Monthly Archives: November 2017
Apple Has a Different Kind of Deal for Black Friday
Apple has revealed its own take on Black Friday: it’s holding a one-day “shopping event” where instead of slashing prices on goods, it will give shoppers gift cards worth up to $150 with their purchases.
The promotion applies to select Apple products, including certain models in the Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone and Mac series. Many of the products on the list are older models.
The value of the gift card corresponds to the price of the item purchased. Buying an Apple Watch series 1 for $249 will net you a gift card worth $25, while the $999 Macbook Air comes with a $150 sweetener.
If you’re hoping to get a deal on an iPhone X, this isn’t the sale for you. Only older iPhone models — the SE, 6s, and 7 — are covered by the promotion. The 7 and 6s come with $50 gift cards, while the cheaper SE comes with a $25 version.
The most expensive product in the promotion is the 8-core Mac Pro, which comes with a price tag of $3,999. That qualifies for a $150 gift card, which represents 3.75% of its total value.
The Best Fitness Gear to Buy in Old Navy’s Black Friday Sale
You can’t beat the price of Old Navy workout clothes on a regular day, but this Black Friday, your new favorite fitness gear is an even better deal. In addition to their outrageously amazing $1 cozy sock sale, Old Navy is kicking off a three-day sale starting Wednesday, November 22. From Thanksgiving Eve through Black Friday, you’ll get 50% off your entire purchase (no coupon code required), and many other items will be marked down to $10 or less. Here’s the cute, long-lasting workout wear we’ll be adding to our cart at oldnavy.com. An entire head-to-toe look (and more) for a grand total of under $150!
High-Rise Mesh-Panel 7/8-Length Leggings (regularly $33, now $16.50; oldnavy.com)
You can’t go wrong with a flattering high-rise legging and an on-trend cropped ankle, but these bottoms also boast chafe-preventing seams and moisture-wicking technology. Plus, this beautiful berry hue is literally called “Magical Potion," which is what all our workouts should feel like they’ve been blessed with, right?
Go-Warm Quilted Hybrid Jacket (regularly $70, now $35; oldnavy.com)
This half-puffer, half-hoodie gives the illusion of a vest and is perfect for bundling up on your way to and from spin class, thanks to its cozy fleece collar and sleeves.
Slub-Knit Performance Hoodie (regularly $23, now $11.50; oldnavy.com)
Super-soft and lightweight, this long-sleeve option is perfect for winter workout layering. Thanks to the flattering tunic cut, though, we wouldn’t blame you for adding this to your athleisure rotation, either.
High Support Adjustable-Strap Sports Bra (regularly $33, now $16.50; oldnavy.com)
At this price, you should stock up on multiple sports bras to last you throughout the year. Molded cups, two layers of moisture-wicking fabric, and an adjustable hook-and-eye closure (with a cute back too!) won’t disappoint.
Semi-Fitted Run Shorts (regularly $17, now $8.50; oldnavy.com)
In a fun floral print, these lightweight, moisture-wicking shorts will make your winter workouts feel (at least a little?) more like spring. Bonus: They even have a small pocket along the front interior.
Ultra-Light Mesh-Trim Racerback Tank (regularly $17, now $8.50; oldnavy.com)
Can you ever have too many workout tanks? Not when they’re this affordable–and this cute. The mesh trim shows a little peekaboo of skin and will keep you cool through hot yoga.
Graphic Tulip-Hem Performance Tee (regularly $17, now $8.50; oldnavy.com)
You’ll want to save this semi-cotton, super-fun tee for after you hit the showers because it’s just too cute to get sweaty! Only for the most confident of coffee-lovers.
Mid-Rise Slim Heathered-Stripe Track Pants (originally $40, now $20; oldnavy.com)
You'll want to wear these retro-inspired sweats all winter long. A tapered leg and tuxedo stripe give these joggers an effortlessly chic vibe. Also good: Hidden zippers at the ankles make them even comfier.
14 Unicorn Ideas That Will Make Dreams Come True
Unicorns, confetti, and everything magical that can fit on a rainbow—unicorns are a hot commodity right now and we’ve pulled together the coolest unicorn ideas for your little dreamers!
14 Unicorn Ideas That Will Make Dreams Come True
Check out these amazing Unicorn Horns by a baJillian Recipes.
Figure out what your unicorn name would be. (Image uploaded by some cool Pinterest user!) Mine is Truffle Silver Socks…love it!!
Cute and simple unicorn marshmallow pops by The Decorated Cookie.
These adorable DIY unicorn gift bags from Tikkido.
And more unicorn ideas…
How delicious do these colorful Unicorn Sundaes look?
This is too creative! All you need is a cheap notebook and you can turn it into this amazing
If you’re handy with cosmetics, you can try out Unicorn Makeup Ideas.
And if you missed the insane unicorn drink at Starbucks, you can make your own unicorn frappe here!
Stop right now…you NEED these unicorn donuts in your life.
And finally, if unicorns aren’t real, you sure fooled me. What kid wouldn’t love this
May all of your wildest unicorn dreams come true!
The post 14 Unicorn Ideas That Will Make Dreams Come True appeared first on How Does She.
No fuel like an old fuel
Texas got a major economic boost on Dec. 18, 2015. That’s the day Congress ended the 40-year-old U.S. export ban on crude oil. Overnight, the market for light sweet Texas crude went from domestic to worldwide.
The decision was a much-needed stimulus for the Texas fracking industry, especially in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin. European countries were also pleased the ban was lifted because it reduced their dependence on Russian and African oil. Political and economic instability makes light crude supplies from countries such as Libya and Nigeria problematic. Even China is looking at U.S. crude oil to reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
U.S. crude oil exports soared from 392,000 barrels per day in December 2015 to one million in April. That’s an increase of approximately 155 percent in less than two years (Figure 1) and is 11 percent of the nation’s total output.
Canada was exempt from the ban. The U.S. had been exporting crude oil to our northern neighbor in limited amounts since the early 1990s and sporadically to other countries. In 2016, the top export destinations for U.S. crude oil were Canada (57.9 percent), the Netherlands (7.3 percent), Curacao (5.7 percent), China (4.3 percent), Italy (4.1 percent), and the United Kingdom (3.1 percent).
Rising crude oil exports allow the U.S. to gain international market share at a time when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is reducing output in an attempt to shrink the global oil supply. If strong U.S. export growth continues, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) may replace Brent Crude as the global benchmark for sweet light high-grade crude oil.
Texas crude oil exports gushed from approximately $319.3 million in December 2015 to $1,061.4 million in May (Figure 2). This was 65 percent of U.S. crude exports. In 2016, Texas oil traveled to Canada (28.3 percent), the Netherlands (15.4 percent), Curacao (10.7 percent), Italy (7.3 percent), and China and the United Kingdom (5.1 percent each). Year to date (May), however, China is the top export market for Texas crude oil.
Holiday Hair: How to Achieve the Perfect Curls PLUS Holiday Bundle Sales You Don’t Want to Miss
It seems like almost every female I know is seeking to achieve the “perfect” curl. I’ve been trying for years to get them, and my thick and unruly hair just never would cooperate.
They are literal miracle workers and the ONLY tools that would effectively give me the most beautiful curls ever.
Plus, the’re SO pretty. I mean, the blush and rose gold option?? dying!
Want amazing beachy waves/curls too?
Watch a tutorial HERE or HERE.
These videos have gone viral time and time again, and L’Ange is quickly becoming a household name because they have created tools that WORK, and products to support healthy, voluminous hair. Ask around. Read the comments in our LIVES. Women are genuinely impressed and falling in love with these tools and products.
That’s why, we are SO thrilled too announce that this holiday season, we have worked hand in hand with L’Ange to put together the BEST holiday hair bundles ever.
These make the BEST gifts!
We’re talking, our handpicked FAVORITE tools and products, at prices that will knock your socks off. These bundles are 60-70% off the normal prices, and you will ONLY find them HERE for a LIMTED time.
If you’ve been waiting for to buy yourself something, or want to gift a wand/straightener to your teen daughter, this is the time! Today is the day!
SHOP IT ALL HERE
Or check out all the individual package details here:
BASIC CURLS = any size/type Ondule wand + heat shield
This is a great option for someone just starting out. It’s basic, but complete. The heat shield protects the hair before you use the hot tools and is a necessity. Plus, it smells fantastic! We recommend the ceramic wand for those with thin or really damaged hair and the titanium for those with thicker/coarser hair.
BLOW IT OUT = dryer + blowout shampoo & conditioner + root booster
This combo of products is a lifesaver for those of you who don’t get the salon for a blow out weekly. I swear by this hair dryer. It’s the best I’ve ever had as it has cut my drying time down to half. without damaging my hair. The Blowout shampoo and conditioner help eliminate frizz without being weighty. Use a little root booster for some added volume and BAM, you look like you just stepped out of the salon at a quarter of the cost!
DOUBLE DUTY = both titanium Ondule wands + heat shield + nourishing gloss
Not sure which size wand to get? Get them both! The 32mm gives you a beachier wave whereas the 25mm gives you a more distinct curl. Totally different looks, but both amazingly beautiful. I love to switch between the two to really diversify my look! Be sure to use the heat shield to protect your hair and the nourishing gloss leave your hair smooth and shiny. A little goes a long ways!
SAVANAH’S PICKS = heat shield + dry shampoo + sea salt spray + marula mist + root booster + whip
Savannah, our resident hair goddess, put this package together of her favorite products. Sometimes hair care can be overwhelming and you may not be sure where to start. These products are the best of the best and will protect, PLUS provide volume and shine. They make a great gift bundle too. (The marula oil is my personal favorite….although the dry shampoo is a game changer too!)
Are you drooling yet?
You should be.
If you’ve been wanting super-model worthy hair, but haven’t been able to achieve it, TRY L’Ange tools and products. They’re the only thing that’s REALLY worked in my hair and honestly, I couldn’t love them more. These holiday packages are at prices you just can’t say no to! So grab a package for yourself, grab one for your daughter and grab one for your sister while they still last!
The post Holiday Hair: How to Achieve the Perfect Curls PLUS Holiday Bundle Sales You Don’t Want to Miss appeared first on How Does She.
Scentsy Makes the Holidays Merry and Bright! Home and Gift Ideas
*This post is sponsored by Scentsy whose incredible fragrances and beautiful home decor we truly love! Their Holiday Collection makes your home merry and bright.
This morning I woke up to frost on the ground and as I stepped outside to wave goodbye to my kids, the air was crisp and smelled like the first breath of winter.
I love this holiday time of year and I love making my home into a cozy holiday haven with all my favorite smells and decorations.
Falling leaves and cold mornings just invite warm cups of apple cider or hot cocoa. The smell of pumpkin cookies baking in the oven and cloves and orange slices simmering on the stovetop remind me of all of the delicious things my mom made for us growing up.
My four siblings and I would gather around the Christmas tree, pulling out our favorite ornaments from an old shoe box and share memories as we placed them on the tree. Mom would read to us from Christmas books and today, I find myself wanting my own children to experience the magic of the holidays just as I did back then.
Luckily, Scentsy has bottled up all of our favorite fragrances to make the holidays merry and bright!
Scentsy Holiday Decor and Fragrances
Scentsy is our longtime favorite home decor and fragrance company with roots right here in Meridian, Idaho where I live. They are an incredibly kind and conscientious company with the highest quality products that always deliver on style and delicious smells. I’m kind of sort of obsessed.
See our Modern Mom’s Guide To Decorating with Scentsy as well as more ways Scentsy Creates Holiday Magic.
I love infusing my home with cozy holiday fragrances that remind my family of old memories and help us create new ones. Scentsy has so many new Fall/Winter items that will make amazing gifts and festive homes this holiday season!
Holiday Decor and Fragrances
The Special Delivery Warmer just makes me happy every time I look at it. This bright red car carries a Christmas tree that reminds me of piling our whole family into my grandpa’s old truck. We’d head to the mountains and search for the perfect tree to bring home.
Pared with the Iced Pine Scentsy Bar, this little truck infuses freshly cut pine smells that are great when you have a faux tree. After Christmas, you can simply remove the ceramic tree and still use the red truck warmer as decor!
As a child I remember trying to stay up as late as I could on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Clause. I’d sneak out of my bed at 9:00pm only to find a scented candle burning by the fireplace. The Scentsy Tinsel Warmer reminds me of everything that’s magical about the holidays when you’re a child.
The Tinsel Warmer creates a warm glow with beautiful etched Christmas tree and snowflake designs that dance off the countertops and walls. It is lovely. And with Scentsy wax bars like Baked Apple Pie, Cozy Chai, or Hug in a Mug; it smells like you’ve just been baking!
You can shop all of the scrumptious Scentsy Wax Bars here. Just place a cube or two into your Scentsy warmer dish and your entire home fills with wonderful fragrance.
I love gifting Scentsy to teachers, friends, and family during the holidays! Here are my top picks!
The New Scentsy Go
I have been dying to introduce the new Scentsy Go fragrance system because it is incredible! Scentsy Go is a chic little pod that can travel wherever you want it to go.
You can put it in your purse or gym bag; you can take it with you in the car or place it in a locker. All you do is charge it up, drop in a Scentsy Pod, push a button, and you’ve got instant, cordless fragrance.
It’s my absolute new favorite! Scentsy Go and Scentsy Pods would make a great gift for that fashionable gal on the go. (Or if you’re like me, you can stick one in your own Christmas stocking!)
You know that one fuzzy friend you snuggled up to when you were a kid? Scentsy Buddies are a child’s dream! Not only are they adorable and cuddly, but they smell divine too!
Any kid on your holiday list will adore a Scentsy Buddy.
Each Scentsy Buddy comes with a zipper pouch in his our her back where a Scent Pak can fit. Lenny the Lamb is wearing a holiday sweater and smells just like Sugar Cookie.
Get Milford the Moose here.
Introduce your little ones to Lenny the Lamb, Milford the Moose, and the rest of the Scentsy Buddies! Oh, and if you get a chance to stop by Scentsy Headquarters in Meridian, Idaho, they have HUGE, life-sized Scentsy Buddies that your kiddos can hug on right in the lobby! My kids had a blast there!
You can find even more Scentsy Kid gifts here.
Scentsy just released a new line of amazing skin care products called Scentsy Body that are getting rave reviews—from myself included!
The fragrances you love from Scentsy now come in lotions, soaps, body washes, and my personal favorite…bath bombs!
Scentsy bath bombs are BRAND NEW! You are pretty much the first to learn about them and they are awesome! Scentsy Bath Bombs make perfect stocking stuffers, friend gifts, teacher gifts, and pretty much the perfect gift for anyone who likes to soak in a warm tub and smell incredible afterward.
Scentsy Body Creams are luscious and smooth. My favorite fragrance is the Sea Salt & Avocado, which you’d think would be odd, but it is heavenly. Live a little on the wild side—I promise, you’ll love it—it’s the top-selling scent!
Scentsy Body Souffle is a decadent whipped body moisturizer that leaves your skin exquisitely smooth and yummy-smelling.
You can slip a Scentsy Fragrance Roller in your purse or pocket for a subtle, lovely smell that doesn’t overpower.
Put every single Scentsy Body item in my stocking or gift basket and I would be one happy camper!
Scentsy Warmers are world-renowned, and for good reason. They have so many gorgeous designs that fit any style and serve as both home decor and fragrance vessels.
This Champagne Warmer is so luxurious and chic—one of my favorite new Scentsy warmers. Perfect to sit on your nightstand and give off a romantic glow and infuse fragrances like Love and Happiness.
Gifts That Give Back
We love gifts that give back and the Scentsy Built with Love Warmer helps give a family in need a place to call home. For every each Built with Love Warmer sale, Scentsy donates $9 to Habitat for Humanity®. Now that’s a cool gift!
Perfect Stocking Stuffers
Scentsy has plenty of items that make great stocking stuffers. Check out these favorites, including the Silver Bells Fabric Ornament and Stan the Gingerbread Man Buddy Clip. (He smells just like gingerbread!)
Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright
Scentsy has everything you need to make your holidays special. Through smells like Cranberry Garland, Orange Clove Pomander, and Homestead Holiday, you’ll find yourself remembering old memories and creating new ones.
Ordering from Scentsy is easy. You can order through your Scentsy consultant or just go to Scentsy.com and order there. Your deliciously smelling package will show up right to your doorstep!
Catch Me Live at Scentsy!
Finally, tune into Facebook where I’ll be LIVE at Scentsy Headquarters showing you all the amazing new things Scentsy has this season, plus asking some fun questions. It’s going to be a party! See you there!
Photos by Kara Eaton
The post Scentsy Makes the Holidays Merry and Bright! Home and Gift Ideas appeared first on How Does She.
A Sweet Christmas Tradition: Building Baby Jesus a Manger of Kindness
*Sponsored by The Star In Theaters November 17.
The Christmas season is drawing closer and every year I look for thoughtful activities to help teach my four children the true meaning of Christmas. Already, my kids are circling every item in the toy magazine and talking about how many tablets they’re each going to get. If we’re not careful, the miracle of Jesus Christ’s birth will quickly become overshadowed by “things.”
This year, we’re looking forward to heading to the movie theater as a family to watch the new Sony Pictures Animations movie The Star, plus we’re introducing a new family Christmas tradition that will promote kindness in your home.
The Story of the First Christmas
In theaters November 17th, The Star is a funny and inspiring adventure of a brave donkey named Bo (voice by Steven Yeun) who finds the courage to break free from his daily grind at the village mill and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams.
On his journey, Bo teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep that has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told—the first Christmas.
The Star is the first big Christmas movie to actually embrace the Christmas story. The focus is not on Santa, elves, or presents, but rather the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
My family could greatly use that reminder.
If one of your family traditions is heading to the movie theater to catch a flick, The Star is the perfect family film to watch this holiday season! It’s an inspiring re-telling of the Nativity story through the animals who were actually there! You’ll leave the theater feeling uplifted and inspired.
The Star cast is packed with voices you’ll recognize like Kelly Clarkston (voice of Leah the horse), Kristen Chenoweth (voice of Abby the Mouse), Tracy Morgan (voice of Felix the camel), Tyler Perry (voice of Cyrus the camel), and Oprah Winfrey (voice of Deborah the camel).
Plus, the soundtrack is amazing with songs by Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Fifth Harmony, and more.
A New Christmas Tradition: Building Baby Jesus a Manger of Kindness
So much of Christmas has become commercialized. There’s such a franticness to buy, buy, buy! Sadly, a huge portion of our holiday season is spent stressing about the things we will be giving and getting instead of expressing our gratitude for Jesus Christ’s birth and spreading kindness to others.
This holiday season in our home, we’re starting a special new tradition we call, “Building Baby Jesus a Manger of Kindness.” Here’s how it works:
After Thanksgiving, we get down the nativity set and have a special family night where we open our Bible to Luke chapter 2 and let the kids get out each nativity figure. As each child chooses a figure, mom or dad find the scripture that coincides with that figure and we read the story of the first Christmas.
We read about Mary and Joseph, about the special star that appeared, and about baby Jesus, whose bed was a manger. The kids are always so concerned that Jesus wasn’t warm enough. That’s when I had a sweet idea—let’s make baby Jesus a manger of kindness.
First I created a simple paper cutout of baby Jesus lying in the manger and glued it to a trifold poster.
We explained to the kids that to keep baby Jesus extra warm this holiday season, we were going to make him a bed using kindness straw.
As a family we cut out several strips of paper. When we notice anyone in the family doing something kind, we write it on a piece of kindness straw and then glue it onto baby Jesus’s manger.
The goal is to fill baby Jesus’s bed with as much straw as we can to keep him comfortable and warm.
John 13: 34-35 talks about showing love one to another. “Love one another, as I have loved you…” The very best thing we can do to make Jesus happy and warm is to show love to one another through our words, actions, and good deeds.
Not only did the kids fully embrace this activity, they started looking for ways to be more kind.
Our poster can stand as a reminder all season long that the true meaning of Christmas is centered on Christ and kindness.
The kids can read the sweet things on the kindness straw and can keep adding to baby Jesus’s bed all season long.
If you’re looking for a few ways to center your holidays on what matters most, try building baby Jesus a manger of kindness.
Also, head to theaters November 17th to see The Star—it’s going to be a Christmas classic you’ll want to watch again and again!
The post A Sweet Christmas Tradition: Building Baby Jesus a Manger of Kindness appeared first on How Does She.