How to spend the holidays alone and still have fun

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Good morning loves.  If you are like me then you far away from your family and you most likely spent Easter weekend alone.  Some people may be depressed or sad if they can’t be around their family during the holidays, but not me.

Since the breakup of my family almost three years ago my obligation to go home during the holidays is non-existent.  So I guess I should say that I don’t want to go home during the holidays, not that I can’t make it home.  Let me tell you that it’s very relieving not to have the pressure of trying to see all of my family and friends in such a short period of time over the weekend.  I never thought that I would say this but I actually like spending time alone during the holidays.

If you can’t afford to go home for the holidays or if you don’t want to, I am here to tell you that you can enjoy being alone, you just need to find something fun to do.

Fun activities that you can do alone:

- Go on a road trip.  A long weekend is the perfect time to take a getaway.  Find a city that you want to visit within driving distance, hop in your car and get on the road.  Exploring a new city on your own can be a great adventure; you get to do what you want, when you want. I love travelling alone.

- Go for a walk.  Yesterday afternoon I spent two hours walking around my neighbourhood.  None of the stores were open, but I had a great time getting outside and breathing in some fresh air.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon and I enjoyed being outside in the brisk spring air.  Afterwards I came home and jumped into a warm bubble bath with the newest issue of SELF Magazine.  What a lovely Sunday afternoon!

- Find a new restaurant or store.  If you have been waiting and wanting to eat a new restaurant or shop at a new store then now is the perfect time to try it out.  If you find yourself alone on a weekend with nothing to do then why not try something new?

- Have a movie marathon.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than in bed with a long lost TV series on DVD.  This weekend I started watching season 1 of the original Beverly Hills 90210, ah the good old days aka the 90s. I always wanted to be Brenda Walsh when I was a teenager, now I look back and think OMG I can’t believe that I dressed in those clothes and wore my hair in a scrunchie. What is your favourite thing about the 90s? I think mine is the music.

- Workout hard core.  There is no better way to relieve stress and clear your head than with a hard core workout. Take a class, go for a walk and get out of your comfort zone. I really want to try soul cycle, but I can’t find a studio near my apartment in Montreal.

What did you do for fun Easter weekend?

Love Always,

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My Wish List and Holiday Shopping Tips

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(The Christmas Tree at The Quincy Market in Boston)

The holiday season is in full swing and that means that shoppers are browsing various websites and shopping malls in order to find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday list. I personally love shopping, but even I need to plan a holiday shopping strategy. I like to plan my holiday shopping in order to make sure that I don’t go crazy and also to make sure that I remember to buy gifts for all of my loved ones.

I used to love browsing through shopping malls during the holidays while I enjoyed looking at the festive decorations and listening to the cheerful music; but in recent years as I have grown more impatient in crowds I have discovered the world of online shopping.

Shop Online to Save Time and Money

I enjoy online shopping because it is fast, it’s easy and I can do it from the comfort of my own home – I can even do it in the comfort of my own pyjamas, if I wish to do so. I also enjoy online shopping because it’s one stop shopping for all of my gifting needs.  When I shop with one website I can get gifts for everyone on my list, only pay one shipping cost (or have the fee waived with a minimum purchase amount) and I can have all of the gifts delivered right to my doorstep. Easy. Breezy!

Earn Cash Back and Even Shop at the Last Minute

Shopping online with a cash back or discount website is the gift that keeps on giving. When you shop on a cash back website you can buy gifts for all of your loved ones and you will get cash back in your pocket for all of your purchases. Some online websites offer express shipping and overnight shipping for all of those last minute holiday shoppers.  It seems as if shopping at the last minute will be a little bit more bearable if you don’t have to wait in line at stores and deal with crowds in a shopping mall.

This year My Wish List Includes:

- New Flannel Pyjamas (no one-sies please)

- The book “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott

- Just Dance 4 for my Wii

What is on your Wish List this year?

Love Always,

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Friday Faves: A holiday gift guide with a few of my favourite things

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Good Morning Everyone.  Today I am sharing some very cool items and places that I discovered over the past few weeks. I am usually not the type of girl who likes to try new things, but over the past few weeks I have read a great book, I tried a new workout DVD, I discovered a delicious new snack, discovered a new website and I went to a new city.  I love the fact that I discovered a whole bunch of great new items and places so I just felt the need to share.  If you are looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season may I suggest buying one of my new favourite things.  Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

For the reader on your list:

Dare Me by Megan Abbott and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker

Dare Me: A Novel White Girl Problems

For the yoga lover on your list:

Skinnygirl Yoga from Bethenny Frankel

For the girl who loves to snack:

Skinnygirl On-The-Go Bars

For the workout girl:

Sign Up at PV Body for great deals on workout gear.

PBBody

For the one who loves to travel:

Go to Boston.

 

 

Love Always,

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Who want’s $100? Enter to Win with Rewards Runner.

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It’s December and that means it’s time to start your holiday shopping. Let me ask you a question…have you started making your list and checking it twice? If you are worried about breaking your holiday budget, don’t worry Beautiful Giveaways is here to help. I am sure that everyone would love to have a little extra money to help out with their holiday shopping and we are happy to announce that Beautiful Giveaways has teamed up with Rewards Runner o do just that. We are giving away a $100 Amex Gift Card thanks to RewardsRunner.com.


Rewards Runner is a shopping website that allows you to earn cash back while shopping at your favourite online stores. You can browse their clothing, accessory and electronic stores or you can browse through their financial services. Some of the online stores featured on Rewards Runner include Piperlime, NewEgg and Macys. Each time you make a purchase with your favourite online store through Rewards Runner you will earn cash back on all of your purchases; you may also receive any applicable discounts or coupon codes.

I recently discovered RewardsRunner.com while I was shopping for Aeropostale sweats to keep me warm during the cold winter weather. I am not a huge fan of signing up for mailing lists and joining online websites because sometimes it can be very complicated and confusing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Rewards Runner is very easy to use and it’s very quick to sign up. Within 2 minutes I was all signed up and ready to shop.

Thanks to Rewards Runner I received a 30% discount on my entire purchase as well as 3% cash back. Anytime we can have both a discount and cash back on a purchase it’s definitely a good shopping day. 4 days after placing my order I received my Aeropostale items in the mail and everything fit perfectly. I am definitely more than happy with my Rewards Runner shopping experience. If you need to buy gifts for your friends and family this holiday season check out RewardsRunner.com for an easy and rewarding shopping experience.

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for your chance to win a $100 Amex gift card from RewardsRunner.com.

The winner will be announced Sunday December 23.

Love Always,

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It’s Time for Holiday Gifts from LUSH Cosmetics

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LUSH Cosmetics is one of my favourite stores, and I absolutely love shopping there all year round.  Everything at LUSH Cosmetics is fresh and organic; their shampoos, face washes, and moisturizers don’t irritate my (pale) sensitive skin.  I also love their bath products because they are fun, they smell good, and they make my skin super soft.

The only thing missing from LUSH Cosmetics is a Customer Loyalty Program.  Many stores offer Customer Loyalty Programs because they know that times are tough. Clients need incentives to spend whatever disposable income they have.  LUSH Cosmetics could create a Bath Bomb Loyalty Program and give clients their 6th bath bomb free when they buy 5, or something similar.  They could also offer discounts on repeated purchases such as a 10% discount on all purchases or a free gift on our birthday similar to The Love Your Body Club from The Body Shop.

LUSH Cosmetics Holiday Gift Boxes range in price from $9.95 to $199.95; therefore they can be a great gift idea for all occasions from an office Secret Santa gift exhange to a luxurious (pre wrapped) gift for your loved ones.

Happy Holiday Shopping Everyone!

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