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

Fall has arrived and I could not be happier about it. Along with cool refuge from boiling temperatures are all of the things that make the season great. I love everything that comprises the autumn season – cozy cardigans, fluffy zucchini bread, colorful foliage, warm scarves, the nip in the air and, of course, the bevy of pumpkin products that hit the market. Once mid-August hits, there is a flurry of pumpkin pies, pumpkin coffees, pumpkin candles, pumpkin breads, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin scents, pumpkin cakes, pumpkin pastas and more. Basically, if you can taste it or smell it, then it can be fused with pumpkin in some way.

Some are great and some I can live without. Out of all of the products that accompany the autumn season, the one that I look forward to the most is lip balm. Unlike all of the other pumpkin products, this one stays on your lip and close to your nose all day for creamy and delicious reminder of pumpkin all through out the cold months.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm is my go-to beginning in autumn, because it not only keeps lips hydrated, it also smells of rich pumpkin. I love that it is full of all natural with nutritional beeswax, creamy pumpkin and spices and free of unnecessary fillers like parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. If you are not a fan of pumpkin, there are still plenty of soothing and sweet-smelling moisturizing lip balm flavors from Burt’s Bees from which you can choose. However, if you are like most people, then the Pumpkin Spice lip balm is almost guaranteed to be your favorite.

I personally like Burt’s Bees in general, because I know that when I buy Burt’s Bees products that I am getting quality. That is highly important when it comes to keeping lips nourished during the cold weather months. If you lips are in pain, then your entire day will be full of pain. If you have ever ever experience dry or cracked lips during the fall or winter, then you already know that everyday tasks become difficult to do. Eating, talking, smiling and laughing become painful and can ever make exacerbate problems. If you need to give some tender love and care to your lips during the cold weather, then make sure that you use something of quality, such as Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm is Available Only at Target and only for a limited time. Due to the fact that it is a seasonal item, that means that you can get it during the autumn months. Your chance only comes once a year, so do not miss out on this delicious lip balm that will remind you of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes and just creamy pumpkin in general. It is a soothing reminder of autumn in a lip balm tube that is not be missed. So, make check the availability of Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm in your local Target store and stock up before it is too late.

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Happy November, everyone! The holiday season is officially upon us. The buzz of Thanksgiving and the flurry of Christmas advertising has already begun. Since, it is the time of giving and cheer, we are joining with a few other bloggers to bring you an exciting Amazon Fire giveaway. Hopefully, it will help you be a bit merrier and more full of cheer as you watch your favorite Christmas movies, read a good book, pin recipes for the holidays and do a bit of gift shopping for the family (and yourself). Good luck to all of our lovely readers and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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love note to the bride

One new trend that is becoming increasingly popular is the exchange of love notes between the bride and the groom before the ceremony on their wedding day. The new tradition of wedding day love notes is such a sweet gesture that allows a heartfelt moment between the bride and the groom possible without seeing each other on the wedding day prior to meeting at the altar. Wedding day love notes cleverly create a way for the happy couple to observe the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding while still giving each other a piece of themselves in order to help calm their nerves and to spend a moment together, even though they are apart. Wedding day love notes may be considered a private prelude to the wedding vows shortly to follow.

The bride and groom will want to remember the jitters, excitement, love and last minutes before taking the plunge of marriage that come with the exchanging of wedding day love notes. The promises and professions and most importantly, the reactions of wedding day love notes are not to be forgotten. Make certain to have your photographer on hand when the bride and groom each read their love notes.

Obviously, this can be done in many ways. The couple can exchange their love notes and read them together. For instance, they can stand on opposite sides of a door or door opening and hand each other the letters and read them their next to each other – all while still observing tradition. Or, they can have members of their wedding party (the best man and maid of honor) or a special family member (parents or grandparents) deliver them to their spouse-to-be.

However it is done, have the photographer handy to capture all of the raw emotions on camera. This way, the couple can go through and choose which to keep for themselves, which to frame and which to share with their friends and family. They will have their raw moments of joy and anxiety that came from those wedding day love letters for the rest of their lives, and those special moments are the very reason why wedding photos exist.


Check out these wedding photo must posts below!

For more wedding photo musts, check out:

bride and groom photo ideas

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

the ring bearer and flower girl

the first dance

the bride and groom getting ready

the wedding reception entrance

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


  • Karin - October 28, 2015 - 11:02 am

    A really lovely article. Great pictures.ReplyCancel

My family is full of picky eaters when it comes to pizza. It is not that we do not love pizza, but rather that we come from Chicago, so we are accustomed to eating some of the best and heartiest pizza on the planet. Ever since we left the Midwest, it has been a struggle to find anything that compares to the pizza we used to eat on a weekly basis back home. Although deep dish is what Chicago is known for, my family grew up near one of the best Sicilian thin crust pizza places, so we ate thin crust regularly. So, we were happy to be offered a sponsored opportunity to try Chicago-based Home Run Inn Pizza.


We were interested in Home Run Inn Pizza for a few good reasons: 1) It is Chicago’s number one selling frozen pizza. 2) Home Run Inn has been family owned and operated since 1947 3) The pizza is all natural and is completely free of preservatives. 3.) The pizza is free of nitrates and nitrites. 4) The mozzarella cheese used is never made with fillers or dry powder milk.


These things make Home Run Inn Pizza as authentic as frozen pizza can possible be. We had a pizza party where the seasoned adults who hail from Chicago could taste the pizza alongside the kids who have never had authentic Chicago pizza. It coincided with our family beginning our Halloween decorating, so it turned into a Halloween pizza party.


The tomatoes were fresh and tasty and the family-recipe sausage was the best I had ever found on a frozen pizza. The adults approved and the boys loved their first taste. We all had fun and got into the spirit of dressing up and entertaining. The boys are looking forward to Halloween parties now full of treats of good eats, like Home Run Inn Pizza.


The pizza filled the boys up so well that they each ate one to two pieces. Of other brands, they have to eat two to four in order to feel full. That heartiness is one thing that I love about Chicago pizza and it is one major reason to choose it for kids’ Halloween parties.


For the next pizza at a Halloween party, I think we may use a plain cheese pizza and add a few olives and mushrooms to sculpt our own monster face for the kids to scarf down.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Home Run Inn Pizza.



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Autumn is officially upon us, and that means comfy fall fashion is back in style and in the stores. If you have read our other posts on fashion, then you already know that we look forward to fall every year and the cozy and chic outfits that come with the season each year. This year, L’Amour Bisou has some truly beautiful versatile items that would look good in the office, on the weekend or on a night out. I have been browsing the L’Amour website for some fall fashion inspiration and here are a few of my favorite items.

This lovely sweater dress works well as a stand alone item.


But it is also complemented well with this flowy and colorful kimono.

Together, they provide neutral colors that are prominent in fall and the idea amount of warmth and complementary flair for the office or an outing.

My favorite outfit though, is this ensemble that I put together. It is the perfect balance of colorful dark hues, warmth and style. Best of all, I love how it mixes modern and classic styles to make a strong and feminine look.

Firstly, you start with the high-waisted cropped pants with a bold checkered pattern for a modern and casual base.

This lovely top with crochet patterns on the chest and sleeves add a vintage and feminine touch to the outfit.

Finish it with this long and cozy open cardigan sweater to complete the outfit.

The look is simple, casual and comfy – perfect for autumn. Each element is loose and flowy adding to the casual and cozy factors, yet its style makes it possible to wear in the office.

For more ideas, you can shop fall now and check our what other items L’Amour Bisou has to offer. You can get free shipping on your order using promo code “FREE1” during check out!

And, with each order, L’Amour Bisou is helping the homeless in the company’s hometown of Cincinnati. Through the L’Amour gives back initiative the company creates and disperses one care package for each order places to help put an end to homelessness, which has grown by 150% in the past 15 years in the city.

Visit their blog for more information on the company, their clothing and their work.

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