What to Wear With Leggings, Jeggings and those Skinny Jeans

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Every woman has them in her wardrobe, though few women have been able to come up with new ways to wear them or ways to wear them so they feel comfortable. Leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans are some of the most versatile pieces we have, so why are they so hard to create an outfit using? They really aren’t, if you learn the basics of creating shapes and lines.

Here are a few options that allow you to play around with lines and shapes using your skinny jeans, leggings, and jeggings. You’ll be able to show off your figure, hide those areas you are a little more concerned about and feel great.

Let’s take a look:

The Shoes

You can really change the look and feel of your outfits by just changing what you put on your feet. Each pair of shoes will make them feel a little more fashion forward, a little more comfortable, and even a little more casual.

High Shafted Boots for a Streamlined Look

How about a great pair of knee-high boots? Leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans have remained popular for so long because they coincide with some of the best designs in boots. Tuck your bottoms into the leggings and you will have a longer, leaner look. Whether your high shafted boots have tall heels or short ones, stack heels or skinny ones, your look will be more streamlined and beautiful.

If you have smaller legs, you can even add some layering by putting socks or leg warmers under your boots. This makes the outfit feel a little cozier and more comfortable as well.

Sky High Heels Push You to the Limit

Let’s be honest: heels make just about everything look better. Since they can sometimes be uncomfortable, pairing them with more comfortable bottoms can be a great option. Tailor your skinny jeans or wear your best leggings to ensure that you get the best look. Whether you want to go with a strappy pair of sandals, some great pumps, or even a good chunky heel, you’ll get a lot of use out of that look. Adding heels can take your look from day to night, casual to professional. With every step you take, you will ooze confidence and status.

Make sure that you do get your skinny jeans tailored if you are going to wear them – you want everything to look at put together as possible.

Cowboy Boots for All Occasions

Need to look a little more casual? Putting in some hard work? Classic cowboy boots over your leggings, jeggings and skinny jeans look great and is a classically American feel. You will protect the bottom of your jeans from any muck that you might put it through, and you will have a western feel that is very popular right now.

Use a classic pair of boots with a pair of light wash skinny jeans or a decorated pair with a great skirt and some leggings. You’ll be able to make many different kinds of outfits with your cowboy boots – and you’ll be comfortable the entire time.

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Sneakers Keep It Casual

Running errands? Traveling? There is nothing better than a fun pair of sneakers to keep your look comfortable and cool. Match your skinny jeans or jeggings to a great pair of shoes that look cute and keep you comfortable.

A simple pair of slip on sneakers, a great pair of Converse, or any other non-running sneakers will look great with the leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans. Be careful about choosing running shoes, or you will look like you are going to the gym. (Unless you actually are. If so, continue on!)

The Clothes

Shoes aren’t the only important way to dress up your leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans. You can change up what you wear with them to really transform your look.

With a Baggy T for a Lazy Day

Whether it is a t-shirt you bought to be too big or a shirt that you stole from your boyfriend, bigger shirts play off the fitted style of the leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans extremely well. The bagginess is comfortable, but it still looks good because you will show off the shape of your legs. Throw on a great necklace, a belt, and get ready for your day.

T-shirts aren’t the only option – you can choose a big button down shirt, a peasant shirt, or anything else that meets your needs.

Go Warmer with Oversized Sweaters

Just like the t-shirts, throwing on an oversized sweater is a fun and comfortable look for fall and winter. You’ll look like you are ready for a day of cuddling, picking apples, or just running some errands. You’ll still feel comfortable, but you will be in style the entire time as well.

Make sure that your jeans and/or leggings fit you extremely well because an oversized sweater can add some weight.

Professionally Tailored Blazer For the Office

Does your office walk the line between comfortable and professional? If you can wear your skinny jeans to the office, getting a professionally tailored blazer will keep the look professional. This is an approachable way to do casual, but still, show that you take your profession seriously. Even better, it is a great transitional look for a woman who is always on the go.

Match your blazer to a great fitted shirt and a pair of cute flats or heels for a put together look.

Throughout the years, the size of your leggings and skinny jeans will likely change. However, your personal style never should. Match your style to the above tips and see what kinds of outfits you can create.

Amazon Prime Day: Tips to Get You Ready!

Amazon Prime Day: Tips to get you ready!

 

I hope you had a great 4th of July holiday and are enjoying your summer! I, too, have been busy trying to find the best deals, resources, and giveaways to share with you.

I wanted to give you a heads up because I would hate for you to miss out! Did you know Amazon Prime Day starts TONIGHT? The preview is actually going on right NOW! As a busy mom of boys, I love being able to shop right from my phone or computer and get the latest deals while my kids play right in my front yard. It can’t get any easier than that, right?

So here is the scoop so you don’t miss a thing: 

  • You have to be a member of Amazon Prime to get the amazing deals they offer! You can start a free 30-day trial if you aren’t already a member. (The FREE shipping is why I joined)!
  • To check out the deals quickly, you can download the Amazon App to your phone or tablet.
  • You can look at deals right on Amazon when the sale starts OR you can create a shopping list and receive alerts as soon as the items in your cart go on sale.
  • You can start “watching” for Amazon Prime deals today (this is 1 day before you can actually purchase the deals).
  • The sale will go live at 9 pm EST on July 10th, 2017 and lasts for 30 hours! That is tonight!! New deals will begin all throughout the day and don’t get discouraged if the item you want sells out quickly. You can join the waitlist and receive a notification if/when it is available. I have gotten several deals this way!
  • Amazon features Spotlight Deals (popular brands on sale) and Lightning Deals (limited quantity and usually sells out fast). Search for awesome deals in either of these categories!

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7 Ways to Save Money When Paying for Stuff Online

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If you’re reading this right now there’s a good chance you’re a mom who uses the internet quite frequently. Anyone who shops online, uses online banking to pay bills, or pays for online services, knows that there are almost always techniques you can use to get something for much cheaper or even free, you just have to be persistent in doing your research and shopping around.

Unfortunately, most moms don’t have the time or patience to sit around and wait until they find the perfect deal – they just want to get the transaction over with so they can go back to making macaroni and cheese, finishing the laundry, feeding their children, or whatever motherly duty is next on the never-ending list. Fortunately, we’ve made it easy by compiling the following round-up of the best ways to make sure you’re getting the best deal when paying for products and services online:

1. Always Consider Alternatives First

If you’re about to buy something like an app or a software-as-service (SaaS) where you log in and use a certain platform, then it would be best to go ahead and compare all of the competition before making your choice. Later on, you may be regretful to find out that not only did you choose the more expensive option, but it turns out the cheaper alternative was more to your liking as well. For example, I was about to pay for an expensive subscription to Skype when I started comparing others  and found out Discord was actually a better fit for me and much more affordable.

2. Search for Coupons on Discount Sites

Did you know that at least half the time you buy something online you could’ve gotten it cheaper simply by entering a coupon code at the checkout page? Where do you find these elusive and magical codes, you ask? Well, it’s actually very easy – you just use a search engine like Google to find discounts and coupon sites. Groupon and RetailMeNot are two of the most popular for starters. You’d be surprised at how much you can save just by copying and pasting a few simple numbers and letters.

3. Subscribe to Freebie and Bargain Newsletters

A must-try technique that will help you find the hottest sales is to subscribe to a few different newsletters about bargains or freebies. That way you’ll receive notification to your email every time a good brand or online store is offering a deal that you can’t afford to miss. There’s no shortage of couponing, bargaining, and frugality sites and tips online, so spend a bit of time subscribing to a few different feeds and before you know it, your inbox will have a steady flow of deals for you to check out.

4. Take Advantage of Rebates

Rebates are often overlooked and discarded because people want to find ways to save money before the sale, not after it. Still, it feels great to get a check in the mail or a gift card that covers the cost of something you’ve already purchased. Sure, there’s a waiting period that you’ll have to get the past before you actually save anything, but once you get the rebate it’s often more worthwhile than a standard discount.

5. Look for Stores that Offer Payment Plans

There are a number of stores and payment processors that make it easy to sign up for payment plans in which you only have to pay a small down-payment towards what you’re buying. Although in the end, the interest and fees usually make the item more expensive, these options allow you to obtain the things that you normally couldn’t afford and then gradually pay for them on a schedule that works with your income level. There are also companies that will help you finance electronic and appliance purchases made online, giving you a set line of credit to order certain items. Such third-party payment plans are sometimes even offered to low-income applicants, so long as proof of income can be shown.

6. Apply for Store Credit Cards

If you have decent credit or can show proof of income, you might be able to get approved for a store credit card or membership, which would provide access to a line of credit and/or exclusive discounts. Many stores don’t offer payment plans, but they do offer a store card that will essentially let you do the same thing. You also don’t need to have exceptional credit to be approved for one of these cards, so you might as well try it out. Most of the time an average credit score will be sufficient, but it really depends on the store’s approval policies as well.

7. Compare Shipping Prices

Finally, don’t forget to look for ways to save on the cost of shipping, especially if you’re ordering a larger item. You might think you’re getting the lowest price, but when you factor in the shipping, it turns out you should’ve gone to another store that was offering free shipping but had a slightly higher sales price. Some sellers use this trick to fool people into buying on sites like eBay and Amazon. They’ll list the item lower than everyone else, but then charge an exuberant shipping fee that makes their overall price higher than the rest.

 Be Thrifty and Patient for the Best Deals. One of the biggest reasons people spend more than they have to is because they don’t want to spend the time searching for the lowest possible price. Convenience and urgency are, of course, the motivating factors that cause people to knowingly overlook possible alternatives even if they might be cheaper. However, if you’re willing to put a little bit of effort into your shopping and payment methods, you could save a significant amount of money when you add up all the savings over the course of a year, especially if you’re a shopaholic mom who likes to buy things for her little ones online.
Disclosure: This blog received a form of compensation for this publication. All opinions are my own.

Gift Ideas for Long-Distance Friends and Family

Gift ideas for Long Distance Friends and Family

Sending gifts through the mail is a suitable stopgap for when you live too far away to deliver a gift in person. Posting cash inside a card is never a good idea, as money has a nasty habit of disappearing along the way, but we have some other ideas if you need to send a birthday or seasonal gift out of state or overseas.

Gift Boxes

A small gift box is inexpensive to post, even overseas, and it is a great opportunity to curate a few items you know the recipient is going to love. Look for small, lightweight items such as scented candles, candy, a pretty scarf, or a decorative notepad. Try to personalize the gift box as much as possible, and don’t forget to include a hand-written card or note inside.

Gift Certificates

Brands use gift certificates to make it nice and easy for us to help our loved ones spend money in a particular store. Any business can print their own gift certificates using a tool like Adobe Spark (click here for details), but if you prefer to buy rather than make, visit any brand website and check to see whether they sell gift cards or certificates. In many cases, gift certificates are delivered direct to the recipient, so you don’t need to run the gauntlet of the postal service.

Gift cards and certificates can be redeemed for virtually anything, including clothing, homeware, entertainment, and meals out. Select a gift card for a brand you know the recipient will love, and let them spend the money in their own time.

A Video Message

This gift is purse-friendly but big on happiness for the recipient. Grandparents, in particular, will love to receive a video message. Spend a few weeks recording video footage of each member of the family and edit the various clips into a movie. Include face-to-face footage where each member speaks directly to camera; this makes the whole thing a lot more personal. You could end the film with a short piece direct to the camera where everyone tells the recipient how much he or she loves and misses the person. There won’t be a dry eye in the room!

Video messages are easy to email and guaranteed to be a huge hit.

Gift Ideas for Long-Distance Friends and Family

Personalized Calendar

There are plenty of online services where you can create a personalized calendar containing photos of the kids, your pets, or anything you like. It’s a fun, seasonal gift for long-distance relatives. They can hang the calendar in their home and be reminded of your family throughout the year.

Travel Points

Have you accumulated thousands of frequent flyer points through long-haul business travel? If so, why not gift your points to a loved one so they can fly over to see you. This would make a great gift for a parent or grandparent living overseas, especially one who can’t afford to make the trip on his or her own budget.

Another long distance gift option includes filling up a notebook with thoughts, wishes, and personal memories. It will be a wonderful keepsake for your loved one and a reminder of how much you love them.

Disclosure: This blog received a form of compensation for this publication. All opinions are my own.

Donate and Shop at Goodwill #DonateStuffCreateJobs

This is a social good post on behalf of the AdCouncil. This blog was not compensated for this posting.

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Are you ready for Christmas? Just kidding. Or maybe not? Some people are wonderful at organizing, list creating, and shopping throughout the year. Others still haven’t started – and may not start for another few weeks! We love you either way. I promise. So, if you haven’t started shopping, or still have some left to do – I have the perfect place for you to start – or finish.

Goodwill. Yes, you heard me right. Goodwill has a huge selection of gently used items that would be perfectly suited to your new repurposing project, white elephant Christmas gift, books, movies – you name it! All while keeping yourself on a thrifty budget. From furniture, picture frames, fabrics, accessories and even collectibles, they are sure to have something you are looking for! A stroll around your local store might even give you a little bit of that inspiration you need to clean out your own closets and find new fun things for yourself.

No matter where you are in your Christmas shopping, or life in general, one major reality is that there are people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community who need assistance. Many of them need career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services. And YOU can help them easier than you may realize.

So how do you help?

Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. They also provide on the job training and help those who need it find jobs to better their lives.

How many of you do your shopping online? Probably at least 80% of us, right?

When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you! How easy is that, seriously?

It is much easier than you think to make a difference!

Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a ‘green’ solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.

This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and StyleUpGirl.com. These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at givebackbox.com.

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So, get up and get started now! People are counting on your shopping and your donations.

Black Friday Safety Tips

12243771_10206781847358815_704030645_nBlack Friday is nearing and that means there are people who have been planning this shopping trip long before Thanksgiving arrives. They browse the internet searching for the sneak peek of sales and figure out which items they’d like to buy. I’ve put together a list of important Black Friday Safety Tips to help you stay safe while shopping.

  • You know there will be large groups of people out and about shopping. Most people are only interested in getting a good deal and trying to save as much money as they can, while others want to try and take advantage of this time and of the people.
  • Ask a friend or family member to go with you. You can shop in different areas of the stores to get your items but it is much safer to arrive and leave the stores with someone.
  • Check your cellphone to ensure your battery is charged. Carry it in a safe place that is easy to get to but you won’t loose it.
  • Let your family know where you are going and check in at least once during your shopping trip, just to let them know how everything is going.
  • If you plan on carrying cash while shopping, be sure to stop by the bank or ATM a few days before during the day time hours. Thieves know people are getting money to shop and this is the prime time for them to take advantage.
  • Always, Always, Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you plan on carrying a purse or handbag be sure it is one that can fit over your body or one small enough to place over your shoulder. If carrying cash or cards place them in your pocket with your drivers license to avoid your purse or handbag getting snatched.
  • If you know you want a certain item, don’t fight over them. It is not worth you getting hurt or going to jail. The same idea applies to parking spots.

Try not to shop alone as this makes you an easy target for those lurking to make a move. These Black Friday safety tips can help you be aware of things that you may not think of at the time or you may not think will happen to you. Try them out this year when you go shopping. Head over and check out my Black Friday Shopping Tips before you take your trip.

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