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Saturday, 20 December 2014

forget the mall! why gift cards are the best gifts to give and get! #bigmangift

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

This is the weekend when the vast majority of Americans curse themselves for waiting until the last minute to finish their holiday shopping, swear never to be caught in this position again, and try to figure out how to avoid the mall.

I have two words for those people (of which, by the way, I am one): gift cards. read full story »

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

pure. handcrafted. moxxie.

Moxxie box

I received this box in the mail the other day and, once I got over the initial disappointment that it wasn’t filled with donuts, I was overcome with gratitude for the delicious scents and blissful feeling that only come with handmade gifts.

These gorgeous all-natural bath and body products from Moxxie Essential Care may be the only things that get me through the holidays with my sanity intact. read full story »

Tuesday, 16 December 2014



At our end-of-the-year vote yesterday, the San Diego Film Critics Society named Nightcrawler Best Picture of the Year. Because, as a group, we are apparently enamored with the film, we also gave it half a dozen other awards, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Score.

Many of you have already looked at me like I was crazy for going along with this (although, for the record, I voted for Selma and would have voted for Tracks if we had nominated it) so I want to tell you why Nightcrawler is actually a great choice and why you should go see the movie. read full story »

how to stuff a duvet cover without crying

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Anthropologie duvet cover

I wasn’t going to post today because I still have a dozen movies to watch before our San Diego Film Critics Society end of the year vote on Monday.

But I came across this video which I have to share with you because it looks like the solution to the chore I hate most: stuffing a duvet cover. read full story »

a yummy giveaway from the fruit company!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Fruit Company basket with note

It’s no secret that I’m kind of obsessed with The Fruit Company.

It all started last summer with a delivery of juicy peaches. Then, last week, they sent me the most delicious Honeycrisp apples which so many of you drooled over and ordered for yourself that The Fruit Company generously offered to do a giveaway of one of their most coveted gift baskets!

Yes, there is a Holiday Hamper Fruit Basket with one of your names on it! read full story »

5 gifts that give back

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Desmond Tutu quote

I love this quote because it’s a reminder that we can all do a little bit of good every time we do anything — even when we shop for holiday gifts.

I’ve come to realize that the only way to foster change is to put your money where your mouth is and support companies that give back in some way. Here are five great options for gifts that give back. They’ll make your recipients happy and they’ll make a real difference in the world. read full story »

the “it” gift to give or get this holiday season: #canonatbestbuy

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Best Buy CanonI received a Best Buy gift card for writing this post. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

I’ll admit it. I have camera envy.

On press trips over the past few months, I’ve watched blogger after blogger clicking away on their Canon EOS Rebel T5i while I’m either lamely pointing and shooting or trying to get a decent shot on my phone.

When I checked out their photos, they were so sharp and so much more vivid than mine.

So, after my last trip, I headed to Best Buy – where we always buy our electronics – to check out the Canon. read full story »

e is for ending the stupid alphabet challenge

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Stop sign

Okay, that’s not really fair. The alphabet challenge isn’t stupid. It’s actually really fun and a great way to discipline yourself to write for 26 days and to give you a context in which to find topics to write about.

It was just stupid of me to take it on in December. read full story »

d is for deal! $2 off great holiday gifts from l’oreal age perfect cell renewal

Thursday, 4 December 2014

L'Oreal Julianne Moore

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network sponsored campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine. I am in no way affiliated with L’Oreal Age Perfect and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

A few weeks ago, I told you about my latest skincare discoveries from L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal: Day Cream, Night Cream and Golden Serum Treatment.

I’ve been using these products religiously — honestly, if I flossed this regularly, I would never be afraid to go to the dentist again — and am thrilled with how easy and effective they are. They’ve fit in so naturally to my daily routine (which means the whole thing takes less than five minutes) and have made a visible difference in the way my skin looks.

Because I’m a big believer in sharing, I want to give you a $2.00 off coupon to use on any L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal product. They would make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa surprises, and the terrific trio would be a much-appreciated present for a friend or sister. read full story »

c is for cheryl strayed. the “wild” giveaway!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wild - Reese with backpack

Wild was one of my favorite books ever, and I know many of you felt the same way when you read it.

Cheryl Strayed’s story of hiking the 1100 mile Pacific Crest Trail by herself is so empowering, and I loved getting to interview her when it was first published.

With the highly-anticipated movie version coming out today, there’s already Oscar buzz for Reese Witherspoon, who takes on the role of Cheryl so completely, it’s hard to remember this gritty, potty-mouthed rebel once played the pretty-in-pink Elle Woods. read full story »

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