Shoppers – here’s a great way to get some Amazon bucks and flex your creative muscles on Instagram! I recently received an email regarding a context being sponsored by the Slice app – all you need to do is share your most creative bubble photos on Instagram for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card! The contest is free to participate and will be open until August 1, 2014.

More info below:

The #Bubblegram giveaway celebrates the bubble-rific SLICE & DICE feature in the new redesigned app – it’s a fun, interactive display of the individual user’s spending data broken down by retailer and purchase type, as seen by year, month, week and day.

To enter: 

  • Follow @HelloSlice on Instagram
  • Post your best, most creative bubble photos on Instagram, tagging #Bubblegram and @HelloSlice 
  • Winner will be selected by Slice and awarded a $500 Amazon gift card!
  • Winner will be notified the week of August 4 and posted on the Slice Blog. Best photos will be featured on Slice’s Facebook and Twitter cover photos!
  • Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older, resident of the US

Good luck! We’ll be sure to follow along with the amazing #Bubblegram entries! (And don’t forget to follow @ShopHappens on Instagram while you’re at it!)

I’m so excited to announce this giveaway – this is definitely one of those prizes I wish I could win myself! To celebrate the launch of her new website, the lovely and talented Irina has generously sponsored a giveaway just for ShopHappens readers! Today’s giveaway is for  a beautiful custom Danique Jewelry birthstone necklace. The necklace is completely customizable: the lucky winner will have his or her choice of metal (Vermeil Gold, Sterling Silver or Oxidized Silver), initial, and gemstone. All birthstones are available!

Danique Jewelry Custom Birthstone Necklace

Danique Jewelry Custom Birthstone Necklace

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The only required entry is “What birthstone would you choose and why?” but you can get lots of extra entries too. This giveaway is open internationally and there is only one winner. Your chance at winning will be determined by the number of entries received 🙂 The giveaway will be open from 4/15 through 4/27, so get your entries in now!

Thank you Irina for sponsoring this giveaway! Readers, please be sure to follow Danique Jewelry on Facebook for new product info and lots of exclusive deals! And check out Irina’s store at for a ton of beautiful handmade jewelry and the Danique Jewelry Etsy Store as well!

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The fine print:

  • No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.
  • Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date.
  • Sweepstakes begins April 15, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. ET, and closes on April 28, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. ET.
  • Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within three (3) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.
"Housing" by James Thompson from Flickr

“Housing” by James Thompson via Flickr

When you’re looking for a new home, there are a lot of things you need to think about. How far do I want to be from work? How much do I want to pay? How much is this house worth?

I’m not a first time home buyer, but my husband and I are looking for our first home together. It’s been a stressful process, especially now that spring is finally here and tons of houses are coming on the market. We’re also working towards staging our own home, but that’s news for another day!

What should you keep in mind when looking for a new home? My top 5 tips are below – please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!

  1. Know the area. This means checking out recent home sale prices, look into schools and crime reports, basically just do your research when it comes to homes you are interested in. There are tons of resources out there for this, including Zillow and Redfin. If you’re relocating, check the internet for news from that area to see what it’s like to live there.
  2. Talk to your realtor. Make sure you have a good feel for what the homes in that area are going for, and be sure to ask your realtor’s opinion of what they think the market will be like in the next couple of months or years. If the neighborhood is improving year after year, this is a great sign.
  3. Prioritize your needs. My husband really wants a yard and a garage, and I’d like at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. These are the things that are non-negotiable with us. Limiting our search to these options helps us narrow down the type of house that is right for us and our situation. If being closer to work is very important to you, you may need to compromise on space or amenities.
  4. Know what you can afford. You’ll notice that I didn’t say you should compromise on cost. If it helps to speak with a realtor or financial planner, I highly recommend this option. It doesn’t make sense for anyone to be “house poor” especially when the job market is still very vulnerable.
  5. Look past the finishings. Sometimes it’s hard, but try to see past the bright pink little girl room with stickers on every wall and the stained orange carpet. Many times sellers understand these shortcomings and will provide allowances at closing. Focus on the bigger picture – the guts of the house: location, layout, footprint, etc. If the seller is not willing to negotiate, be sure to save some room in your budget to make a few cosmetic updates.and a bonus…
  6. Don’t get disheartened. When I was looking for my first house (well, technically it was a condo), I looked at about 50 different places before I found “The One” – I’d even made an offer on another condo that was rejected. It’s hard to not become beaten down when things don’t seem to go your way, but eventually you will find the right house for you.

Do you have any other suggestions for shopping for a house?

I’m so happy to introduce our first Etsy Spotlight of 2014 – actually, come to think of it you’ve already met her! Michelle is a contributor to ShopHappens, and the two of us went to the Hello Etsy event in DC a few years ago. Michelle has been wearing her gorgeous handmade brooches for years now, so I was super excited for the fixations Etsy store to officially launch a few months ago!  She’s always had such an eye for creative accessories and design, so this is a natural fit.

Michelle has offered a great promotion to ShopHappens readers – be sure to use coupon code SHOPHAPPENS for a special 10% discount on any purchase! And while you’re at it, go follow @fixationsjewels on Twitter too! 

As always, click on a photo to learn more or purchase any of the featured items. Now on with the show…

The Winter Crescent: pin with curved hammered silver cylinder, sapphire and copper beads, gold chain

The Winter Crescent: pin with curved hammered silver cylinder, sapphire and copper beads, gold chain by fixations

How long have you been selling on Etsy? How did you become interested in creating your own handmade products?

I have been selling on Etsy since July 2013, but I have been a buyer on Etsy since 2009. I loved the connection that I felt to the seller and to the item I purchased; that connection made the purchase feel that much more special. When I decided to turn my hobby into a business, Etsy seemed like the natural place to start.

I have always liked vintage style, and brooches had become a favorite accessory. I combined that idea with a vintage men’s pocket watch. It wasn’t even really a hobby, just something I did for myself. I love combining masculine and feminine elements to discover something new.

The Big Top Clown: pin with red and blue hoops, multi-colored beads, gold chain

The Big Top Clown: pin with red and blue hoops, multi-colored beads, gold chain by fixations

What inspires you?

The flair of the 20s, 30s, and 40s is probably my greatest inspiration, as well as several contemporary designers. Inspiration can come from anywhere, though. I find a lot of inspiration in sunlight and how it reflects on objects, water, lots of things. Other people and their personal styles and personalities are also great inspirations, because of course, I want to make things that people will be excited to wear.

What are some of your favorite colors/patterns/design aesthetics? How do you incorporate them into your work?

I love color! It’s a great friend of mine. You’ll tend to find a lot of blue in my pieces. It’s my favorite color. I also like to mix in wood and metals. Recently, I’ve gotten into paper elements. Plus, I like anything that reflects light, so you’ll see a lot of faceted beads in my work. I’m not a big fan of symmetry, so I like to keep things slightly off balance.

Who are some of your favorite celebrities? Whose style would match up with what’s available in your store?

Carey Mulligan is a fantastic actress, and a fascinating person to watch. I’m also a huge fan of Kerry Washington. Her wardrobe is to die for. If either of those women wore my pins, I would pass out!

The Carnival Kid in Silver: pin with white mesh bead, silver chain

The Carnival Kid in Silver: pin with white mesh bead, silver chain by fixations

What is your workroom like? What conditions lead you to create the best work?

I have a pretty cramped space, so I actually tend to create at the kitchen table. It’s good open space and I can interact with others while I create if I want. It’s good for instant feedback! I tend to get my best ideas when I am daydreaming. Sometimes things just pop into your head, and usually when I am not thinking very hard about a design, a great idea pops into my head.

How long does it take to design and create each piece?

It varies. Some pieces I puzzle over for days before a solid idea comes along and others just come together in minutes. Usually, if I am working with a set of materials, I try to identify a theme that can direct my thoughts. But I find sometimes that the unformulated thought it is the one that is the most cohesive and quickest to develop!

What is your favorite product so far?

Probably “Grass and the Water Droplet.” It is so versatile. It fits into so many outfits. I find it is a go-to piece for me. But it changes everyday!

Grass and the Water Droplet: pin with ocean, sky blue, and gold and green-tone glass beads, gold chain

Grass and the Water Droplet: pin with ocean, sky blue, and gold and green-tone glass beads, gold chain by fixations

What is the most interesting request you’ve received from a customer?

Brides are very fun to work for because they are often looking for something that they want to have as part of their special day or that their good friends will enjoy. It’s nice to create something for events like that because they are such seminal moments in people’s lives.

What makes your Etsy store different from others?

A lot of Etsy sellers make vintage inspired jewelry, but not many make pins and brooches. Bringing masculine and feminine elements together takes it a step further. I use all kinds of materials in my pieces; I’m designing some pieces now using paper beads made by women’s groups in Uganda. The possibilities are endless!

The Sand Dollar: pin with rainbow Agate, shells, gold chain

The Sand Dollar: pin with rainbow Agate, shells, gold chain by fixations

Thank you again Michelle for the interview! And readers, don’t forget to use code SHOPHAPPENS at checkout for a special discount!

What’s your favorite item in the fixations Etsy store?

teacher, professor imageAs you probably know, I love helping people save money – but even more than that, I love helping TEACHERS save money! They certainly deserve a bit of a break given the amount of time and energy that they put into educating our kids!

One of my teacher friends shared a great link recently, and I thought it would be helpful to share that information with the ShopHappens community. So without further ado, here’s a list of a TON of retailers that give teacher discounts, from

Crafts, Teacher Supply & Organization

  • Lakeshore Learning: Teacher’s Club members at Lakeshore Learning can save 15% off on hundreds of classroom items daily.
  • The Container Store: Teachers who register for the Organized Teacher Program with The Container Store are eligible for 15% off in store and online, as well as special discounts throughout the year.
  • Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts: Sign up for a Teacher Rewards discount card with Joann’s to get 20% back on your purchases.
  • Scholastic: A staple of many classrooms, Scholastic offers a Teacher Store filled with products and discounts for educators only.
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club: Although BJ’s doesn’t offer a discount for just any teacher, they do have partnerships with many school districts and teachers’ unions. Contact your teacher group to find out if you can get a discounted membership to this wholesale club.
  • Michael’s: At Michael’s craft stores, teachers with a valid educator ID can take 15% off all regularly priced items in store.
  • Blick: Get art materials at a discount by registering your school with Blick.
  • National Geographic: Purchase a Geno 2.0 kit for your classroom, and you can get a discount just for being a teacher.
  • Office Depot: Office Depot offers a Star Teacher program, giving registered teachers 10% back on ink, toner, paper, and most classroom supplies, plus 15% instant discounts on copy and print services.
  • FedEx Office: Offering a National Educators Discount Program, FedEx Office gives teachers 15% on most of the products and services they offer nationwide with no limit on the savings, plus special offers for educators.
  • Discount Dance Supply: Teachers enjoy a 10% discount on purchases with Discount Dance Supply, plus cash back and special pricing on certain items.
  • Big Lots: Although Big Lots does not offer year-round savings for teachers, they do have a Teacher Appreciation Day each fall, giving teachers 10% off their total purchase for an entire day.
  • Simply Stamps: NAE members can take 20% off purchases with Simply Stamps.
  • Ben Franklin Crafts: This craft store offers 10% for educators each Tuesday. Just don’t forget to bring your school ID!
  • Party City: Throwing a classroom party or using party supplies for a lesson? Just mention it at Party City to get a teacher discount.
  • Hancock Fabrics: Teachers and homeschooling parents can receive 10% off their in store purchases with a Red Apple Card from Hancock Fabrics.
  • Texas Instruments: Teachers in math and science can receive discounts on qualifying Texas Instruments technology products, including graphing calculators and software.
  • Staples: Set up a Staples Rewards account, and you can earn rewards for your classroom purchases.
  • Dollar Tree: Although it’s not advertised, at most Dollar Trees, teachers can get 10% off with their school ID.


  • Book Warehouse: Book Warehouse offers 15% off for teachers with an ID card. If you’re working on a large order, they can also offer additional discounts.
  • The New York Times: Teachers can get a special rate for a New York Times digital subscription. It’s just 99 cents for the first four weeks, and then 50% off the regular rate.
  • Schuler Books & Music: K-12 educators can get 20% off books for classroom use at Schuler Books.
  • Half Price Books: Half Price Books already offers great deals, but teachers with the Teacher & Librarian Discount Card can get 10% off year round, for school purchases and beyond. Ask about free books, too.
  • Barnes & Noble: Teachers, join the B&N Educator Program for 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use, and even 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.
  • Books-A-Million: Educators teaching students from Pre-K to the 12th grade can take advantage of a 20% discount program with Books-A-Million. They just have to sign up for the Books-A-Million Educator Discount Card.
  • NEA Magazine Service: Teachers who are members of the NEA can get up to 85% off cover price on a variety of magazines.

Clothes & General Merchandise

  • Coldwater Creek: Teachers can get 15% off in store purchases at Coldwater Creek.
  • The Walking Company: Get comfortable shoes for the classroom at 15% off from The Walking Company. All you need is your National Education Association membership.
  • Aerosoles: Standing in the classroom all day can be hard on your feet, but it’s a little easier with an Aerosoles discount. For items $39.99 or more, teachers can get 15% off with an ID or paystub.
  • Target: Using your International Teacher Identity Card, you can get $5 off $50 and free shipping on select items on
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: Want some new duds for the classroom? Head to Ann Taylor LOFT, where you can get 15% off full-price purchases, as well as access to school grants, sweepstakes, style guides for teachers, and teacher appreciation nights.
  • J. Jill: With your valid teacher’s ID in stores, you can save 15% off full priced styles at J. Jill.
  • Banana Republic: With your teacher ID, you can get 15% off all full-priced purchases in stores.
  • Christopher & Banks: Although participation varies by store, Christopher & Banks typically offers 10% off any regular priced purchase for teachers with a valid school ID.
  • Macy’s: Use your International Teacher Identity Card for 10% off in store purchases at Macy’s.
  • The Limited: At The Limited, teachers can get 15% off every purchase when you flash your school ID.
  • Old Navy: Hit Old Navy at the right time, and teachers can score 10% to 20% off their total purchase. You’ll need to visit during Teacher Appreciation Week in May and show your teacher ID.
  • New York & Company: Through their Big Apple for the Teacher program, New York and Company offers 15% off any in-store purchase for teachers. You can also earn “extra credit,” which is 20% off your first purchase, plus special offers emailed throughout the year.
  • J.Crew: Show your valid school ID, and J. Crew will offer 15% off any full priced in store item for teachers.
  • Madewell: J. Crew’s sister store, Madewell, also offers teachers 15% off in stores.


  • Bose: Famous for its music systems, Bose offers up to 15% off for teachers. You’ll need to call Bose directly and ask for their “Educators’ Program.”
  • Dell: K-12 teachers can enjoy special pricing from Dell, both for classroom technology and personal purchases.
  • AT&T: Many educational organizations offer a discount on wireless service through AT&T. To find out if you’re eligible, just enter your work email address on AT&T’s website.
  • JourneyEd: Get discounts on academic software through JourneyEd’s educator shop.
  • Lenovo: With the Lenovo Academic Purchase Program, teachers can receive exclusive offers and discounts for Lenovo products. You’ll just need to select your school.
  • Apple Store: Apple offers special education pricing on computers, software, and other products for teachers. These discounts are valid for school purchases, as well as personal ones.
  • Sony: Sony offers both discounts and rewards to teachers, with cut rates on projectors and flat-panel displays, plus “extra credit” points for your school that can be redeemed for Sony products.
  • Sprint: For members of the National Education Association, as well as members or state education associations, Sprint offers 18% off select plans for new accounts.
  • Adobe: Teachers can take advantage of discounted software through Adobe, just by purchasing Teacher editions of their most popular products.
  • HP: Register with HP Home Stores’ Academic Purchase Program, and teachers can purchase products with discounts of up to 15%.
  • Verizon Wireless: Contact your school district, teacher’s union, education association, or simply visit Verizon directly to find out if you’re eligible for a teacher discount at Verizon Wireless.

Food & Dining

  • Uno Chicago Grill: With your International Teacher Identity Card, you can get 10% off your meal at Uno Chicago Grill (not just in Chicago!).
  • Starbucks: Although Starbucks doesn’t have a formal teacher discount, if you ask nicely, many baristas will give you one.
  • Dunn Bros Coffee: Another coffee shop discount we can’t confirm. Many teachers report getting a discount at Dunn Bros Coffee, so it’s worth checking out!
  • Panera Bread: Planning a parent-teacher conference or school meeting? Hit Panera Bread, and they’ll give you their leftover baked goods for free.
  • Pizza Hut: Although it’s not advertised, Pizza Hut is said to offer discounts for teachers between 10% and 20%. Contact your local Hut to get the details.

Home & Hardware

  • Homes for Heroes: This company contracts with realtors, lenders, and other service providers to offer substantial discounts to heroes, teachers included.
  • Home Depot: With exempt paperwork, you can skip sales tax when shopping at Home Depot.
  • Lowes: Just like Home Depot, Lowes offers a break on sales tax for teachers, plus they’ll cut wood and pipe for you.
  • Sherwin Williams: Ready to paint your home, or even your classroom? Hit Sherwin Williams and ask for a discount-you may get up to 50% off each gallon.
  • Angie’s List: brokered a discount deal for teachers, offering a 20% discount on membership.
  • Whirlpool: Get special NEA member pricing on appliances from Whirlpool Corporation, including brands like KitchenAid, Maytag, and Amana.
  • Cost Plus World Market: In certain markets Cost Plus World Market offers a discount card for teachers, which gives them 10% off for cultural arts education supplies.

Attractions, Travel, Transportation, and Entertainment

  • Marriott: Many hotels and resorts in the Marriott family offer a discount for teachers. Just ask to find out what they can offer.
  • Alamo Rent A Car: NEA members enjoy member discounts and special offers from Alamo Rent A Car, including free unlimited mileage and roadside assistance.
  • SpaFinder: Use your International Teacher Identity Card to get 10% off SpaFinder gift certificates.
  • Legoland: Florida teachers can get in to Legoland for free using a Standard Annual Pass, and California teachers can enjoy several free admission days for teachers at Legoland California Resort.
  • CityPASS: Explore cities on vacation, or enjoy your hometown with CityPASS, and get 10% off with an International Teacher Identity Card.
  • AMC Theaters: AMC Theaters regularly offers discount tickets for teachers. Check with your school district to find out if they have an agreement.
  • New England Aquarium: Massachusetts school teachers can be admitted to the New England Aquarium free of charge, and enjoy a 10% discount at the gift shop and on family memberships.
  • Madame Tussauds: Visit Madame Tussauds to get special rates with your International Teacher Identity Card.
  • National Park Service: With a school ID, all teachers enjoy a 15% discount on items from the National Park Service.
  • Medieval Times: Register for the International Teacher Identity Card, and you can get 30% off Medieval Times admission.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Use NEA’s member-only rates to save on trips with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  • Sea World: Teachers in Texas, Florida, and California can get a Teacher Study Pass to enjoy free admission for a full year.
  • Firestone: Teachers with an International Teacher Identity Card can get huge deals on tires with Firestone, plus 15% off on maintenance and car repair.
  • Vacations To Go: Often, cruise lines offer discounts for active and retired teachers. Check out the site to find out about current specials.
  • Hertz Rent A Car: NEA members can get discounts and specials from Hertz Rent A Car, including $45 off a weekly rental or a $14.99 weekend day rental.
  • La Quinta: Teachers registered with the International Teacher Identity Card enjoy 10% off hotel stays with La Quinta.
  • Aston Hotels and Resorts: Thanks to a discount, teachers can get 10% off Aston hotels and resorts in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, and Lake Las Vegas.
  • National Car Rental: With your HSLDA membership, homeschool teachers can get a 5% discount on everyday car rentals, or 20% for business.
  • The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum: Contact the Mark Twain museum to find out about their teacher discount.
  • Broadway: With your International Teacher Identity Card, you can get up to 40% off New York Broadway tickets.
  • STA Travel: Check out STA Travel to take advantage of their many negotiated teacher discounts with the world’s top airlines.
  • Red Roof Inn: Use your NEA membership to get a 20% discount on all of Red Roof Inn’s rooms.
  • Amtrak: You can save 15% on lowest available fares with your International Teacher Identity Card.
  • Graceland: If you’re a big fan of Elvis, you’re in luck. Teachers tour Graceland for free!
  • Chrysler: Teachers can get no-hassle pricing on Chrysler vehicles including Jeep, Dodge, and Ram. As an NEA member, you can get Preferred Price, which is 1% below factory invoice.
  • Warner Bros. V.I.P. Studio Tour: Use your International Teacher Identity Card for 20% off the ticket price of a Warner Bros. V.I.P. Studio Tour.
  • Park Ride Fly: You can save 10% on Park Ride Fly rates at the airport with your NEA membership.
  • Motel 6: Use your International Teacher Identity Card to get 10% off your stay with Motel 6.
  • Toyota: With the Toyota Loves Teachers Program, many dealerships offer special discounts like waiving your first payment or offering $250 gift certificates.
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: To show their appreciation for teachers, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers a special reduced room rate.
  • Choice Hotels: Homeschooling teachers can save 15% at Choice Hotels International with their HSLDA membership card.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Teachers can get buy one get one free days at Universal Studios Hollywood with the International Teacher Identity Card.


  • 1-800-FLOWERS.COM: Show you care and save money while doing it, enjoying 15% off at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.
  • Jenny Craig: Jump start your weight loss with a free 30-day program from Jenny Craig for NEA members. If you decide to continue, you’ll get 25% off any Premium Program.
  • Farmers Insurance: Most local Farmers branches offer a discount for educators. Contact your local agent to find out for sure.
  • Nutrisystem Success: NEA members enjoy 40% off auto-delivery orders from Nutrisystem with a wide variety of foods to choose from.
  • Liberty Mutual: Homeschooling teachers can save up to $300 per year on auto insurance as an HSLDA member.

Teachers, do you know of any other retailers that participate in programs like these? Please share in the comments!

Beauty Without Cruelty Rosemary Mint ShampooI’ve had quite a journey trying to find the best haircare solution for my problem hair. I went SLS-free a long time ago, but finding a good SLS-free shampoo has proven very tricky. I’ve run into problems ranging from unpleasant scent, to no suds, to difficulty rinsing, to frizz-enhancing nightmares… I think I’ve probably run the gamut of shampoo issues.

After a few months of continuous use, one shampoo that I really like is Beauty Without Cruelty’s Rosemary Mint Tea Tree shampoo. It has a nice minty scent and it cleans my hair really well with adequate suds and easy rinsing. My frizz is still an issue, but it’s minimal and may be a result of the conditioner. That said, I don’t use the BWC Rosemary Mint Tea Tree conditioner, but I’d be willing to give it a try! My next order from (which, along with, is one of my favorite places on the web) contains Lavender Highland shampoo and conditioner, so I’ll fill you in on how that works.

Some basic info from the BWC website about Rosemary Mint Tea Tree shampoo:

BWC Rosemary-Mint-Tea Tree Shampoo is a special, plant-based formula that thoroughly cleans your hair while promoting a healthy-looking scalp, Natures vital botanical and pure premium aroma-therapeutic essential oils stimulate circulation, clarify and refresh. Penetrating plant proteins combined with panthenol restore body and shine while improving its look, feel, and texture. Your hair and scalp will be naturally clean, healthy, and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use. 100% vegan–Vegetarian; 100% Pure Premium Essential Oshadhi Essential Oils; Paraben Free; S.L.S. Free; No Synthetic Fragrances

All in all, I think this is a great option for anyone looking for a good SLS-free shampoo.

Have you tried Beauty Without Cruelty? What are your opinions of the brand?

Happy new year

Where has the time gone?? 2013 has been a crazy year for me personally and professionally. As you may have noticed, the number of posts here has declined as a result. One of my resolutions for 2014 is to start posting reviews again more regularly. I have lots of thoughts about things – ranging from shoes that give me blisters to Etsy stores that go above and beyond. I have tons of wedding advice too, now that I’m finally a married woman.

I’m also hoping to expand the network of bloggers here, so if you are interested in writing reviews or know someone who may be, please let me know! The more the merrier, really!

Until then, I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy 2014!

What are your resolutions for the new year?

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