White Chocolate Popcorn & Pretzel Snack Mix

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

At the beginning of this month, one of my friends handed out a delicious popcorn, white chocolate, pretzel snack mix and I literally devoured it in about 2 minutes flat!  It was so good and I was so sad I didn’t have more (so were my kids and husband).  I asked her how she made it and she listed off the ingredients and directions and I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

I made some for my husband on Sunday night to take to work this week and hand out to his coworkers, but I made sure to make some extra for us.  I’m not even kidding when I say that you could throw this together in about 10 minutes.  It’s perfect for parties, family get-togethers, neighbor gifts or just a late night snack.

Here’s what you’ll need:

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

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First, grab the biggest bowl you have.  (Or four of the biggest bowls you have…)  Pop the popcorn if you didn’t buy pre-popped.  (I use this popcorn machine.)  Mix the cereal, pretzels, popcorn and M&Ms all together.  If you’re making a really big batch, you can do what my friend did and spread out a clean plastic tablecloth on the counter or table and mix it together that way.

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

While I’m usually an advocate for measuring, there’s no wrong way to put this treat together.  Just keep pouring and mixing until it has the right ratio for you.  I tried to put approximately the same amount of everything in each bowl.

Melt your almond bark in the microwave in a medium bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until it is completely melted and smooth.  (The almond bark I used was divided up into 12 squares and I had 4 bowls so I just melted 3 pieces for each bowl and it worked out great.)

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

Drizzle it over the top of your popcorn/cereal/pretzel/M&M mix and stir until well coated.  The almond bark cools relatively quickly so just keep stirring until it’s cooled and starting to set.  If you want to add some sprinkles to make it a little more festive, do so before the almond bark sets.

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

Let everything sit for about an hour before you start portioning it out (if you’re giving it away) or putting it into a bowl or container.  Your snack mix will be good for about 5 days or so from the time you make it.  After that, the popcorn starts to shrivel up a little and it just doesn’t taste quite as fresh.  I mean, if it last the 5 days, then you’re obviously crazy, but I won’t judge… *wink*

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

One thing I love about this snack is that it’s totally adaptable.  You could make it with chocolate almond bark instead.  Throw in some crushed peppermint pieces or Andes mint pieces instead of the M&Ms.  Use different colored sprinkles for holidays or seasons.  It’s just so darn good, you’ll be coming up with reasons to make it!

To give you an idea of how much I made, I used an entire 18 oz box of Chex, almost a whole 20 oz bag of pretzels, about 18-20 cups of popcorn and 1 package of M&Ms.  As I was scooping it into bag, I estimated that we probably made close to 40 cups of snack mix and I spent about $10.  Delicious and easy on the wallet!

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!
My little helper wanted a picture with the popcorn

Also, aren’t these the cutest popcorn boxes?  The same friend who gave me this recipe owns an awesome Etsy shop where she sells these boxes as well as tons of other cute packaging for holiday treats, parties, etc.  We used these same popcorn boxes when we did our budget friendly toddler Halloween party in October.  They are fun, inexpensive and add the perfect touch.  Go check out her store for all your party supplies and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

White Chocolate Popcorn & Pretzel Snack Mix
makes about 40 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 18-oz box Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 20-oz bag mini twist pretzels
  • 1 pkg almond bark
  • 18-20 c. unsalted popcorn (popped at home or from the store, such as Skinny Pop)
  • 1 pkg M&Ms, or other small candy pieces
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl(s), or a table covered with a plastic tablecloth, pour cereal, pretzels, popcorn and M&Ms until you reach the desired ratio.
  2. Melt almond bark in a medium bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Drizzle almond bark over snack mix and stir together until coated.  If adding sprinkles, do it before the almond bark starts to set.
  4. Let sit for about an hour until set before packaging or storing.
  5. Store for up to 5 days.

4 Tips For Staying Organized Using A Paper Planner

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: I love paper planners!  I received my first one in 7th grade and I’ve been hooked ever since.  But it wasn’t until I got into high school and college that I started buying planners that were both pretty and practical.  I mean, it’s so much more fun to stay organized if you love what you’re using to keep yourself organized, right?

About the same time as I got my first paper planner, the fancy schmancy PalmPilot was becoming popular for kids my age.  Do you remember those?  Everyone wanted one and you were counted lucky if your parents bought you one for your birthday or Christmas.  But as for me, I was never interested in one.  I loved being able to look at my whole day or whole week or even my whole month and see exactly what I had going on.  It just made sense to me to put it on paper, plus it was a whole lot prettier.  You can’t doodle your crush’s name using Gelly Roll pens on a PalmPilot! *wink*

Even now, 17 years later, I’ve had people (like my husband) ask me why I don’t just do everything digitally.  Dump the planner and use the apps on my phone.  I’ve actually tried different apps and systems, but nothing compares to my good old fashioned paper planner and pens.  Call me a creature of habit, but nothing else helps me stay organized the way a paper planner does.

If you feel the same way and are part of the paper planner fan club, head on over to Time Saving Mom to see how I personally use my planner to keep my life organized. (see note below)  Plus, I’m sharing 5 of my favorite brands for pretty planners to get you excited to stay organized in the coming year!

**UPDATE 12/17/16**

Amanda has decided she is no longer going to be running the Time Saving Mom blog so that she can focus her efforts in other areas.  She offered to let me move my content from there to here so that nothing would be lost.  Below is the post that originally appeared on Time Saving Mom on December 12, 2016.

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17 years ago, I received my first paper planner.  I was in 7th grade, still learning how to navigate the halls, find the right classroom and remember my locker combination.  I was in a new school and feeling a little nervous about all the new changes and experiences I was having.  My mom had just gotten remarried and we were living in a new house.  It might sound silly, but having a planner really helped me feel a sense of control in  my life when I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control in so many other areas.  Being able to organize my time and obligations in this way helped me stay grounded and created a calm space in my otherwise crazy life.
I am, by nature, a planner and organizer.  (If you read my interview post on TSM, I talk about it there.)  It comes easily to me and I often have people ask me how I’m able to keep things organized in a way that sems beyond their reach or understanding.  I tell them that I don’t do anything fancy–I just have a planner and I use it.  Granted, I’ve had a lot of practice over the years perfecting a system that works for me, but I truly think that anyone can use a planner successfully if they put their mind to it.  I think one key to this is finding a planner that you like and makes sense to you.
Today I’ll be sharing 4 tips on how I personally organize my planner to give you some ideas and a jumping off point for your own planning.  Plus, I’ve picked out 5 brands of pretty planners that will (hopefully) help motivate you to stay organize in the coming year.
Keep Your Planner Visible  If you want to remember something, one of the best ways to do it is to make it visible.  Put it in a place where you know you’ll see it.  This is why we’re told to put our goals, positive affirmations, quotes or anything else important some place like the bathroom mirror.  We know we have to go into the bathroom at some point during the day and we’ll see it.  Same thing goes for a planner.  I keep my planner in my kitchen next to my computer and pens.  A lot of my time is spent in that area of our house, so it makes sense to keep it there.  If something comes up that I need to write down, I know exactly where my planner is and I have pens readily available to make note of it.
Use Color Coding  When I first started using a planner, I just wrote everything down one right after the other.  It took me a little time to figure out that using different colors for different things helped me stay more organized because I was able to see exactly what I needed at a glance.  I’ve used both highlighters and colorful pens to keep things fun and help me stay organized: one color for appointments and things that are static (example: preschool for my daughter), another color for my to-do list and another color for anything that doesn’t fall into one of those two categories.  I recently changed to a new planner, so I don’t use color coding in terms of different pens, but I use stickers to help bring important things to my attention.
Plan Out Your Week Before It Starts  Each Sunday night, I pull out my planner and pen and plan out my week.  I’m able to view my entire week at a glance which gives me a starting point for what the week looks like.  I start with the non-negotiable items, such as appointments, meetings, preschool, and fill those in first.  Then I look at what needs to be accomplished that week and determine what has to be done on a certain day but maybe not a certain time.  Lastly, I add in flexible items that can be done at any time, trying to space out my time throughout the week so I have flexibility if anything else comes up.  When I start my week off this way, I feel more prepared and ready to face whatever is ahead.
Make It Fun  The last tip I have is to make it fun!  Gone are the days of boring planners with a solid colored cover and no pretty designs or colors inside.  I honestly believe that paper planners are here to stay because they are so much fun to use!  When I mentioned color coding above, I said that I use pens.  These are just pens you accidentally steal from the bank.  They are cute, fun, bright colors and a little higher quality.  I personally love these felt tip pens.  I even like to use double sided scrapbooking markers.  Just using something that is a little nicer makes me happy and more likely to use it.  I also love these and these stickers, which I use in my Happy Planner right now.
As promised, I’m including my 5 favorite brands of paper planners below.  Check them out and see which one you like best and order it!  Make a new goal for the new year to get organized and start with a pretty planner.
The Happy Planner  This is the planner I am currently using.  I got it when I went to Pinners Conference at the beginning of November and it is so much fun!  It’s like a cross between scrapbooking and planning and definitely falls into the pretty and practical category.  I use stickers to help me color coordinate and draw my attention to certain items.  I love the week at a glance, the motivational words scattered throughout and how easy it is to personalize.

Sugar Paper  This is the planner I just finished using.  I love the cute and simple covers they have to choose from and they are also thick and super durable.  The smaller 5×8 size is perfect for throwing in your purse or bag.  The inside is pretty basic but there are lots of lines for each day which I really like.
Blue Sky  I’ve used this brand of planner many times and love it.  The covers are fun and the inside has color and pattern as well.  It is also pretty basic in terms of how it’s set up but very easy to use and see what you have going for the current week.
Orange Circle  I’ve never used this brand, but just look how pretty it is!  I love the colors and designs they have available, plus they have inspiring quotes throughout to help motivate and uplift you.  We all need that!
Bloom Daily  This is another planner I’ve never personally used, but I just love the designs they have available.  Included in their planners are places for you to write down your monthly goals, as well as end of the month reflection questions.  A fun and unique planner for sure.
I hope you found my tips helpful and that you found a planner or two that you are interested in.  Paper planners are so fun and I love how you can use them to create a system that works for you and keeps you organized.  
What planner was your favorite?  What helps you stay organized?

First Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Christmas is in full swing here at my house.  We started our countdown to Christmas with the kids unwrapping a book each night for us to read before bedtime, as well as our 25 Days of Christ.  We all look forward to the time spent together each night sharing in the fun and excitement of the holiday, while also remembering the reason for the season.

I’ve always been a huge advocate for traditions.  In college, I did a semester project on traditions where I had to put together a class and then teach it, complete with feedback from the people who attended.  It hardly even felt like a project because it is something I love so much!  Creating traditions in connection with a holiday is a great way to help family bond together over shared experiences.  It gives meaning and enhances our enjoyment of the holiday.  I’ve teamed up with At Home (who has also gracious sponsored this post) to talk about Christmas traditions and #MyReason for incorporating them into our holiday.

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As I’ve considered what new traditions I want to incorporate into our family Christmas celebration, I decided that my kids were old enough to decorate their own gingerbread “person”.  Each kid got their own giant sized gingerbread person, 3 colors of frosting and some candy to decorate with.  My son, who is turning 3 in March, needed a little help from dad, but my almost 5 year old daughter totally took control over her decorating and needed no help from me.  The kids ate at least half the candy while the other half ended up on their gingerbread person.

My favorite thing my daughter said when I asked her about the yellow Nerds: “It’s corn.  They just got back from the pumpkin patch.  The gingerbread pumpkin patch where they played in the corn pit.” Haha!  I love how creative kids are.  Both kids were extremely proud of their creations and loved the whole activity.  We’ll definitely be doing this again next year!

My husband and I decided to take it to another level and decorate gingerbread houses.  We put the kids to bed, set up our gingerbread house decorating stations and pulled my laptop over to the table where we turned on Pitch Perfect and laughed ourselves silly!  We did cheat a little bit and put the frosting in these cool frosting decorators to make it easier to control (see fourth picture in series below).

It was so fun to relax and do something together.  Although, maybe relax isn’t the best word to use.  Our decorating turned into a competition, complete with smack talk.  We spent the full hour and 52 minutes and then some working on our houses and evaluating before adding more.

And this is where you come in!  We want to know which gingerbread house YOU like better.  The prize for the winner is yet to be determined, but it’s probably something along the lines of not having to do the dishes for a week and nightly shoulder rubs.  I told my husband I was totally going to win but he’s giving me a run for my money!

The top picture is Contestant A and the bottom picture is Contestant B.  You can vote for your favorite and I’ll announce who won between my husband and I next week on Facebook.  (Come on friends!  I’m counting on you to help me win this!  I really want to hand over dish duty for a week!  *me sending positive brain waves*)

Which gingerbread house do you like better?

A

B

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In addition to voting for your favorite gingerbread house, you can also enter a giveaway below for $100 gift card to At Home!  Each entry is worth 1 point.  The giveaway ends Tuesday, December 13 at midnight CST.

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Lastly, I want to invite you to check out the amazing posts of these 8 other bloggers who are also sharing about their own Christmas traditions.  You are guaranteed to find tons of great inspiration and maybe even want to incorporate a new tradition or two this holiday season!

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Mental Health Moments

Let’s get one thing straight: I love being a mom.  It is one of the most rewarding things I do.  My children bring me joy and happiness.  They make me laugh out loud with their silly songs and attempts at being grown up.  But, man, it is HARD. 

All day long, I am watching my own behavior to make sure it’s in line with what I teach my kids is good.  I have to discipline my kids when they hit or try to bite or wrestle too rough, all while reminding them that I love them and it’s the behavior I don’t like.  If I want a little treat before dinner time, I have to discreetly sneak it into some closet or corner while the kids are distracted.  (Although, they always seem to notice the moment I disappear and go running through the house yelling, “Mom!” and find me with my half eaten chocolate in my mouth and a lie on my lips: “I’m not doing anything.”)  I’m taking deep breaths and counting to 5 as I clean up another spilled drink or sweep up enough crumbs from under the table to feed a small army.  I feel like a broken record when I have to remind my kids multiple times a day to clean up their toys, put on their shoes, get dressed, come to the table, please eat your food, stop touching your brother’s foot…

Being a mom is super tiring.  When my husband comes home from a long day at work, he is able to mentally shut down that part of his brain and focus on his role of father or husband.  I, on the other hand, am still in mom-mode: working on dinner, straightening up the house, etc.  Women have a lot harder time disconnecting from one role and shifting into another one.  I honestly feel like I am going almost non-stop from the time I wake up in the morning until I go to bed at night.  I do my best to get to bed early but that time when the kids are asleep is magical.  Am I right, moms?  It’s a chance for me to try and regroup and regain some sense of self and think about what “I” want for a few minutes: “Chocolate ice cream or salted caramel?”

But let’s be real here: moms need mental health days too.  And the fact is, we rarely get them.  Sure, we might catch snippets, or what I’m calling mental health moments, but the majority of our time and energy is devoted to our family.  In order to be able to take care of our family, we also have to take care of ourselves.  But how can we do that when it seems we have so little time to ourselves?  Check out these suggestions and see if one might work for you:

  • Get up a few minutes earlier in the morning and set the tone for your day by reading scriptures, writing in your journal, meditating or just taking a nice, hot shower without interruptions
  • Listen to your favorite songs
  • Run out and get yourself a drink or small treat after the kids go to bed
  • Paint your nails
  • Read a book
  • Go on a walk or drive
  • Forget the dishes and go to bed early
  • Watch a re-run of your favorite show 
  • Do something creative

If you didn’t find something you identified with, hopefully this list got you thinking of some small ways you can regain your sanity throughout the day.

What do you do for your mental health moments?

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Children’s Books

Hello and happy Monday!  I have to tell you that while the fact that it’s Monday doesn’t necessarily excite me, the fact that last week is finally over does!  I had a super crazy busy week and about half way through it, my body forced me to slow down a bit by giving me a nice little cough.  Super annoying, but it’s felt nice to rest up a bit and get geared up for another week.

Today, I’ve teamed up with 7 other mommy bloggers and we’re all sharing our favorite children’s books with you!  One of my earliest memories about books was when I was about 5 years old and I was towing my little red wagon home from the library with my mom stacked high with books.  We went back every week because I literally devoured every book multiple times and got bored with them and wanted new ones.  I know for a fact that my love of reading came from my mom.  She read me books all the time and always had them available for me.  I memorized them before I knew how to read and when I finally learned to read, I kept on reading.  I was always getting in trouble for staying up too late reading on school nights.  So many of my memories with my family revolve around books and reading.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted books to be a big part of her life as well.  I started collecting them before she was born and have continued to buy new ones.  What started as a little basket near her bed has turned into a bookcase crammed full of books.  I had to add more boy themed books when little brother was born but most of the books we have appeal to both of them.  We now go to the library every couple of weeks to get a new stack of books to read and it’s through this activity that I’ve found some of my favorites.

Each night before we go to bed we read a book as well as before nap time, but it’s not uncommon for me to find my kids “reading” in their room together or hauling a stack of books out into the front room for me to read to them throughout the day.  I love that my kids love books.  My kids are (almost) 5 and (almost) 3 so their comprehension is pretty good.  I share a combination of books that teach something and ones that are silly.  Below I’m sharing some of my current favorites.

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Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I grabbed this book from the library’s board book section about six months back because the title caught my attention.  It’s about Little Miss who plants a kiss and watches it grow into something beautiful that she wants to share with others.  The book is so sweet and simple in the way that it makes love a tangible thing and begins to help kids understand that sharing love helps it to grow.  We’ve checked this book out multiple times since then and I finally decided to buy it for my daughter for Christmas because she loves it so much.

How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen
The How Do Dinosaurs series is so fun!  I honestly wish we owned all the books in the series (there are over 20).  I actually did a review on it a while back because I loved it so much.  Each book answers a question, such as, How Do Dinosaurs Go To Sleep?, How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room? and so on.  They all teach something different about manners or routines in a way that gets kids laughing.  If your kids love dinosaurs, these books are a must have.  The illustrator (Mark Teague) draws pictures of real dinosaurs with their names next to them which makes learning even more fun.

Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer
A while back my mom was going through some of her books and came across her collection of Little Critter books that we had as kids.  She divided them up between my sister and I and they have become some of my kids favorite books to read.  Each one is from the perspective of Little Critter and they all deal with something that kids struggle with, such as a babysitter, moving, feelings, etc.  We’ve picked up additional ones from the library and my kids love them.

Sandra Boynton books
The first book I bought by Sandra Boynton was the Belly Button Book.  The title made me laugh, especially because I know how intrigued kids can be by belly buttons.  Currently I own close to 15 of her books because they are just so darn cute!  Some of them teach simple things like colors, animal sounds and counting, while others are just silly.  One thing I really like is that they are all short so reading a couple before naps or bedtime isn’t a big deal.  I’ve read each of them so many times that I’ve got them memorized and my daughter even has a couple of them memorized as well.  They are all board books which makes them nice and durable for little hands.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My daughter has started to grow out of this book, but my son still loves it.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar is fun and simple, with holes in each of the foods the caterpillar eats.  Both my kids love the last page where he “turns into a beautiful butterfly”.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr and Eric Carle
Our poor copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear has been taped back together more than any other children’s book we own.  The repetitiveness of Brown Bear is fun for the kids and it also helps them learn their colors.  My daughter learned how to “read” (aka memorize) this book when she was about two and she would sit in her room and read it to herself daily.  Now, she “reads” it to her brother.

If you’d like to check out the some more children’s books, be sure to click on the link of each blog below.

Kiana  |  Glitter & Donuts
Madeline  |  CaseyLand
Monica  |  It’s All About
Rachel  |  Tutus and Heels
Cayli  |  Nightchayde
Chelsea  |  Naturally Chels

Beautiful, Affordable Special Occasion Dresses

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!
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At least a couple of times a year, I have an event I need to attend that requires me to wear something a little more fancy, beyond my normal church dress.  And every year I struggle to put something together that feels dressy enough for the occasion.  Because I don’t have a need for nicer dresses very often, I hesitate to spend a lot of money on something that won’t be worn more than a handful of times a year (at most).  To add to my troubles, I am tall (5’9″) and many dresses aren’t long enough for me.

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So when I spotted NeeSee’s Dresses through a Facebook ad about three years ago, I clicked on the link and found a number of dresses and other clothes that were a) cute, b) affordable and c) long enough,.  Let me tell you, I was sold!  I’ve ordered dresses, shirts, skirts, cardigans and other accessories from them and have been thrilled with every order.

One of my favorite products NeeSee’s carries is their dresses.  They are classy, beautiful and completely affordable.  I feel totally comfortable spending money on a dress (or two) from them because I know they are well made and the styles are classic.  Plus, they won’t break the bank.

Last week, I attended the wedding of one of my husband’s best friends.  I picked out the The Emmy in navy to wear and I absolutely love the color and the fit.  The lace overlay is beautiful and I felt amazing wearing it.

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!

I did end up ordering a silver belt to wear because I wanted to create the illusion of a slightly lower waistline.  You can order the belt HERE.

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!

One thing I want to mention is that I had our kids with me and I was still able to move around and be comfortable dealing with them.  This is a huge benefit to us moms!

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!

Tonight, I am going to my husband’s Christmas party which is always a fun excuse to dress up.  The dress I’m wearing is The Elsa Maxi Dress in Champagne Pink.

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!

As I said earlier, I’m fairly tall, but this dress easily touches the ground when I don’t have shoes on.  I have 3 inch heels on in the pictures below and you can see that it is still long.  (If you’re shorter, you could have the dress hemmed to fit you.  One thing I’ve learned is that it’s a lot harder to add length to clothes.)

Beautiful, budget friendly dresses for those special occasions when you want to dress up!

I love the gold sequins and the soft pink of the chiffon.  And the dress is super comfortable!  The whole thing is lined and the sequins weren’t scratchy at all.

NeeSee’s carries styles for everyone and their dresses range from comfy and casual to dressy and formal.  If you have questions, their customer service is extremely helpful.  If you’re looking for something besides a dress, you can check out their tops, skirts, shoes and even swimwear.  When you sign up for their emails, you’ll find out about amazing sales and they often offer free products (dresses, shirts, beanies, etc) when you spend a certain amount.  On top of that, they offer free shipping on orders over $75.  Right now, they are doing 12 Days of Amazing Sales and let me tell you, they really are amazing!

With all the holiday parties coming up this month, treat yourself to a little something that will make you feel good about yourself, pretty and comfortable in your skin.  So hop on over to NeeSee’s Dresses and find something you love!

As an extra incentive, NeeSee’s has kindly provided an exclusive code for my readers: use SUNSHINE at checkout for 15% off your entire order until Sunday, December 4 at midnight MST.  Couple this with the 12 Days of Amazing Sales I mentioned earlier and you are getting a killer deal!

I also have to say thank you to my friend Kendra from Kendra Leigh Photography and Video for taking these pictures.  She is an amazing photographer and she made me feel at ease during these pictures.  I’m not usually the one in front of the camera and I appreciate her skill and talent in making me look good.  If you live in Utah County, definitely ask her to be your next photographer.

Happy weekend and I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays!