My Birthday Gifts From Michael Stars

On May 19, 2017, in News, by Couponology

My birthday was last week, (yep, I am a Spring girl!) and my best friend organized a surprise party for me. I still feel the excitement from it, but I must confess – apart from the great time I had with good friends, tasty food and lots of drinks, I felt most enthusiastic about my gifts. The best one came from my friend, Helen, who chose a Michael Stars gift card. Needless to say, I already redeemed it for some birthday goodies, so I want to share with you the two looks I bought that are perfect for spring and the transition into summer.

I am a long-time fan of the brand, and I’ve been very impressed with all the new jewelry and accessories I’ve seen from them lately both online and in-store.  What I appreciate most about this company, however, is that their collection consists of a wide variety of both casual and formal clothing. So without further ado, I will present my newest purchases along with some other styles I really like.

I’m obsessed with cute, comfortable dresses hat are also elegant. For this reason, I bought the below style, which is absolute perfection – I mean seriously, how stunning is this print?!

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The silhouette flatters my shape in a very feminine way, and it’s just the right length for a warm spring or summer day. Did I mention I’m obsessed with the pattern?! It just screams ‘summer!’, and the flounce sleeves are perfect because they reveal the perfect amount of skin and add a fun, flirtatious element. This maxi slip dress and dolman sleeve romper also caught my eye (so chic!). I love anything that you can slip on and run out the door in, and these two are perfect for that.

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As I was browsing through the new collection, this layered tank dress instantly caught my eye.

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Without hesitation, I chose this as my second birthday purchase. It is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, as it’s quite different from anything else in my closet, and the ‘double dress’ style is cool and on-trend. The shape is very casual, and the nautical stripes create a laid-back feel, which is what exactly I was looking for. Like the first dress, it is very lightweight and easy to move in. If you’re worried about the horizontal stripes adding width to your frame, don’t; they are so thin that they don’t add any extra unwanted inches!

Go ahead and visit the Michael Stars site and start discovering new favorites of your own to add to your spring/summer wardrobe. Don’t forget to stop by Couponology on your way over there, and use our 10% off plus free shipping code ’STAROLOGY’ to save on your order at Michael Stars!

 

My Baby Maple Tree & The Arbor Day Foundation

On May 10, 2017, in News, by Couponology

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“We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees”. Dedicated to this belief, Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, has become one of the largest nonprofit organizations with millions of members and partners. I strongly believe that they made this dream come true, as the environmental and global effect of their activities is priceless, along with the preservation of nature to improve the quality of life for next generations. I was informed of a public event in my college hosted by one of Arbor Day Foundation’s programs, and two days after Arbor Day, I found myself at the community park in my town planting a young maple tree along with other volunteers. This experience made me feel as though I could really make a difference; it was like planting a small baby that I could watch grow during my lifetime.

I later found out that 135,000,000 people living in more than 3,400 towns and cities are participating in Tree City USA, an Arbor Day Foundation community improvement program that has preserved and expanded public trees across America since 1976. Through the urban forest management framework, eco-conscious volunteers have managed to create cleaner air shade, lower energy costs, and storm water control. All these amazing results were accomplished by meeting 4 crucial criteria: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and of course, celebrating Arbor Day!
Because I know one day I will be a mother as well, it is more important than ever for children to learn how the ecosystem works, and to respect nature. Nature Explore Classrooms Movement, a collaborative program with Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, has embraced the fact that children are the future of this world with numerous activities such as outdoor classroom design services, educator workshops and natural products across the country. Involvement from college students is also strongly present, stemming from the formation of Tree Campus USA. The program is designed to help colleges and universities promote healthy community trees and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, encouraging them to create a more sustainable future for all.

All the trees that are planted are tolerant, strong, and carefully picked according to the climate of each geographical area. Arbor Day is here to remind us of all the benefits of the trees, and how blessed and miraculous creatures of nature are. It is a festive holiday that celebrates life and hope, and focuses on the future with trees that will purify the air and clean the water and soil for generations to come. Now more than ever, it is necessary for all of us to grab a shovel and celebrate Arbor Day, protecting life and the environment. People have the power to change the world, but only if they want to.

It’s been 10 years since I finished college, and every day I pass by the public park to see that my tree is still there. Strong, tall, and with beautiful red leaves, it gazes proudly on to the horizon and the children playing happily underneath it. Whenever I pass my tree in the park, I can’t help but think that one day, my child will learn how precious nature is and will hopefully plant a tree next to mine.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” With that in mind, if you are compelled to get involved and make a difference, stop by the Arbor Day Foundation website and check out all of the great programs you can participate in around your community. Otherwise, stop by the Arbor Day Foundation’s shop & save on your order with our 10% off promo code; all purchases made through the Foundation help support important tree planting efforts around the globe!

 

Surf’s Always Up At Hansen Surf!

On May 10, 2017, in News, by Couponology

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a novice, Hansen Surf has all the essentials to fulfill your surfing needs! They have a huge selection of surf gear, from board bags to traction pads and sunscreen. Not only do they have the products and add-ons to take care of your board, but they also have men’s and women’s apparel from your favorite surf brands like Roxy, O’Neill, Billabong, and Rip Curl to name a few. Literally, this place is a one stop shop for all things sand and waves.

Hansen’s has a nice selection of women’s board shorts, some in fun and vibrant colors, and others in black. However, I felt the need to show off this particular pair of board shorts from the Hansen website.

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Created with Tri-Flex 4-way stretch material and contrasting binding and side panels, Rip Curls’ ‘Mia Flores’ board shorts are the perfect style for a surf, or even just hanging out at the beach. They add a fun pop of color and a little sass to set you apart from a sea of beachgoers.

For the male surfer, there’s just as much cool apparel to choose from, like the O’Neill ‘Woven Miramar’, which is perfect for a quick outfit change after that morning surf.

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The Miramar is a woven, classic fit shirt with a floral print that also features a front pocket. This lightweight shirt is sure to keep you cool on a hot summer day because of the light colors throughout the shirt, while the all-over pattern gives off a fun and relaxed summer vibe.

Both of these picks are perfect for anyone looking to add some style to their beach wardrobe, along with the many more amazing options available on Hansen’s website. Be sure to use our 10% off Hansen Surf coupon code to score some great savings!

As always, Happy Shopping – and cowabunga, dude!

 

My Treasure Hunt Ends at Satya’s!

On May 9, 2017, in News, by Couponology

It was love at first sight; while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I laid eyes on the Mandala ring designed by Satya Jewelry.  I can’t remember which one, but a jewelry blogger posted a photo featuring these two rings—one in 18k gold, and one in sterling silver.

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I was immediately drawn to the gold one, with the design being so bold and eye-catching.  I added the ring to my list with things I have to buy before I die (yes, I have paraphrased my bucket list). As with any item on that list, I sincerely hope to own it one day.

Lucky for me, that day has finally come! Being able to make this ring mine and owning something from Satya Jewelry is like taking a piece of her uniqueness into your life.  When I wear the ring, I can immediately see and feel what inspires her handcrafted works of art: things like inspiration, passion, and desire to stay engaged with your dream. A former social worker with a passion for childhood education, Satya wanted to create jewels not only for living, but for creating an opportunity for all children around the world. She notes that when you become aligned with your dream, the success becomes easier; not because there are no provocations, but because you are ready to handle them and meet your target. Satya says it best, “I made the focus on the bravery that I think is inside all of us. And the vision was so explicit, and I was so motivated to make it happen, that it was easy.” This can only be said from designers who put their heart and soul into each piece, and this is very apparent in all of Satya’s creations.

I mixed the geometric form and patterned brilliance of the gold Mandala ring by Satya Jewelry with the Libra Zodiac necklace.

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The makeshift ring added a splash of mystery that coincides nicely with the mortal and divine necklace. I’m curious to see what else I can mix and match this ring with, even though it is an amazing piece on its own. I like creating some unexpected combinations, so I will surely be treasuring this ring forever!

To purchase your own gold Mandala ring by Satya Jewelry, or anything else that will inevitably catch your eye, be sure to stop by the site. Don’t forget to stop by Couponology on your way over there, and use our 20% off plus free shipping code to save on your order at Satya Jewelry!

 

Robb Vices: ‘En Fuego’ Edition

On May 8, 2017, in News, by Couponology

I recently received a Robb Vices curated subscription box. If you don’t already know about Robb Vices, they are a subscription box company that partners with awesome brands to deliver subscribers a unique set of items every month. The March box, titled the En Fuego edition, was filled with carefully selected delicacies that would appeal to anyone with a palette that can handle some spice. The box was filled with spicy items that included vodka, several hot sauces, and snacks like cheesy puffs and jerky.

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One of the goodies that I really got to enjoy was the Dried Oaxaca Chiles, which I ended up using in my salsa recipe. They had a deep smoky flavor and medium heat, and were used in conjunction with jalapenos to add a richness that was missing from the salsa. While the Chiles made for a perfect addition to a great salsa, I could see them being utilized to season meats as well.

The Cilanktro Hot Sauce was another favorite. It had a buttery, smooth texture and nicely balanced spice to it. It would be a great substitute for your go-to hot sauce, and was even excellent on my pizza! The cilantro in it was not prominent, but added a nice complexity to the flavor. I found the sauce to be vinegary (in a good way), and could see it working with salads or as an additive for other sauce bases.

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One of the more unique items for me was the Hott Jolokia by NW Elixers. It was very, very sweet & yet somehow even spicier than it was sweet. It had a nice smokiness backed up by some staple spices like coriander and ginger. The pineapple taste didn’t come through very much, but was most likely there to bolster the sweetness. It is definitely not for everyone, perhaps geared towards Capsaicin lovers. I’d recommend using small amounts to add heat and sweetness to other sauces like salsas, marinades, dressing, and maybe even pasta sauce.

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The Sriracha Cheddar flavored Serious Cheesy Puffs make a great drinking snack. They had a classic semi-sweet Sriracha flavor with the all-too-familiar cheddar cheese doodle vibes. I will warn you that these puffs are highly addictive, and can be enjoyed by those who usually avoid spicy foods. I’d honestly recommend them to any cheese doodle lover.

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Overall, the box was amazing and could potentially serve as a great gift. I found this one in particular to be a great selection for anyone with a culinary prowess, or who just loves being exposed to and trying new things. If you’re interested in snagging a subscription of your own, be sure to head over to Robb Vices & get started with $6 off a 3 month subscription plan.

*Special thanks to guest blogger Justin Rivera for this awesome review!