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November 25, 2014

A Fur Free Wardrobe

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With 4 dogs and 2 cats and my parent's dog, it's a pretty fur place I'm living in right now.  As a fashionista, I find that there is fur everywhere and it's a struggle to leave the house without looking like a crazy dog lady.   That's why every woman should invest in a Lilly Brush Be Forever Furless!


The Be Forever Furless picks up lint and pet hair with a few quick swipes thanks to it's nylon bristles and is super comfortable to use because of it's ergonomic handle. 




By dampening the bristles and wiping them back and forth across the bedding and furniture, I pick up SO MUCH fur that normally would be on my clothing! Seriously at $19.95 it's the perfect stocking stuffer for any pet owner!  This brush is easily washed with soap and water.  I love the red color which is always easy to find in drawers. 

So tell me, are you asking for this in your stocking?







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Fierce Business

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I like to keep it classy and businesslike most of the time but a few wild leopard spots can't hurt right? 







So What I Wore:
Blouse - Zara; Boots - Impo Footwear; Bag - Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag; Jeans - Second Denim.





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November 24, 2014

How Can I Make My Garden Something Really Special?

When we think about home decor and style, we tend to consider the inside of our homes. Whilst this is fine, sometimes it is important to pay attention to the exterior too. People tend to concentrate on the inside as they feel this is how they are able to be the most creative. If you are someone that wants to let their own style free then a patch of grass with some flowers is just not going to cut it.

The good news is that when it comes to creating the outdoor space of your dreams, there are many different things that you can do. This is great because it allows you to be as adventurous and creative as you would like.

An Outdoor Living Area

One of the nicest ideas can be to create an outdoor living area. Whilst you might not be able to sit out here all year round, it's lovely to have somewhere to go when the weather is fine. A paved area works well for this as it gives you solid foundations to start from. You can then set about creating an outdoor space that works for you. This could be adding comfortable seating, a BBQ, fairy lights, a hot tub or anything else that you think you would like to enjoy from the comfort of your own garden.


Watching TV Outdoors

If you really want to be adventurous then why not add a TV screen that you can watch outside? Many people assume that this is something that isn't possible, but it is. Of course you can't just take your normal TV outside and put it in the garden, you need to take some precautions to make sure it doesn't get ruined by the weather. The best way to do this is to get in touch with a company who specialise in outdoor TVs. That way they can recommend the best products and services for your needs. Without a shadow of doubt you need a TV with a weatherproof case. These outdoor TV cases make sure that your TV is well protected from the elements.

Something For The Children

If you have young children or you have children that are likely to visit then why not turn your garden into a fun playground? Play equipment isn't expensive to buy and you can really create something fun and exciting. You do need to think about the age of the children you are going to be entertaining. That way you can buy age appropriate play equipment for them - the company you are buying from should be able to help you with this.

There are so many fun & exciting ideas when it comes to gardens. Water features, allotments, conservatories, outdoor offices and much, much more. You need to think about what you would like to see in your garden and then set about making it happen. Be as adventurous as you like, because whatever you have in mind you can be sure that there are companies that can help make it happen.



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Psst // I'm Looking For Other Fashion/Lifestyle Bloggers in Pennsylvania


Are you from Pennsylvania and are a lifestyle/fashion blogger?


If so please comment below with your name, blog, and email address or email me at ellenr886@gmail.com .

I'm trying to find a few other bloggers in my state and my niche in the hopes of organizing a couple of meetups each year.   Spread the news and share!






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Have Perfect Skin All Year Round

Sometimes it can feel as though your skin is under constant attack. If it isn't being battered by the cold wind and rains of autumn and winter, it's facing the heat and humidity of the warmer seasons. Your skin's basic needs include good nutrition, cleanliness and adequate hydration, but it's also important to be aware of the air conditions in your own home.
Problems caused by humidity imbalance
When the humidity level in your home is too high, it can cause a number of problems. Mould and fungi can flourish, damaging your property and exacerbating asthma; additionally, other microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, are likely to thrive, which can lead to ill health.
Humidity can have serious repercussions for your skin as well, encouraging an increase in the number of dust mites that lead to allergic reactions, such as contact dermatitis. Similar problems can arise if the air conditions are too dry; itchy eyes, sore throats and sinus problems are all more common in a dry atmosphere. A dehumidifier will create a balance in your home's humidity levels,helping to prevent many of these problems.
Be kind to your skin
An ideal humidity level for the home is in the region of 30 to 50 per cent. Your skin needs the right combination of moisture, which it gets from the liquids you drink and from moisturising creams or oils, and the air, which is vital to keep skin cool. Removing excess water particles from the atmosphere in your home allows the cooling process to take place more efficiently, preventing uncomfortable sweat rashes or hives from developing. Also, at this maintained humidity level your skin is far less likely to become dry and itchy, which means you are less likely to get irritated and scratch. Scratching causes microscopic breaks in the skin that can allow infections to develop.
You can't control the weather but with the help of a dehumidifier, you can control your home environment, ensuring that you have the benefit of beautiful skin all year round.




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10 Ways to Avoid Overspending Around the Holidays




1// Avoid Unnecessary Black Friday Shopping 
Sure you can get great deals if you really need the item, but you can usually get the same deal online. Just read the fine print in the sales flyer.  Also most in-store Black Friday purchases are impulse, so if you don't need anything in particular and you are tight on money this year, stay home! 

2// Embrace Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday deals can be done online, obviously so you can add exactly what you need to your cart, without being distracted by sales displays as you would in a store.

3// Shop your home
If you have unused candles and beauty products, put them all in a box so that at the end of the year, you can shop your own supply.  Put together a gift basket for someone using beauty products, candles, etc. 

4// Resist the urge to buy for yourself
When you go out Christmas shopping, keep in mind that you brought along money for other people, NOT yourself.  Don't be distracted along the way.  Make a list and stick to it. 

5// Set a $$ Limit per person
If you only have $200 to spend, and you have 6 people to buy for, figure out what you can spend on each person and STICK to that budget. 

6//Don't buy for everyone
Sometimes we get in the spirit of giving and we see something that would be perfect for our office buddy.  If you don't have the money set aside for that person, resist the urge to buy it!  Unless you have plans to exchange that year, they don't need to be on your list. A card and some homemade cookies will be just fine. 

7// Don't fall for "deals"
Sometimes things are advertised at a low price around the holidays, when in reality, you can buy the item for a lower price in the off season.  It's smart to keep tabs on prices all year round so you know what's a good deal and what isn't.  

8// Shop early
Don't ever wait till the last minute.  Shipping prices will put a dent in your wallet when it comes to buying online, and when you wait till last minute to shop in stores, you tend to be more likely to overspend or overlook a high price. 

9// Home made gifts are just as nice
If you know someone that loves to pamper themselves, and they are on your list, why not look around for recipes for DIY sugar scrubs, lotions, etc.  The cost of the materials you need won't be too expensive, and a jar with a cute ribbon around it will be a great finishing touch! 

10// Services are free to give in most cases
Instead of buying someone a product, think about a service they may need.  Do they have kids? Why not design a cute coupon for them to redeem for a night out with you as the babysitter for the kids, FREE OF CHARGE.   If you are good at cleaning, organizing, landscaping, etc. those are also great services to give away. 


What way do you always end up overspending around the holidays?





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