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Non-traditional holiday cards: What do you send?

My day job is in retails, so there is a lot of talk about holiday greetings this time of year. What exactly do we say to customers when they shop in our stores? The answer differs from company to company, but it is something I think about in my personal life, too.

Because we have friends and family that celebrate so many different holidays, we always send out very holiday-neutral cards in December. Each year, I browse the holiday selection at Shutterfly and I find more Holiday Cards than I could possibly imagine. Last year, I chose an autumn design and added photos of our boy playing in piles of leaves. But this year, I’m not sure. From religious, scripture-based cards to ones that just say “Happy EVERYTHING!”, Shutterfly has something for every card-sender’s style. Traditional, modern, funky – you name it, they’ve got it, and they add new ones each year.

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Style the Look and WIN with Seraphine #Maternity!

Are you ready to Style the Look with Seraphine?

After my recent review of the maternity dress I received from Seraphine, I fell completely in love with their line of chic, comfortable, versatile maternity and nursing fashion.

Well, it seems I’m not alone! The lovely Jessica Alba has been spotted making Seraphine a regular part of her wardrobe, too!

She’s been spotted rocking this super cool Seraphine leopard print scarf all over town, looking fabulous, of course! That’s right…Seraphine carries accessories, too! (It took me until this pregnancy to realize how far you can stretch your maternity wardrobe with the right accessories!)

I need to get this scarf because I want to pair it with red shoes too! LOVE!!

Now, for the FUN STUFF:

The folks at Seraphine want to know how YOU would style an outfit around the very same scarf, and I’m helping them host a contest so you can do just that! All you have to do is style your own look with items from Seraphine, and you could win this fabulous scarf AND a $100 gift certificate to Seraphine!

*Second and third place winners will also receive a leopard print scarf! :D


Grand prize  ($100 GC and scarf): Bre D.

Runner up (scarf): Colleen P.

Runner up (scarf):  Kerry L.


  • Choose one other item from Seraphine to pin to your board as part of your outfit.
  • Pin any other items from around the web that you’d like to use to complete your fabulous fashion statement (Use a minimum of 5 photos total, maximum 15 photos total)
  • Be sure to tag each photo with the hashtag #SeraphineStyletheLook (we’d love if you’d add other hashtags, too! Maybe #Maternity or #MaternityFashion?)
  • Leave a link to your board in the comments section below so we don’t miss it! (This is a requirement for entry.)
  • Don’t forget to follow Seraphine Maternity on Pinterest! (Also a requirement for entry.)
  • Contest is open from October 12th through November 9th. Plenty of time to get creative!
  • I will be helping Seraphine choose the winners based on style and originality. Winners will be chosen at the end of the contest and announced within one week. Each winner will be notified via email and will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • Winner must be age 18 or older; US residents only.

 Happy Pinning!

*Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. 


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Don’t miss it! Up to 25% off at Tea Collection!

This blog has never been a “deal” blog, and I don’t plan on changing that, but since I’ve been promoting some of my favorite brands lately in preparation for our new little girl, I’ve decided to feature one brand in particular that I just really, really love. See that new ad over on my sidebar? It’s Tea Collection, and I’m now an affiliate! (Note: This is the only affiliate ad I run. I don’t get paid to have it there, but for the sake of disclosure, I do get a small percentage if you click through that link and make a Tea Collection purchase.)

Tea Collection has some of the best clothing I’ve ever purchased for my little man, and I’m seriously itching to start looking at their adorable dresses! For great fit, unique designs and durability, you cannot find a better brand for babies and kids! 

So, with that being said,  it’s my pleasure to bring you a fabulous deal alert! Starting October 11th, Tea Collection is offering new markdown items at up to 25% off! Stock up on comfortable and durable clothes for the holidays. There are so many cute options and Tea Collection outfits make the perfect gift for both children and parents! Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these amazing deals from Tea Collection! Offer is only valid while supplies last.


Happy Shopping!

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Halloween Costumes: Finding the right balance of “eco-” and easy

I will admit that one of my struggles as a mom is never feeling like I’m as “Pinteresting” as I’d like to be. I always thought I’d be that mom…you know, the one who always made everything by hand, sending handmade goodies into school all the time, creating showstopping birthday cakes and stitching up totally Pinteresting Halloween costumes that put the storebought ones to shame.

I used to be her. I was a cookie-baking, crafty machine. But yeah…uh, not so much anymore.

To be honest, I still do pretty well with some of those things (like the daycare snacks), but when it comes to things like making Halloween costumes, I just can’t pull it off. I buy premade costumes. Continue reading


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Choosing the Right Oracle Certification for You

Don’t tell my boss, but I’ve got to admit that our new baby-to-be has me considering all my career options, especially the ones that allow me a little more mobility. But do I have what it takes to be a techie?


If you’re considering Oracle certification, the first and most crucial step you must take is to make a decision about which certification may be right for you. Oracle offers an incredible range of professional certifications and ensuring your choose the one that will serve you best in your career is essential to strategically investing your time, energy and money in career development.

Jumping headlong into the certification process without committing adequate consideration to which certifications may be appropriate given your current role in IT and your future career goals will only result in you wasting precious resources on a certification that may or may not meet your needs. Therefore, you must decide what it is you want to achieve through certification and make your selection accordingly for which Oracle credential to pursue.

One of the best ways to narrow down the Oracle certifications that may be a good fit for you is to use Oracle’s Certification Finder. You can locate the search function here: This tool lets you select your current position in IT and the product area in which you wish to expand your knowledge and skills.

The search function will then kick out a list of certifications that may be appropriate for you. Read the descriptions of the certifications thoroughly in order to ensure the credential really will meet your needs. After you choose a certification to pursue, seek out exam prep help from a reputable provider like in order to boost your performance on the required exams.

How about you? Do you have any tech certifications, or do you learn as you go?

*This is a Type A post.

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