Ask Away...: November 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bar Heaven on Atkins 40





So this week I want to share with my readers how much I have learned about sticking to my diet even when I'm on the go.

When I'm not at work, I'm either writing or cleaning or tending to my social life. There's not always time to cook something healthy to eat but that's why I love Atkins Advantage bars. Their Blueberry Greek Yogurt bar is delicious! It's so easy to eat in the car or running to my next destination.


It's packed with fiber and protein to help keep me satisfied when I'm just too easy to have a full meal.
I have also put together some tips on how to stay on track even on the go.

[] Plan ahead. If I know I have a busy day coming up during my week, I make sure I make a note in my planner to toss a bar in my handbag so that when the day comes, I'm not frantic and trying to find something to eat.

[] Stay hydrated. Even when I don't have time to eat a full meal, I still remember to keep water with me at all times and stay hydrated.

[] Plan my workouts around my busy life. Each week I look at my schedule for the week and I schedule my work outs based how they work with THAT specific week's schedule.

So far, these are all working for me. Next week I will share with you the important of a healthy breakfast!

For more information check out: http://atkins.com.

Also, you'll find the Atkins Facebook Page has a lot of fun updates here: http://www.facebook.com/AtkinsDiet and so does their Twitter here: https://twitter.com/atkinsinsider

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.





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Saturday, November 29, 2014

2 Jobs, 1 Treat

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With 4 pups running around, life can get kind of hectic and sometimes I forget to brush their teeth.  But I found a way to spoil them and keep them occupied all while freshening their breath thanks to Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plus from Chewy!



These have Glucosamine in them which supports healthy join and cartilage function. This is great for my little dogs that jump off higher surfaces and put a lot of impact on their legs!   I also love these because ingredients like Blueberry help fight plaque-forming bacteria and support the immune system.  These are also made in the USA so I don't have to worry about anything!



My dogs seriously go crazy for these. They line up and grab there treat and go! It occupies them, gives me time to get stuff done, and keeps their bresh kissably fresh!





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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Easy Fix to Wear Flats in Cold Weather

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Too often we go to choose our shoes for the day and we avoid flats because we worry that our feet will be too cold.  I love my boots but sometimes there are cute outfits that I totally want to wear my flats with.


Don't you dare pack those flats away yet, instead invest in SummerSox.  Not only will they keep your flats stink-free because your barefeet won't touch them, but your foot will be a bit warmer! 

They create a little extra barrier between your bare feet and the cold ground underneath your shoes!!   And they are great because you can just toss them in the wash and reuse them again and again!

 
They come in fun fashionable colors and patterns. Leopard is my favorite obviously!

Which is your favorite?

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Faux Leopard Glam

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I used to think a coat was just something you wore to stay warm, until I realized that having a stylish AND warm jacket makes a huge difference.   It's fun to show it off when you run errands and make your way into the office everyday.







This coat is the Leopard Print Wool Coat from CoffeeShop Coats.  It's so warm and so comfortable! 

So What I Wore:
Leopard Print Wool Coat - CoffeeShop Coats; Jeans - J Brand; Boots - Just Fab.



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

My ULTIMATE List of Black Friday Deals

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6PM // Black Friday 15% off
DATE: 11.27 – 11.28
CODE: 6PMEU112720141585
Athleta // 20% off
DATE: 11.28-11.30
CODE: FIT20
Banana Republic (US)// 50% off 1 full-priced item
DATE: 11.27-11.28
CODE: BRFIFTY
// 40% off sitewide
DATE: 11.27-11.28
CODE: BRFORTY
Calvin Klein // Black Friday  50% off sitewide
DATE: 11.28
Charlotte Russe //  up to 60% off + free shipping
DATE: 11.27-11.29
Express // Black Friday 50% sitewide
DATE: 11.28
Forever 21 // Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20
DATE: 11.27-11.30
// Extra 30% off clearance
DATE: 11.27-11.30
Gap (US) // Black Friday  50% off sitewide
DATE: 11.27-11.28
J. Crew // Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum
DATE: 11.26-11.30
CODE: HOLIDAY
Juicy Couture // 50% off sitewide + free shipping
DATE: 11.26-11.30
CODE: JCBLACK
Kate Spade Saturday // Black Friday 30% off sitewide + free shipping
DATE: 11.26-11.30
CODE: DEALME
ModCloth // Black Friday 50% Off 100s of new arrivals
DATE: 11.26-11.30 at 10am PT
Nordstrom // up to 40% off select product
Old Navy - entire store will be 50% off
DATE: 11.27 (4pm) – 11.28
Old Navy is bringing back its second annual “Overnight Millionaire” giveaway, where the first 100 customers to line up will receive a game card, loaded with a change to win $1 million
Sole Society // Black Friday 30% off all footwear
DATE: 11.28
// 30% off all footwear & bags
DATE: 11.29-11.30
Lulu & Georgia // Black Friday spend $250, get 20% off
DATE: 11.28
CODE: PUMPKINPIE20
// Spend $500, get 25% off
DATE: 11.28
CODE: PUMPKINPIE25
// Spend $1000, get 30% off
DATE: 11.28
CODE: PUMPKINPIE30





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My Easy Solution To Eat More Fruit

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In case you didn't already know,  I've been living back at my parent's house for the past year.   Because of this, I have very very limited storage space in the kitchen.  So eating fresh fruit just doesn't happen these days.  Where would I keep it? Why waste the money if it just starts to spoil after the first few days.   



So I decided to start invest in the OneBar.  It's got a full service of fruit in each bar.  It's perfect for on the go and also for in a kid's lunchbox.  It can't get smashed, smooshed, or spoil and it's great for a quick snack when you are starving.  It contains antioxidants and added chicory for flavor. It also contains a superfruit called baobab which has amazing health benefits. 

Cherry, mango, and apple are delicious but mango was my favorite. It was so nice to have as a quick snack and I loved the sweet fruity taste.  It's so much easier for me to get way more fruits in my diet now and I'm all about convenience!  

Does anyone else have a situation similar to mine and what do you do? 






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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Your Guide To Christmas Shopping On A Budget


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Christmas shopping is stressful at the best times, and when you are working with a small budget, it can seem like an impossible task. Don’t worry. We are pleased to tell you that we have created this guide to Christmas shopping on a tight budget that will prevent you from overspending and may even have you skipping around the shops.

Plan ahead

First things first - establish your budget. Start by setting out the overall amount you can afford to spend on gifts. Once you have a figure, allocate a budget for each person you intend to buy a gift for. You will also need to set aside an amount to cover additional items like wrapping paper, Christmas cards, etc. It is important to stick to your budget. If you spend more than you planned to on one person, you may find you don’t have enough to cover everyone.

Find the best deals

Once you have your budget, you should start to think about gift ideas for each person. Do some research online if you need some suggestions. Make sure you try to think of things that will roughly fit within the budget you have allocated to each person. Having decided what to get for everyone, you should now think about where you intend to buy each gift from. It is important to do some comparisons between shops and online stores to see which retailer has the best offer for an item. It is also a good idea to have a look around the shops as well as looking online. If you go to a high street store you may be able to get a deal like buy one get one free. Depending on the shop, you may also be able to bargain with the assistants for a cheaper price. However, if you shop online it is much easier and quicker to find the cheapest price for an item. Also, if you look on online auction sites such as eBay, you can bid for an item and potentially get a very reasonable price.

Tips on cutting down on costs

When you come to purchasing your gifts there are many things you can do to reduce your spending.

  1. Have a look around second-hand shops and vintage shops. The items in these stores will be cheaper than high street shops and you are more likely to find gifts that are rare and unique.
  2. It is a good idea to buy multiple items from the same store. This way you may be able to take advantage of in-store deals such as buy one get one free. Depending on the store, you may also be able to accrue some advantage points and coupons which can be used as currency to purchase further items.
  3. Remember that good things come in small packages. Chocolate as a gift will be well received by a friend or relation with a sweet tooth.
  4. Try to reduce the number of gifts you have to buy. For example, if you are buying gifts for a family or couple, look for one present that they will all enjoy. A couple may like vouchers for a restaurant, and a family may enjoy a board game they can all play together.

Armed with this guide, your Christmas shopping on a budget will be a breeze.




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That Time Someone Used My Target Account

So yesterday I went to get on my personal email and I had this notification from Target that I had a shipment on the way. 


Oh, and apparently my name changed to Keith?   But wait my name isn't really Keith and I had been at work all day so how did I put in an order? 

I assumed someone used my email address for the confirmation, so I signed into my Target.com account.  I realized that my name was Keith because the payment method used for this purchase was billed to a guy named Keith's credit card.  

So I called the Target customer service number. Of course someone answered and it was very hard to understand them so after a few initial miscommunications and me asking if someone was in my account (and he said no), he then said someone was in my account and they got my password so I should change it.   Actually, this guy was really shitty and I really got no help from him without me asking a question first.  Initially all he planned to do was read me the order info. DUH I ALREADY HAVE IT!

So I did change my password but I am very grateful that my Visa card info wasn't used for anything.   I decided to delete all my saved billing info and card numbers out of my Target.com account.   I use Paypal for most stuff anyways, and now I know why. 



Has this ever happened to you? 








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Tuesday, 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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Monday, 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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