Fall Fashionista $150 J.Jill Giveaway #FashionistaEvents

The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from ModlyChic. All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!

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The FALL Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law). For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing.  Fabulous, right?

My prize is a $150 J.Jill gift card and is sponsored by me! Non-USA winners can choose either $150 Amazon.ca Gift Code or $150 Paypal.

Update: After 377,589 entries, we have a winner! Diane E. Congrats, Diane!

Still Blonde after all these YEARS , ModlyChic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway and the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.

Ulta Beauty Color Me Giveaway – Ends 10/9

Now that the bi-annual Ulta Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Steals is over I have to say, wasn’t that fun?  I’ll admit, I probably bought too much.  Did I really need 5 more bottles of butter London nail polish?  No, absolutely not…but the colors are gorgeous!  I’ll have to show them to you soon.  It’s always a bit exhilarating getting a steal but especially when it comes to beauty products because those deals seem few and far between.

Color Me

One thing that I didn’t buy but wish I did and am still contemplating is an Ulta Beauty exclusive.  Their Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator Universal Starter Kit has me smitten.  It just sounds great!

With its pulsating sponge, Color Me applies foundation quickly and virtually effortlessly for a smooth, almost retouched look.

The results are extraordinary: In a clinical study, most women reported cutting application time in half – and 70% of women reported an immediate improvement in makeup evenness.

Apply powder over liquid or cream for best coverage results. See quick start guide for detailed instructions.

The Color Me Kit Includes:

  • – 1 Applicator Device
  • – 1 Disposable Sponge for Liquid Foundation
  • – 1 Disposable Sponge for Powder Foundation
  • – 1 CR2032 Battery

It retails for $54 but if it does what it promises, it’s worth it, right?  It works with either liquid or powder foundations and it’s current customer rating is a 4.6 out of 5.

Even though I’ll have to pay for mine, you might not have to because Ulta Beauty is allowing me to give away 5 Color Me Automatic Foundation Kits!

US residents 18+ can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!
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U.S. Soccer SuperFans Do More! Plus $100 Giveaway


This summer Degree Men and Walgreens are celebrating and cheering on U.S. Soccer! As the Official Deodorant of U.S. Soccer, Degree wants to reward fans who Do:More with a great offer. Head in to Walgreens 6/29–7/5 and get 1,000 Balance Rewards points when you buy 2 Degree Men Deodorant products. So move more, cheer more and Do: More this summer with Degree!

Degree is also the Official Deodorant of U.S. Soccer. Cheer on Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men’s National Team with Degree as they play in Brazil this summer!

World Cup Strong Degree

No matter if your man is playing soccer with the guys, mowing the lawn, or chasing the kids around the yard Degree is there for him.  Degree’s long lasting protection just got better with their  new and improved MOTIONSENSE™ that has been developed to respond to your body to keep you feeling cool and confident for up to 48 hours!

Win a $100 Walgreens Gift Card!

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Disneyland Vacation Giveaway!

Disneyland provides the ultimate Family Vacation destination. So we have teamed up with some awesome sponsors and bloggers to throw an awesome DISNEYLAND VACATION GIVEAWAY!

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This giveaway is brought to you by our amazing sponsors:


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And all these fabulous bloggers: Real Moms Real Views, The Bragging Mommy, One Artsy Mama, A Moms Balancing Act, Maybe I Will, Money Saving Madness, Fabulous Fun Finds, Living with the Magic, Modern Mommy Files, Preschoolears, Bargain Briana, Simply Sherryl, Fabulessly Frugal, Sweet C’s Designs, Busy Mom’s Helper, Bombshell Bling, Embracing Beauty, Brought to You by Mom, A Little Tipsy, The Mommy Nest, Capital B, the SIMPLE moms, Having Fun Saving, Love Our Disney, and Dandelion Moms.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Disneyland Vacation! This includes a 3 night Hotel Stay at a Moderate Anaheim Hotel through Get Away Today (Subject to Availability), $650 in Disneyland Tickets (or winner’s choice of Disney or Visa Gift Card*), $100 Gift Certificate to MarriedwithMickey.com, and a $50 Gift Certificate to Zazzle.com.

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First Runner Up will receive a Tamron16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Zoom Lens ($629 value), and a $50 Gift Certificate to MarriedwithMickey.com





Second Runner Up will receive a Combi Cosmo Twin Double Stroller ($259.99 value) and a $50 Gift Certificate to MarriedWithMickey.com

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Third Runner Up will receive a $200 Gift Certificate to Canvas HQ.

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Enter via the Giveaway Tools widget below.

Giveaway will begin on June 16, 2014 1:00 AM and will end on June 30, 2014 11:59 PM. *If winner chooses the Visa Gift Card this will forego the 3 night Hotel Stay. This option is offered in the event that the person who wins is unable to travel to Disneyland. These prizes are not transferable and can only be used by the winners themselves. Hotel stay is subject to availability and black out dates. Hotel stay must be used within 1 year of giveaway ending date. Winners will be chosen at random, verified and contacted via email. The winners will have 48 hours to email back and claim the prize, if prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

KitchenAid Giveaway Ends March 31, 2014

Kitchen Aid Giveaway! Ends March 31st

In honor of St.Patrick’s Day I thought it would be fitting to giveaway another Green Apple KitchenAid mixer, just like we did last year!  Annual tradition in the making?  Maybe.  

My KitchenAid mixer is probably my favorite tool in the kitchen and I am loving this Green Apple color.  It almost makes me want to swap out my Empire Red one for it.  Almost.

One lucky winner will receive:

Green Apple 5 Quart Artisan Series ($349.99)

5 quart capacity, 10 speeds

Green Apple finish

325 watt motor for 9 cup flour power

Stainless Steel Bowl with Handle

Includes beater, dough hook and wire whip


How to Enter?

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  This giveaway is only open to those 18+ and who have a valid U.S. shipping address.

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P&G and Walgreens #OnMyWay2Fab Giveaway Ends 1/6

Disclosure: I received complementary products to write this post but no compensation was received and all opinions remain my own.

P&G Giveaway

P&G, Walgreens, and Tim Gunn have partnered to help us get on our way to looking fabulous for the holidays!  They’re showcasing some of the wonderful products that can be found right inside Walgreens stores.  I’ve received all of these products and you have the opportunity to as well.  Check the bottom of this post for a giveaway.

This Fab Bag {valued at over $85} includes the following:

  • –   COVERGIRL Bombshell Lip Perfection Lipstick
  • –   COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara:  The two-step Bombshell Boost System combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.
  • –   COVERGIRL truMAGIC Pore Minimizer
  • –   Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips
  • –   Pantene Damage Detox Cream:  Pantene Damage Detox Cream is designed to reset damaged hair to look and feel like new.
  • –   Crest 3D White Vivid Radiant Mint
  • –   Oral B Toothbrush Advantage 3D White Vivid Soft
  • –   Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash
  • –   Venus and Olay Sugarberry Exfoliate Razor:  The Venus & Olay razor’s 5-blade technology exfoliates for surface skin renewal, while Sugarberry-scented Olay Moisture Bars help lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness*verses Venus Breeze over time.
  • –   Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream:  It penetrates rapidly to deliver anti-aging ingredients 10 layers deep into skin’s surface.
  • –   Delish Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel:  Indulge yourself with a taste of creamy German milk chocolate. This chocolate bar is a decadent treat made with real Black Forest milk combined with sweet caramel and a touch of salt -hat are guaranteed to ignite your senses.
  • –   Studio 35 Nail Polish Remover Pads
  • –   Studio 35 Blender Brush:  The perfect tool designed to create a flawless look. The foam tip utilizes an exclusive micro-pore formulation that will not absorb too much liquid makeup, while the infused vitamin E provides a superbly smooth surface for application.

One lucky reader will win a Fab Bag  containing all the goodies above.  Oh, and did you know that this same Fab Bag is the one that will be featured during the People’s Choice Awards?!  How cool is that?

This giveaway is open to those 18 years and older who have a US address.  Enter via the Refflecopter below and if you have any questions feel free to email me.  Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is now over and out of 800+ entries, Stephanie S. is our winner!!  Congratulations, Stephanie!

iPad Mini Giveaway & New Slice App Ends 1/10/14

Slice AppI buy a lot online.  I order Christmas gifts, books, beauty products, diapers, and so much more.  I’m order from a lot of sites and I visit Amazon at least weekly.  While I find this way of life very convenient I also dislike the way my inbox is full of order notifications, shipping confirmations, and unwanted subscriptions because of my purchases.  I’ve went to great lengths to keep my inbox “junk” to a minimum so these extra emails bug me to pieces.  Well, today I just learned about a new app for iPhonesand Droids that I’m pretty excited about!  It’s called Slice and it pulls together all the purchase and shipping info from my email inbox and stores them in one location.  Here’s a little of what it does more in detail:

  • Track Packages – Get push notifications when a package is shipped, has been delivered, and you can even track your packages on a fancy map.
  • Price Drop Notifications – Slice will send you push notifications when the price drops for one of your purchases so you can recoup the difference!  HOW COOL IS THAT?!
  • Recall Notifications – Get automatic updates when a product you purchased is recalled!
  • Organize Purchases – You’ll get back up email receipts to facilitate returns, exchanges and warranty claims.  Don’t you just love that?  Plus, you can keep track of your Groupon, LivingSocial, Bloomspot, Amazon Local and Gilt City vouchers.  I hate when I forget to redeem a daily deal purchase and now I don’t have to worry it anymore!

Now for the giveaway!  This giveaway is in conjunction with other bloggers and is organized by The Art Of Random Willynillyness.  Other rules and details can be found here.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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HP Chromebook Giveaway Ends 12/27/13

It’s Christmas time and I’m excited to announce the first of many great giveaways we’ll be hosting here on Embracing Beauty.  Up for grabs is a prize that would make a fabulous Christmas gift for yourself or any of your loved ones – an HP Chromebook.

I’m typing on an older Chromebook model now and I absolutely love it.  I can’t imagine how much nicer and faster this newer model must be!  Plus, this HP Chromebook is now available in cute colors.  How fun!

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A few other details:
4.07 lbs
HP 14″ diagonal HD display
Auto-synch’s data and stays connected with built-in 4G connectivity3
100GB of Google Drive Storage
HP TrueVision HD webcam
SD memory card reader
1 x USB 2.0 port, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack
4-cell lithium-ion battery
Available in a variety of colors

My favorite feature that I’m jealous of – Built-in 4G broadband!
No Wi-Fi available?  Not a problem.  You’ll enjoy 2 years of free mobile internet service up to 200MB of 4G data per month with no annual contract, no credit card, and no overage fees.  Love it!

Ready to win one?  I thought so!

Here are the giveaway details:  US Only, Contest ends on Friday the 27th 2013. Winner will be notified on our about 27th and has 48 hours to respond excitedly with an address for shipping. Shipping can take up to 8-10 weeks and will be fulfilled by LunchboxPR.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Good luck!

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Baby’s First Christmas with Babies R Us + $50 Giveaway #BRUChristmas

Disclosure: Although a promotional item was received all opinions are my own.  

Baby's First Christmas

Christmas is a special time for kids young and old but each child’s first Christmas has to be one of the most remarkable ones!  It’s at this young age that everything is new to them.  This is a picture of my little girl as she is overwhelmed with presents from grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles.  I must have shot a thousand pictures that Christmas!  I loved to see her amazement with the Christmas tree lights, glittery snowmen, and tissue paper.  I’ll always cherish those memories!

Baby's First Christmas

Will this be your baby’s first Christmas?  Well, you’re in luck because Babies R Us has everything you need for your Baby’s First Christmas – from adorable PJ’s to “Baby’s First Christmas” stockings to “Grandma’s Favorite Gift” onesies.  They have it all!  I love this store, I seriously do.  Their kiddo Christmas clothes are the cutest and they have all the matching accessories you could ever ask for.

How would you like to meet other parents with babies born in 2013?  You can do so at a Baby’s First Christmas Event at Babies R Us!  There’s only one left and it’s tomorrow, Dec. 7th.  You can enjoy holiday festivities, giveaways & prizes!  Plus, you get a $10 Babies”R”Us Gift Card just for attending!  How nice are they?  Go to BabiesRUs.com for all the event info.

Oh, and one more thing.  I have a $50 Babies R Us gift card to give away to one lucky reader!!

Ready to win?

One winner will win a $50 Babies R Us Gift Card!

Giveaway details: Open to those 18 and older with a US address. Giveaway ends 12/28/13 at 10 am EST.  Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be randomly drawn.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Enter the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck!

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7 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress + a Giveaway!

7 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be merry…… and stressed!   Sometimes the holidays can make us feel more tangled up than the lights on the Christmas tree, but holiday stress does not have to be our fate.

For those who aren’t fans of the Christmas season, the hustle, bustle and emotional rustle this time of year brings can elicit some overwhelming feelings, including irritability, loneliness, the blues, and even depression.

For those who love the holiday season, those same feelings can still secretly weave themselves into our spirits, as busyness, shopping, planning, wrapping, cooking, family challenges, and unmet expectations take their toll on our hearts.

The holidays often bring on this flood of heightened emotions which varies in intensity from person to person, and often results in dangerous stress levels.  In the same way that stress from every day trials can be detrimental to our health, holiday stress – even if only for a couple months – can threaten to inflict the same harm.

Last year the APA reported that nearly all women in the US experience such heightened stress during the holidays that their health is put at risk, and that 41% of women use food, and 28% of women use alcohol, to curb the pain of their holiday stress. These statistics are alarming and heartbreaking and serve to remind us that holiday stress is not something to be ignored.

Fortunately, we can be proactive in preventing the negative impact of holiday stress by following a few simple suggestions and intentionally making Christ the focal point of all we do this season.  Below are 7 strategies to keep in mind to avoid letting holiday stress steal your joy, squelch your Christmas spirit, or damage your health.

     1. Plan for your stress.

You are probably well aware of the holiday stressors that push you to the limit, so why wait until they happen again to try to figure out how to handle them?  For example, if decorating makes you stressed, invite friends or family members to help out and host a decorating party with light snacks and beverages.  If baking goods for the PTA bake sale makes you feel burdened and stressed every year, give yourself permission to sit out this year out. If a family function is always challenging, pray for God’s divine intervention in dealing with family conflict this year.  Being proactive in making plans for dealing with common holiday stressors is a great stress reducer.

     2. Pursue a positive attitude.

Whether the holidays are our favorite time of year or not, we still need to pursue a loving, Godly attitude in the midst of the chaos. If we let crowds and traffic put us in a bad mood, we’ll take it out on our family later. If we allow obligations to stretch us thin, we’ll be too busy to enjoy the season. If we focus on all the negative aspects the holidays may bring, we will lose sight of the fact that we are really celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our attitudes and our thoughts will carry us to a destination of a joy, or a destination of bitterness and grumpiness.  If you struggle with a Grinch attitude every year, ask God to help you pursue a new attitude for this season, and experience real joy in Christ.

     3. Purposely get enough sleep.

If you want to be able to stay in a good mood during the holidays, don’t forget to rest! Sleep deprivation has a serious negative impact on our moods and our ability to manage even small levels of stress. Commit to getting to bed at a decent hour and getting a good night’s rest as often as possible.

     4. Party sensibly.

Even though being at every holiday party we are invited to makes us feel and look like social butterflies, all that party-going might leave us bound up in a cocoon of stress.  Choose your social events selectively, and only attend those which are most important to you.  Stand in front of a mirror and rehearse a gentle and polite response to share when someone invites you to a function that you know will not fit into your schedule

     5. Prepare a routine for the month of December.

Think about all the things you usually have to do around the holidays, jot them down on a list, and set a daily schedule for each day in December for fulfilling them, while being sure to include a target deadline for each thing. Write out your gift list, gift suggestions, budget, social outings, travel or packing needs, shopping availability, babysitting needs, special events you cook for, grocery lists, etc. This might sound compulsively organized, but it will be time and effort well spent, because good planning sets the stage for peace.

     6. Practice fun. The holidays are supposed to meaningful and fun, so why do we let busyness and chaos steal the joy and fun from our hearts?  Think about some ways you can have fun with your family or friends this year and make a commitment to follow through with them. Keep in mind that sometimes the best entertainment is cost effective, like watching movies at home or riding around looking at holiday lights and decor.

  1. Promote love.

Our inward thoughts will always drive our outward actions, so if we want to show love during the holidays to family, friends and total strangers, we first have to focus on feeling God’s love. Although every person faces different adversities in life, we can all enjoy the Christmas season if we remember that Christmas is really about celebrating God’s love for us. If we bicker and complain our way through the season, our holiday spirit will exit quicker than Santa up the chimney. But if we focus on the fact that we are supposed to be celebrating peace, joy, and love, our Christmas spirit, our faith, and our love for others will soar. When our hearts are full of love, it’s hard to be a Grinch.

Unfortunately, Christmas can leave us feeling as tattered as the ripped up wrapping paper strewn around a living room floor on Christmas morning. A little holiday stress preparation can be the determining factor in whether your holiday is joy-full or stress-full, and when our hearts at peace our holidays can be too.

Tracie Miles is a national conference speaker and author with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is the author of Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace In Your Chaotic World and is a contributing author to Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today daily email devotions,  Encouragement For Today: Devotions for Everyday Living, and the Zondervan NIV Women’s Devotional Bible.  Tracie has a new book being released September 2014 titled Your Life Still Counts.  She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband of 23 years and her three teenage children.  Get connected with  Tracie on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Enter to win a set of Tracie’s Managing Holiday Stress Conference Calls!  

Tracie is hosting a conference call series this season through Proverbs 31 Ministries called Managing Holiday Stress . Click here for detailed information about the two calls, taking place on November 25th and December 10th, and how to join in the fun on her three live Facebook parties which include lots of fun holiday giveaways!

 To enter to win a set of Tracie’s conference calls, enter via the Rafflecopter below. 

This giveaway will end on Nov. 25, 2013 at 9 am EST and the winner will be contacted and announced shortly after.  Open to US residents 18 years and older.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.  Good luck!

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