-winning photo books; custom stationery, including cards, announcements, and invitations; as well as unique home decor and photo gifts.

Shutterfly is very generous with their discount codes. It’s a great way to try products that you might not normally try, and also a way to stockpile gifts for special occasions.

This week – through 3/1 – you can pick TWO gifts! This is valid on the Shutterfly site or the app! Click on the link below to choose your products – then use the code FREE4ME at checkout.

Pick Two Gifts! Get One Mouse Pad, One Laminated Placemat, One Set of Coasters, One 16×20 Collage Poster, or One 16×20 Print! Use code FREE4ME at check out. Valid 2/28-3/1

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Mouse Pad – a teacher gift with a picture of the class
  • Placemat for a toddler – use a photo of the extended family to identify names/faces
  • Coasters – with vacation photos
  • 16×20 collage poster – filled with action shots from a sports, dance, or band season
  • 16×20 print – favorite shot from your holiday photoshoot

Enjoy and share with your friends!!!

Beauty & the Beast Final Trailer

Beauty & the Beast Final Trailer

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I have been so excited to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie! I didn’t think anything could beat the animated version until I saw the first trailer that was leaked months ago, and then — wow!!! I was instantly hooked! Now that the Beauty and the Beast final trailer is out, I literally can’t wait another second to see this film!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017

Are you planning to see this film in the theater? Our family CANNOT wait!!!


Unboxing Hello Fresh

Unboxing Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh has quickly become a staple in our house. I tried it on a whim when a fellow blogger offered up a free trial. I was a bit skeptical of the price, but once I tried and saw first hand the quality of the ingredients – I was hooked. I am so guilty of being tired after work and just running through a drive-thru or ordering takeout. Hello Fresh has kept us at the dinner table with great meals and it’s honestly cheaper than takeout!

Hello Fresh offers 3 plans: Classic (meat and fish recipes for 2 or 4 adults, you choose from 6 recipes); Veggie Plan (vegetarian recipes, serves 2 or 4 adults): or the Family Plan (meat, fish, and veggie recipes, serves 2 adults and 2 children, handpicked recipes). We are using the Classic Plan as of now. I’ve liked picking the recipes, but honestly – I’m getting ready to switch to the Family Plan only because I totally trust the recipes! I don’t need to pick any longer.

Take a look at the video and then I’ll give you some final tidbits and a trial code!

Each week, you can log into the Hello Fresh website and, if you are on the Classic Plan, you choose your meals. You will see 6 choices and you choose the 3 that you want.

Another awesome thing that I’m finding is that the recipes are things that I can make on the nights that I don’t have the service. So, the longer I’m using Hello Fresh, the more I’m breaking out of our rut of spaghetti and tacos. I’m keeping every recipe card and referring to it on the off nights.

Using this code CLICK HERE will get you $40 off your first box!

Let me know if you have any questions! I’m happy to answer as best I can!!!

 

The Age of No More Parties

no-more-parties-october-2016I’m now officially in the tween/teen years. It’s a delicate balance of parenthood and not for the faint of heart. The gift requests get more costly and kids are more aware of what others have. Although both of my kids don’t care about clothing labels and brands, they still want to “get stuff”.

We entered into a financially delicate state about this time last year. There wasn’t a lot of extra money to go around and unfortunately, right as things were really headed south – Piper had a birthday. We were not in much better shape when Avery’s birthday came around. Generous grandparents helped make birthdays special in ways that we just couldn’t.

With this stage of time, we also lost the birthday parties. The ones where all of your friends gather around and watch you blow out candles on a carefully selected cake. Where you slave over party bags, and decorations, and a venue … those became days of the past.

We’re now 2 years in and guess what? It’s nice.

This year, Piper asked for a surprise party. I honestly had to tell her that I just couldn’t do it. We couldn’t afford it (her dance costs are very high this time of the year) and I – truthfully – am so overwhelmed with other projects that it would have sent me over the edge.

My husband and I have been talking a lot about moving the kids away from material gifts and onto experiences. Our Christmas this year will revolve around that – things we can do, places that we can go/see, activities, tickets, and the like. Not iPads, gaming systems, and collectibles. Our house is full of them already.

We tried this approach with Piper for her birthday and told her that she could invite one friend. (That is the hardest part … REALLY hard for a girl who loves all of her friends.) Someone to share the experience with is important to a tween. But, in my book, the more friends you add – the more it is a party which is what I’ve vowed we are done with.

I found over the years with parties that I was so tired and stressed out by the time the party happened that I couldn’t really enjoy it. I was either worried about how we would pay for it or if everyone was having a good time. Somehow, without fail, a friend was always left out and felt hurt. Not the intention of a day that was meant for celebrating! But, somehow it always happened.

I’m hoping that by leaving parties behind and moving into this new age of actually “doing” things, the kids will grow closer to each other, to their friends, and to us as parents.

No one remembers eating strawberry cupcakes in your backyard when you turned 9, but I hope the kids will remember going to a concert with a friend when they turned 14! That’s the stuff that memories are made of!!!

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BODYARMOR Sports Drink Review

BODYARMOR Sports Drink Review

bodyarmor sports drinkI recently had the opportunity to review the super drink, BODYARMOR sports drink. When this promotion came about I was especially interested. As I’ve written before, Piper trains as a dancer for 15-20 hours each week. Keeping her hydrated is a huge concern. Filling her with sugar drinks is not an option, but sometimes she prefers more than just water!

BODYARMOR is a natural sports drink. As a mom and a shopper, I know that the word “natural” does not “natural” in my book. So often, it seems that if even a part of the drink is natural they slap the label on the bottle. BODYARMOR is packed with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. It is low in sodium and contains natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors. We all know that young athletes don’t need extra sodium or artificial ingredients. These things are my fear when my daughter drinks other sports beverages on the market currently.

bodyarmor sports drinkI took a look at the label on the fruit punch flavor of BODYARMOR, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first ingredient is water. That’s always a good sign. The second is pure cane sugar. I know that sugar gets a bad rap, but our bodies need it – and our bodies can absorb can sugar, it the other artificial sugars that cause our bodies so much harm! After that, coconut water, vegetable juice concentrate, just to name a few. Only 15mg of sodium are inside! 300mg of potassium! I think it’s also good to note that BODYARMOR is caffeine free and gluten free. Caffeine free is HUGE to me. I don’t want my kids to have it at all.

The important thing to most child athletes is taste, let’s face it! BODYARMOR comes in 8 great flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry. The flavors are rich, but not overpowering. They don’t leave a strong aftertaste which I often hear complaints about it.

BODYARMOR is available nationwide. In my local market, you can find it at HEB, Kroger, Target, Randalls, and Brookshires. To check in your area, click here. Would you like a coupon? Click here to print one.

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I received this product free-of-charge in return for this review. Samples were used by my family and the words written here are my own.