Win a Trip to NYC or San Diego from Atlantic Luggage & Delta Vacations!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine.

This fall has been crazy with the amount of traveling I’ve been doing, both for work and fun. I feel like I’ve been on a plane at least once a week! Last week I got back from a three-day trip to LA then turned right back around the following morning to head to DC for a wedding. Can’t complain too much though – it’s great to visit different cities and friends.

If you’re looking to get away, Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations are offering you the chance to win a trip for four to either NYC or San Diego, CA. I just entered because I would love a free trip to San Diego! Some of our good friends live out there and even aside from that, it’s just such a nice, laid back place where people are always happy and the sun shines nearly every day of the year. Don’t get me wrong, NYC has its perks too, but I’ll take the beach over city anyday (pic below of our last San Diego trip earlier this year!).

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Enter to win a family trip now through November 15 and you could win the Grand Prize package, valued at $3,700, which includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for four (4) courtesy of Delta Vacations
  • Choice of Delta Vacations hotel accommodations
  • Choice of one (1) Delta Vacations activity or tour for four (4)
  • Four (4) Atlantic carry-on size suitcases

Since I’ve been traveling so much, I’ve been on the market for durable, lightweight and affordable suitcases – and that’s exactly what Atlantic Luggage is. They’ve been pioneering great luggage since 1919, making travel super easy for families with lots of options for luggage, that range by style, features and color.

Atlantic Luggage’s suitcases fit so much (even more if you take my favorite packing trick and roll tank tops, blouses and other lightweight tops). I love the 360-degree 4-Wheel Spinners that make it so incredibly easy to wheel through a busy airport. Having 4-Wheel Spinners is key when you’re trekking around the airport and streets with lots of bags – I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get these! And with the Link2Go feature, you can even connect multiple pieces of luggage to roll them together with one hand.

Go ahead and head on over to AtlanticLuggage.com and enter to win that trip to NYC or San Deigo. I’ll be crossing my fingers that one of us win! The winner will be chosen within 7-10 days, the trip has to be booked by September 30, 2015 and travel must be completed by October 31, 2015. That leaves lots of time to plan out a perfect long weekend – three days and two nights!

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Hank is Ready for Halloween!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve been getting regular pic updates of our nine-month-old mini bulldog, Hank. But it’s been a while since I posted pics on the blog, so in the spirit of Halloween coming up this Friday, I’m sharing some adorable puppy shots of Hank in his Halloween costumes and sweaters from Party City.

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Party City has so many perfect Halloween costumes for dogs and I couldn’t resist making Hank try them all on this past weekend. It took a lot of treats, but luckily he loves treats more than he dislikes being dressed as Superman. Now we just need to get him to a Halloween party this week or weekend! Next year we’re definitely participating in the Boston Canine Promenade (click for pics of other dressed up pups!).

Don’t have a costume for your pup yet? There’s still plenty of time to head over to your local Party City or PartyCity.com. Hank’s costumes are the Striped Pumpkin Dog Sweater, Striped Skull Dog Sweater, Amigo Dog Costume and Superman Dog Costume. There are so many options that it was so hard to pick just a few out – everything from Ninja Turtles and Where’s Waldo, to Pirates, Princesses and Dinosaurs.

What are you dressing your dog as for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

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**While I was provided samples for this review, all opinions are my own.

Shop Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month {plus a giveaway!}

Every fall you start to see lots of pink products popping up in stores and online. That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and lots of companies donate a portion – or sometimes all – of the sales of certain products to nonprofit organizations that raise funds for the cause. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, so chances are, you at least know someone affected by it. That’s why I’m sharing some products that I happen to love, which also support this cause in some way.

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Alex and Ani

The Alex and Ani Arms of Strength Charm Bangle represents hope, resilience and support. I love that the charm is a starfish and the meaning is perfect, as it’s described as “a regenerative creature, consistently growing and transforming whenever necessary. Courageously it moves forward through both calm and troubled waters.” The pink stone is the color of nurturing love and it honors the brave and the optimistic. Through the end of October, 20% of sales from this bangle, with a minimum donation of $10,000, will support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. {alexandani.com, $28}

Teleflora

Teleflora’s Pink Grace Bouquet is a beautiful way to help raise funds to support The Breast Cancer Foundation, with a 15% donation for each bouquet sold. These mixed bouquets include pink roses, pink spray roses, hot pink carnations and pink alsroemeria flowers with assorted greenery. {teleflora.com, $46.71 and up}

Smashbox

The Be Legendary line of lip glosses from Smashbox are some of my faves, and the limited-edition Promise color was created exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. I love this gloss because it’s not sticky but it still has bold color that lasts. For each lip gloss purchased, $5 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. {smashbox.com, $20}

Bumble and bumble

The Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder is honestly amazing if you’re like me and have an obsession with dry shampoo. This is actually a three-in-one hair powder that has dry shampoo, along with style extending and volume benefits – this is basically all you need to refresh your hair! The limited-edition pink cap bottles. Better yet, Bumble and bumble will donate $5 from the purchase of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. {bumbleandbumble.com, $26}

Loxa Beauty {GIVEAWAY!}

Online beauty retailer Loxa Beauty has an entire section of their site dedicated to “Think Pink” hair and beauty products. Two of my faves are the Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady Trio nail polish set and the Paul Mitchell Think Out Loud Collection. The nail polish set comes with three colors – a light blue, pink and purple/pink glitter. The glitter – Fight Like a Lady – is perfect for one nail paired with either the pink (Lip Service) or purple (P.S. I Love You). The Think Out Loud Collection includes Super Skinny Serum (gives your hair great shine), Fast Form (soothes and cuts down on drying time – that’s key!) and a free Scuplting Brush. Loxa Beauty is donating 5% of sales of these products to Susan G. Komen and has guaranteed a minimum donation of $1 million by March 31 of next year. {loxabeauty.com, $25.50 nail set, $37.50 hair set}

Giveaway! Loxa Beauty is offering one lucky reader the chance to win one of each of these products now through October 31, 2014 (open to U.S. residents). Scroll down to the bottom of this post and enter!

Gaiam

I’m probably the last girl in the world to just be trying out yoga for the first time ever, but this Forever Pink Yoga Mat from Gaiam is my go-to so far. I love pink everything, so this bright pink mat is perfect for me. It’s lightweight and great for both home and studio use, so I’ll be pulling it out on those days where I want to get a quick workout in from a DVD or On Demand channel. Gaiam yoga mats also come with a lifetime guarantee, so you don’t have to worry about buying a new one later on. And $1 from each one of these mats goes right to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. {gaiam.com, $22}

Avon

Avon has an entire Pink Ribbon Collection with a variety of products that give back to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The Breast Cancer Crusade Skin So Soft Body Oil is definitely my favorite – put it on right after the shower and it makes your skin super smooth and silky. One dollar is being donated for each Skin So Soft Body Oil sold. I also had the opportunity to try out a few items from Avon’s ANEW line, the Vitale Day and Night Creams. They just launched this month and help fight aging, while targeting essential multi-functional protein, SP1 for delivery of skin nutrients. Five dollars for each day and night cream sold goes to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade as well. {avon.com, $10 body oil, $$28 each day and night cream}

KBShimmer

Did I mention that I love pink everything? That definitely includes this hot pink nail polish from KBShimmer, Life Rose On. And 75 cents from every bottle sold goes to Susan G. Komen. In addition to nail products, KBShimmer has lots of different bath and body products, from soaps and bath bombs to sugar scrubs and lip balms, all of which were created by the owner, Christy Rose. And it all started with a simple appreciation of a great hand soap and the realization that she could make great products herself. {kbshimmer.com, $7.50}

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I’ve been a fan of philosophy products forever (their bath products smell so good!) and right now I’m loving the amazing grace spray fragrance and the purity made simply facial cleanser. Recently, the company has started donating one percent of all of their product sales on philosophy.com to mental health organizations. While this isn’t a direct donation to a breast cancer-related nonprofit, some studies say there is a link between mental illness and breast cancer. {philosophy.com}

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**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.

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!

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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!