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7 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself To Work Out

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The best way to get things done is simply to begin. In theory, it sounds simple enough, right? But I know there are many days that the thought of working out is about as appealing as listening to the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard -- a sound I endured daily in third grade, courtesy […]

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How To Host A Simple Wine Tasting Party with Sonoma-Cutrer

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine. I'm no wine expert, by any means, but I do like to drink wine (a lot!) -- especially with friends so I can try a variety of wines without committing myself to drinking an entire bottle of […]

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5 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing In A Hurry

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Have you ever had this happen? Your holiday guests are due in mere minutes, and your husband walks in the door and exclaims, "WHAT is that SMELL?!"... It's easy to become nose blind to odors in our own homes -- we basically become "immune" to lingering scents (good and bad). Scientists theorize that this is […]

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Dull Knives No More With Calphalon SharpIN Technology + Giveaway!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Quality kitchen knives are a kitchen essential, and keeping them in tip-top shape should be a top priority. Dull knives are not only more difficult to work with, […]

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Using Your Kitchen as a Tool to Bless Others // Take Them A Meal

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Though I love to cook, some days it just feels like a chore. Preparing a meal that one or more family members are sure to turn their noses up at in between school and sports and homework gets downright tedious at times. But a tearful phone call from a friend is all it takes to […]

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3 of My Favorite Fall Makeup Trends That Are Wearable Now

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Though we've been seeing some cooler weather lately, I'm always loathe to give up my summer makeup palette. Summer is my favorite season, and I adore the bright pinks and corals that always go hand-in-hand with the warmer weather. However, I was pleasantly surprised, when checking out the fall makeup trends, to see that many […]

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5 Tips for Making Your Favorite Jar Candles Last Longer

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I first discovered Yankee Candles when I was 16 years old, spending a good chunk of my weekly McDonald's paycheck on new scents. As you might have already guessed, I've always been drawn to food scents, with Buttercream, Pumpkin Pie, and Macintosh being among my favorites. If only I could go back in time and […]

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