29 February 2012

My Dear Friends,

If you use any of Google’s many products (the ubiquitous search engine, Gmail, Google Plus, YouTube, etc.) you’ve probably seen all the notices about upcoming changes to the company’s privacy policy. So what does it mean to you, and how can you put up a few necessary roadblocks?
In a nutshell, the new policy states that any data Google’s search engine has collected about you prior to March 1st (and any data it collects on you in the future) will be shared with its other products. Privacy advocates have raised the alarm about this because your search queries can reveal particularly sensitive personal information — your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion and health concerns, to name only a few.
If that sounds a little Big Brotherish and you’d rather keep Google from combining your web history with all the data it’s collected about you while you’re using its other products, here’s how to clean out your history and stop it from being recorded in the days to come:
Sign into your Google account, and then go to https://www.google.com/history. Click the button marked Remove All Web History at the top.
On the confirmation screen that follows, click OK.
You’ll see a notice saying your web history is paused — and it’ll stay off unless you choose to enable it later on.
One important caveat: disabling your Google Web history won’t prevent the company from gathering and storing your information for internal purposes, and it won’t stop that information from being shared with law enforcement if you go off and do something stupid. (So, you know, don’t do that.)


*This post originally from 965kvki.com

28 February 2012

BaubleBar + FITF = ♥!

My Dear Friends,

I loooooove BaubleBar.  They offer the newest trends as well as classic staples for great prices.  Check out these great promotions going on now:
--Receive $10 off your first order at BaubleBar.com
--Free Shipping on all Orders 
 
If you're new to the BaubleBar scene, signups are totally free, so why not sign up
and take a look around?  Here are a few of my favorites:
  
 
 Wishbone Pendant - $32
 
 Hematite Twist Bangles - $36
 
Block Hoops - $38 

Powder Multi-Pop Bracelet (Pave Crystal) - $28

Beetle Pair Earrings (Pave Crystal) - $46

Teal Links Bracelet (Dark Hematite & Teal Enamel) - $36
 
Medallion Drop Earrings - $32 

Orbit Amber Cuff - $32

Metallic Diamond Chandelier Earrings - $24

Bow Coup Bracelet - $34

Not a member of BaubleBar?  Click this link or go to BaubleBar.Com and enter 
code "30089" as your invite reference and you'll be good to go!

Alight.Com - Curvy Girl Clothing (Spring Fashionista)

My Dear Friends,


Alight plus size clothing is one of our awesome Spring Fashionista Event sponsors!  I'm super excited to announce that they have kindly offered one plus sized top (of their choosing) per month for the next three months as a giveaway!  Isn't that great?!  The only catch, if you can even call it that, is that the selected winner MUST be on the Alight Email List.


The Spring Fashionista Event runs from 3/2-3/7 so make sure to come back and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  Good Luck everyone!

Alight is an online retailer for plus sized clothing that features a wide assortment of jeans, tops, dresses, pants, coats, skirts, and jackets.

They carry the largest selection of contemporary and junior plus designers including Pink Girl, Angels, Ruby Rox, Fashion Love, Sele, ToTo, Blue Plate, Abby Z, Mecca Femme, Pink Apple & many more!




I really appreciate a website devoted to plus size clothing that is both cute and well fitting.  Just because you are "plus size" doesn't mean you have to look frumpy or poorly fitted --- thanks to Alight!

Alight has quality clothing & accessories at excellent prices!  Connect with Alight through their Website, Facebook or Twitter for all the news & information!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO US/CANADA RESIDENTS.
(You may need to click "read more" for the Rafflecopter form to show up!)



24 February 2012

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eShakti: your size, your style, your design!

My Dear Friends,

It's not every day that you find a clothing store that allows you to tailor an item to your perfect fit.  Most items you buy online are in your typical S, M, L, XL categories, but not eShakti.  At eShakti, YOU are the stylist.
 
Every little detail is fitted to your specifications.  Using your exact measurements to ensure the best fit possible, eShakti will tailor your chosen item just for you.  They don't stop there, though.  You may also change the neckline, sleeves or hemline, thereby creating your own one-of-a-kind design.

Custom sizing isn't something that many women are used to, no matter your size.  eShakti provides careful shaping and grading for virtually any size for a small fee.  The designs are cutting edge; they feature embellishments, appliques, beading, ruffles, decorative stitching and more.  Items from eShakti are carefully constructed and extremely well made.  These pieces will become wardrobe staples in your closet.


eShakti carries sizes from 0 to 26w and are fully customizable.  Items are typically shipped within three business days and will arrive in 7-10 business days.



I am thrilled to announce that eShakti is one of our Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event sponsors!  One lucky winner will get a dress of their choice!  The options are endless!  This is one hot prize to be won!  The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event runs from March 2nd-7th and features over 100 bloggers giving away prize packs worth $100 or more!  All you have to do is come back on March 2nd and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

(You may need to click "Read More" for the Rafflecopter form to show up.)


23 February 2012

Main Street Store: Your Place For Chic Aprons

My Dear Friends,

I love a cute apron.  There's just something about a fun, sassy little apron that makes you feel a whole lot better while you're cooking or entertaining. If you're in the market for a cool, stylish apron, look no further than Main Street Store.


MainStreet-Store.com has all the latest patterns and styles of aprons for both women and children.  They also carry a variety of apron sets, towels, tea cozies, oven mitts, dish gloves, garters, pajama sets, scarves & pot mitts.   Every item is very affordable and shipping inside the USA is always free.  There's also an excellent sale section which features gorgeous items at discounted prices.

Are you in the mood for a designer apron?  Main Street Store carries aprons my Jessie Steele, Carolyn's Kitchen & Kay Dee Designs that are sure to delight you.  They really do have something for everyone...sexy aprons, chef aprons, kitchen aprons, hostess aprons...they're all here!

I was fortunate enough to get to review the Jessie Steele Cottage Kitchen Rose Bib Josephine Apron.  The colors are so bright and vibrant - light turquoise, soft pink, pastel yellow & spring green.  The apron is 100% cotton and measures 30" x 27" and retails for $30.  The way the apron is cut is very figure flattering.  I chose this particular apron and print because the colors remind me of Spring and I felt like seeing this apron on my kitchen hook would make me smile.

MainStreet-Store.Com is one of our amazing sponsors for the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event!  Spring Fashionista runs from March 2nd-7th and features over 100 bloggers giving away prize packages worth $100 or more.  Some bloggers, like myself, are giving away multiple prize packs so there are many chances to win!

The Jessie Steele Cherry Cupcakes Apron is up for grabs for the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event!  This apron is premium 100% machine washable/dryable cotton fabric with adjustable pink waist & neck ties. The apron measures 32" x 27" and retails for $30!



This apron has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Southern Lady, House & Garden & Women's World.  It is the also same apron that was worn by Charlotte in the Sex & The City movie.

The Jessie Steele Cherry Cupcakes Apron can be yours!  All you have to do is come back on March 2nd and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN WORLDWIDE!

(You may need to click "Read More" for the Rafflecopter form to show up.)

22 February 2012

February Freebies Winners

My Dear Friends,

I hope that wherever you are, the weather is as gorgeous as it is here today.  It's in the low 70's and sunny.  Completely beautiful.  It's enough to put most anyone in a good mood:)

Well, February Freebies is over and we need to pick some winners.  Thank you to all who participated, and remember that Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event starts on March 2nd.  I'm giving away TONS of amazing fashion-related items.  Don't miss out on your chance to win!

Here are our February Freebies winners:

Aranda Gibbs

Holly Hennessy Swint 

Lauren Garrett

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!  Aren't they great?!  Please take the time to visit them on their Facebook or Twitter pages & show them some love! ♥

Spring Fashionista: Monroe & Main

My Dear Friends,


Monroe & Main is a jewel of a company that I feel is too much of a secret right now.  They offer a lot of great products as well as a flexible, generous credit plan.

While they are primarily a mail-order catalog company, you may shop via the online site as well: www.monroeandmain.com.
 
I was lucky enough to review the Color Block Dress from Monroe & Main.  It's a gorgeous fuchsia & orange figure flattering kimono-style dress.  It features a v-neck top and a lined skirt with pockets.  The material is polyester/spandex and should be hand washed.  This dress retails for $89.95 & plus size is $99.95.

The Color Block Dress can be worn in many different ways.  Dress it up with heels and a blazer for work, or dress it down with ballet flats and a cute ponytail for a more casual look.  It's a great dress to wear for a night on the town as well.  The options are endless!

Here are a few ways that I would style this beautiful dress:

Color Block Nights


   


Office Chic





casual & fun


 



I'm delighted to announce that Monroe & Main is one of my sponsors for the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Hop!  The hop runs from March 2-7 and features over 100 bloggers giving away fashion-only related prize packs worth $100 or more!  Make sure to come back on March 2nd & fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  Good luck everyone!

*You may need to click "Read More" for the Rafflecopter form to show up.

21 February 2012

Spring Fashionista Sponsor: {twenty-one.}

My Dear Friends,

{twenty-one.} is an Etsy shop that features many different styles of jewelry.  Taking inspiration from the trends and sights around, {twenty-one.} strives to make trendy, fashionable and fun jewelry.


You'll find fun statement necklaces, paracord bracelets, pendant necklaces, charm bracelets, mixed metal bracelets, painted rhinestone necklaces, earrings & more at {twenty-one.}

How cool is this?!  {twenty-one.} is a featured seller today in the Etsy Showcase in the "Jewelry > Bracelets" category!  Stock gets replenished every few days, and there are always new, interesting items debuting in the shop, so check back often for great finds!

Here are a few of my favorites:



{twenty-one.} is one of our fabulous sponsors for the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Hop!  The hop starts on March 2nd and runs until March 7th.  There are over 100 bloggers participating, each giving away fashion-only related prize packages worth $100 or more!  Come back on March 2nd & fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  Good Luck everyone!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN WORLDWIDE
*You may need to click "Read More" to get the Rafflecopter form to show up.


20 February 2012

GFC is out, Linky Followers is in!

My Dear Friends,

Google Friend Connect (GFC) will disappear from all non-blogger blogs within the next few weeks and it has left a number of us uncertain of our "follower future".  What happens to our stats?  Our readers?  No one knows, really, as of yet.  I do know that I'd like to keep all 1,500 of you dear readers because great things are coming that I want to share with you!
A good number of bloggers have begun to recruit their followers into joining Linky Followers, which is like GFC but it's not made by Google/Blogger.  It enables you to follow any blog, no matter what the platform.  There's a nasty rumor going around blogland that GFC is being completely phased out - no more GFC for anyone...but that's just a rumor, for now.  
Please head on over to Linky Followers and join my follow list.  You can follow via the easy widget in the top left corner of my sidebar as well.  
Please leave me a comment if you start following me via Linky Followers and I will make sure to follow you back.  I adore each and every one of you - your comments, emails and participation regarding my little blog makes me feel so fortunate.  I don't want to lose any of you when GFC leaves the building, so please, come join me on Linky Followers today! Hope to see you there!

17 February 2012

The February Freebies Giveaway Hop is LIVE!


My Dear Friends,

The February Freebies Giveaway Hop, hosted by Weidknecht Events Going Crazy, is now live!
 

You can win some great prizes from Naked Binder & Mod. Straps - just click the pictures below to be taken to the Rafflecopter form!  Good luck everyone!  Oh, and make sure to enter the other great giveaways as well!  The complete list is located at the bottom of this post.








Alight.Com Plus Size Clothing & Accessories

My Dear Friends,


Alight plus size clothing is one of our awesome February Freebies sponsors!  I'm super excited to announce that they have kindly offered one plus sized top (of their choosing) per month for the next three months as a giveaway!  Isn't that great?!  The only catch, if you can even call it that, is that the selected winner MUST be on the Alight Email List.


 The February Freebies Giveaway Hop runs from 2/18-2/21 so make sure to come back and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  Good Luck everyone!

Alight is an online retailer for plus sized clothing that features a wide assortment of jeans, tops, dresses, pants, coats, skirts, and jackets.

They carry the largest selection of contemporary and junior plus designers including Pink Girl, Angels, Ruby Rox, Fashion Love, Sele, ToTo, Blue Plate, Abby Z, Mecca Femme, Pink Apple & many more!



I really appreciate a website devoted to plus size clothing that is both cute and well fitting.  Just because you are "plus size" doesn't mean you have to look frumpy or poorly fitted --- thanks to Alight!

Alight has quality clothing & accessories at excellent prices!  Connect with Alight through their Website, Facebook or Twitter for all the news & information!




*You may need to click "Read More" for the Rafflecopter form to show up.

16 February 2012

Naked Binder - Eco Friendly Office Supplies

My Dear Friends,

What a funny name Naked Binder is.  It totally fits though.  Naked Binder is an awesome company that brings you a series of products that are functional yet eco-friendly.



"Started in 2008, Naked Binder emerged having multiple goals: sustainability, great design, preserving wilderness we love and giving back to education that helped us get here. We designed the strongest, most sustainable 3-ring binders available – cutting waste in manufacturing, processing and travel.  We make our binders, folders and tabs in Des Moines, IA in the US of A out of FSC certified, 100% post-consumer waste binders board, 100% cotton cloth, a few FSC certified papers and metal rings.  No plastics, vinyls or toxins. We designed our 3-ring binders to look so good you won’t want to get rid of them.  We have everything you might need to impress a client, store your taxes or decorate your office. Naked Binder donates to support wilderness areas and schools around the US. Learning to think and space to think in are important for a better world."


Such a great idea, isn't it?  These binders may be simple, but they're also very durable.  They've even done field tests on them to show the world how strong they are!  They're available in a multitude of colors that will please most anyone.  The colorful spine wrap of the binders is made of library-grade cotton book cloth and each binder features "D" rings to securely hold all your important papers.  Naked Binder carries various types of your standard size binders as well as notebook binders, folders, tab dividers, labels and CD/DVD holders. 
 


I received two standard size binders w/ tabs & one notebook binder w/ tabs to review.  My first thought when I opened the package was, "How cute are these?!".  Then as I inspected them, I noticed how durable they looked.    I really love the natural appearance.  These binders would be perfect for school-age children & teenagers who love to write on & decorate their binders.  (I know I did when I was in school!)  I have to say that the notebook binder is my favorite.  I've always liked this size binder, which holds 5.5 x 8.5 size paper.  This binder is perfect for use as a recipe holder, organizer, or to hold your ideas, lists or appointments.

Another amazing facet of the Naked Binder company is their appreciation for education.  They offer a 25% discount for educators, teachers, schools and home school!



There are many great ways to connect with Naked Binder:

Naked Binder is one of our excellent sponsors for the February Freebies Giveaway HopThe hop starts on 2/18 and runs until 2/21 at midnight!  If you'd like to win your own set of Naked Binder products (two different binders, folders and tab sets) just fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below to enter to win!


15 February 2012

COMING SOON: Lucky Clover St. Patrick's Day Giveaway

My Dear Friends,

I've got another great giveaway event starting soon - it's the Lucky Clover St. Patrick's Day Giveaway Hop, hosted by Anderson's Angels.  The event runs from March 17th to the 23rd and features 75 bloggers giving away prize packages worth at least $25 or more each!  I hope to see you there!