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5 Ways to Ensure a Great Halloween for the Whole Family

 

Halloween season is nearly upon us and for those of us with families the most scary thing is being under-prepared or seeing your bank balance shrinking fast. Thankfully preparing for, and having a great Halloween with the family need not be a frightening prospect. In fact with a little preparation, some top tricks and savvy spending, it’s possible to have a memorable Halloween for everyone.  So if you’re looking to have a good Halloween season for your family this time round then read on to find out 5 easy ways to ensure your family has the best time. 

Preparation is Key 

As with most things, preparation beforehand is important. Thankfully modern technology means that we don’t have to rush to the shops in a panic due to online shopping. Preparations for Halloween are relatively simple and mostly depend on what you plan to do. Whether it’s a spooky Halloween party or a more quieter but still scary family affair with a few local trick-or treater’s thrown in, -preparing for the season will ensure a great time is had by all. Here are some of my top tips on how to do it: 

Costumes

One of the most important aspects of preparing for Halloween is obviously the costumes. If you’re planning on making your own then you can prepare by getting in all the materials you need in time and setting to work on your home-made scary creations. For ready-made costumes there is the option of asking family members what they would like to wear on the day and finding the outfits for the best price online. For a nice touch you could get everyone their costumes by drawing on their likes and interests and buying them a costume to surprise them with at Halloween. 

Treats

Something else you’ll need to get in early as well is the treats. Chocolate, candy and anything else you’d like to share with the family and trick-or-treaters is best bought as early as possible, particularly if you’d like it Halloween themed. 

Decorations

Halloween decorations are what give our homes, neighborhoods, and shopping malls their spooky atmosphere. It’s Halloween and if you’re looking to decorate your home accordingly then you’ll need some scary accessories. A little savvy shopping through price comparison should ensure you don’t need a loan from Buddy Loans to get everything you need. Likewise, if going over and beyond by decorating the exterior of your home then you’ll also want to pre-purchase the decorations you’re going to use. 

Pick up a Scary Movie or Game

Another great way to contribute to a scarily good Halloween atmosphere is a good scary movie or game. With the season in full swing you can pick up horror themed video games and films in your local store or online which will be prominently displayed at this time of the year. Of course considerations have to be made if there are young children, in which case everyone can help choose what to watch or play. 

Research Ideas for throwing the best Halloween Party Ever

The internet is a great resource for finding ideas and inspiration. In this case if you’re planning to throw a Halloween party then sites like Pinterest and Flickr can help you plan the best party.

Nowadays retailers prepare their shelves and online stores weeks before major holidays and seasons and as such the tips above are easily possible. As such with a little preparation it’s possible to have a great Halloween season without ending up under-prepared or out of pocket.

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

 

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

 

Do you have a product that would make a great gift this holiday season? Do you have something else holiday related that you would love to share with others (decor, entertainment…)?

If you are interested in submitting something in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, I’d love to work with you.

There are a few options available. All options include inclusion in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page which I will be heavily promotion on social media, as well as the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Board on Pinterest.

Posts will be sent to over 5,200+ subscribers (RSS, Email and Blog Lovin’ combined). I will also share reviews, giveaways and sponsored content on my social media channels – Facebook (18,857), Twitter (26,564), Google+ (1,082), Pinterest (6,615) and/or Instagram (6,617). I currently have an average of 46,413 (average) monthly visitors (the holiday season brings out more readers/visitors!).

Gift Guide Submissions Review/Dedicated Post

If you would like to have your product featured in it’s own dedicated post, there is a minimum RETAIL VALUE of $50. This can be accomplished with a single product, combination or products, or a product and a gift card/code. The product sent must be full-sized. Product samples will not be returned.

The review will be shared on my social media. The product will also appear on the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page as well as the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board.

Giveaways are encouraged (it gets readers more excited about your product/products). If you are interested in offering a giveaway there must be a minimum of one (1) winner and $50 in product and/or gift certificate will need to be shipped directly to the winner. I am not responsible for handling prizes

There is no additional fee for me to host a giveaway.

Sponsored Posts

If you do not want to send a product (or products) for review, but you’d still like a dedicated post for your product/products, I can offer a sponsored post at a discounted rate ($200). This includes sharing the post on my social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram). Your product will also be included in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page as well as the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board.

You will need to provide me with the following;

  • Product (or products) details
  • Photos of the product/products
  • Where the product/products can be purchased
  • Discount/Specials pertaining to the product/products

I prefer payment via PayPal (www.PayPal.com). You DO NOT need an account with them. I can send an invoice for payment. Other payment options are available (example – Amazon gift code).

Your article will be published within 48 hours after payment is received. I will provide you with a link to the post as well as all of the social media sharing.

You can also write your own post at a discounted rate of $100. The post would need to be unique to my site (I don’t like to repurpose content already used on other sites). Payment is due when the post is submitted to me. Please include all the relevant information for the product as well as 2-3 images.

Guide Guide Only 

If you wish to have your product featured in the holiday gift guide ONLY the fee is $25.

Please provide me with a product photo, brief description of the product, a link to where the product can be purchased and the MSRP for the product.

The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide page will be promoted on my social media channelsIndividual products listed on the guide will not be promoted on social media unless they are a review, giveaway and/or sponsored post.

AD Spots

If you would just like to participate, without a review, giveaway or sponsored post, you can purchase an a side bar ad. I am accepting only 4 ads for the holiday season (October – January 1, 2018). The ad will be placed towards the top of my right side bar on a first come, first serve basis. The fee is $75 for the holiday season/placement. Please provide me with an image/logo (no bigger than 300 x 300) and the appropriate link.

If you are interested in any of these options please email me directly at Kimberly@SheScribes.com. Is possible, please put 2017 Holiday Gift Guide in the subject line just in case your email goes into my SPAM folder.

I am also open to other ideas you might have. Feel free to reach out to me and discuss what you had in mind.

Kimberly

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October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Learn how you can support woman run businesses.

 

When you think of the month of October, what comes to mind? For me it’s pumpkins, Halloween, cooler temperatures (although lately it’s been unseasonably warm), and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know that October is also National Women’s Small Business Month?

Fun fact – I used to own my own business. I made party favors and promotional products such as personalized candy wrappers, buttons, gift cans and more. I had my own business for 7+ years. It was just me, myself and “I” who ran it and fulfilled the orders (my husband helped me out from time to time on the big orders).

I loved being my own boss. It was a wonderful experience. Sadly, I lost my passion for what I was doing and felt that it was best to go out with a “bang” rather than regret doing what I was doing. That was ten years ago. There are days I miss it and think about starting it up again. Then I realize how tired I am after work and know that I just wouldn’t have the stamina to get all those orders done again.

A “cake” I made out of Hershey Miniatures with personalized wrappers.

Are you familiar with zulily? Zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day, is supporting National Women’s Small Business Month. Zulily is celebrating female entrepreneurs and raising awareness around their small businesses by launching four weeks of sales events featuring female small business owners and the amazing products they’ve created.

Here is some additional information about this great campaign.

Since the company was founded in 2010, zulily continues to empower and help entrepreneurs thrive at every stage of their journey by providing a platform to reach new customers, highlighting their brand story and providing resources to grow their businesses. Throughout this month, shoppers will have access to more than 100 small businesses, all companies created and owned by women on zulily’s National Women’s Small Business Month page.

By working with zulily, many of these female entrepreneurs have been able to expand their businesses and quickly reach their goals. A select number of brands participating include CHOOZE, AllerMates, PackIt, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers and Sara’s Signs. Each sales event will feature products ranging from home décor to footwear, to maternity clothes, women’s and kids’ fashion, to baby gear, beauty, DIY and more.

I’ve checked out some of the zulily sellers mentioned above and they have some wonderful products available for purchase.

I think it’s important to recognize and support women in business. We’ve come along way from the “olden days” when our role was to be a cook, maid and raise our kids ONLY. These days we can do all of that – and more!

I consider my blog a “business” to some degree. I work with clients. I have work that needs to be done by a specific time. It’s almost the same. On top of that I am able to maintain a job outside the home, care for my family and still find time to do things I enjoy doing.

I’m also a big fan of zulily. They have plenty of gorgeous plus size clothing for great prices. In addition, I love all the holiday and seasonal home decor you can find on the site too.

For more information about zulily visit zulily.com or you can download the app. The brand is also found on social media.

Do you shop at zulily?

Are you a female business owner? Do you support women run businesses?

Kimberly

*I have partnered with zulily to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Tips For Choosing Your Honeymoon Destination

 

When planning your honeymoon, you will likely spend hours online looking for the best destinations as there will be no shortage of information about the best places to go. However, as enticing as some tropical destinations are, choose a place that suits your needs and fits your budget.

Here are some tips that will help you to narrow down your list of destinations and pick the best one:

Know Your Budget

Weddings are expensive and after spending money on blushing pink wedding dresses & blushing pink bridal gowns, Azazie designed, for example,  you will not have much left. Before you start booking your honeymoon, sit down with your spouse and come up with a suitable budget. How much are you willing to spend on your honeymoon? You will still have a life afterwards, so you need to be smart about it.

A budget will help narrow down the possible places you can visit. On the flip side, since a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime getaway, you should not skimp. Spend what you feel comfortable parting with and you will not regret your decision.

Do Not Procrastinate

Whether you are booking a hotel or a cruise, do not procrastinate. Booking your flights and rooms in advance ensures you get the best of everything at a lower cost. Waiting until the last minute to book the luxury hotels right here might backfire.

Envision The Honeymoon Together

Once you have a budget in mind, daydream about what you will do on the honeymoon. Get together with your significant other, tell him/her what you are thinking about, and ask his /her thoughts. Would you rather be out hiking in the mountains or somewhere by the beach basking in the sun?

Listen to what your partner is saying and decide on a destination that matches both your interests. Just because your best friend went to Cancun does not mean you should too.

Determine The Distance And The Duration Of The Trip

Figuring out how long your trip will last and how far you will be traveling are two of the most important things you need to calculate. How long do you want to be away? The average honeymoon lasts 8 days, but you might be thinking about a longer tour.

The duration of your honeymoon will be useful when deciding where to go. If you are choosing to tour across Europe for your honeymoon, make sure to include a visit to Paris, the most romantic city on earth.

Think About The Weather

What kind of weather do you prefer: sunny, windy, or snowy? One of the purposes of a honeymoon is to make you both relaxed and comfortable, so, opt for destinations that are in the comfort zone.

Also, unless you want to have the worst honeymoon, research what is the weather going to be like so you can adequately prepare yourselves.

Consider Current Events

You do not want to visit a destination that is in the middle of a civil war. You need to pay attention to things such as civil unrest, financial crises, and natural disasters. Reading up on current events will keep you from having a dangerous honeymoon. Current events can have positive impact as well.

Once you have narrowed down your destination choices, research on their current events and weather to avoid nasty surprises.

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Learn to love your skin again with L’BRI

 

I love trying out new beauty products. I think that is a “weakness” of mine. I’ll never pass up the opportunity to try out new products. In fact, many of the products I use on a regular basis were once products I received to review. I loved them so much that I purchased them again (and again…).

When I was younger I honestly didn’t give much thought to my skin and keeping it healthy. I even went out without sunscreen on – something I would NEVER do nowadays. Because of my lack of care with my skin I am dealing with issues now such as wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. I know these things come with age, but I know people OLDER than me with less wrinkles. Sigh… If only I took care of my skin sooner.

Are you familiar with the brand L’BRI Pure n’ Natural? L’BRI is derived from the names Linda and Brian, founders of L’BRI Pure n’ Natural.

L’BRI is a line of aloe based products that natural, safe to use, effective and affordable. I’m not too sold on the “affordable” part. Their products are a bit out of my price range – but – compared to other “designer label” beauty products, L’BRI is certainly more affordable than those.

L’BRI was kind enough to send me a nice assortment of product to try out. Here is what I received to review and my thoughts about each of the products.

Aloe Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

Formulated with a unique blend of aloe, botanicals, proteins and amino acids, Provitamin B5 and natural extracts of willow bark, nettle and vitamin E to rebuild worn and damaged hair. The shampoo helps to remove buildup from hair styling products and environmental damage while the conditioner protects the hair shaft from blow drying and styling. Aloe Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens. Suitable for all hair types and safe for color-treated hair.

I really like the shampoo. I like how well it rinses from my hair. I have thick, course hair and sometimes rinsing out shampoo and/or conditioner is a huge chore. This shampoo rinses out well.

Combined I like how the shampoo and conditioner makes my hair feel. It feels soft to the touch and it looks healthy and shiny.

The conditioner does not help with knots. I’ve noticed that I get more knots than usual, but once I comb them out everything looks and feels good.

Gentle Cleanser

For normal or dry skin. A mild, creamy Aloe Vera based cleansing lotion leaves skin feeling clean, supple and soft.

Daily cleanser that gently lifts away all traces of makeup, pore-clogging oils and environmental pollutants. Easily removes eye makeup without irritation.

I LOVE this cleanser! It’s perfect for me and my skin.

I really dislike it when cleanser leaves my face feeling dry, sticky or really taut.

This cleanser leaves your face not only clean, but also moisturized. I feel like I don’t need an extra moisturizer. I do add one, but I think I could get away without any. This cleanser does it all.

Gentle Moisture Lotion

For normal and dry skin. A nourishing, hydrating lotion that replenishes and protects the skin against moisture loss, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.

This is the perfect follow up to the Gentle Cleanser. The lotion makes my skin feel oh-so-soft and it doesn’t weight it down like other moisturizers tend to do. It absorbs quickly without leaving your skin feeling greasy or sticky.

Daily Cleansing Liquid Hand Soap

This unique formula thoroughly, yet gently, cleans your hands leaving them feeling silky and smooth. Your hands will feel soft and nourished without leaving any sticky residue on your delicate skin. After washing hands, follow with L’BRI Daily Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion for complete hand care.

I wash my hands a lot – and I do mean A LOT. I work with children and I have to wash my hands frequently to protect not only my health, but their health too (not to mention the health of my family). Many soaps can be very drying to the skin, which is why I find it necessary to moisturize my hands just as often as I wash them.

The Daily Cleansing Liquid Hand Soap from L’BRI washes and rinses well and does not leave my skin feeling dry, sticky or greasy. I do follow up with a moisturizer (out of habit). If I forget to, or don’t have time, it’s OK because this soap does not dry out my skin.

Facial Masque 

Versatile product recommended for all skin types. Tightens, tones, aids in clearing blemishes, and helps to exfoliates dead skin cells.

Enjoy tightened and toned skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. As the masque tightens it clears dead skin cells and restores the skin’s natural smoothness. An excellent addition to the skin care routine for those with dry, blemished skin by leaving on overnight to spot treat blemishes, drawing out impurities in the pores.

This is a nice masque. It does tighten the skin without making it feel dry or too tight. It defiantly does tone the skin, but I’m not sure about wrinkles (I haven’t noticed much of a difference on them).

My skin feels super fresh and clean after I remove the masque. I use it 2-3 times per week at night after I wash my face. It makes my skin feel like I just stepped out of the shower. I love that fresh, clean feeling.

I can’t comment on blemishes because I haven’t had one in a very long time (thankfully).

Intense Body Butter (Cucumber)

An intense body cream with exceptional ingredients that work together to restore softness, hydration and elasticity to even the driest skin. Light, clean Cucumber scent.

L’BRI body butter is formulated with aloe, mango seed butter, grape seed extract, and Shea butter along with Japanese green tea, cocoa seed butter, evening primrose oil, and vitamins A, E and C. Apply after bathing with L’BRI Body Wash for complete body care.

I LOVE this body butter! Love it! Love it! LOVE IT!!! I use it every time I step out of the shower, as well as throughout the day to “spot” moisturize areas like my elbows and hands. This is a fabulous all over body butter.

I have the cucumber variety. I don’t necessarily think it smells like a cucumber, but it does have a very fresh, clean scent to it.

This stuff is amazing and probably one of my most favorite products from L’BRI. With the winter months fast approaching I’ll need this stuff by the gallon. LOL!

Body Wash (Cucumber)

Gently cleanse away impurities and pamper your skin with vitamins, botanicals and softening moisturizers.

Our body wash is sulfate free, and is so safe it can be used even on the delicate sensitive skin of babies. Features a fresh, light and clean Cucumber scent.

This is a great all over body wash (I wouldn’t recommend your face). Even my son and husband have used this body wash, so its “OK” for men too. It has a fresh, clean scent (not a “girly” scent).

*Both the body butter and body wash are available in different scents. 

Rejuvenating Facial Peel

A unique exfoliator, made with natural fruit enzymes of green papaya, calming pineapple, and stabilized Aloe Vera gel.

Rejuvenating Facial Peel work to dissolve dead skin cell naturally without acids. Helps to dramatically improve skin tone, clarity and texture for a healthy, vibrant complexion. Excellent for all skin types including those with rosacea, sensitive and acne-prone skin.

I was reluctant to try this product at first. I have sensitive skin and I have used peels in the past that have made my face look red as a tomato. To be on the safe side I only applied this to a small area of my face the first few times I used it. My face did get a little red, but not that bad, and the redness dissipated quickly enough.

My skin does look and feel really nice once I remove the product from my skin. Just like with the masque, the peel makes my skin feel fresh and clean. I guess you can say my skin tone looks a bit better. It doesn’t look as drab and “washed out” as it normally does.

Smooth n’ Firm Eye Repair Gel

Dramatically reduce puffy eyes while enhancing skin elasticity and smoothness.

Our clinically proven formula contains a superior anti-aging tetrapeptide which works to dramatically reduce puffy eyes while enhancing skin elasticity and smoothness. In addition, we have added our own proprietary blend of active botanicals that work to reduce dark circles and wrinkles, improve microcirculation and strengthen the skin’s collagen and elastin while reducing the presence of free radicals. Safe for even the most sensitive of eyes.

So far I haven’t noticed too much of a difference since using this product. It does feel very soothing and refreshing to the eye area. I do like that feeling.

I have not had any reactions to it as far as  my sensitive skin is concerned, so that is a good thing.

I still see wrinkles and dark circles under my eyes, but I think the puffiness has been reduced (I don’t sleep well at night so I look a wreck in the morning).

I like how it feels on my skin and it’s a part of my routine now so I’ll continue to use it. Maybe in a little more time I’ll notice a difference.

I may be missing a product or two in this review. The brand sent me A LOT of products and they are all over my bathroom closet. Things get moved around (compliments of my kids), so I might have misplaced something in the shuffle.

Overall I am extremely pleased with the L’BRI products I received to review. I especially love that they are better for you than other products on the market that are made from hard to pronounce (and understand) ingredients and chemicals.

A few of these products are now personal favorites of mine and I plan on purchasing them again (and again) when what I currently have is used up.

If you would like to learn more about the L’BRI brand, visit LBRI.com. There you can request free samples (just pay shipping), learn about hosting a L’BRI party and even information about how to become a L’BRI consultant.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

Have you ever tried any L’BRI products? If so, what is your favorite?

Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Summer Is Here Ladies!

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.

You know what that means… Sunshine and adventure! Whether you’re lounging by the pool or catching a flight, Xehar has all your fashion needs. This summer we are all about confidence and the glow up! Wear that daring outfit, buy that bathing suit, wear those shorts!!!!! Below is our summer survival guide!

Beach Day? Yes Please!

Catching some rays or making some waves? This bold bikini is a must this summer!

We especially love it with this crotchet dress, the perfect cover up.

Another must have is this chic black one piece.  This is a perfect piece for vacation because it can be used so many ways.  Lounge by the pool in it or dress it up!

A definite must have this summer!!!

Whether its denim, patterns, or solid colors, summer dresses are always a yes. Pair it with some cute shoes and jewelry you have the perfect outfit in seconds.

Here are some shoe and accessory ideas below from Xehar Curvy.

Summertime is the perfect time to experiment with bright colored accessories. They really make your outfit pop!

 

Break out the wedges, sandals, and heels! These will have you set for summer!

Self-Love all summer baby!!!!!

We are celebrating Self-love and confidence all summer long! You can be a part of the movement by posting your favorite summer outfits on Instagram with the hashtag #AConfidentYou and we will choose one lucky person to win a 50 gift card!

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