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28 July, 2014

Kickin' it Old School: Keeping in touch with Snail Mail greeting cards

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Burning question: Does anybody reading still send snail mail letters or cards on the regular? Not for birthdays or special occasions, but "just because". When I was a kid we did it all the time, mostly out of necessity—I had lots of little buddies from sleepaway camp to keep in touch with, and e-mail wasn't really a thing yet, plus calls to other states came with ridiculous long distance charges. Remember when it cost an extra dime a minute to call one area code over? Yeah, I don't miss those days.

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27 July, 2014

Blog Tips: Dealing with the "Summer Slump"

Ah, summer. The season of family getaways, outdoor picnics, ice cream, and sticking to your chair. Unfortunately for some of us, it's also the time of year when our blog traffic takes a bit of a dip.

 Blog Tips: Dealing with the "Summer Slump" in traffic (and motivation)

Obviously this doesn't happen to every blogger. Depending on your niche or location, summer might actually be a great time of year for you! Or if you're new, your traffic may be naturally increasing throughout these months in your first year. But based on my experiences running a few different websites over the past 10+ years, I've discovered that it's not uncommon to find yourself in a bit of a summer traffic (and motivation) slump. The good news is that your decline in traffic probably isn't because you're doing anything wrong: People are just busy doing stuff. Vacations and picnics and ice cream and whatnot. Things usually start to pick up again in the fall, but in the meantime, here are a few tips for dealing with the slump.

26 July, 2014

Memebox Special Edition 10: Mask Edition #4 Unboxing & coupon codes

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It's time for another Memebox review! This time I'll be unboxing Memebox Special Edition #10: Mask Edition 4. That's a lot of numbers. Hopefully there are a lot of masks inside the box too.

Memebox Global Special Edition #10: Mask Edition 4

This is the fourth mask-themed box Memebox Global has released (duh). Official description:

Whether you’re a busy career woman, a tired mom of three kids, or a student studying for the finals week, we all have our off days. Wake up in the morning with deeply moisturized skin not having to worry about dryness during the night. Supply your skin with enriched nourishment for more elasticity and suppleness with our new Mask Edition #4.


I like having moisturized skin despite not being a student or mom of three kids, so this box is right up my alley.

25 July, 2014

Quirky hair accessories from Born Pretty Store + coupon code

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Happy Friday everybody! Today I have a few fun and quirky hair accessories to share with you. I'm sure many of you are familiar with Born Pretty Store for their nail art supplies, but did you know they have a fairly sizable selection of hair accessories and jewelry as well? Everything from practical bits and bobs (like sponge hair rollers) to the truly quirky and peculiar. BPS offered to send me a few things for review purposes and I may have gone a bit ... er.... "out there" with choices. Or not. You tell me! Here's what I chose:


Vegan Cuts Snack Box July 2014 Review

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I've finally reached the end of my six month Vegan Cuts Snack Box gift subscription—sigh. I laughed, I cried, I ate some chips. Will this month be so good it makes it hard to say goodbye? Keep reading to find out ....


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