15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

Ah, summer…Can you just hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore, smell the salty sea air, and taste of the tropical drinks? No? Are you too busy dealing with breakouts, frizzy hair and a sun burn to enjoy beach season? We all know the coveted Victoria’s Secret -swimsuit-model-look isn’t easy to achieve, but if you follow these 15 summer beauty commandments, you’ll spend more time having fun and less time worrying about the way you look (and feel). After all, confidence is the best accessory!

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6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

6 Strategies for Shopping Consignment Sales

We have a local Mom2Mom kids consignment sale that is held twice a year at the fairgrounds and I always make sure to hit each sale so I can stock up on kids’ clothes for the season. It’s such a thrill to leave each consignment sale with a load of great deals on quality used clothes, shoes and toys for my kids. At every sale I’ve been able to buy great brands of gently used and sometimes brand new items for a fraction of their retail price. Since I’ve got five kids and a limited budget consignment sales are a fabulous way to give them extended wardrobes without breaking the bank.  As an example, at this month’s sale I purchased 34 clothing items – jeans, pants, shirts, hoodies and skirts – plus a couple boxed toys for $126.  Score!

Here are some of favorite tips for finding exactly what you need and getting the best deals when shopping consignment sales:

Shop With A List

Take a list of the things you know you need with you – for example, our little boys get lots of hand me down jeans and shorts from their big brother but few of the shirts survive so I got them lots of shirts and no pants, just a few new pairs for my big boy.

Get Perfect Fitting Shoes

Draw around your children’s feet on a piece of paper and take it with you if you’re planning to shop for shoes. The shoes are never in any semblance of order at these sales and it can be hard to figure out the size. With drawings of your kids’ feet you’ll be able to quickly and easily determine if they’ll fit without having to bring your kids with you to the sale.

Leave The Kids At Home

Consignment sales are usually pretty packed with people and the displays can be pretty busy so you don’t need any other distractions.  Find somebody to watch the kids so you can concentrate on the hunt for deals without lots of begging to hit the toy aisle.

Bring A Basket

Bring something to carry the goodies! Many sales ban the use of strollers while shopping so bring a laundry basket (or maybe hubby) along to hold all the finds while you’re hunting for more. If you’ve got a rolling basket or cart then bring it along so your arms don’t get tired.

Double Check Everything!

Some clothing items look great from the front but have stains or rips on the back, missing buttons or broken zippers and you don’t want to find that out after you’ve left the sale.

Participate In The Sale

Volunteer or sell your own items at the consignment sale so you can shop early. I’ve done this before and plan to again at the next sale – if you volunteer to work a sale or if you sell your own gently used things then you typically get to shop before the sale is open to the public and you’ll have best pick!  Plus I always figure it’s a bonus if I end up making more in sales than I spend.

Take Advantage of Your State’s Tax Free Shopping Days

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Back to school shopping is my favorite shopping season of the year since I work on Christmas and birthday gifts all year long so it’s less painful to the budget.  One of the best ways to save another 7% to 10% right off the top (depending on where you live) is to plan ahead and shop on your state’s tax free shopping days. Many states have tax-free shopping weekends in August, where customers don’t pay sales tax on items like school supplies, electronics and clothing.  Use the list below to find out if your state has a tax-free weekend and what items it exempts. Dollar amounts in parentheses indicate the maximum cost for which an item can be tax-free. Most of the information below is courtesy of TaxAdmin.org and I’d recommend verifying each state through the links provided.

Alabama: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($750), school supplies ($50), books ($30)

Arkansas: Aug. 1-2, clothing ($100), school supplies (no limit listed)

Connecticut: Aug. 16-22, clothing and footwear ($100)

Florida: Aug. 7-16, cchool supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($15), computers ($750)

Georgia: July 31 – Aug.1, school supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($20), computers ($1,000)

IowaAug. 7-8, clothing ($100)

Louisiana: Aug. 7-8 All Tangible Personal Property, which usually refers to stuff that you could take with you somewhere, such as furniture, art, clothing and household items ($2,500)

Maryland: Aug. 9-15, clothing  and footwear ($100)

Mississippi: July 31 – Aug. 1, clothing and footwear ($100)

Missouri: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($3,500), school supplies ($50)

New Mexico: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($1,000), computer equipment ($500), school supplies ($30)

Ohio: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($75), school supplies ($20), instructional material ($20)

Oklahoma: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100)

South Carolina: Aug. 7-9, clothing (no limit listed), school supplies (no limit listed), computers (no limit listed)

Tennessee: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), computers ($1,500)

Texas: Aug. 7-9, clothing, backpacks and school supplies ($100)

Virginia: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($20), energy star products ($2,500), hurricane preparedness items ($60), generators ($1,000)

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60% Off Popular Plus Size Patterns For Kids

At SewWithSarah.com all Plus Size Children Sewing patterns now 60% off!  Regular price $14.95 – you pay only $5.98 per pattern.

Plus Size Boys Patterns

Plus Size Girls Blouse Patterns

Plus Size Girls Shorts and Slacks Patterns

Plus Size Girls Skirt and Dress Patterns 

Plus Size Girls Nightwear Patterns

Just in time for Back To School Sewing!  You can make an entire wardrobe of school clothes that will fit your plus size or overweight child perfectly.  Compare your childs’  measurements and age to the corresponding size on our patterns.  For example, our size 8 has Chest – 34”, waist – 30”, hip- 36”.  Is this similar to your plus size 8 year olds’ measurements?

The blouses and jumper dress have interchangeable sleeve, neckline and length options.  Skirts, shorts and pants have a variety of length options, so you can make a number of garments from the same pattern and have different styles for each.

Shop early and stock up – styles and sizes are limited.  No coupon code required.  All plus size children patterns 60% off – you pay only $5.98 per pattern.  PLUS, we’re giving a FREE GIFT with every order.

This sale is exclusively for US residents – we’re in the process of making all patterns downloadable which will be available worldwide.

 

#ImagineSpring with OshKosh B’Gosh Kids Spring Fashions

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

It seems like it was freezing just a week or so ago but now we’re already having high temps in the high 70s, low 80s and the azaleas are blooming like crazy. I didn’t think spring was ever going to get here and I’m thrilled that it has and that with it we get these longer days since the time change. We’ve been spending lots more time playing outside and that makes everybody happy, but especially momma since they’ve been sleeping so well at night after all the playtime.

I went over to the Oshkosh B’Gosh store at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, Alabama and was very pleased with such a large selection of adorable kids’ clothes at such great prices. There were lots of fabulous things on sale plus I had this coupon for 25% off an Oshkosh B’Gosh purchase of $30 or more.

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

There was so much to choose from that I didn’t have a problem finding some new spring clothes for all five of my kiddoes and I’m psyched to report that I ended up with 13 items for $118.52 after 25% off coupon, plus I got back $20 in Carter’s & Oshkosh Rewards that are good off any purchase of $20 or more through early May. My girls got two shirts each and my “pink” girl got an adorable pair of pink pants. My oldest son got a shirt and some much needed socks, and my identical boys got a shirt, pair of shorts and pair of swim trunks each. They were all happy campers about their new spring clothes couldn’t wait to model them for these pictures.

I can’t wait to go back and spend my rewards on more cool clothes for the kids! You can find a store near you here or check out their website, and don’t forget to grab your 25% off coupon! While you’re at it you can also check out Oshkosh on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Use Homemade Printed Tee Shirts

With the increasing accessibility of screen printing programs and materials, more people have been able to take advantage of screen printing in their own home. Making homemade printed tee shirts can be fun and easy when you have all of the right supplies on hand. Starting with a comfortable blank tee, you can turn your imagination into a one-of-a-kind creation. The following ideas are just a few examples of the many ways to use homemade graphic tee shirts.

Homemade Gifts

If you are finding it difficult to select a gift for a friend or loved one that really captures their personality or sense of humor, you may want to go the route of making a homemade gift. Although you may not consider yourself crafty or creative, a screen printed shirt made with a custom design, saying, or graphic can be a fun and unique way to give a personalized gift that they cannot buy in a store.

Team or Group Unity

When trying to create unity or cohesiveness amongst a large group, tee shirts are a great way to make a group into one unified body. If you find that custom logo printing is too expensive, you may want to try making printed graphic tees on your own. Starting with a basic shirt, you can create a matching logo to apply to all of the shirts you need made. Take a look at the following infographic to get more information about the basics of home screen printing.

Infographic below by ShirtSpace.com:

Screen Printing Instructions Infographic

Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest Winner & $100 Giveaway!

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Kohl's Sing Your "Frozen" Heart Out Winner

A few weeks ago I told you guys about the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out contest where fans of the “Frozen” movie could submit videos of themselves, their kids or the entire family singing “Let It Go” for a chance to appear in the Kohl’s commercial that aired during the 2014 American Music Awards. Well Disney and Kohl’s congratulated Katherine and Kelly, sisters from Long Island, New York, for winning the contest during the AMAs and you can see their performance here. The commercial that aired was beautifully done, the girls did a great job with the song, and I also enjoyed watching and getting to know the winners a little better in their behind the scenes video.

Frozen Olaf Snow Cone Maker

We love the huge assortment of Frozen themed items that you can find at Kohl’s like this Olaf Snow Cone Maker that the kids are getting for Christmas. I did much of my Black Friday Christmas shopping online at Kohls.com and I’m super excited to have earned $90 in Kohl’s Cash and 309 Yes2You Rewards points. I got lots of fabulous deals on gifts for the kids (and myself) AND I have $90 to spend on Cyber Monday – win win! You can find everything you need at Kohl’s and there is something for everyone on your gift list. I always shop at Kohl’s first because I know I’ll find great prices on quality products and the deals just get better and better with their awesome sales, promo codes and rewards like Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You.

Kohls_Black_Friday

I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway a $100 Kohl’s gift card so one lucky reader can pick out some adorable Disney Frozen apparel pieces or toys of their own. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, December 7th.

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Place Your Votes in the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf ofInfluence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Sing Your Frozen Heart Out

Almost 4,000 fans of the Disney movie “Frozen” have submitted videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” for the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out contest. They’ve narrowed the children, adults and families who entered down to the top 10 finalists and now you can view them and vote for your favorite one! You have through November 23rd to visit Disney.com/frozenfriday and cast your vote. The finalist with the most votes on November 23rd will appear in a Kohl’s holiday commercial during the American Music Awards (AMAs).

Sing Your Frozen Heart Out

This is Dax and Allayna, a brother and sister duo, singing “Let It Be” for their entry. I think they are my favourite finalists but you should go check them out yourself and see who you would like to win. There is a limit of one vote per person per day. All of the finalists videos are adorable so it was hard to pick a favorite, but voting was fast, fun and easy and I can’t wait to see who wins the contest.

In the meanwhile, head over to Kohl’s and check out all the great Frozen themed toys and clothing. A one-stop shop for everything “Frozen,” Kohl’s and Kohls.com offer a full assortment of “Frozen” products, including a wide variety of exclusive styles. My girls are getting a “Frozen” themed snow cone maker for Christmas and my two little boys are getting cool Olaf shirts. There is a whole “Frozen” section at the Kohl’s website where you can find awesome toys, games, activities, bikes, bedding, dishes, shoes and pyjamas in addition to themed clothing and costumes. Right now you can even preview their Black Friday sale pricing!

So hurry on over to get your vote in, grab some great Frozen stuff for the kids, and don’t forget to watch to watch the big reveal in the Kohl’s commercial during the American Music Awards on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c.

Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest & $100 Giveaway!

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

frozen_video

A few weeks ago I told you guys about the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out contest where fans of the “Frozen” movie could submit videos of themselves, their kids or the entire family singing “Let It Go” for a chance to appear in a Kohl’s commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards. Well lots of people have submitted thousands of video entries and I wanted to share my favorite with you!

This is Emily singing and playing “Let It Go” on the piano for her contest entry and I just think she’s absolutely adorable. Check out the video entries here and let me know which one is your favorite. Voting will start on the submissions on November 10th and the winning video will be revealed during a Kohl’s commercial during the American Music Awards on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c. Be sure to head back over to pick your favorite once voting starts. I can’t wait to see the commercial in November!

frozen

In the meanwhile, head over to Kohl’s and check out all the great Frozen themed toys and clothing. I’m already starting my Christmas shopping so I don’t kill my budget all at once for my five kiddos and I know they’ll love receiving these Let It Go and Mr. Cool shirts or some of the fabulous toys like this stuffed Olaf and the Frozen Creativity Set. There are lots of great toys and outfits to choose from in addition to Frozen bedding, shoes, pillows, sleepwear and costumes.

frozen_clothes

I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway a $100 Kohl’s gift card so one lucky reader can pick out some adorable Disney Frozen apparel pieces or toys of their own. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, October 31st.

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Locutions of Leather: A Glossary of Terms for Leather Lovers

The Locutions of Leather GlossaryPresented by Ghurka