Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm Now Available at Target!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees at Target for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm with pumpkins and Fall leaves

Fall evokes for me leaves crunching beneath my feet, warm apple cider, and whiffs of fragrant spices on the air. Pumpkin, cinnamon, burning wood, nutmeg, cloves…all very Autumnal scents. (When I was a teenager I always switched my perfume out to a deep spicey scent during this time of year…until it ran out and I couldn’t find anything similar ever. again. *sad face*)

But I digress. With the changing of seasons comes the changing of clothing, makeup, scents, lotions…to more orangey and cranberry hues and more deep and spicy scents. I LOVE this change and I love every day of this season. Warmth, crisp air, fun, friends, family…this time of year is one of the most special, filled with great food and holiday traditions.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice clear lip balm with lid off
Burt’s Bees (one of my faves for all-natural, good-looking-on-you-and-healthy-for-you lip balm) has once again brought our their Pumpkin Spice this year, a delicious take on their 100% natural lip balm. It goes on soft and moisturizing, with sunflower seed oil, coconut, and beeswax, scented with creamy pumpkin scent and just a hint of spice. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS and any irritating substances. Plus it’s a handy size – and since it’s perfect for stashing in a pocket or a purse, it’s my new go-to balm when I’m on the go!

So much like my favorite spicey perfume scent from so long ago, Pumpkin Spice evokes Fall in every way – but is colorless, so doesn’t mess with anything else you may be wearing on your lips. (I like layering it underneath a dab of berry lip gloss for a delicious scented base to my color.) And, it’s ultra-moisturizing and keeps dry lips at bay during the sudden cold snap we’re experiencing here in the Pacific Northwest.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm on end cap at Target

You can find Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm in Target stores on an end cap or with the Burt’s Bees products – just look for the orange box decorated with bees and pumpkin illustrations. 😉 Or, you can purchase online here if you’ve got any other shopping to do from Target (and who doesn’t have extra shopping they can do at Target???)

Shopping for Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm at Target
The holidays are coming up fast – and I’m already stocking up on these little lip balms as stocking stuffers and Secret Santas for everyone in my life. (At around $3 a balm, these are definitely a chic steal!) They’re a great little addition to a homemade treat or a DIY ornament or thoughtful handmade trinket. Buying them in bulk is so easy online – and packaging them up with a ribbon and homemade gingerbread cookie and my gift-giving is done! My son’s teachers, check. My blogger buddy girlfriends, check. My coworkers, check. Mom, check. Done! (And, FYI: Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice is a Target EXCLUSIVE and you can’t get it anywhere else!)

Available Only at Target

Burt’s Bees has made this season that much more special with this great scent and sweet little balm.

Burt's Bees pumpkin spice lip balm with pumpkins and leaves

So tell me: what are YOUR favorite Fall flavors or scents? Mine are most definitely pumpkin and apple. GO!


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Inspire: You Are Enough Quote

You Are Enough gold typography by Carly J. Cais
Fancy typography quote for your Monday.

You are enough. You are always enough.

Though I am egotistical enough to attribute this quote to me, it’s kind of an adaptation of the Maya Angelou quote:

You are alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

-Maya Angelou

However the quote above is what I often try to remind myself of, when things get too much or are overwhelming. Please share with anyone who may feel self-doubt or unworthiness, because they (and you) are always, always enough.



Chic and Multifunctional: The Hoover Cordless 2-in-1 Vacuum Makes Life So Much Easier

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum side by side

OK, you guys. The holidays are coming up and I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all the things that have to be done to ready the house in time for the arrival of family, friends, and loved one. I don’t want my home looking a mess – and I certainly don’t want to spending this wonderful time of year in household drudgery. This year, it’s Hoover to the rescue!Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum vacuuming

I have a love/hate relationship with my current vacuum (or maybe it’s more of a dislike/hate relationship…?). It’s big, it’s clunky, it’s heavy – and yes, it gets the job done, but vacuuming the house takes forever and it usually feels like a workout of its own. I’m constantly tripping over the cord, having to find another plug that works as I move throughout the house, and have to lug it up and down the stairs to get it into all those little crevices.Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum on stairs

So when Hoover sent me their new Air™ Cordless 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum, it was like a godsend. Seriously – I had no idea how much time I was spending on this simple task until I tried this vacuum and experienced how much time it cut off of my cleaning routine.

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum light

I love the light at the front – perfect for those dark corners and nooks!

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum adjustability

The head of the vacuum is completely adjustable, and glides over stairs and height differences easily. Love!

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum removing

And then – this is amaaaaazing – you can pull on the handle in the center – and remove the canister…

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum handheld

…And use it as a handheld vacuum by itself! Total awesomeness.

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum carpet function

The vacuum has 2 modes: hard floor and carpet – and switching between them is an easy flip of the button.

Plus – and here’s the kicker – the vacuum is cordless. Yup, you read that right: it’s completely cordless. So no cord to trip over, no cord to unwind and wind back up again, no cord to have to unplug and plug back in. You just charge the LithiumLife rechargeable battery once and you’re good to go. And their Windtunnel 3 technology provides performance with ample suction power to lift and remove dirt.

The entire Hoover Air line is a line of 4 cordless cleaners: 3 vacuums and a hard floor wet cleaner, and the batteries are interchangeable.

A 25 minute task for me just shrunk to under 10 minutes, and saved my sanity for the coming holidays. It’s totally a #nocordnobull life for me now!

Hoover 2-in-1 cordless vacuum side by side
Check out the full line of Hoover Air here to see how you could make a tedious chore…finally manageable.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets Recap

woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-eventHi friends!

Who attended the Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets last Saturday? It was an awesome event, filled with fun, food, shopping, and steals to be had all day long.


The 11 charities that benefited from the event were all there helping out. These puppies were from Guide Dogs for the Blind.woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-event-photo-booth

Attendees received a complimentary catered lunch with original Fall Fashion cocktail (“Frenzy Fizz,” “Sparkling Diva,” and “Fashion Spritzer”), and snapped fun candid photos at the Photo Station by Paparazzi Tonight.

At each tent entrance there were different Fall ‘looks’ from Woodburn Premium Outlets retailers (top photo).


Attendees were invited to enter to win one of 12 purses donated by stores. Inside one purse was a $500 gift card. Attendees gathered together to find who the winners were at the drawing.


The lucky winner of the $500 Simon Premium Outlets gift card.


Plus there were cute swag bags attendees got to take home with them – filled with indulgences!

All in all, the event raised more than $50,000: a record year, with all of it going to charity. Everyone had an amazing time and it was a completely packed house.

If you’re in the Portland metro area next year, you should absolutely come to the event for a fun day of shopping and charity! Hope to see you there next year –


Shopswell = The Best Answer to Dynamic Shoppable Lists Ever!

Shopswell website review list screenshot
Shopswell is an easy, fun way to curate shoppable lists of products or wish lists around a certain theme – that update dynamically no matter what.

Unlike Pinterest, which is frozen in time from when the original Pinner pinned the product (for years!), on Shopswell you have the ability to integrate a product’s price so it updates on the image as the price changes. No broken links. No item not found errors. No clicking through and finding that the price is totally different from what you suspected. Lists of items that are actually shoppable – still. Christmas wish lists that are updated. Beautiful layouts that are embeddable in your blog, no plugins necessary. You can even watch videos and reviews in the interface to make an informed decision before buying anything. It’s really the best of all shopping worlds – come together in one website.

shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-1Shopswell is so easy to collect products around a certain theme. Register on Shopswell and then click on your profile photo on the top right and choose “My Lists.” From there it will bring up a list of all your Lists, along with a Create New option. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-2
I chose to create a list based on Fall – and themed it around affordable fashion under $50 (because as we all know, that is totally my mantra over at Chic Steals). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-3
Then it came time to add products to my list, which I did through just typing the name of the item into the search bar. When an item came up I liked, I chose to add it to my list – plus checked the “Track Price” checkbox so I would be notified if the price changed (so I could swoop in on a sale as it was happening!). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-6
Then I chose the list I wanted it added to – and BOOM! It was added to my list, that simple. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-4
I could also hit the plus sign to the right of the search bar and enter the URL of a product I’d found on a site on the internet. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-5Shopswell pulled all the info about the product without me having to do anything else (no entering keywords, title etc. – thank goodness!)

Within just a few minutes I had a cool, curated shopping list, that will live forever here – and I don’t have to do anything else for it! No commenting, no SEO’ing…no nothing. Awesomeness.

A review of the Shopswell website would be incomplete without mentioning that Shopswell’s monthly giveaway. The Shop.Share.Win Program gives away $10,000 every month (yup, you read that right) in rewards to the members who share and interact with other community members on the site. You earn credits by inviting other members to the site, creating helpful content, creating lists, and upvoting other members’ content. (Specific details on how to earn credits are here. The current leaderboard showing who’s earning the most credits this month is here.)

So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action and start putting together wishlists that will link to your picks permanently – embeddable, beautiful curated content.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

ShopBop Annual Friends & Family Sale Starts NOW!

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It’s that time of year again…

The annual Friends & Family Sale at Shopbop is happening NOW!

Until Thursday Oct 15 at 11:55 PM PST you can save 25% off with the coupon code INTHEFAM25, which equates to a massive discount on major designer brands.

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Jem and the Holograms capsule collection at ShopbopPlus – how cool is this? An exclusive Jem and the Holograms Capsule Collection is now available on Shopbop – which is so 80’s-tastic! If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, take a peek at the capsule collection on Shopbop here and be swept back to light-up star earrings, facepaint makeup, and the Saturday morning lineup oozing glam rock.

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