Butterflies & Blue Skies Cupcakes!

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Today the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to gay marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and making it legal across the entire nation. If this makes you upset, unhappy and rumbly-grumbly, guess what? I DON’T CARE. Haha. Go sit in your nasty little hate corner and cry. This seems like a perfect day … Read more

Craft Your Own Photo Collage #CMYK #MyPrintly

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**This is a sponsored post made possible by MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are purely my own! I’ve recently had quite a few opportunities to play around on the MyPrintly website. The site is easy to navigate and they feature so many neat ideas, from cardmaking to gifts to celebrations and party … Read more

Make A Cute, Sparkly Sleep Mask! Plus Get Free Poise Samples! #RecycleYourPeriodPad

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My mom is a sweet but no-nonsense kind of lady. She isn’t one to mince words or delicately skirt around subjects like LBL. Her advice to me has always been along the lines of: your body is going to do weird things as it gets older! Just be happy you have all these modern conveniences … Read more

Dreft #Amazinghood & An Awesome Giveaway! $165 ARV. Ends 5/16 #DDDivas #sponsored

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***This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine From the first glimpse of wet, wrinkly skin; the first wail; the first flash of the bluest eyes- my heart belongs to her. … Read more

Beautiful Cards from Hallmark: A Mother’s Day Giveaway! Ends 05-05 #LoveHallmark

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As a child, I remember being slightly in awe of the Hallmark store. Something about the perfectly polished keepsakes waiting in glittering rows held a magic for me that I can’t quite articulate. The allure hasn’t faded in adulthood, either. Who wouldn’t love a store filled with things specifically made to show your love and … Read more

Hamburger Helper Recipe: The Perfect Hands-On Solution For Any Meal! #freebeef #helper

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The last few months of the school year are always a wildly hectic time at our house, with end of the year testing kicking into high gear, spring and summer sports beginning, art projects, science projects…well, you get the idea. It can be difficult to find time to shop, let alone cook hot, nutritious meals … Read more

Gwyneth and the Attack of the Condescending Hunger Limes

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As part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, celebrity chef Mario Batali recently gave Gwyneth Paltrow  the task of  feeding her family for one week on only $29 per person- equivalent to someone living on SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps.) The picture above shows the choices she made. How noble! How brave! Ms. Paltrow and her fans seem … Read more

Yummy Yammy® Sweet Potato Salsa Review + Giveaway Ends 03/27

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**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. Here at The Outspoken Yam, we support all yam-related endeavors, so this company was CLEARLY a match made in Miami. I was so excited that I actually signed up for it without really considering … Read more

Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash Giveaway! 3 Winners, Ends 04/15 #Dial #PurexInsiders #MarulaOil #DialMiracleOil

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**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. New Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash is infused with caring Marula oil for beautifully, soft skin. This new body wash is formulated with Micro Oil Technology for a … Read more

Give your makeup a makeover with Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics!

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I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.   I’m a fan of Victoria Jackson and her positive message of empowerment, putting forward the notion that makeup should be used to build confidence and enhance your own natural beauty- not as a mask … Read more

Madonna’s Rebel Heart #RebelHeart #O2O

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Whether you love or hate Madonna, she is an iconic force that simply cannot be ignored. Her constant self-reinvention has helped her remain relevant for longer than most wanna-be pop chanteuses have even been alive. If her newly released 13th studio album Rebel Heart is any indication, she will also be sticking around long after … Read more

evian® Facial Spray Giveaway! 20 Winners, Ends 03/29

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***This has been a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker. Yams, however, are notorious for their honest opinions. I have an awesome announcement to share with you from the Wilkes Group, distributors of evian Facial Spray! If you’ve been curious to try this product, you’re in luck. They are giving away two 5 oz Facial Sprays … Read more

Disney Villainess Party! #DisneySide

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***I received free products to facilitate this post but all JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH ENTHUSIASM is completely genuine! We recently had the incredible opportunity to host a Disney Villainess Party for the girls and their friends. Since we are all huge Disney fans, we were stoked beyond belief. To help get us in the … Read more

Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub Giveaway! Ends 03/02

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*** This is a sponsored post and I received free products in exchange for my honest opinion. Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub is an all-natural, petroleum-free formula that temporarily relieves cough due to the common cold; it can also be applied to sore muscles and joints for relief from minor aches and pains. It’s available in … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and Cookies!

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I hope all of my sweet yams are feeling loved today…and every day! I spent the day cuddled up inside with the fireplace glowing, the snow falling prettily outside and the kitchen full of pink and red baking supplies I honestly don’t even care much about Valentine’s Day, I’m just a sucker for pretty, girly … Read more

Purex Powershot Detergent Review & Giveaway! Ends 02/27, 3 Winners!

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**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I can’t quite decide if we’re the cleanest people who ever lived or the dirtiest- all I know for certain is that we generate vast mountain ranges of laundry. Anything that makes that task faster, easier or more efficient is truly a pure blessing. … Read more

Lovebirds

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The cardinals have been out in full force, jewel-colored flashes glittering against the stark background of snow.  I’ve watched this pair over the last year as they built their nest, hatched and raised a pair of boy and girl siblings to teenager-hood. It’s fascinating to see that even now the whole family stays together. I … Read more

AMI Clubwear $50 Giftcard Giveaway! #boots #shoes Ends 1/18

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Pretty soon I will be posting my review of a pair of gorgeous boots from AMI Clubwear, but I wanted to let you in on my fabulous giveaway with them right NOW! They feature the latest trends in club fashion, sexy bodycon dresses, swimwear, wicked lingerie and the most outrageously perfect shoes. They generously offered … Read more

Penny Paperheart Doll Giveaway! #LoveHallmark Ends 1/12

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**I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. The minute I saw Penny Paperheart from Hallmark, I was over-the-moon in love. She’s just utterly adorable and the sets she comes in are filled with the cutest, most spot-on details. The Deluxe Playset features a house-shaped storage box that folds out into a perfect … Read more

Real Coconut Shell Soy Candles (Made in Hawaii) Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/09

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These Coconut Scented Soy Candles are such a cool idea, I knew I’d love them the minute I saw them! Not only are they made of highly scented 100% soy wax, they’re packaged so cleverly in actual coconut shells. I can perfectly imagine being washed away on a tropical isle, the sun glittering off the … Read more

Weird Beauty Moments: Thanks, Disney!

I was clearing off my reading table today, throwing out a bunch of fashion magazines, when I noticed an ad for Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse perfume. It reminded me of when I first saw their ads: I was convinced the name was Modern MOUSE. This notion stuck with me through a long session of staring at … Read more

Professional Cocktail Muddler Bar Tool Review + Giveaway! Ends 11/20

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This Professional Cocktail Muddler from Btipsy is the perfect bar tool for the upcoming holiday season. I think it adds a bit of class and sophistication to at-home parties and gatherings. It’s visually very sleek and lovely, made of the highest quality stainless steel with  a grooved nylon head that will never corrode or pollute … Read more

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/01

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I love the flickering, warm ambiance and delicious scents that candles bring to my home. Especially as the days turn darker and chillier, I consider them among the list of essential supplies to keep me cheerful. Fuzzy soft blankets, chunky knit sweaters, suede boots, velvety pillows, stacks of unread books, hearty soups and breads, a … Read more

How To Be A Good Wife.

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Take small mouthfuls of food, like a baby bird, and make sure to chew daintily with your mouth closed. Emma Chapman’s How To Be A Good Wife, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller, is punctuated by such glimmering diamonds of 1950’s marital etiquette. I felt an instant kinship upon seeing this- I remember copying similar advice … Read more

Velocity Boxing Big Size Inflatable Punching Bop Review

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**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own.   I’ve been looking for fun new ways to keep the girls active during the summer, so we recently set up a spare room as a designated workout space. This is great for rainy … Read more

AdoramaPix – Save 25% off our square photo books.

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AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The … Read more

Fun Summer Fashions at Tea Collection!

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Right now my favorite children’s clothing site, Tea Collection, is having a summer sale! You can save up to 50% on select items from their fantastic India Collection. This exotic collection is filled with bold … Read more

Following Your Own Religion Before You Expect Others To.

Oh my sweet yams. I promised myself I wasn’t going to say much on the recent Supreme Court decision to treat gays like autonomous human beings. The thing is, if you know me at all, you’re already aware of how I feel. FREAKING ECSTATIC. And if you don’t know me, well silly, get to it! … Read more

Extra Large Picnic Blanket

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**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. I love impromptu summer picnics, late in the afternoon when the sun isn’t so harsh, under the rustling shade of tall trees. I usually just grab whatever throw blanket is handy- and then of … Read more

Helping Veterans with the Give Back Yoga Foundation

Gaiam, a leading yoga, fitness and wellness company, recently announced a three-year partnership with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to cultivate a regular practice- including at-risk youth and veterans with PTSD. With the goal of sharing and spreading … Read more

All customers enjoy 100 free 4×6 prints with promo code 100FREEPRINTS, 6/18-6/30

  **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. Summer is one of my favorite times for making memories with the girls- and capturing them on film! The sparkling outdoor light is perfect for making your photographs look nearly professional in quality. Celebrate … Read more