Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Join Me for the @WorldMarket #DowntonAbbey Sweepstakes and the #DoTheDownton Tea Party

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If you shop at World Market, you can tell they're getting ready for something big! For Black Friday, 11/28 through Sunday, 11/30 Cost Plus World Market will be giving away an Exclusive Downton Abbey Tea Cup in Gift Box to the first 100 in-store customers with a new design each day.

No purchase necessary, must be 18 years old, one per person.

And on Friday 11/28 – Sunday 11/30, Cost Plus World Market is offering Exclusive Downton Abbey Tote Bags as a gift with a $20 in-store purchase. You can get a new tote each day too!

While supplies last. For more details, check out their blog here.

Also World Market is having an amazing sweepstakes that is ending 12/26 for Downton Abbey!
You could win the grand prize package which includes:
  • Trip for 2 to London, England (hotel & accommodations)
  • Private Tour of Highclere Castle
  • Visit the set of Downton Abbey and a $1,000 World Market gift card.
Plus, three first prizes: $500 World Market gift card

Make sure to head on over to enter this sweepstakes today before it ends!

And that's not all! World Market now has an amazing line of Downton Abbey items that are exclusive to only them! So head over to the site and check out their great line. I've already ordered a bunch of it and I'm going to be hosting a Downton Abbey tea party in December so be sure to check out my pictures from the party!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Staying Healthy in the Winter #ImmuneSupportZarbees #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I honestly can't believe that autumn is already here. Just this past weekend we started turning the heaters on and had a chance of snow! But when this cold weather starts coming in, it always seems to bring sickness along with it for our family. Every time the weather changes, we get sick. So that's why we end up taking a lot of vitamins when we know the seasons are changing.

Here are a few of our must have vitamins for when autumn starts creeping in!
  • Vitamin C - Every single year when I was a kid, my mom always gave me Vitamin C when autumn started to come around. It helps boost your immune system and that's a must when cold weather is coming.
  • Echinacea - This can be bought in the form of pills or drops to put on your tongue. Again, my mother would give me the drops on my tongue, especially when I started feeling like I was getting sick. The next day I would feel so much better.
  • Zinc -  Zinc is an amazing immune boosting vitamin. It's found very seldom in the human body so taking it in supplement form is always best.
  • Vitamin E - Vitamin E is a much needed vitamin for the proper function of many organs. It's also a great antioxidant so if you have anything bad in you, it will help flush it out.
  • Vitamin A- Everyone needs Vitamin A in their bodies for their eyes, skin and immune system to work properly. It's always best to keep Vitamin A in your system, especially in the colder months when we tend to be inside more.

Did you know that ALL of these vitamins are in one chewy you can take daily? That awesome vitamin is called Zarbees Naturals Daily Bee Gummy Immune Support. We've started giving this chewy to Mary every single day because like I said above, we always seem to get sick in the winter. Maybe it's because most people are inside and you have more of a chance to catch germs when you're inside with a bunch of other people. Whatever the reason is, I now feel better about taking Mary out during the colder months. 

Do your kids get sick in the winter? Would you try this new immune supporting gummy?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Food From South of the Border at Chili Hills #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_com

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When Mary was about eight months old, my husband and I decided to pack up everything we had and move to New Mexico. Now this was a huge move for us but it was needed since I was very sick. I needed to move somewhere where the air was dry and my allergies and asthma could take a break. So after much deciding, we packed up everything we had and moved away.

Now New Mexico was a four day trip by car from where we lived so this really was a cross country move. And everything was very different from our original home, especially since my husband and I have never seen the desert before. But something that really helped us make a new place home was the culture and food.

So years later we ended up seeing an old favorite which was Chili Hills Restaurant in Edgewood, New Mexico. From the outside it really doesn't look like much but just look at the inside.

You would never believe the place looked like this on the inside! And as a lover of murals, this place is so fun. It really sets the scene for where you are. Something else wonderful about Chili Hills is that they are a part of so they take the gift certificates! Before we left out, I went online and printed out my gift certificate to Chili Hills and just tucked it away until I needed it. Then when I got to the restaurant, I presented it to the server.

Currently Chili Hills offers two different gift certificate denominations. We used the $25 one so that took $25 off our total bill. That's an amazing savings!

And the gift certificate is well worth using especially when you look at these quesedillas! They come with beans and rice and are so filling you'll need a doggy bag for the rest!

Using our $25 was so easy that it was as simple as handing it to the server and getting a new bill. That was it! So if you're ever in Edgewood, New Mexico and want to check out somewhere with amazing Mexican food, look for Chili Hills off of State Road 344.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Visiting Japan in the Fall #TsunaguJapan

I am a Tsunagu Japan Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always been engrossed by Japan. Since I've never actually left the US in my entire life, I've only had the opportunity to see it through movies, books and pictures but what I've been able to see always blew my mind. From the culture to the food, everything about Japan always amazes me.

Usually when I think of Japan, I always think of that movie Memoirs of a Geisha since that was one of my favorite movies as a teenager. I can see the rich culture and heritage of Japan in my mind but one thing I could never really see was the season of autumn. When I think of autumn, I think of my home in New York with the Adirondack mountains changing colors. But recently I was shown some amazing sites and pictures of Japan in the fall that puts New York to shame! I thought the states were gorgeous in fall until I saw some of these pictures and wondered how such beautiful places were even possible!

If you're ever going to Japan, I suggest seeing these places if you're going to go during the fall.

The first place is called Chion-in (Kyoto). It is recommended to go in November from 5:30 to 9:30PM for the best viewing. This is supposed to be a lovely and quiet place to stroll through and take in the fall colors.

The second place is wonderful if you love the color gold! It's called Kourankei (Toyota, Aichi) and it's suggested to go in November from sunset to 9PM. What's special about this spot is you can view from the top of the bridge so you can have a closer look. This really is a great place to take in some beautiful gold colors of autumn.

The third place is called Iwayado Park (Seto, Aichi) and it's suggested to go in November. In this park the foliage is actually all lit up so the colors pop even more! I bet this place is like going back in time.

The fourth place is called Nanzenji (Kyoto) and it's suggested to go in November. This beautiful place has a bit of a mysterious feel to it since it's darker and has lots of shades of red. This park would probably be best to see at night when the lights are coming on. 

The fifth place is called Enrian (Kyoto) and I think it's my favorite so far. It's open until December 7 so I would hurry if I was going to see this park this year. The key part about this place is that you will see red, everywhere. Red leaves are all over the ground and through the trees, but not any type of red. These are the brightest red leaves I have ever seen. We have red leaves in our trees where I live but nothing this vibrant. I would love to see this place one day.

The last spot I wanted to showcase is called Daigoji (Kyoto) and it's open until mid-December. I really think this place is unique because you can see some of the gorgeous architecture that Japan is so famous for. Plus it looks like a wonderful place to take some pretty pictures too. 

If you want to see the rest of the recommended places to take in autumn foliage in Japan, then check out the full list on Tsunagu Japan. 

Other than beautiful spots to see fall foliage in Japan, there are also lots of other fun things to do during autumn as well. Here are some of the reasons to visit Japan in the fall.

The seasonal harvest in Japan is something you should see if you're visiting Japan. Mostly it's made up of mushrooms, fish and nuts that are great in a variety of recipes. Every country has a different harvest so Japan's is one to definitely see. 

One amazing event that everyone should see is Meguro’s mackerel pike festival. Since mackerel is a big part of Japan's autumn harvest, at this festival it is distributed for free. Personally I would love to see this wonderful festival one day!

And one more fun event to see in the fall is the Tokyo Designers Week. During this fun week, you can see fashion, design, art and music all in the same place! This is yet another event that shouldn't be missed.

If you want to see the rest of the places to see in Japan in the fall, make sure to check out the entire list on Tsunagu Japan.

Have you ever been to Japan? What is most intriguing about going in the fall to you?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide #spon

I am a US Cellular Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

With the holidays just around the corner and a new year on the horizon, many Americans have their waistline on their mind. One of the most effective ways to maintain health or lose weight is to monitor calorie intake and physical activity. So this holiday season, get the perfect gift for your health and fitness obsessed friends and family by hooking them up with the latest and greatest fitness tracking devices.

  • Low-key fitness monitoring beginners may like the UP by Jawbone, which syncs with both Android and Apple products. The wristband tracks distance walked, calories burned, active time and movement intensity. It even vibrates to remind you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. Jawbone also syncs with an app on your smartphone, so you can input information about what you eat and drink each day to better manage the calories you consume. In addition, Jawbone reads sleep patterns to wake you at the optimal time. The system learns your habits; informs you how your days, nights and food interact to affect your overall wellness; and makes recommendations to improve your lifestyle.

  • Fitness gurus who like personal attention and also want the sophistication of a high-tech watch, would love the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2Compatible with Samsung devices, the Galaxy Gear 2 offers a personalized fitness manager with real-time information on the progress and results of your workout. Then, based on the results, it offers a personalized and adaptive recommendation for your next workout.

  • The SYNC BURN Activity and Calorie Burn Tracker for Apple acts as a fitness partner that’s with you wherever you go. For iOS users, the SYNC BURN utilizes heart rate sensors to more accurately track the number of calories you burn, and includes a MapMyFitness app to view, track and share fitness progress. The device features digital time and date display, a stopwatch and a one-year battery.

  • For users focused on weight loss, the Withings Pulse Activity Tracker is the perfect thing to help accomplish your goals. The Pulse Activity tracker, which can be worn as a watch, clipped on a pocket or dropped in a bag, monitors daily steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It also monitors sleep cycles and quality of sleep. When asked, it reveals heart rate and blood oxygen level. Sync the Pulse Activity Tracker with your favorite fitness app on your phone, and it automatically catalogs your personal data, so you can easily see daily progress and access real-time personalized coaching from the app.

  • The Wireless Scale WS-30 measures weight and body mass index, as well as connects to the partnered fitness app of your choice to keep track of losses and gains. It recognizes up to eight users, so each person in your family or fitness group can independently manage and access their progress.

In addition to wearable accessories, smartphones can double as health trackers. If you use an Apple iPhone 6, the built-in barometer and accelerometer can measure the elevation you climbed and distance you traveled throughout your exercise. For Samsung Galaxy S 5 owners, the rounded back of your phone can be used as a heart rate sensor that works with the S Health app. The app allows you to track statistics, such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels and weight, and it also can function as a pedometer and track your steps from your pocket.

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