I’ve mentioned at a couple of blogger events that as a new blogger, I kind of jumped at every opportunity to partner, even if the brand asked for money upfront. I know now that that is a no-no, and I won’t call out some of those brands because, honestly, I have made a couple sales through their affiliate programs. Not enough to recoup even the cost of what I originally purchased, but there is a chance to make that money back if you hustle hard enough, I’m sure.

I would recommend staying clear of any affiliate/ partnership program that asks you to buy the product yourself and share it with your readers because, frankly, you never know if you’re going to make that money back. However, most of these programs have also been totally transparent with me so I can’t really fault smaller companies for trying to gain a following and make a buck. It’s not really how brand partnerships should be done, but that’s another topic for another post.

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There’s also a collective of shady biatches that I will 100% tell all of my readers and fellow bloggers to stay away from. Apparently, they’re all under the same umbrella of crap. The first is Nora NYC. They contacted me earlier this summer about an affiliate program where all I had to do was buy their sunnies half off and advertise with a special code and make money. Mmmmk well I’m a sunny-junkie so I figured why not. The sunglasses came in and I’m telling you it felt like my head was in a damn vice. They were cute, sure, but so uncomfortable that I couldn’t in good conscious advertise them to my readers. Essentially money down the drain on that one since I couldn’t return them. Also, that code they sent me for my readers- a generic code that gives my readers a discount but does nothing for me. Not much of a partnership, huh?

Then, recently, I started getting emails in my inbox from Chic Wish List. I never signed up for these emails, but they caught my attention, so I checked them out. I’m a big fan of fast fashion sites, so I recognized some of their products as the same type of thing I would find on, let’s say, SheIn… but marked up into the hundreds of dollars. Last Thursday, they tagged me on Instagram and asked me to be a brand ambassador. I decided to check it out just for the heck of it.

Tassel Detail PU Crossbody Bag With Ring Handle available from SheIn Note: I know these bags are not exactly the same, but both are PU aka polyurethane aka not real leather or even vegan leather. Great for a fun cheapy- def not worth $265.

First of all, the language was very unclear- was I getting a necklace for free or was I paying a discounted price on the item plus a free gift? I knew this site looked shady so I decided to follow through with the set up until it asked me for money, just to see. WELP- the cheap crap marked up x100 would not be free but “heavily discounted.” Nope. Wasn’t paying for it. Stopped what I was doing and looked up Mirina scam and Chic Wish List scam and found hundreds of blog posts and videos calling them out on their BS. I believe that Mirina is the umbrella company and that Nora NYC is part of it, but I’m not 100% sure. They may just be sister-scammers. It seems like they make most of their money convincing bloggers to buy their junk, but that’s just my own speculation.

Check out the video below for a detailed rant of one experience that kind of covers all the bad stuff they’ve been doing to bloggers, and I assume, other customers.

Bloggers and consumers alike- if you ever find yourself looking at a deal that doesn’t seem quite right, Google it. Read the reviews. Educate yourself before you make a purchase that feels funny. Have you ever been scammed or avoided a scam? I’d love to know about your experiences!

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I am so psyched that this week is only three days for Kendall and myself. We haven’t had a trip in a while, and we’re going to Charleston for Sahra’s wedding with a stop on the way down and back to Myrtle Beach to visit some of my family. We’re like really good at long car trips together, braving a week-long drive from Mississippi with several stops along the way when we moved him up here, and a few trips back by car since then.

Next week, I’ll have my Chowderfest trip too! Now that I’m a grown-up with a full time job and responsibilities, it’s not so often that I get a weekend away, much less two in a row. While the trips serve different purposes, the bulk of both trips is going to be pretty casual. I have a crazy gown for Sahra’s wedding, but I’ll spend most of both trips in pretty comfy attire (especially as Long Beach Island will be pretty chilly at the ‘fest).

This time of year is pretty tricky, weather-wise, so layers are key. So is a (practical) variety of footwear. I’m kind of over over-packing (I used to be so bad about this), so I’m rather strategic in what actually gets to come with me for a weekend away. I tend to pack in coordinating colors to mix and match.

the carolove getaway essentials

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Women’s Obey Basel Cable Knit Sweater||L.L.Bean Blanket Scarf, Plaid||Free People – Jordan Tee Women’s T Shirt

Original Tour Women’s Rain Boots||Jessica Simpson Water-Resistant Hooded Raincoat||Perverse Declan 51Mm Keyhole Sunglasses||Women’s Sp Black Decon Raw Edge High Waist Skinny Jeans

Roxy – Peak Moments Striped Dress Women’s Dress||Women’s Leith Easy Circle Cardigan||GUESS – Disc Pendant w/ Tassel Y Necklace Necklace||Lucky Brand Women’s Eesa Block-Heel Booties Women’s Shoes

Cobian – La Paz Women’s Sandals||Vans Authentic Lo Pro Sneaker||Brown Buckle-Accent Tote Set

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As much as we’d all like to leave a calm and peaceful life, it isn’t always possible. Stress is everywhere. Whether you find yourself getting worked up at work, or wound up at home, it’s highly likely that you’re no stranger to stress. But does that mean that you should accept the feeling of frustration? No, certainly not. In fact, you’re definitely entitled to be your happiest self. Although you may never be able to fight off all of the stresses in life, you should be able to work on ways to keep calm when chaos threatens to put an end to your peace. So let’s look at how.

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Create The Right Environment

The first thing you need to do to be able to keep yourself calm, is often to create the right environment around you. It may seem silly, but your immediate surroundings will always contribute to how you feel in yourself. So when you’re stressed out, you need to take action. Work on creating a positive atmosphere around yourself. Draw yourself a bath, light some candles, read. Do whatever you need to do to stay calm. What you choose to do will be based on your own preferences, but in general, anything slow, quiet, calming, and relaxing is always a great idea.

Encourage Balance

The next thing you should aim to do, is find a balance. This is often hard to do, but you should look into different ways to keep your mind and body in perfect harmony. Whether you choose to exercise, or even use moonstones like this https://accessgems.com/moonstone-meaning-properties-symbolism/, you will soon see how important balance is to your stress levels. Because when you can find the perfect balance, you should always stay calm.

Switch Off

However, one of the main reasons that you could be feeling so stressed out at the moment, could be down to being ‘on’ all of the time. If your mind is always active, and you’re always consuming, you’re going to be stressing yourself out without even knowing it. So switch off. Literally switch off your devices and enjoy some quiet time. Go for a walk or take that bath. You’ll soon feel relaxed and less stressed.

Sleep More

Another reason for why you could find it so easy to get worked up is because you’re not sleeping properly. Getting enough sleep and actually sleeping well is hugely important for your health. So you have to be able to ensure you can enjoy the right levels of sleep if you want to be happy and calm.

Practice The Art Of Mindfulness

And finally, you may also find that being mindful more often can really help to keep you calm and centered, even at the most chaotic of times. Even if you’ve never tried mindfulness before, these mindfulness exercises https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-exercises-techniques-activities/ are not only easy to practice, but they’re hugely effective too. So start practicing today, and you’ll soon learn how to keep yourself calm in the most chaotic of situations.

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Remember last year when Bubbles & Bloggers took a field trip to my old neck of the woods to get some of that country fall goodness you can’t get in the city? Well, when we were at Rocklands, I picked up some farm fresh pork for Kendall and now we’re spoiled and the stuff from the grocery store just doesn’t cut it. Since this past weekend was so gorgeous, we decided to take a little field trip of our own.

Content warning: if you’re a vegetarian who has a problem with my purchasing farm-fresh meat, you might want to stop reading. Nothing graphic, I promise, but I do love eating meat, and I’m a huge fan of buying local.

I didn’t realize this because last fall we made other stops, but Rocklands Farm is only about 40 minutes outside of DC, with a gorgeous drive to get there. There’s plenty of parking, and the farm isn’t so massive that you feel overwhelmed- everything for visitors is pretty much contained. Because it was such a beautiful day, there were a ton of families enjoying the sunshine, wine, and nibbles from the market- lots of littles running around.

Since we were going to my parents’ for dinner after, I picked up a bottle of their Sandstone to take my dad, and some fresh flowers for my mom. You can check out all of their wines here.

Kendall had never been to Rocklands before so we carefully took our time selecting the cuts of pork to take home. While they don’t deliver, you can order your meats/ poultry online and select a designated drop-off spot to pick up your product. Another option is to sign up for the Rocklands Meat CSA, which is a club for pasture-raised, grass-fed & finished, nutrient-dense and humanely-raised meats. The meat CSA share includes a monthly selection of a diverse variety of cuts, flash-frozen & vacuum sealed, of beef, pork, lamb and chicken, varying month to month.  We considered it, but it’s so nice to get out of the city occasionally and hand-select whatever it is you want that I don’t know if we’ll end up doing that.

I clearly decided to go all country girl for mu outfit. I may be mostly city-fied, but I do love my fresh air and wide open spaces from time to time.

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Dress: Island Gypsy||Denim jacket: Target||Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone||Stella & Dot Stack: Melody Bracelet; Wishing Bracelet – Bisous; Wishing Bracelet – Protective Eye; Pavé Wishing BraceletHarmony Bracelet||Similar Coach bag

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Most of us would like a perfect pair of legs. Whilst some of us are blessed with more naturally beautiful thighs and calves than others, there are steps that we can all take to make our legs more luscious. Here are just few tips for achieving a killer pair of legs.

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Kick your lazy habits

Whether your legs are too plump or too skinny, regular exercise will help to get them in shape. Most physical activities are good for the legs from running to cycling to swimming. There are then specific exercises such as squats and lunges that can help tone them up further. The key is spend less time lazing around on a sofa. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix of evening TV – you can still do many exercises in your living room (you could even buy an exercise bike or a treadmill). Walking/cycling more and using the car less can also help, whilst sites such as http://www.healthline.com have some great ‘deskercise’ workouts for those with sedentary office jobs.

Run a razor over those legs

Razors are still one of the healthiest ways to lose the leg hair. Hair removal creams may cause skin irritation, whilst waxing regularly causes ingrown hairs. Whilst using a razor-shaving has to be done more regularly, it’s the best option for your skin. Of course, a good razor will limit those nips and cuts and will result in a smoother shave. Comparison sites like http://www.bestproducts.com/ can help you find the best razor.

Stamp out cellulite

For many women, finding cellulite on their legs is a disaster. Fortunately, as sites such as http://www.cellulite.com/ prove, there are many ways to get rid of the orange peel look such as exercising, exfoliating and using special creams to reduce its appearance. A more drastic option is surgery, but this should only be for those with serious cellulite as such treatment can be costly.

Dash dry skin with moisturizer

Dry skin can occur for a variety of reasons. As we get older, our skin will naturally begin to dry out, as it stops producing as much ‘sebum’ – our skin’s natural moisturizing oil. Using a moisturizer as a substitute can help provide our skin with the oils it needs. Legs tend to get particularly dry on the knees and shins. You can never start moisturizing too early, as well as stopping your skin from being as dry it will delay wrinkles, leaving you with smoother legs for longer.

Tread carefully in the sun

Soaking up the sun can help achieve a sexy tan, but the UV rays won’t be doing any good for our legs in the long run. The sun is the leading cause of wrinkles, particularly when we let our skin burn. Putting on sun lotion can prevent burning, whilst after-sun can limit the damaging effect of sunburn. Another way of achieving those bronzed legs could of course be to slap on some fake tan. Yes, it’s not as cool as the real thing, but it’s far healthier for the skin.

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