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October 23, 2014

3 Ways to Stay Organized On The Go + A Giveaway

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While I don't take many big vacations, I am always out and about running errands or going on day trips.  Sometimes it's for work and other times it's for fun.  Either way, organization is  key to having a smooth trip. 


 
Here are 3 ways I stay organized on the go!


1. An Organized Bag




 
 
 
This is the Portagio Smart Satchel. I love this bag! It is so lightweight and very comfortable to carry.  There are 5 pockets on the outside for things like phones, pads, pens, and sunglasses.   Inside there are 2 compartments.   There are also 7 card sleeves so you don't need a wallet.  


 
 
 
I love the electronic tablet pouch.  It's perfect for my ipad mini and it protects it from getting scratched. And if you don't want to use the shoulder straps you can remove them and use the Smart Satchel from a shoulder bag to a handbag.  The nylon trim and full grain leather gives this bag a stylish look that's still very functional. 



 
 
Portagio Bags is a great line of bags for organizing your life especially when you are on the go.
 
 


Look at all those card slots!   I still need to pick the cards I want to store there. There is no need for a wallet if you have one of these bags! The card slots will hold EVERYTHING!





2. An Organized Car

See this little gem?
This awesome thing is the High Road GearNormous Trunk and Cargo Organizer from High Road Organizers. It has so much room inside! 
It expands, obviously, and you can put all your cargo in it! I used to have everything loose in my trunk and it would slide everywhere and then when I would need to put groceries in my trunk, there was no smooth clear area to sit them down at!
You can organize tools, groceries, equipment, or sporting goods.  There are 3 divided compartments and 3 zippered side pockets. In my side pockets I put my flashlights and screw drivers and other tools for emergencies.   In the one compartment I put my cleaning supplies (it's all in that box in case something leaks). And in the other compartment I put the dog car seats.   I also used the 3rd compartment for my ice scraper.  Everything is protected with the interior padding.  This folds to a flat and compact 10x15" for convenient storage.  
 

Seriosly I love the fact that everything is open now.  I have my organizer, the main dog carseat, and my fabric floormats. I keep these handy because I often switch the rubber backed mats that are currently down, for these.  I like to have options, I guess.



3. Be Prepared and Safe

When I say prepared and safe I mean don't be a hot mess! In order for me to be sane when on a road trip, I need to have everything right near me but not falling all over the place. When I use my radar detector (keeps me in check with my speed) or even have my cell phone out for the GPS, I like to set it on my dash. Normally it slides all over the place which is super dangerous and can cause an accident but now I use the High Road Super Grip Dash Pad Sticky Pad from High Road Organizers. 

There's no hastle of installation because this just sticks onto your dash by clinging (no sticky tape or adhesive to ruin your car interior) and when you're done you can take it off and pt it away.  It's washable and reusable. I love it! It's really made my road trips safer!
 
And one lucky winner will get all the items above for themself!

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10 Fact About Breast Cancer // C4 Yourself!

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Before I tell you why I am wearing pink, I wanted to share 10 Facts About Breast Cancer with you thanks to C4 Belts!




Now, with all that being said, it's super important to check yourself on a regular basis with a Breast Self Exam.   

Now, how does all of this tie into fashion? Well....




C4 Belts, whose mission is to promote individuality through belts that give back, has a little system where you choose a color and you choose a cause.   You get to choose from their charities to pick the one you like best and determine how C4 Belt's gives back 10% of your online purchase. 

So you can express yourself and support a cause.  Every time someone asks about your belt, you can explain what it means and how they can support the cause as well. 
So easy to add a pop of color to jeans and a white tee. 

For Breast Cancer Awareness C4 has a beautiful pink belt.  Inside of the case you'll find a card with the 10 Facts About Breast Cancer as well as a Breast Self Exam card. 

Right now you can use the code CARE4BOOBIES and get $5 off and donate $5 with every purchase to Stand Up For The Cure! When you get your new C4 belt, post a selfie with it and tag @c4belts and @Standupforthecure and use the hashtag #care4boobies to donate an additional $5!








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Top Jogging Tips to Help Keep You on the Roads This Winter


Winter’s on its way and at this time of year, you might find it especially hard to keep up your running and fitness regime. However, it’s important not to let the weather get in the way of your exercise routine. The following winter running tips should help you to stay on the roads this chilly season.


 

Dress for the elements

First and foremost, make sure you dress for the conditions. Thick garments may be a big no no when you’re pounding the pavements. However, it’s important that you stay warm. Ideally, you should wear a lightweight top as a base layer. If you choose one made from a technical running fabric, it will wick away sweat, helping you to stay dry.

You can then top this with a lightweight fleece or, if it’s raining, a waterproof jacket. If you get too hot during your run, you can always remove this layer and tie it around your waist.

If you’re wearing shorts, try using running tights or leggings underneath. Alternatively, opt for tracksuit bottoms. On really chilly days, it’s also a good idea to don a pair of gloves and a hat or headband.

 
Safety first

Because the days are shorter at this time of year, you’re more likely to find yourself running in the dark. If you do venture out before or after sunset, make sure you wear bright or reflective clothes. This will help to ensure that drivers see you. Bear in mind that many running bands feature reflective strips.

Avoid any areas where you don’t feel safe too, and if conditions are very icy outside, you may have to forgo your jog until it’s let slippy.


Don’t ignore an injury

If you do slip or trip while running and you injure yourself, or if you develop a pain somewhere in your body, seek medical help. Ignoring a knee injury or another physical problem is simply storing up trouble. The sooner you start treating an injury, the more likely it is that you will be able to overcome it.


A good warm up is a must

On a related point, you’re less likely to injure yourself if you do an effective warm up before you hit your stride. This is especially important in winter when your muscles and joints are likely to be stiffer.

You can start your jog slowly with some walking or gentle running. Gradually up your speed until, after around 10 minutes, you’re at your desired pace.

 
Listen to your body

 If you’re suffering from a cold, you might be tempted not to run. However, it’s possible to carry on jogging even if you’re under the weather. If your symptoms aren’t severe and you feel up to it, then you can hit the roads. However, bear in mind that if you feel weak, it’s best not to go.

Also, never run if you have a fever as this will make you feel worse. In rare cases, exercising when you have a high temperature can lead to a virus that affects the heart, so it’s not worth the risk.
 
By following these tips, you should find it easier to stick to your jogging routine and to stay safe this winter.




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October 22, 2014

How to Wow Your Other Half With a Romantic Meal At Home


It’s now possible to buy an array of elaborate and expensive gifts to hand over to your other half. However, sometimes it’s the simplest gestures that are the most romantic. For example, preparing a sumptuous meal for two at home could really wow your partner. If you’d like to cook up a storm for that someone special in your life, take a look at these top tips.
 

Make it a surprise

To really impress your partner, make the meal a surprise. This could take a little doing. For example, you’ll have to make sure your other half doesn’t get suspicious about any food you buy for the meal. Try to conceal the items you get at the back of your cupboards or at the bottom of the fridge.

 
Make sure you have the house to yourself for a few hours while you do your prep and cooking too.
 

Choose the perfect menu


 
When you’re deciding on your menu, make sure you include some of your partner’s all-time favorite dishes or ingredients. Luxurious products like fillet steak, smoked salmon and oysters can be ideal. After all, it is a special occasion.
 
Also, make sure your dishes complement each other. For example, if you’re planning a rich and indulgent main course, it may be wise to choose a light starter and a refreshing dessert.
 
For the ultimate romantic gesture, think of a special theme for your menu. Perhaps you and your other half have a favorite holiday destination. Choosing dishes inspired by this location could earn you extra brownie points.
 
Also, if you’re not confident when it comes to preparing any of the dishes, try to practice first. This will help you to avoid any last-minute panics.
 
Think about your drinks
 
As well as concentrating on the food you’ll serve, think about drinks. When your partner steps through the door, it’s nice if you can greet them with a refreshing aperitif. This could be a gin and tonic, a cocktail or a mocktail if you’d prefer a non-alcoholic option.
 
Meanwhile, the drinks you serve with your meal should complement the food. Don’t panic if you don’t have a clue when it comes to matching wines and other beverages to dishes. There is plenty of advice available online.
 
Create the ideal ambiance
 
Once you’ve got your food and drink planned out, it’s time to think about the setting for your romantic dinner. Make sure you have some candles and it’s also worth spending some money on a beautiful bunch of flowers. Floral table decorations add instant class and elegance to the occasion.
 
Select some background music too. If you and your partner have a special song, make sure this features on your playlist.
 
The finishing touches
 
Just before your partner arrives back home to discover your romantic surprise, take a little time to spruce yourself up. Change into a classy ensemble and make sure you look and feel refreshed.
 
By planning your romantic gesture and paying attention to every last detail, you can guarantee that your partner will be impressed.
 






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The Easy Solution to Thigh Rub

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No matter how pretty of a dress you have on, thigh rub can be super annoying and painful.  Unless you are wearing pantyhose, you really don't have a way to avoid it...until now.  Allow me to introduce my secret weapon against thigh rub... Bandelettes!

They have a nice little grip so they stay put all day and prevent chafing. And they come in different colors and styles!  I love nude because it pretty much can go underneath any color dress!
 
 
They are so comfortable I always forget I even have them on. I love that they are discreet and you can't even tell they are on if you are looking at my outfit.  You know I'm a sucker for fashion fixes so I just had to let you in on this little secret!  
 
 
Do you suffer from thigh rub like I did?






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Live Love Run

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Ever since I started working out on a regular basis in June, running has been my escape. For some reason I feel like running is the only way I can stay sane!


This Live Love Run Endure Hoodie from Endure is so pretty and soft.  It's great to wear when I take a light job in the cool evenings.  I love the design on it. It's such good quality so I know it will last!
The gorgeous leggings are from ActivewearUSA, which has a great selection of over 150 women's activewear brands.  They have such great name brands at great prices! 


So What I Wore: 
Live Love Run Endure Hoodie - Endure; Leggings - ActivewearUSAWomen's Pheehan Running Shoe - Reebok; Socks - Under Armour from Rockvale Outlets Lancaster


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