Thursday, November 13, 2014

Global Flavor :: American Lamb

With the holidays quickly approaching, most people will be attending at least one family gathering or holiday party. While you'll most likely never be required to bring something, it's always good to have a quick little dish to whip up, just in case that dinner party turns into a dinner potluck. Thanks to American Lamb, I had the opportunity to take my cooking skills for a spin - and trust me, if I could make this myself and have it turn out tasty, anyone could.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Open Enrollment with Aflac :: A Brand New You

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With the cold season coming up, I always try to bundle up a little more to make sure I don't catch a cold or get sick. But for some reason, no matter how hard I try, I always end up catching at least a small cough or runny nose. For more serious matters, good financial planning and saving for health care will prove advantageous in both the short and long term.

According to a survey, over 75 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and are essentially one emergency situation away from financial disaster. That's why planning out your healthcare finances is very important! To find more information about what it means to be "One Emergency Away From Financial Disaster", check out this article on Aflac's blog:

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If you're part of the millennial generation, you may want to pay extra attention since you have so much to offer the workplace yet are at a greater financial disadvantage than other generations prior. In addition to student loan debts, part of your financial planning needs to include healthcare and health insurance - just one missed payment can impact your credit score eek!

A few tips I followed when I chose my health insurance plan:

1) Familiarize yourself with industry terms such as co-pay, deductible, network providers, etc. so that nothing catches you off guard when it comes to payment or selecting a doctor.

2) Consider factors such as how often you normally visit the doctor and whether you think these visits will increase or decrease over time - this will impact the type of co-pay/deductible plan you may choose.

3) Read and understand everything in your policy, and don't be afraid to ask!

4) Need more information about open enrollment? Visit Aflac and read the Aflac WorkForces Report.

5) Aflac offers accident, dental, life, vision, cancer, hospital intensive care, and more voluntary insurance policies, so they are a pretty good resource to find out more information about your health and what the best health insurance policy would be.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Farewell to Summer :: #RossFallFaves

After a long summer filled with quick visits to Vegas, sunbathing in grassy fields, and spontaneous trips to the beach, I'm sad to say goodbye to what used to be my favorite season of the year. But what's better than my second favorite season? You guessed it - my favorite season, Fall or Autumn as I prefer.

To kick off the beginning of Fall, Ross Dress For Less is hosting their Ross Fall Favorites promotion through their Facebook page here, and you could win a $150 gift card to shop for your fall essentials! 

Simply follow the instructions below, and kick off your Fall the right way!

1) Visit the Ross Dress For Less Facebook page here.
2) Vote for your favorite Fall blogger look.
3) You're done & officially entered for a chance to win a $150 gift card.

Ross Dress For Less will be selecting two $150 gift card winners every week, so be sure to vote once per day to maximize your chances of winning. Lastly, show off your #RossFallFaves outfit by uploading your best fall look to Instagram and using the hashtag! Good luck everyone :)

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Ross Dress For Less. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ross Dress For Less..

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Seasonal Transitions With Coffee-mate + Giveaway!

With the temperature ever so slightly changing thankfully cooler, I notice little things that signify the end of summer and the beginning of my favorite season of the year. My choice in beverage usually changes with the seasons as well - raspberry lemonades during the summer & warmer, frothier drinks during the fall.

That being said, I recently had the opportunity to try two of Coffee-mate's newest Latin Flavor liquid creamers, La Lechera® Dulce de Leche & Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate, and I can't decide which one I like better! I usually prefer peppermint and mint chocolate during the colder months, but these seem to work perfectly during this seasonal transition.

I first tried the Dulce de Leche flavor and boy can I say it makes a difference in my coffee. I used to take my coffee with just a few sugars, but I'm slowly understanding why these flavored milk and creamers are so popular. The Dulce de Leche flavor has a creamy, milk caramel texture and definitely sweetened up my cup - I'll probably have to put in less next time as I'm still used to the more bitter-flavored coffees, but I can definitely see the appeal.

Next up was the Mexican Chocolate flavor, and this one was right up my alley too! I detected hints of cinnamon and some other spice-flavors I guess this only makes sense since these are Coffee-mate's new Latin flavors.

It's impossible not to fall in love with these two new flavors, but choosing one to be my favorite may truly be impossible. Coffee-mate's smooth, creamy taste has been perfected to help bring out the flavor in your coffee, so be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win!

Giveaway Prize & Rules:

Instructions: Send an email to inquiries (at) with your name and shipping information (1 per person, U.S. residents only)
Prize: Giveaway winner will receive a custom-designed coffee mug by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, coasters, and 2 full-value Coffee-mate product coupons.
Deadline: Emails must be received by September 30, 2014.

Be sure to follow Coffee-mate on Twitter for more delicious fun and giveaway opportunities!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kick Up Your Energy with Balance Bar & Walmart

Although summer is winding down and the days are getting colder, my workout and fitness regimen has largely remained the same aside from a few hectic work days. And on days where I find myself doubling on work and exercise, it does become difficult to keep my body energized and my mind focused. That's why I've teamed up with Balance Bar and Walmart to introduce to you all a great nutrition bar that I've been eating the last couple weeks.

Balance Bar is a high-protein nutrition bar packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants to give you the energy you need without sacrificing on taste. Trust me when I say I've had my share of energy bars, and while some taste like a shoe, Balance Bar definitely sits near the top of my "best-tasting nutrition bars" list.

Balance Bars currently come in a variety of flavors such as cookie dough pictured above and peanut butter. They even have new dark chocolate flavors that I saw in stores and will definitely be trying the next time I get a chance.

Aside from 15 grams of protein to help you stay toned and fit, they're also packed with 23 vitamins and minerals, carry a low glycemic index, and provide an excellent source of antioxidants. So the next time you find yourself drained of energy, whether you're at work or at the gym, be sure to visit your local Walmart and pick up a few of these Balance Bars to keep the energy going!

Disclosure: Compensation and product was provided as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Balance Bar or Walmart.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back Soon!

As you may have noticed, we've been on a little blogcation for the last 2 weeks - but not to worry! Stay tuned for some new & fresh outfits starting Monday :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Glam with Anjolee

Although the summer is known for beach parties, backyard BBQs, and the more casual-dress activities, there are also plenty of events that require something a little more formal and glamorous summer nights out, sunset weddings, hotel brunches, you name it! 

That's why I wanted to introduce you all to Anjolee, a fine jewelry manufacturer for almost 40 years! Anjolee offers high-quality custom jewelry, allowing you to design bangle bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces to your exact specifications. How exact? Find out below.

Aside from choosing the size of your jewelry pretty standard nowadays, you'll also have the option to choose the metal type (white gold, yellow gold, platinum, etc.), diamond or gemstone type, and size & quality of the stones. Some pieces even let you mix and match stones so you can design your perfect jewelry configuration!

Recently, I've found myself browsing their bangle bracelets because they just work so well for so many different occasions. I can imagine wearing it for day-to-day outings, but it works so well for ladies night out too! The only problem I'm having is deciding between the classic, full-wrap bangle or the top bangle - what do you all think?

Stay tuned for a special Fourth of July post tomorrow - Have a safe and happy holiday weekend everyone!

Monday, June 16, 2014

What's Your Summer Style? :: Ross Dress For Less

Happy Monday everyone! I just wanted to let all of you know about a great summer promotion that Ross Dress For Less is currently hosting on their Facebook page.

From now until June 27, Ross is celebrating summer by selecting a few $150 gift card winners to shop for their summer staples at Ross! Simply follow the instructions below and you'll be entered automatically:

1) Find your summer style by taking the Facebook quiz here.
2) Share your results with your Facebook friends for an extra entry. (I'm a 'Social Butterfly', apparently)
3) Two $150 gift card winners will be selected each week!

I took the quiz this morning and finished in less than 2 minutes. It consisted of just a few short questions about your summer vacation style and preferences, and they even give you a cool little summer inspiration collage. Check out mine below, and good luck everyone!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ross Dress For Less. While I was compensated by Ross Dress For Less to write this post, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Target C9 by Champion :: You're Invited!

Working for yourself definitely has its pros and cons - You can set your own schedule most of the time and take as long of a lunch break as you’d like. However some days can get extremely stressful, to the tune of 18-hour work days.

At the end of particularly stressful weeks, there is nothing I look forward to more than strapping on my exercise gear and getting in a workout session. There’s just something about that rush of energy at the end of a good workout that you can’t get doing any other activity.

That’s why I’ve teamed up with Target to officially invite all of you to the Target C9 by Champion event this Saturday, June 14, at Marina Green Park in San Francisco! Come join us for a free boot camp class plus a bonus fashion show event featuring the Target C9 by Champion collection (event details below).

Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Location: Marina Green Park – Marina Green Drive, San Francisco, CA 94123
Attire: Come fashionably styled for a workout!

Not sure what to wear? Get some inspiration from the Target C9 by Champion collection below, and I can’t wait to see all of you this Saturday!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Target, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Refresh My Summer with Starbucks

During past summers, I would always find myself frantically digging through my closet for my summer clothes but unable to find anything suitable to wear puzzling, I know. This summer, I'm trying something a little different and remixing some of my pieces from the fall and winter into my summer wardrobe. Thanks to Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, I'll have all the energy to prepare my wardrobe for this summer!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Juicy Couture :: Meet me in Malibu!

Summer is officially here, and to kick off the beginning of summer BBQs and pool parties galore, I wanted to introduce you all to the new, limited-edition Juicy Couture Malibu fragrance collection. 

Mixing the laid back, chic attitude of California with the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, this collection blends sparkling fruits and blossoms to create two unique scents to match your cute summer outfits. So whether you're getting ready for a bright beach day or a warm summer night out, one of these fragrances is sure to give your oufit and attitude an extra kick!

I gave both of these a try this past Memorial Day Weekend, and I can't say I prefer one over the other! Couture La La Malibu (left) has a hint of sparkling mandarin and has a very luxe scent. It's definitely not overpowering, but has enough strength to keep your sidewalk strangers guessing what fragrance you're wearing.

Similar but different in it's own way, Juicy Couture Malibu (right) has a passion fruit scent mixed with sparkling jasmine. This fragrance is definitely more radiant and enticing, but not to the point where you feel like it's too strong. I would say this one is for bolder personalities and people who are not afraid of the spotlight.

Whether you're looking for something more subtle and laid back, or something more glitzy and glamorous, this limited-edition Juicy Couture Malibu collection is sure to fill all of your summer scent needs. They're currently sold out on Juicy's site, but you can find them at your nearest Sephora or Macy's too. 

What a great way to officially say hello to summer!