NEW Gluten Free Face, Hair and Body Collection from JASÖN®

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With gluten intolerance becoming an epidemic and almost everyone looking for ways to eliminate gluten from their daily lives, you’ll be excited to find out there is now a Face, Hair and Body Collection that is totally GLUTEN-FREE!

JASÖN’s new Gluten-Free Collection is certified gluten-free and does not contain Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates.

Over 20 million Americans* have non-celiac gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Many have determined that their gluten-free choices should extend beyond just changing their diet. The JASÖN® Gluten Free line of personal care products can help you do that with confidence, while staying in budget.

Their New Product Line Includes:

  • Gluten Free Facial Cleanser ($10.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Scrub ($9.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Lotion ($15.49)
  • Gluten Free Facial Crème ($15.49)
  • Gluten Free Daily Shampoo ($10.50)
  • Gluten Free Daily Conditioner ($10.50)
  • Gluten Free Body Wash ($15.75)
  • Gluten Free Hand Soap ($9.49)
  • Gluten Free Hand & Body Lotion ($9.99)

I got to try out the Gluten Free Facial Creme and was quite happy to find that it’s relatively scentless, very hydrating, and non-greasy. No negative reactions on my skin or my children’s skin. (They have super sensitive skin and are gluten intolerant.) Very happy that JASON has made a line of gluten free products. We’ll definitely be getting more!!!

BUY IT: JASÖN® Gluten free products will be available starting in April at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.jason-personalcare.com

Latest Obsession: Peter Som for Kohl’s

The Peter Som Collection for Kohl’s hit stores on April 10th, so the next day, I headed to my local Kohl’s to check out the new Kohl’s DesigNation in person. It was a long drive, but totally worth it!!!

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Oh. My. Gosh! Everything is just so amazing… I wanted one of everything!!! It was too hard to choose just ONE thing, so I didn’t get anything at all and I’m kicking myself for it. Hoping I will get one of those 30% off things from Kohl’s soon and then I will head back and grab these Charmeuse Soft Pants ($37.50).

 

Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the collection…

 

What’s your favorite piece? Are you loving this collection as much as I am?

Monday’s Impulsive Splurge on J.Crew

I never even visit the JCrew website because I pretty much love everything they have and can’t excuse spending that much money on any of it!

But this morning, while perusing one of my favorite fashion blogs, I spotted a silky chambray tunic that I couldn’t live without, regardless of the price.

And then I spotted some lightweight washed chambray pants that I also needed to own…

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Now of course, I don’t shop anywhere online without going through Ebates.com. Then I make sure I either find a coupon code to accommodate the items in my cart OR I wait until there is a sale or another promotion before I complete the checkout process on the items in my cart.

I kinda lucked out this time with J.Crew because right now they are having a Spring Sale. You can get 30% off all sale items and 50% off final sale items with coupon code FRESHSALE.

 

So here’s the breakdown…

Chambray Tunic: Originally $98.00 / on sale for $69.99 / $48.99 after coupon code

Chambray Pants: Originally $78.00 / on sale for $68.00 / $47.60 after coupon code

 

By shopping through Ebates I will get 3% cashback on my order ($2.89) which will help cover the $5 shipping fee I had to pay because my order did not exceed $150.

Because I don’t usually shop at J.Crew, I am unfamiliar with their returns process so I just hope everything fits perfect and meets my expectations!

I probably should have just waited till I went to Marshalls or TJ Maxx again to get some chambray pieces for my wardrobe, but I didn’t want to wait! And I absolutely fell in love with that damn chambray tunic…

Being 36 weeks pregnant, I could use just about ANYTHING to lift my spirits and make myself feel better and knowing I can wear that silky chambray tunic in a few weeks after the baby is born, pretty much made my day. #forthewin

 

Peter Som Collection for Kohl’s On Sale NOW!

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World-renowned designer (and self-confessed beach bum) Peter Som has designed an amazing collection for Kohl’s DesigNation that is inspired by St. Barths. You’ll just soak up the colors, the culture and the bliss of island life.

Now I normally don’t get very excited about celebrity / designer collaborations, but I’m seriously stoked about this collection. For reals. Sure I’m 8 months pregnant and don’t even want to WEAR clothes right now because I’m so ungodly-uncomfortable, but this collection has me ooooing and aaaahing at the amazing pieces. I want to replace my entire wardrobe with one of everything from this awesome collection. It’s so fresh, breezy and summery! Just what i want to see after a long, hard cold winter in New England. Bring on the maxi dresses!

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The collection debuts in stores and online TODAY, April 10th, so click here for more info about the Peter Som collection and get ready to be amazed.

Online Shopping: 7 Strategies for Big Savings

7 Tips for Shopping Online

Buying online is supposed to be about finding better shopping opportunities and better prices. You need to go about it the right way, though, to make sure that you really do see these benefits. Here are 7 shopping strategies to help you make the best of your time shopping online.

 

With some products, you can buy in large quantities to save

Many online stores offer steep discounts to those who order their products in bulk. If you choose to bulk-order a product that you use a lot of – diapers or other baby care items, for instance – you’ll save plenty both on product and delivery costs. We love shopping places like Costco.

Look Around For The Lowest Prices

It’s far easier to compare prices and shop around when it’s online rather than at physical stores. Yet, to many people, the extreme ease of comparison shopping that online shopping allows only encourages laziness. A surprising number of shoppers look at no more than two well-known stores when making purchases online. It’s important to resist the temptation to click that Buy button, the first chance that you get.

Shopping On Impulse

The reason it’s hard to be responsible and shop around when buying online is that having everything you need to buy at the tip of a mouse arrow encourages impulse spending. It’s easier to hit Buy than it is to take an item to checkout at a physical store, wait in line and ring through a purchase.

Online shopping comes with some of the same dangers that shopping with credit cards is known for – the buying process is so quick and effortless that you don’t quite realize what you’re doing. With both it’s easy to buy more than you need. It’s important to guard against impulse shopping when you go online then.

Keep an Eye on Shipping Costs

The shipping facilities at a store can be an important part of the shopping experience they offer. Some even offer guaranteed next-day delivery (NextDayDeliveryShops.co.uk has a great selection of such stores).

Shipping, though, can be expensive. Approximately half of all online shopping attempts are abandoned at the stage where the shipping costs are revealed. It makes sense that people would cut and run when they see the shipping costs involved – unless a shopper is signed up to a shipping program like Amazon Prime, shipping costs can be so expensive that any savings on attractively priced products are wiped out. Before you begin shopping online, you should set yourself a shipping budget for the month. It’s important to never exceed it.

You can get FREE 2 day shipping with memberships like Amazon Prime and ShopRunner.

Don’t Forget To Always Check For Coupon Codes!

There are more coupons available for online shopping than there are for shopping at physical stores. Before you pick one product over another at an online store, it’s important that you consult a search engine for the products that you can find the best coupons for. To savvy online shoppers, coupon availability is always an important factor in the product they finally decide to buy.

My favorite happens to be RetailMeNot.

Make Purchases Through a Cashback Website

Doing your online shopping through a cashback service can be a great way to save money. This is how cashback services work. A business decides to sign up as an affiliate to a shopping website. As an affiliate, they get a commission for every sale that they make for the shopping site. They then advertise to shoppers that when they shop with them, they get a share of the affiliate commission that they make – in the form of a cashback deal. These websites usually work very well. As long as you choose a well-known site like TopCashback or EBATES, you should make a great bit of savings.

Shop Like a Pro with Mobile Apps

Mobile shopping apps bring you all kinds of money-saving tricks. You get to find where the best deals are, get special offer alerts and so on. You can even have them help you monitor how much you spend. New mobile apps come up all the time – you need to be on the lookout and grab a few. I happen to love using apps for stores like RueLaLa and Zulily as well as shopping apps like ShopStyle.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Elise Brooks prides herself on living well on a tight budget. She greatly enjoys blogging about the strategies and resources for smart money management in today’s households.

5 Things You Need For A Cruelty Free Makeup Routine

Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes

urban decay makeup brushesTime to ditch those disgusting, old makeup brushes from the drugstore and replace them with high performance, artist-quality, cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly makeup brushes from Urban Decay. With 12 different Good Karma Brushes in the collection, you are sure to find the perfect brushes to suit your needs.

Bonus number one – Each brush comes encased in a magnetic box fashioned out of recycled egg cartons. Super cute.

Bonus number two – The super-soft synthetic brush hair is made from recycled PET bottles, and the sleek gunmetal brush handles are recycled aluminum. (Synthetic hair on makeup brushes are actually a huge bonus because the fibers don’t hold on to stinky bacteria the way porous animal hair does so these brushes stay cleaner!)

Bonus number three – Their line of brushes have actual names that tell you which brush to use for what/where. No more guessing!

Price: $20 – $39 each

Buy It: Macy’s, ULTA, Beauty.com, and UrbanDecay.com


Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Tinted Perfector Moisturizer

alba tinted moisturizerTime to get some good and healthy, leafy green goodness into your makeup routine with Alba Botanica’s new Tinted Perfector Moisturizer. It’s perfect for combination skin, is oil-free and contains 100% vegetarian ingredients. No parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Just a touch of color to lightly cover imperfections and healthy ingredients like kale, spinach and swiss chard to make your skin happy. Um, yeah… I seriously just listed green garden goodies as some of the remarkable ingredients they packed into this multi-tasking product. It’s straight up nutrition for your skin.

Price: $9.99

Buy It: albabotanica.com


La Fresh Eco Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

la fresh wipesEco-Beauty® line of wipes are perfect for anyone who is looking to swap out their chemical-filled convenience wipes for some eco-friendly ones. The La Fresh line of wipes include waterproof makeup remover wipes, facial cleanser wipes, body soother wipes, and nail polish remover acetone-free wipes. All are made with natural ingredients, are biodegradable, compostable, free of questionable ingredients, and cruelty-free.

I also love that they are USA-made and are packaged using clean, renewable solar energy.

Price: $9.99 for 24 wipes

Buy It: LaFreshGroup.com


true natural Lip Plump Treatment

true natural lip plumpWant to plump up your lips naturally without all the harsh chemicals found in drugstore lip plumpers? Check out this anti-aging lip plump treatment from true natural that plumps lips naturally, with cinnamon, vitamin B, and anti-aging super ingredient: hyaluronic acid.

Over time your lips will appear more plump full and smooth from using this product consistently. PLUMP is most effective worn on its own, or under lipstick. Apply throughout the day as needed. You will be happy to know that this product has been certified natural by the NPA (Natural Products Association) and it also vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free.

Price: $30

Buy It: TrueNatural.com


Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral fusion nail polishAdd a pop of Spring color to your nails with Mineral Fusion nail polish. While there is no truly “natural” nail polish, this is about as close as you’ll ever fine! The long-wearing and chip-resistant formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate and developed with the highest ingredient standards to ensure it’s a safe and effective product. Best of all it has an extra-thick brush for flawless application.

New spring colors include Treasure (golden yellow iridescent), Lagoon (teal), Blaze (burnt orange), Tiara (nude pink shimmer), Trinket (berry) and Bublbe (semi-sheer lavender).

Price: $7.99

Buy It: Whole Foods Market and online at Ulta.com, Amazon.com, MineralFusion.com

The Nautical Trend: Nursing Moms Edition


Nautical Trend for Nursing Mothers

Nautical Trend for Nursing Mothers by thehousewife featuring eBags and Caroline Hill Collection

I’m totally into the nautical trend right now and have invested in several ridiculously cute JoJo nursing tops and a nice navy stripe nursing dress to make nursing AND trendy a cinch.

I can pair just about any of it with my new Michael Kors Gold Marina Grab Bag from eBags. It’s classically nautical so no matter what you wear with it, you are going to look sea-side ready. I absolutely ADORE this bag! It’s classy, chic and perfect for Spring and Summer. I can’t wait to rock this bag all summer long!!!!

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Be sure to check out eBags.com to find this bag and many other designer handbags from big brands like Michael Kors, which is a super hot brand right now. I’m pretty sure Michael Kors is “the” it brand for 2014 because I’ve seen more MK bags on people than Coach bags for the past couple weeks. Luckily, eBags has a huge selection of MK bags at great prices. Be sure to check them out!

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