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December 17, 2014

Why You Should Let Buca di Beppo Cater your Holiday Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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When you think of the holidays, you normally think of parties, decorating, and food, right?   That should all be fun stuff! Yet, one of the most difficult aspects of holiday party planning is figuring out the food.  Why go through all the hassle of assigning certain people with certain cooking/baking tasks when you can actually relax and enjoy the holidays by having someone cater you!  That's why Buca di Beppo is the perfect restaurant to cater your holiday party! 
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You Get to Relax
Buca di Beppo will do all of the planning for you so you can just enjoy the festivities. No stress, just enjoy time with the people you get to see! 
A Menu Full of Options
Buca di Beppo has a menu that will please just about everyone in your office so they can all choose from a variety of options. You can even Order Party Pans To Go.
We're A Big Happy Family, Right?
To keep with the spirit of Italian culture, Buca di Beppo's dishes are served family-style which makes them great for sharing with family, friends, and coworkers. 
Flexibility
How much of a relief is that? Wouldn't it be fabulous to just enjoy the season for all that it is and let someone else do all the technical stuff and planning?

I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and take advantage of what Buca di Beppo has to offer for holiday catering!  I can't even begin to tell you how much more fun you will have if you just relax, so you are just going to have to see for yourself!
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Blogging Made Comfortable with LapDesk // + A Giveaway

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As a blogger, I can be very flexible when it comes to where I blog from.  Sometimes it's my desk, sometimes it's my bed, and sometimes it's the floor.  Either way, when I don't properly set up my "desk on the go" aka my laptop it can be a disaster.  Like the one time I dropped it or the time I spilled water on the keyboard!! 


So the LapDesk is now a necessity in my home.  With a LapDesk I can sit comfortably with my laptop on the flat surface and not have to deal with painful heat from the bottom of my Macbook.  


I have the Deluxe Notebook LapDesk and I love it! It's go a non-slip grip so my Macbook won't slide around and great wrist support.  There are even 2 zippered side pockets and a built-in carry handle.  I seriously love this LapDesk! And the lap cushion is so comfy!

So now if I need to move around to different areas of the house I just pick up my LapDesk by the handle and I go! 


It's so lightweight to carry around and it's great in the car!  I love that it's big enough to hold my cell phone, iPad, and Laptop so I can keep everything together!! This is one of those products that you NEED because you can literally lay on your ass in bed ALL day and still get stuff done on the computer!

And one lucky winner will get a LapDesk of their own! 



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December 16, 2014

5 Steps to Safer Road Trips with Pets

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The scary and real scenario of a car accident when your pet is in the car with you is something every pet parent has nightmares about.  So when it comes to safety, I always make sure all four of my babies are safely restrained when travelling.    I follow these 5 tips when travelling.

1. Buckle Up
Seatbelts are VITAL. That's why I love the Sherpa Safety Suite.  It fits over a standard dog carrier like the one below and allows me to buckle my pets in.





It fits into standard carseat safety locks and prevents tipping,sliding, and lateral shifting with it's 6-sided restraint system. It's safety tested too. It's so easy to put in and I know that if something happens, I took the extra steps to ensure doggy safety.

2. Potty Breaks
Just like humans, dogs need potty breaks too. Make sure you have a leash to hook your pet up to when you are letting them find a place to go.  And of course, only let your dog use the potty in a pet-friendly area.  Use common sense :)

3.  Pack Snacks and Fresh Water
Especially if you are going on a long road trip with your pets, always make sure to pack some snacks and fresh water that you keep up front, or easily accessible. You can easily purchase and on the go mobile dog water bottle/dish for easy packing.  

4. Dress for the Weather
I mean your pet, not you!  If it's frigid cold out, your pet may get cold in the backseat, so make sure to pack a blanket or a doggy coat!

5. ALWAYS Restrain Pets
I see some people travel with little dogs in a carrier but they don't bring a collar, harness, or leash. It's absolutely vital to bring those things. You never know what situation may come up where you need to have your dog properly restrained. 
 
What tips do you have for travelling with pets?
 



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A Blustery Day

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I love bundling up when it's cool and windy out but I also like to keep my hair from becoming a hot mess.  A stylish hat will do the trick!


This adorable hat is the Callanan Puff Trooper Hat. It has a super warm fleece lining and faux fur trim and is available in chocolate, red, silver, and black.  It's so great for keeping your hair in place and your head and ears warm on a chilly day.



So What I Wore:
Lee Jeans Platinum Label Slender Secret Josie Straight Leg; Jacket - CoffeeShop Coats; Boots - Guilty Soles; Scarf & Top - Maurices at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster.; Hat - Callanan Puff Trooper Hat




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December 15, 2014

5 Ways to Deal With A Negative Coworker



Whether it's a a coworker you're friends with or someone in your personal life, negative people can be a real drain on our mood.  You can start the day off great yourself with a positive attitude, but the second they approach you and start complaining, it starts to pull you down as well.


It's important to know how to handle this person while keeping your own positive attitude going.  One thing you have to remember is you can't change someone else, but you can change how you react.  These tips should help.




[1] Laugh It Off
When they start complaining about what so-and-so is wearing, we tend to want to agree to appease them.  But instead of saying "Yea, that looks horrible" and putting that negative energy out there, just giggle and shrug or shake your head.  If your coworker still insists you react by saying "Don't you think it looks weird?", just reply with something carefree like "Yeppers, she's got her own sense of style that's for sure."  This way you aren't necessarily saying something negative, you are just making a neutral observation.

[2] Lightly Correct Them
We all have that person that has to make comments like "Ugh, everyone in here annoys me."  How can you respond so that your energy and mindset stays positive and they can't really come back at you with more negaivity?  Reply with something like "Hey now, it could always be worse.   I'm trying to keep a more positive attitude lately."  

[3] Don't Engage Them First
If you keep exposing yourself to this person willingly then you are kind of asking for their negativity.  Instead of starting conversations, just keep to yourself and let them approach you.  That way you aren't choosing to initiate a conversation that may turn into a bitchfest.

[4] Call Them Out
Sometimes you need to straight up call people out.  The next time they complain about how much they hate their job or their boss just say "Your attitude about all this seems to really be taking a toll on you, you should really try to be a little bit more positive just for your own sake."  It's not like you're insulting them, you are simply making an observation and a suggesstion.

[5] Drive Them Nuts With Positivity
So your cubemate comes up and immediately has to bash another coworker's new hairstyle.  Saying something like "I like it, plus Susan's always so helpful to me."  This will likely cancel out their negativity and they may even look stunned like they don't know what hit them.

Have you ever had an experience with a negative coworker?








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December 12, 2014

Loving My Lee Jeans

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Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you can't walk out of the house lookin' cute! 








These are Lee Jeans Platinum Label Slender Secret Josie Straight Leg. They are so comfortable and flattering for my body.   I love that they are rugged and durable in a way but they still have a nice feminine look and feel. 

So What I Wore:
Lee Jeans Platinum Label Slender Secret Josie Straight LegJacket - CoffeeShop Coats;  Boots - Guilty Soles; Scarf & Top - Maurices at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster. 






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