Cardstore Christmas Cards & Giveaway

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Now that I’m an adult, sending Christmas cards becomes more normal- and almost a necessity in certain social circles. I’m sure once I have kids (or maybe just another cat) I’ll do the whole “let’s take a cute photo and send it to everyone we know on Christmas”, but for now I find myself just sending funny, cute cards to a handful of friends and family. One place that has become my go-to for cards for an upcoming occasion is Cardstore.

I’ve used Cardstore previously (and gave my own Cardstore review on my blog last summer) for other occasions, like my dating anniversary, and love the variety of cards they have. You can customize the cards to your liking (with photos and text) and then mail them electronically or have them printed to you and mailed with an envelope. I prefer the tangible cards, so I always opt for that option. Getting something in the mail with your name on it is the best  feeling, right?

This year, I stocked up on a few cards for Christmas- a sentimental one for my Mom, a funny one for James, one that’s perfect for a blogging buddy of mine and then a couple of cards that are great for anyone who celebrates Christmas (a.k.a. last-minute cards to give to someone when they send one to you!)

While you’re browsing their cards, why not enter the Candid Christmas Cards contest? Choose your funniest “real life” photo and create your own “real” Christmas card to submit. Use #MyChristmasStory when sharing to encourage family and friends to get in on the fun! You can submit as many cards as you like by the submission end date, and then you (and everyone else) can vote for your favorites. The 3 photos with the most votes will be our winners! The grand prize winner will receive a $1,500 Visa gift card to put towards a holiday trip for your crazy family, a Nikon CoolPix camera, and free Cardstore Christmas cards to send out to their loved ones this holiday season!

Cardstore is offering one Life Unsweetened reader a promotional code for 20 free cards of their choice. To enter, simply fill out the widget below.

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Create Holiday Looks with tagspire

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If you’re a blogger, you’re probably well aware of the different websites and products you can use to help create and curate content for your blog. If you’re a reader on the other hand, you probably just know that you click on a link to a dress and then you can immediately buy it. Of course, the two are usually connected. A new way for bloggers and blog readers to effectively shop for clothing is with tagspire.

tagspire is a unique way bloggers and website owners can monetize their photos. This social commerce and social shopping platform allows you to incorporate multiple tags to direct people to more than one link to purchase the items in your photo, instead of only being able to link to one place. It gives you the opportunity to monetize multiple categories (consumer electronics, apparel/accessories, beauty, home, and travel) that fit with your blog’s brand and voice.

The 3-step process of using tagspire  is simple- 1. Upload photos of the stuff you love to 2. Tag the products in your photos. 3. Share your photos with your audience.

The tagspire dashboard allows you to see sell analytics and history, so you know what items are being clicked on and purchased. Their social sharing and blog embed tools allow you to maintain site traffic and increase purchase conversions. With a minimal $50 commission payout threshold, you’ll be making money in no time!  tagspire is also great for discovering new trends, endorsing the things you love and keeping track of products on your own personal wish list.

You can learn more about using tagspire on your own with this helpful video. Sign up for tagspire today to maximize the busiest time of online sales (October-March).

Today I’ll show you an example of how to use tagspire to create a curated collection. The theme for this collection is “My Favorite Holiday Look”.



This post is Sponsored by tagspire, but all opinions are my own.

Achieve Flawless Skin For the Holidays with Jergens

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The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start paying a little more attention to your skin. Those Christmas parties and Thanksgiving dinners are a time when all eyes will be on you, so you want to look your best. Beautiful skin is always the best accessory or compliment to your look this holiday season.

I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event a few weeks ago where celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff talked about how she used the BB cream on her clients to achieve special looks. Dubroff spoke about a few of her clients and the products she used on each, including Allison Williams and Dakota Johnson. She also emphasized how no beauty look is complete without glowing skin on their neck and arms- something that regular makeup doesn’t cover, but Jergens BB skin cream will.

JERGENS® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream delivers flawless skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days. It instantly hydrates and illuminates your skin with a simple application process. Just apply the sheer lotion, watch as it quickly dries and then see the results. The BB body cream works like a moisturizer to visibly improve the quality of your skin with each use. After 5 days, you’ll see  a more even skin tone, firmer skin and any imperfections should be corrected. Plus, the smell is divine!

The cream goes on sheer and then adjusts to your skin tone, so shades may vary. For best results, you can consult the chart that comes with the product. It also contains patent-pending Self Adjusting Tone Technology to give skin a perfectly even tone.  It’s important to note that this isn’t just a regular moisturizer OR a self-tanner- it’s a combination of both that is perfect for winter (you don’t want to appear orange this season, since it’s not natural-looking).

 jergens body bb cream



This post is Presented by Jergens, but all opinions are my own. For more information, you can like Jergens on Facebook at

Glamour Shots Beauty Event

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive event on behalf of Glamour Shots at the brand’s West Nyack location at the Palisades Center Mall. The blogger event was put on by PR Revolution, located in NYC and NJ. I brought along my future sister-in-law Danielle for a night of refreshments and pampering.

The Glamour Shots team of professional makeup artists and hairstylists were on hand to share some of their best tips and tricks to be photo-ready this fall. We arrived at 7 and got our hair and makeup done while we chatted about our upcoming weddings, the blogging world and more. After we were all dolled up, The Glamour Shots photographer had us pose for a few head shots.

If there’s one thing I learned at this event (other than that a few people think I have “perfect mermaid hair”) is that I will never be a model. Obviously I don’t have the looks or body to be one, but in addition, I just can’t pose for photos or take myself seriously- I kept laughing the entire time. Maybe I can at least be a hair model someday? Kidding.

The woman played off of my fuchsia blouse and chose a matching lipstick to make my lips pop. She kept the yes neutral by using a Naked 3 Palette (I own the Naked 2 and love it!) and a few coats of mascara. For my hair, she worked with my natural wavy texture and added some extra body with mousse. I assumed I’d get a blow-out or have my hair straightened (which is what most hairstylists do with my hair), but instead she loved my natural hair and didn’t want to ruin that. I should take that as a compliment, right?

The team at Glamour Shots chose the best photo and worked their magic to edit and retouch the photo. Although I prefer myself without all the makeup, my final photo came out semi-decent at least. And we had a nice female bonding session at the event- everyone was so nice!

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DIY Black Cat Halloween Costume

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I’m lucky in that my current employer allows (and encourages) employees to dress up for Halloween. Since I was crunched for time this year, I did a simple costume that was both work appropriate but still creative and “me”. And what screams “Halloween” more than a black cat? Taking inspiration from my own fluffball, I used some clothes I already had in my closet and a $5 set from Walgreens to complete my costume. I had a co-worker (who also happens to be a total cat lady) go as a white cat with me, and we were a duo for the rest of the day.

What You’ll Need:

  • A black shirt and pants (my cardigan and pants are both from Target)
  • Black boots (mine are from DSW)
  • A pair of cat ears, a cat tail and a cute bow tie (shop your local Halloween store or Walgreens to find these)
  • Waterproof black kohl eyeliner or facepaint (I used the NYX Slide On Pencil and it didn’t budge all day)
  • Some good old coconut oil to remove your whisker makeup!

 two black cats