Happy National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! {Recipes}

Pumpkin everything is everywhere at this time of year, from recipes to pumpkin-flavored products from coffee and muffins, to vodka, yogurt and even dog treats. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, so today I’m sharing some of the recipes I’ve spotted on Pinterest that look delish. I’m going to have to try them out in the coming weeks! Click the links below the pics for the recipes.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce

{via Cooking Classy}

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Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars

{via The Idea Room}

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

{via Eat.Drink.Love}

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

{via I Heart Naptime}

Pumpkin Cheesecake Whoopie Pies

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Cheesecake Whoopie Pies

{via Brit + Co}

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes or products? Let us know in the comments below!

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Columbus Day Sales with Ebates {Shop the Looks}

While not everyone is lucky enough to have Columbus Day off from work, anyone can take advantage of the great sales today. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorites from online stores that are offering double cash back through a program called Ebates. Over the past year or two, Ebates has become an automatic step in my online shopping – and earned me tons of cash back. I even used it to book our honeymoon!

What is Ebates?

It’s a free program that allows you to get cash back on your online purchases from lots and lots of retailers. All you have to do is sign up here, go to Ebates.com before you shop online, click on the retailer you want to shop at, and it directs you to the online store you selected. From there, when you make a purchase, you earn a cash back percentage of your purchase (usually anywhere from 2% to 10%). The cash back is put in your Ebates account and then you get a “Big Fat Check” in the mail or transferred to your PayPal account four times a year or more, depending on your preferences.

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Where are the best cash back sales today?

Ebates is offering a bunch of different double cash back deals today from retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Sephora, Macy’s, Piperlime and more. View the full list with the cash back percentages at the bottom of this post. Check out some of my favorite items with double cash back below too!

Ebates Columbus Day Double Cash Back Retailers:

  • Dell Small Business – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • Marriott – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
  • LivingSocial – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • HSN – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • Clinique – was 4.0%, now get up to 8.0% Cash Back
  • The Body Shop – was 4%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Shoebuy – was 6%, now get 12% Cash Back
  • Overstock.com - was 2.5%, now get 5% Cash Back
  • Kohl’s – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Macy’s – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call - was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
  • Nordstrom – was 3%, now get 6% Cash Back
  • Carter’s – was 2.5%, now get 5% Cash Back
  • Sephora – was 4%, now get 8% Cash Back
  • Piperlime – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • L.L. Bean – was 2%, now get 4% Cash Back
  • eBags – was 6%, now get 12% Cash Back
  • eBay – was 0%, now get up to 5% Cash Back
  • Amazon Apparel and Jewelry – was 0%, now get up to 3% Cash Back

Slow Cooker Corn & Jalapeño Dip {Recipe}

One of my favorite things about summer turning to fall is cozying up on Sundays while football is on and enjoying some relaxation and good food (sometimes with a beer or glass of vino, depending on the day). It’s a fun time to try out new recipes or share old favorites with friends. Today, I tried out a new dip – Slow Cooker Corn & Jalapeño Dip – which I came across on Pinterest from one of my favorite food blogs, Damn Delicious.

This Corn & Jalapeño Dip is super easy and includes lots of my favorite flavors from ingredients like pepper jack cheese, sweet corn, jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon. And it tastes unlike any other dip I’ve had before. Check out my photos below, along with the full recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments – enjoy!

Corn & Jalapeno Dip

Time:

  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Total: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 (15.25-ounces) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced (I diced sliced jalapeños)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese (I chopped up slices)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed (I used reduced-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Directions:

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  • Place corn, jalapenos, sour cream, Pepper Jack cheese and Parmesan into a slow cooker; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until well combined. Top with cream cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours.
  • Uncover and stir until cream cheese is well combined. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and chives, if desired.

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Bucket Bags {Splurge vs. Save}

Bucket bags are everywhere right now – and I’ve been on the hunt for a good one to add to my wardrobe this fall. Like any fashion trend, there are of course lots of options at a wide range of price points, so today I’m sharing “splurge vs. save,” bucket bag edition.

I’m loving #4 below on the save list – it’s from Old Navy, under $30 and comes in three colors! I’ll be picking that one up for myself this weekend for sure. Click the links below to shop the post and let us know which are your faves in the comments below!

Bucket Bags

1 – Michael Kors / 2 – Express / 3 – Proenza Schouler

4 – Old Navy / 5 – Alexander McQueen / 6 – Zara

Friday Faves {October 10, 2014}

Friday is finally here! My travel schedule has been so crazy that I’m excited to finally have a long weekend home with very few plans other than a girls dinner tonight. Check out some of my favorite posts from this week below!

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  1. My 1st Fit & Fab Living Post! I’m so excited to have become a beauty contributor to Fit & Fab Living. Check out my first post here, featuring my “do’s and don’ts” of eye shadows, including some great tips from some of my favorite makeup brands, including bareMinerals, Laura Mercier, Mary Kay and Urban Decay. {fitandfabliving.com}
  2. Removable Wallpaper in Fab Prints. When I saw this removable wallpaper on Pinterest, I was tempted to hit order on Urban Outfitter’s website and decorate my cube and anything else I could in it. It’s amazing and I just need it. {urbanoutfitters.com}
  3. Personal Stylist Delivering Clothes to My Door. This was my second time trying out StitchFix and I have to say I am a huge fan! All you have to do is pay a $20 styling fee, fill out a very detailed profile and set a date that you want to receive your package. A stylist picks out clothes just for you and you keep and pay for only what you like. The styling fee goes toward that purchase. And if you like everything, you get 25% off! I’ve been getting so many compliments on the plaid shirt shown above. Check it out here. {stitchfix.com}
  4. Glittery Pumpkins. OK, I know I posted about fun pumpkin decorations last week, but I found more and had to share. I might need to glitter-ify some pumpkins to go along with my gold ones. {cosmopolitan.com}

Think Fall with Ciaté London’s Haute House Collection {plus a giveaway!}

Looking for the perfect Fall nail polish colors? Check out Ciaté London (pronounced “see-are-tey”) and their new seasonal Haute House collection.

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The Haute House collection includes five mini nail polishes in colors that are inspired by luxe lingerie labels. The colors include Tickle My Fancy (emerald green), Can Can (burgundy), Knee Highs (dark royal blue), For the Frill of It (gold) and Sass Pot (royal purple).

I thought for sure that my favorite would be either Knee Highs or Sass Pot, and while I do absolutely love those colors, I have to say that my favorite is Can Can. As someone who doesn’t tend to opt for reds, this dark red shade screams fall and reminds me of a delicious red wine.

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I recently learned what exactly Ciaté stands for – Color, Inspiration, Aspiration, Trend and Extraordinary. All Ciaté nail polishes have a few traits in common that ensure you’ll get all of those things – and ultimately a high-quality, colorful mani or pedi:

  • Long handle to give you the best strokes as you apply
  • 250 bristle flat brush for a flawless and even finish
  • Ergonomically designed bottle designed to fit comfortably in your hand for maximum control
  • Pigmented, long-lasting formula that comes in a variety of finishes
  • Satin bow to give each bottle a finishing touch

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Giveaway! Excited to try out the Haute House collection? Now through November 3, 2014, you can enter to win a set of your very own at the bottom of those post (open to U.S. residents).

You can also go ahead and purchase your own for $25 at ciatelondon.com or other retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora and Lord and Taylor. Be sure to stay up on the latest from Ciaté by following the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest. There’s even Ciaté TV, where you can check out tutorials, behind-the-scenes videos and more.

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**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com. Also, while I received samples for review, all opinions are my own.

Fall Shoe Style {Get the Look}

Today was the perfect fall New England Day, with 60-degrees-and-sunny weather that made you want to get outside and soak it all in before the season ends (doesn’t last long here in Boston). My Instagram and Facebook were filled with apple pickers and cute fall outfits. I’m mainly excited about finally trading in my sandals for flats, booties and boots. Check out some of my favorites below (I already purchased #1 and #3!) and click the links below to buy or get more info.

Fall Shoe Style

1 – Frye / 2 – Dolce Vita / 3 – Clarks / 4 – Toms / 5 – Jessica Simpson

What are your favorite fall shoes? Let us know in the comments below!

September’s Beauty Box 5 {Review}

It’s time to reveal and review the products that were included in the latest Beauty Box 5, a monthly subscription box that makes it fun and simple to try out new brands and great hair, makeup and skincare products at a fraction of their cost. In case you missed my first Beauty Box 5 post last month, here’s how it works:

  • Go to BeautyBox5.com and sign up for a monthly subscription for $12 each month (less if you purchase for the quarter or year)
  • Receive five deluxe samples and full-sized beauty, hair and skincare products from top brands delivered right to your door each month
  • Post an Instagram pic of your Beauty Box 5 and include #bb5fave and @beautybox5 for a chance to win five full-size versions of the products
  • If you don’t win, head back over to BeautyBox5.com to purchase full-size versions of the products you loved

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September’s Beauty Box 5 included items from Nicka K New York, Natural Style by FUBU, Sally Hansen, My Beauty Spot and Revlon. Read on for more on each product!

  • Nicka K New York Eyelight CrayonThis long-lasting, creamy eyeshadow stick is a great way to add a pop of color. You can use it as liner, smudge it or blend it to cover your eyelid. ($4.50 each)
  • Sally Hansen Toe SpacersThese cute toe spacers are exactly what you need to separate your toes to allow for the perfect DIY pedi. Not only that, Beauty Box 5 has some ideas for other ways to use these toe spacers, including using them to create a simple striped mani. ($2 for 1 pair)
  • My Beauty Spot Nail PolishPretty shades and bold colors are what this set of nail polishes offers. The thick formula goes on smooth and dries quickly. ($25 for set of 6)
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer MascaraThe brand’s newest mascara is perfect for everyday use. It gives you volume and definition, while also lifting your lashes (no need for that curler). Also, no need to worry about smudging or flaking with this mascara. ($8)

To sign up or learn more about Beauty Box 5, visit BeautyBox5.com and be sure to follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com. I received a sample for this review, but all opinions are my own.

Friday Faves {October 3, 2014}

I took today off from work and had a great day of productivity and me-time. Nothing feels better than crossing lots of things off of my never-ending to do list! Check out my Friday Faves below – and have a great weekend. :)

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  1. Beautiful home office decor by photographer Deborah Zoe. How perfect is that shelf with photos above the desk? And all the white! As the post says, it’s truly a “little slice of pink and gray heaven.” {stylemepretty.com}
  2. Perfect fall jacket by Barbour from Jcrew. It’s the Clearaway Quilted Jacket… and I think I need it. I love a nice quilted jacket – and this one even has a hood! {jcrew.com}
  3. Amazing book turned movie. Gone Girl was sold out this weekend at the movie theaters, but I can’t wait to see this movie. Not only was the book great… Ben Affleck makes it even more of a win. {pic via nestinthewest.com}
  4. Festive pumpkins. Because let’s face it… orange doesn’t go with anyone’s home decor that I can think of. These DIY pumpkins are so simple and easy! And I just love gold everything. {theglitterguide.com}

Mineral Makeup from Sheer Cover Studio {Review}

Makeup brand Sheer Cover Studio, backed by big names like Brooke Burke-Charvet and celebrity makeup artist Naomi Priestley, is a relatively new name to the mineral makeup world. The brand offers mineral-based products that are healthy for your skin, but also hide imperfections and give you the nutrients your skin needs.

Below are some of Sheer Cover Studio’s popular products that I had the opportunity to try out, which can be worn together to create a simple, yet put together daily makeup look. For more on how to apply each of these products, check out these tips, which give you step by step instructions.

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  • Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation: Create a look that resembles an airbrushed face, but skip the airbrush and instead use Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation ($33). With four shades, all of which have Trueshade Technology and are sweat-proof and chemical-free, you can find a shade that truly matches your skin tone. The Foundation is mineral-based and really lightweight – but also has the necessary ingredients to hide any imperfections, while also nourishing your skin and giving you the natural radiance we all love. The new Studio Foundation Brush ($40) works really well with it too.
  • Conceal & Brighten Trio: The Conceal & Brighten Trio ($34) does exactly what it says – it helps cover up blemishes, sun spots and more with light-diffusing minerals. You can build it on without worrying about it caking or flaking, as the formula is creamy and hydrating. Pro tip: Dip the new Studio Concealer Brush ($19) into the light and dark concealer and blend together on the back of your hand. This will warm up the concealer to make for a smooth application, and it also allows you to get the right color match.
  • Sun-Kissed Bronzing Minerals: No matter what time of year it is, we all crave a bit of sunshine. While bronzing in the sun isn’t good for our skin, there are products like the new Sun-Kissed Bronzing Minerals ($37) that can give you that beachy, sun-kissed look. Combine the three shades in whatever way you like and focus on the areas where the sun naturally hits – forehead, cheeks, chin, décolleté. The bronzer does its magic with just natural, light-reflecting minerals and a skin-softening conditioning complex. And it works perfectly with Sheer Cover’s new Studio Bronzing Brush ($31), which is so soft.
  • Lengthening Mascara & Lash Extending Fibers: Combine the benefits of two great products – Lengthening Mascara ($27) and Lash Extending Fibers ($22) – to quickly get a look of thick, long lashes. The Fibers really boost your typical mascara-ed eyes, as they not only help with length and thickness, but they also condition your lashes. Sheer Cover suggests applying three coats – mascara, fibers, mascara.
  • Base Perfector Primer: Prep your skin before foundation and concealer with Base Perfector Primer ($30-100, depending on size). It gives you a nice, shine-free finishes that smooths out your skin, minimizing wrinkles and imperfections while also giving you antioxidants like Vitamin E and green tea that help protect your skin down the road.

Sheer Cover offers lots of other products as well, including face cleanser and moisturizer, finishing powder, highlighter, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, concealer and more. There are also a number of brushes that pair really well with Sheer Cover makeup.

With Sheer Cover’s Create-A-Kit program, you can choose from a combination of products to get exactly what you need and what works best for you. The program comes with great benefits – exclusive discounted prices, free shipping on 7+ items, and a free gift with 10+ items. You decide when you want to have your package sent right to your door, making this a super easy and convenient way to buy great makeup.

To learn more about Sheer Cover Studio or to buy the brand’s products to try out for yourself, visit sheercover.com. You can also follow Sheer Cover on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and YouTube.

**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com. Also, I received samples for review through a ModernMom program. All opinions are 100% my own.