HOLIDAY Stocking Stuffers: Affordable Beauty Items


This post is Sponsored by Lypsyl and Yardley but my opinions are 100% my own!

Seriously one of my favorite things on Christmas morning for me, is looking through my stocking.  My husband and I fill each others stockings and I have a lot of fun finding things for him.  I believe he does too because he really does put thought into what goes into mine.  Which is why I love it so much.

This holiday season, indulge in your senses while ensuring you and your loved ones have smooth, silky skin and moisturized lips well into the New Year by filling their stocking with things like Lypsyl and Yardley!

Shopping for friends, family or co-workers will never be easier! Both Lypsyl and Yardley are great for those on a budget as stocking stuffers and secret Santa gifts.  You could fill a stocking or create a basket of luxurious beauty buys while staying on a budget with Lypsyl Lip Balm and Yardley London’s Limited Edition Indulgent Bath Bar Treats!



We all know that there is no gift greater than something that we can use every day. As the harsh winter weather begins to creep in, it is important that your readers keep their lips moisturized and ready for any surprise mistletoe moments!

These sell for $2.99 and come in LypSyl Original, Chamomile & Honey, HoneyBerry



After a grueling, cold winter day, who doesn’t fantasize about the moment when you can throw off our heels and enjoy a fragrant bath or shower? Enjoy these two boutique inspired, but affordable (only .99!) seasonal scents. The Limited Edition Yardley London Almond Buttercream Bath Bar is perfectly in season. Sweet almond oil & coconut oil, combined with Yardley’s recipe of nourishing ingredients make for a sweet seasonal treat. The Limited Edition Yardley London Vanilla & Sweet Orchid Bath Bar is a must-have for the Holiday’s. Moisturizing patchouli oil & vanilla essence will keep you soft and sweet all season long.

You can find these for $1.00 at Walgreens stores nationwide now through the end of December 2014!

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Think Outside The Box when Decorating for the Holidays

This post is Sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy but my opinions are 100% my own!

Thanksgiving was late this year so if you are like me, you are probably behind on completing the decorations for your holiday get parties.  I actually know some people who don’t put up holiday decorations until a week before the holiday.   If that is you and you are still looking for decorations, avoid the big stores and stop by CVS because they have some great holiday decorations.

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When decorating, think outside the box.  Those big ornaments at the top of the shelf would look great in a big glass bowl on your holiday table!    The wreaths aren’t real so they will actually last all season and not fall apart from drying out.   My mother in law hangs her wreath over her mantle.  It looks beautiful and is a nice decoration.

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I like to hang ornaments all through out the house.  It just brings us the holiday spirit to us all day long because where ever we go, we see holiday cheer!   CVS has a huge assortment of holiday ornaments and it’s a very affordable way of decorating your home.  I even hang some from the mantle using command hooks which you can also find at CVS.


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If you are starting from scratch this year with decorations, CVS will have everything you need including tabletop decorations.  I love the red and green trees above and think they’d look great in the middle of your dining room table.   And it would also be a great hostess gift.

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Each store may have slightly different inventory but I bet you’ll still find a lot of items to decorate your house.  Some of these decorations also make great holiday gifts!  Just a thought!  One our aunts buys us holiday decorations every year for Christmas.   We love it!

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And of course they have tons of lights.  It’s never too late to decorate the outside of your house.  And inside too!  I love to put lights around my mantle.  And I use white lights so I keep them up for a while after the holiday.  The problem is this year I don’t remember where I put the lights last year so I have to head to CVS this week and get more.

And be sure to use your  ExtraCare to earn and save money.  I never shop at CVS without giving the cashier my ExtraCare card.  And if you forget it, they can look it up by your phone number.  If you don’t have an ExtraCare card ask the cashier for one or sign up online at  You’ll earn money on almost everything you buy at CVS including Holiday Decorations!

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.


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Monday Giveaway Madness 12/15/2014

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Check out all my giveaways that are live right now. Some of them end tonight so hurry and enter!

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CLICK HERE to post Your Giveaway OR To Enter Some Giveaways


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Cash in with Coinstar and get No Fee Gift Cards

  Cash in with Coinstar and get No Fee Gift Cards

This post is Sponsored by Coinstar but my opinions are 100% my own!

The holiday season is HERE and you may be at the point where you budget is so strapped that you may not even know if you can finish your shopping.   I’m here to tell you today that if you have some loose coins sitting around your house, you can cash them in to Coinstar and pay no fee!

Cash in with Coinstar and get No Fee Gift Cards

I’m sure you’ve walked by a Coinstar at your local grocery store but probably have never used it.  I can’t say I am one that hasn’t used it because I have and love how it’s right there at my grocery store where I tend to be like all the time!  My husband and I toss our loose change in a tall jar and then when it gets full, I cash it in and we use it for something we’ve been saving up for.

If you haven’t used Coinstar before, let me explain what I’m talking about.  Coinstar is a machine that you can find usually in grocery stores, where you can cash in your loose change and get either cash or gift cards.   Rolling all that coin and then lugging it to the bank would just be a total pain and a lot of time.  I don’t know about you but I’m also looking for extra time in my days right about now.  When you use Coinstar there is a small fee but did you know that you can possibly avoid that fee?

You can stretch your holiday budget by cashing in your coins at a Coinstar machine and requesting an eCertficates or gift cards at retailers like Amazon, Old Navy, Toys“R”Us, Starbucks and Nike, without an additional fee.   I love the idea of this because to me that’s bonus money since I’d normally pay a fee for my coins.

A recent Coinstar holiday survey revealed that Americans thought they had $21 in change, while Coinstar kiosk data showed that the average pour for the no fee eCertificate option was $58 – nearly triple what people thought they had!

For us, because we toss our coins into that jar, we don’t even think about having it.  So when we cash in our coins it’s total bonus money!  And if I can do it without a fee and get an eCertificate, I’m totally doing that instead!

How do you get a gift card or eCertificate?

  • At the kiosk, choose “Get a gift card or eCertificate” and pick the brand you want.
  • Pour your coins in. Many kiosks also take bills.
  • Your gift card or eCertificate is ready to use the minute you get it!

Their gift cards and eCertificates are paper receipts with a unique code. They work just like physical gift cards. Use your code when you pay at the store or when you’re shopping online.

Ready to cash in your money?  Find a Coinstar kiosk near you and let me know how you make out!

Be sure to follow Coinstar on their social media channels:

Also wanted to give you quick links to Coinstar’s Facebook and Twitter for tagging in your social media posts.

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on DVD {Giveaway}


This post is Sponsored by Lionsgate Home Entertainment but my opinions are 100% my own!

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on DVD

One of the most famous internet cats of all time, Grumpy Cat makes her feature film debut in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which arrived on DVD December 16 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Appearing on the scene in 2012, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) was named the “Most Influential Cat of 2012” by MSNBC and the “Most Important Meme of 2012” by Mashable. Since then, Grumpy Cat has become a household name with its nearly 7 million likes on Facebook, over 28 million video views on its official YouTube Channel and merchandising/endorsement deals around the country. Written and directed by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever stars Aubrey Plaza (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as the voice of Grumpy Cat.


Sometimes I think I live under a rock because I had not heard of this Grumpy Cat until recently but of course my kids knew who she was!  They’ve been asking for all sorts of Grumpy Cat gear for Christmas including the movie.


About Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

In this feline sensation’s first movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, lonely Grumpy Cat lives in a mall pet shop where she never gets chosen by customers. Because she always gets passed over, this kitty develops a very sour outlook on life until…one day during the holidays, a very special 12-year-old girl named Chrystal enters the pet store and falls in love with Grumpy. The two form a special friendship when Chrystal discovers she is the only person who can hear this feline talk. Will Grumpy Cat finally learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will it be, in Grumpy’s words, the “Worst. Christmas. Ever.”?



Aubrey Plaza TV’s “Parks and Recreation,” Life After Beth, The To Do List
Daniel Roebuck TV’s “Mob City,” TV’s “Lost,” Jack and the Beanstalk
Megan Charpentier Resident Evil: Retribution, Mama, Frankie & Alice, Jennifer’s Body
Russell Peters Source Code, Girl in Progress, Wings: Sky Force Heroes


The Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever DVD features special bonus material* and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.


(1) Koupon Karen reader will win a copy of Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever DVD.

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