#centsofstyle Graphic T-shirt #giveaway 10 winners * ends 10/27

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Cents of Style offers a great graphic t-shirt assortment. I own several and get compliments every time I wear them.  Now you have the chance to win one of 10 shirts in this quick giveaway!  [Read more…]

Mommy and Me collection from Janie & Jack $5 #giveaway WW #ad

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Our family only gets dolled up for “real” photos once a year — for holiday cards!  My kids are typically the ones in front of the camera.  I love it when family pictures look well-coordinated because of complementing outfits.  The Janie and Jack Mommy and Me holiday collection makes that so simple!   [Read more…]

Unique Jewelry from oNecklace & Green Tree

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I’m not the type of person to spend mountains of money on precious jewels. Sure, sparkles and shine make me smile. I just prefer unique jewelry that doesn’t cost a fortune. When oNecklace reached out to work together again, I was thrilled to get to choose 2 beautiful items from their new collection. Of course, opinions shared here are mine, and not impacted by the fact that I received free products.  I selected the Angel Wing Bracelet in rose gold and the silver bead bracelet with my initial “D.

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Back to School clothes #KidGoals #Gymboreestyle

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It’s hard to believe that my summer break is almost over!  Somehow those weeks just flew by.  This year we went shopping for school supplies in mid-July to avoid the rush.  My next step? Check out Gymboree’s Back to School Collection for great deals.  I like to shop online for the kids’ school clothes, since I can do that from home. [Read more…]

Looks I Love for summer to fall transition – Back to School

I hate to admit it, but my summer break is coming to a close very soon.  It’s time to start thinking about my fall work wardrobe.  Typically, it’s a better value to shop for items that can work with my current clothes options.  This year, I’ll be buying a few dresses since they are so easy to wear on busy mornings.  Disclosure: This post contains my affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I may earn a small commission (at no cost to you.) Opinions shared are mine.  [Read more…]

Try on clothes virtually with the Styled by Trendage app #fashion #sponsored


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Fitting rooms are a thing of the past for me.  A solo trip to a clothing store happens about as often as spotting Big Foot.  Having enough time to try on multiple garments?  Ha ha.  Ordering online is convenient, but I tend to pick the same “safe” styles I’ve always chosen.  When I had the chance to try the Styled by Trendage iOS App, I realized it was a great opportunity to virtually try on clothes with no strings attached.

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LOLL Wearable Towel makes a versatile swimsuit cover-up #giveaway ends 6/30 INT

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The past two weeks have been a crazy whirlwind for our family. My husband had a scheduled surgery on Monday, but the complications sent him back to the hospital TWICE after the initial discharge. We’ve spent 8 out of the past 10 days in the hospital. Now that we’re home and he’s doing a bit better, I’m hoping that I can take the kids on a much-deserved trip to the pool. I’ll definitely be wearing my LOLL. This versatile swimsuit cover-up doubles as a towel.

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Amrita Sen Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story #giveaway US ends 3/15

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Welcome to the Feelin’ Lucky giveaway hop, hosted by MamatheFox.  Participating bloggers are linked at the bottom of the post.  Are you a fan of adult coloring books?  This new copy from noted artist Amrita Sen features ancient India-themed Hindu love story pages with text.  The blackline pages are so intricate that it’s sure to provide hours of coloring enjoyment.  It would make a beautiful gift for a friend who enjoys world travels!

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How to shop at a thrift store

Recently, one of my friends surprised me by saying she has never shopped at a thrift store.  The statement was offered when she complimented my dress and asked where I bought it.  I told her that I purchased it at a consignment shop, which is similar to a thrift shop in terms of inventory.  She said she’s never shopped in one because she “didn’t know how.”  I can understand how a thrift shop experience could be intimidating, but it’s so rewarding for a frugal shopper!  My best thrift store bargains have included a Lilly Pulitzer dress for $1.  A cute dress I recently found has garnered many compliments (people keep asking me if it’s a LuLaRoe).  Many of my purchases still have the original store tag on them; they’ve never even been worn!  Thrift stores are really fun; it’s kind of like a treasure hunt.  Here’s what I do….. [Read more…]

Life Is Tough But So Are YOU #centsofstyle Fashion Friday Story @centsofstyle

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A few days ago, I happened to come across something I haven’t opened in a while– my “Happy” folder.  It holds the notes, cards, and drawings students have given me over the years.  When I moved the file folder, a folded note fluttered out.  A student in my math class — at least 15 years ago — wrote it as a nomination for some type of award.  In the note, he expressed appreciation for my help as he struggled with math over the entire school year.  The note brought tears to my eyes; that student worked so hard to master difficult math concepts.  Words like this remind me how lucky I am to be a teacher. My students know I care about them, but they also need to know that they’re strong.  No matter what challenges they face, whether it be hardships at home or struggles at school, I want them to know that, just as my shirt reads, Life is tough, but so are you! [Read more…]

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