Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 13

Okay so I missed last week due to the birth of Mr. CJ, but here's this weeks links!

1. By far the coolest DIY project I've ever seen posted on a blog.

2. This series of Ebay Bargains is amazing. I've already found some great stuff.

3. This article made me laugh because I'm literally living it right now.

4. These holiday organizing tips are amazing.

5. I'm loving that everyone is starting to post their gift guides. I need ideas!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Influenster Love!

Influenster is a product review, Q&A, news, and exclusive offers website that I joined a few years ago  on a whim. I didn't hear much from the site until I got the email a few months ago saying that I would receive my first VoxBox- a box of goodies to be sent my way to review.

Basically, the deal is that you are invited to a campaign and receive a VoxBox in the mail containing various products. When you receive the box, you "check in" online and are then given a list of tasks to complete in order to gain rewards to unlock badges. The more badges you unlock and activities you complete, the better your chances are of being selected for more prizes from Influenster as well as to be chosen for future VoxBoxes. 

So far, I've been invited to participate in two campaigns with Influenster (click to read about my experiences with both products):


The Monopoly Junior game I recieved from Influenster

The Impress Nails I recieved from Influenster

Both experiences have been fantastic. I have loved the products I recieved and found it super easy to review and complete the badges.

Beyond receiving awesome free products to test, Influenster provides amazing VoxPerks and let's you read reviews and Q&As on all types of products. They even have an amazing app that lets me check in and complete activities right on my phone.

I'm so excited to see what my next campaign will be. If you haven't already done so, I highly suggest you join Influenster!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

He's Here!

Just a quick update...



On Saturday November 15th, I gave birth to baby CJ.

He weighed 9lbs 13oz and was 22 inches long. He has blonde hair and blue eyes just like his daddy.

Our girls are in love, as are we.

He's perfect!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Christmas Tag



I stumbled across this tag on one of my favourite blogs- MakeupSaavy. It is originally form the Milk Bubble Tea Blog. It's such a fun way to share my early Christmas excitement.

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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

The Santa Claus, Elf, Christmas with the Kranks, and The Holiday.


2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

All of them on Christmas morning. Chris and I are thinking of starting a tradition of giving all the kids new Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve, but other than that, my family doesn't do any gifts before then.


3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Getting to wear brand new Christmas dresses every year. It's funny because every year now I get to see my girls have the same feeling I had. It's so special to see how happy a glittery new dress can make a little girl.


4. Favourite festive food?

How can I even decide this? I think I'll go with gingerbread cookies...or pretty much any cookie.


5. Favourite Christmas gift?

A vintage Avon spoon ring from my grandma. I used to have the ring but it broke in half and I lost it. A few years ago she found the exact same ring and gifted it to me. I cried.


6. Favourite Christmas scent?

The smell of sugar cookies. I can only describe it as warm, sweet vanilla. It makes me want to curl up in a ball, eat my face off, and never leave my couch.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Eating finger foods and watching movies. Keeping it simple with immediate family.


8. What tops your tree?


A beautiful golden and glittery star. Chris and I actually argued about this the first few years we were together- he prefers a santa but I think a star is much more traditional (and makes a lot more sense).


9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?


I actually remember asking for an Iguana for like 3 years straight. I'm really glad my parents never fed into this because I actually hate taking care of animals. I can only imagine what kind of mess an Iguana would have been.


10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

The sights and sounds. I absolutely love how "big" the Christmas season is. I feel like in comparison, every other holiday is kind of half done. Christmas is so over the top. Everywhere you go there are decorations and music and activities. It's the least dull time of year.

Beyond that, being a mom at Christmas time is the coolest thing I've ever experienced. I definitely don't get the gifts I used to seeing as everyone buys for my kids instead, but it's the best feeling to see how happy the holiday season makes little kids.

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Grab the questions for your blog here (courtesy of MakeupSaavy):

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

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