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Fashion Fun With Gwynnie Bee.

It’s no secret around here that I love clothes.

It’s also no secret that I’m almost perennially broke.

And you know what, Internet? It’s just not possible to adequately feed a voracious appetite for cute clothes on (next to) no money. Especially when said appetite is well, fickle.

Enter Gwynnie Bee, a find I first heard about from my friend Erica.

Gwynnie Bee is sort of like Netflix, but for clothes. You pay a monthly subscription fee, and in return, get access to a virtual department store of designer clothes. You wander through the website picking out things that you think might look good on you, put them in your closet, and those little worker bees box them up and ship them out to you.

Now, you can’t have everything in your closet at once. It depends on your subscription level. You can have as few as one or as many as ten items out at a time. And you can keep them for as long as you want, without worrying about late fees.

I just got my first box last week.  And I was so excited, I did something I never do: I asked my husband to take pictures of me.

First up? This Simply Be tunic I ended up liking so much that I hunted it down on the Internet and bought it (on clearance).

Green Bird Tunic from Simply Be and me.

Next was a pretty faux-wrap dress from Inc. It was cute and swishy, but definitely in need of a cami to be work appropriate.

Inc. faux wrap dress from Gwynnie Bee

Last but not least was a seriously boobilicious top by Kiyonna. These pictures are silly (I was getting slap happy at this point), but check out those sleeves and that back! It’s a date-ready top if I ever saw one.

Kiyonna kimono top from Gwynnie Bee

All in all, it was a fine looking box of clothes.

Now, there is a  caveat here: Gwynnie Bee is for gals size 10 and up. So if you’re fortunate enough to fit in the single digits? You’re out of luck. However, if you’re on the higher end of the size range (I think I saw a few things in size 28, even), you’re going to find a treasure trove of things you’d never see in your local department store.

I am a size 12-14, and so am on the lower end of their offerings. But there’s still plenty to choose from. And they seem to get new things in all the time, which is perfect for keeping my fickle clothing appetite happy.

I seriously think this is one of the most awesome things I’ve discovered in a long time. So if you’re at all tempted, I say you go on over there and check Gwynnie Bee out. You’ve got nothing to lose. The whole first month is free. Seriously. Free.

I should mention that Gwynnie Bee didn’t ask me to do a review. This is completely unsolicited. However, if you click that link up there (or heck, this one), try it for a month, and decide to sign up for the service, I’ll get a free month.

But that’s neither here nor there, because that’s not why I’m writing this. I honestly don’t care if you use that link. I’m just super excited about this service and wanted all of you to know about it too.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go find some more stuff to put in my closet. The Listen To Your Mother Show is coming up, and I need something pretty to wear.

Oh, and don’t forget: I’ve got  a fantastic giveaway going on this week. If you’ve got an e-mail address, you can enter to win a $500 gift card to B&H Photo or a $250 gift card to Kelly Moore bags. Go enter the contest!





Because Food is Love: Give a Hickory Farms Gift Basket

It’s ironic that during this, the “hap-hap-happiest time of the year,” so many of us find ourselves feeling frazzled and cranky, frustrated with trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our list.

We get so caught up in the frantic consumerism that surrounds us during the holidays that we forget what the season is really about.

But then something like yesterday’s tragedy happens, and we are reminded.

It’s about family. It’s about putting aside petty concerns, gathering the ones we love close, and letting them know they are cherished.

Giving gifts is one way we do that.

Eating together as a family is another.

So, instead of agonizing, why not give a Hickory Farms gift basket this year?

Think about it. Hickory Farms baskets are full of delicious treats perfect for family gatherings. Sausage, cheese, crackers, dried fruits, nuts (just to name a few options of the tons available)…everyone’s sure to find something they like.

And there’s just something so comforting about them.  If food is love (and it is) then Hickory Farms baskets personify a solid, long-lasting kind of love. The type that sticks with you through thick and thin. As families do.

The munchkin is excited to taste the Hickory Farms sausage.

Even better, Hickory Farms is one of the good guys. Every year, they partner with  Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger. Every time you buy a Party Planner gift box, they donate $5 to the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign.

They’ve raised $1.8 million for the organization since 2008. This year, they hope to raise $700,000.

I think that’s a worthy goal, don’t you?

They also partner with Operation Gratitude to help U.S. military forces (and their families) all over the globe, and offer free shipping to any military address on eight different gift baskets.

A corporation with a conscience? What’s not to love?

So, do yourself a favor. Head over to Hickory Farms and finish off your gift list. You can tell the foodies that Hickory Farms sausage was rated the #1 Summer Sausage, inform the “oh-you-shouldn’t-have-spent-so-much” types that they’ve got very budget friendly gifts, and simply say “you’re welcome” to everyone else.

Then you can get back to enjoying your family. Which is why we do all this in the first place.

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms



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Because A Sausage and Cheese Gift Basket Can Save a Holiday: A Hickory Farms Giveaway!

Let’s face it. As much as we all love our relatives, those first few minutes of a big family gathering can be awkward – especially during the holidays.

Often, we’re gathered in a fairly small room with people we haven’t seen in a long time. Perhaps not since the last round of holiday gatherings. And although we share a common history,we don’t always know much about each other’s day-to-day lives.


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