Thursday, December 14, 2017

5 Tips To Consider When Deciding What To Wear For A Winter Beach Holiday

Nothing can be more exciting than preparing for a beach holiday. Besides unstoppable fun, the best thing about beach trips is that it’s easier to pack stuff: grab a few t-shirts, a swimsuit, and those funky flip-flops and you’re good to go! But you can’t wear the same clothing and accessories in a winter beach trip.

No matter how tempting the screaming waves and the cloudy skies may seem as seen here, the chilly weather makes it impossible to keep your toes and shoulders bare. However, the good news is that you can still look cool, stay warm, and enjoy your winter beach holiday by wearing clothing that’s appropriate for winters.  

Not sure exactly how?

Here are a few tips.

  1. Put On Some Layers Without Overdoing It

Layering isn’t preferred for summers only. Even when you’re near the seaside, notice how it gets slightly chilly as the sun sets. Naturally, the temperature further goes down in winter beaches. That’s when you need layering the most.

Here’s how to do this: choose a sleeveless knitted top and protect your shoulders from the chilly winds by wearing a Wear Saga fleece jacket. While doing the mix-and-match, apply your creative skills: which color of the fleece jacket will go with the top? How about wearing a turquoise top with a blue jacket? The options are endless.

Pair it up with denim pants and you’re ready for the winter beach vacation!

2. Choose Bright Colors

There is one thing you can consider in both winter and summer beach wear: bright colors. Splashy patterns and bold colors always reflect the charm of a beach holiday. So, why not bring back that beach party look by adding some lively colors to your winter outfit?

If you feel like trying something different other than your denim pants, wear a long skirt. Besides adding glamor to your personality, a long skirt will protect your legs from the freezing winds. While choosing a bright color for the skirt, choose yellow as it will bring back the charm of summer beach holidays.

3. Wear Boots

While sneakers and boat shoes are perfect on warmer beaches, be extra careful while heading to a winter beach because the feet are the first body part that may catch a cold.

To make the entire beach trip comfortable, keep your feet warm by wearing rain boots with polyester or wool socks. Another option is to wear running shoes or hiking boots so you can walk on the beach without your bare feet touching the cold sand.

4. Stay Warm With The Right Accessories

If you’ve chosen a bright attire for the trip, you’re already ready to hit the beach! This also means that there isn’t an additional need for choosing accessories with popping colors. A brown wool hat paired with brown gloves will complete the look.

If you’re one of those who never goes outside without considering extra weather protection, grab a scarf and wrap it around the neck. If the winds are strong, you can also cover your mouth and chin with it. Want to add a bit of style to it? Try out different styles to tie a scarf and choose the best one accordingly.

5. Wear Sunglasses And Sunscreen

Wondering what’s the combination between a winter beach vacation and sun protection? Well, the sun sets lower in winters which means that there are higher chances that your eyes and skin will be exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. While enjoying the ocean breeze, you should ensure maximum sun protection.

To do this, consider these points:

  • Wear sunglasses that provide at least 99% UVB and UVA protection to your eyes.
  • Before buying a sun block, ask your dermatologist about the SPF that suits your skin type the most.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

4 Great Holiday Gift Ideas to Give Fellow Dog-Lovers

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4 Great Holiday Gift Ideas to Give Fellow Dog-Lovers

Dog-lovers are some of the easiest and most-fun people to shop for in the world. Dog-lovers who have pets will appreciate both dog-related gifts or presents that their pets will enjoy. If you have a dog lover in your life and you're not sure what to get them for the upcoming winter holidays, the following ideas might help.

Gift Certificate to Pet Store

If your friend or family member has a pet dog, one great holiday gift idea is to get them a gift certificate to a pet store. You can get them a gift certificate to a store that sells dogs toys and treats, which can serve as a special holiday gift. Alternatively, pet owners can use pet store gift certificates to buy important preventative medication and treatments like Bravecto for dogs, which can keep away fleas and ticks, or regular supplies whose cost can add up: like food and dog shampoo. Pet store gift certificates can also be handy if the stores provide grooming and bathing services. (Everyone wants their pooch to be clean and smell good for the holidays!)

Dog Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving throughout the year -- even when the holidays are over. Choose a dog subscription box if you want your friend's pooch to be pampered all year long. Dog subscription boxes can contain treats, food, toys, and more. Boxes are also a great idea because they allow you to pay for the gift a little bit each month, rather than upfront, so they can be a great choice for a gift if you're looking for something that is budget-friendly.

Shake (the book)

Carli Davidson is a photographer that has made a name for herself by taking pictures of pets (and people). Shake is a great book of her photography, which features funny photos of dogs -- in motion -- shaking. Get this for a dog-lover to keep on the coffee table or to keep them entertained for hours. This book is a must-have for anyone passionate about animals to have on their shelf. Davidson has also done a version of shake with puppies and cats (these are also great gifts for animal lovers).

Dog Portrait Session

Look for a local photographer in your area that takes photos of dogs and pets. Reach out and see if you can purchase a gift card -- or pre-purchase a photo session - for your friend's dog. Your friend may want a photo of her pet taken to hang on her wall or put on her desk. Or, she may want to get a photo of her family with the dog to serve as a family portrait. Anyone who loves their pet like a family member will enjoy the opportunity to document their beloved friends.
If you have someone in your life who loves dogs, shopping for holiday gifts can be a lot of fun. Get something for your friend to enjoy -- or to make their beloved pet's life better (more delicious, enjoyable, fun, etc). They'll appreciate you for helping to take care of their animal and for celebrating their love of their furry friend.

Lannie, Writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies, pet medications, and pet meds. Listed below are some helpful resources that can provide some guidance for those looking for helpful information on pet supplies.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Huge Cash Back deals during the Swagbucks Green Monday Sale!

You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back - 2x or more - at a number of different stores today only. They're also offering big payouts on a variety of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home! 

If you're not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!  

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! 

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Looking for teen girl gift ideas? Look no further! Check out my top 15 picks!

I recently put together a guide of gift picks for teen girls! All of these gifts are completely affordable too! They can all be purchased on Amazon!  
  • 1- 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School- This book is about the stuff they don’t teach you in high school, like how to host a film festival, plan your first road trip, make a podcast, or write a manifesto. Want to make a time capsule? Spend a day in silence? Learn how to make beats like a DJ? Or shut down your house party before the police do? Whatever your creative, social, or academic inclinations, you’ll find 97 ways on these pages to amuse, educate, and interest yourself, and your friends $10.79
  • 2- Emoji Poop Pillow- All teen girls love texting! This pillow is hilarious! $5.21
  • 6- Maxell 190220 AMP-PZ Amplified Heavy Bass Headphones, Hot Pink- he Maxell Amplified headphones focus on dynamic sound quality and power. The extra large 40mm drivers provide deep bass and superior sound. The padding around these on-ear headphones is so comfortable on your ears, you'll be able to keep them on for hours. The style is great ears of all sizes. The Maxell Amplified headphones are lightweight and ready to travel with a foldable design. The headphones are compatible with any MP3 player, DVD player, CD player or portable device. $16.99 
  • 14- SHANY Nail Art Set- 24 piece nail art set ,4 pearl shades,4 neon shades,11 matte shades,5 glitter shades $18.95 
  • 15- Furry tiger slippers- Furry Animal Slippers are whimsical warm - ups! Put these on your paws! They're fuzzy and fleecy to fight frigid freeze on floors, so your feet won't feel like frosty fudgesicles! $21.00 
    I hope you enjoyed my picks! Please note that prices can change at any time! 
Win it: One reader will win a $50 Amazon E-Gift Card to shop for their teen. Winner will be chosen at random. Must complete mandatory entries to qualify. All entries will be screened. Giveaway ends 12/16 at 11:59PM CST. Enter below. Goodluck

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Join A Foodie Community & Earn Rewards!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

#DIY- #Holiday Heart Suckers In A Jar #Gift Idea!

My 11 year old and I LOVE to be crafty. I was browsing Pinterest last week and became inspired to try so many new things. I want to share those new things with you! As you have seen, I have been posting so many gift in a jar ideas! (They can all be found via the DIY/Recipes tab). I want to share with you how to make holiday heart suckers- with mini candy canes! Check out what all you need below!

How to make it:
One bag of melts will fill 17 hearts! One jar will hold 6.

  • Lay out your parchment paper on a cookie sheet and open 34 candy canes and form hearts with them. 
  • Place lollipop sticks in the middle of the hearts (see photo below)
  • Melt candy melts in a microwavable bowl at 30 second intervals until melted.
  • Pour carefully into a ziplock bag and cut the end with scissors.
  • Fill each heart and immediately add sprinkles in the middle.
  • Allow to harden for an hour or pop in the freezer for 10 minutes!
  • Place in treat bags and tie with ribbon
  • You can put foam in the bottom of a ball canning jar, and place 6 in a jar. Tie ribbon on the jar and go gift!
This is such an inexpensive gift idea and SUPER CUTE too! Check out the process below in photos for yourself!  
 Lydia took a picture of me filling the hearts. 
 This is right out of the freeze. They are so cute! 
 These little hearts are so festive and adorable. You can use different colors of candy melts too.
Lydia had so much fun helping me make these. The best part of it, IT IS SO EASY and takes 20 minutes TOPS!
Give it a try yourself. Anyone can do it! Come back to tell me how you liked it too! Like this post? Share via one of the buttons below. Thanks for reading! 

DIY- Easy Glitter Goo! Hours Of Fun!

My 11 year old LOVES goo..slime and anything gross feeling. HA! I was tired of purchasing it, so I figured why not make our own? We will get more than we would if we bought it in store! It is SO easy to make too! 

You will need:

  • 1 tsp borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 1 bottle glitter glue (clear for transparent slime, white for opaque)
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • Food coloring is optional if you are not using glitter glue
  • Glitter optional if you are not using glue that already has it.

  1. Empty you glue in a bowl and mix with 1 tbsp of water. Mix well. (If your glue doesn't have glitter in it, you can add food coloring and glitter in the mix)
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tsp of borax and the remaining water.
  3. I poured glue mixture inside a ziplock bag, and poured borax mixture on it.
  4. It will come together fast. Knead with your hands until all of the water is absorbed.
  5. ENJOY!
One batch filled (3) 4 oz jars! It also brought hours of fun! 
 I was amazed myself! Pretty nifty project for kiddos! 
 It will be great to add ribbon on a jar, and place in a stocking as a stocking stuffer this year too! 
I hope you enjoy! I know we did! Tell your friends by sharing with one of the buttons below! Thanks for reading!

DIY Holiday Candy! So festive and GIFTABLE too!

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I love holiday candy! This is the perfect time of the year to make it too! If you have read my blog and my DIY/Recipe section, you can see I am a HUGE fan of do it yourself gifts and GIFTS IN A JAR. I worked on something last night and finished it today that I want to share with you. 
This candy is SO good and you can make it in ANY flavor you want as well as any color you want too! I made cinnamon and spearmint. Check out what all you need and how to make this yummy deliciousness below: What You Need:

How to make:
  1. Be generous and spray a baking pan with no stick spray. Some prefer butter, but I found no stick spray lets it pop out easier. 
  2. In a deep sauce pan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and food coloring.
  3. On medium heat, stir until sugar starts to dissolve.
  4. Place your candy thermometer on the pan, but keep it from touching the bottom direct. Most have a metal piece to help with that. 
  5. Boil the mixture DO NOT touch or stir until it reaches 300 degrees.
  6. Immediately take off the burner and without your face being directly over it, pour in your oil of choice. Stir fast and pour in your pan.
  7. About 20 minutes in, you can take a pizza cutter and cut into bite size pieces. 
  8. Let cool and harden completely for a few hours. Dust powdered sugar on top and flip over. Dust the other side and you can break into pieces and place them in jars, or airtight containers.
  9. ENJOY!
You can make this in any color or flavor. So festive too! 
 My daughter and husband went nuts over these. The house STILL smells so good and sweet! 
 You can package them up however you wish, I recommend mason jars because they are an easy gifting idea. 
 The printables for the tops of the jars were free, thanks to Princess And The Peas. You can score them HERE I love how festive these are! The gift tags are free printables that can be found over HERE too. Overall, I love how simple this was. You can make it yourself and it is so fast to do too! What do you think? Are you going to make this yourself? Like this post? Share via one of the buttons below. Thanks for reading! 

Choosing The Right Funeral Home To Honor Your Loved One The Way You Wish

One of the hardest things that human beings must come to terms with is that no one lives forever. There are times when we have to say goodbye, whether we are prepared to let go or not. The funeral is a time-honored tradition that was created not for the person who is leaving this earth, but for those left behind. As a way of being sent off with love and to honor their life, everyone has different wishes about what they want their funeral to look like or how they want to honor their loved ones.

Whether you are choosing a funeral home Winnipeg to pre-plan for your death or you are finding one to bury your loved one, finding the right one for you isn’t necessarily about finding the closest one. Not all funeral parlors are the same; neither are the ways that they relate to their clients and the services they offer. Just like with any other business, it is important to look around and see what is available before you make the decision.

The most critical component of choosing the right funeral home is getting along with the funeral director. When you meet with them, it is important that you feel comfortable asking them questions that might be troubling for you. You will want to know about their philosophy, their services, and get a sense of what it is going to cost. Of course, you never want to choose a funeral home based on price, but in some cases money is a huge factor.

You will also want to consider:

  • Where you want the funeral to be located
  • If you choose cremation, does the funeral home work with an outside crematorium, or do they operate their own?
  • If you want a traditional burial, does the funeral home have its own cemetery or does it work with a specific one?

When you are discussing your funeral plans, you will want to consider many factors. The main ones that will make the most difference are:

  • How comfortable are you with the funeral home and director? Losing a loved one is a very hard thing, and you will want to find someone who understands your grief and is sympathetic to your specific and unique needs. Make sure to find a funeral director who takes the time to listen, answers all of your questions, and is going to make the day go as smoothly as possible.
  • What types of services they offer. Sometimes funeral homes offer everything from embalming and casket selection to helping you order the gravestone, and other times they have very little to offer. If you aren’t sure how to plan a funeral on your own, try to choose a funeral home that offers all the services you desire so that you aren’t left trying to manage both your guests and family along with the many complexities of cremation and burial services.
  • What types of amenities do they offer? Choose a funeral home that can accommodate the size of the crowd you anticipate and one that will have everything onsite. Family members are typically at the funeral home for a full day. You don’t want to have to keep going out for food or coffee. Try to choose a funeral home that will take care of what you need.
  • Does the funeral home understand your cultural or your religious needs? There are going to be times when tradition is very important in a funeral service. If you have things that you need to account for, make sure that the funeral home is willing and can be prepared for any customs or rituals that need to be performed.

Finding the right funeral home is essential to minimizing the stress of losing your loved one. Find a funeral parlor and director who is considerate of your needs, can provide you all the services and amenities that you require and is someone that you are comfortable with. The process of a funeral and wake are very long and arduous. Try to find a professional funeral home that can take things off of your plate so that you can focus on honoring and trying to heal from the loss of your loved one.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Get more free gift cards for the Holidays from Swagbucks during December's Swago with Spin & Win (US)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December "Swago" promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 
  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores! 
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. 
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 

  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, December 11th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!