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Perfect Gift for Going Back to School

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The start of school is expensive….whether you are a teacher, parent, or college kid….it is one of the most financially exhausting times of the year.

There are those times during the school year when you will need help….whether it is that meeting you have at work and the neighbor gets your kid or traffic was bad and that teacher kindly stayed with your child when everyone else left, or that grandparent who always goes above and beyond…keep these people on your team.

While the money gates are open, remember to keep the babysitters, grandparents, and teachers in mind when school is starting….a little gift goes a long way!

I am huge believer in rewarding those who are in my tribe and are kind – they are always willing to go that extra mile….

Lovery Gifts have a variety of amazing baskets and I highly recommend them. Prices vary based on budget and a coupon code with your first purchase is a win. I keep one on hand – just in case so I am prepared for that amazing gift that did not break the bank. Check them out www.lovery.com And on instagram @loverygifts

I would also mention it is a great gift to send that college kid or a friend who lives far away! Let me know if you have any questions. I highly recommend the products and love the packaging !

Xoxo,

Heidi

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5 Reasons You Should Pick Up SojoS Vision Photochromatic (Transition) Glasses

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  1. Convenient: These glasses can be worn inside and outside and can be kept on all day.
  2. UV Protection: If you are wearing these glasses sun protection is covered at all times.
  3. Money Savings: All in one glasses for sun and for regular vision.
  4. Affordability: The leopard pair SJ9001 were $19.68 and the gold pair SJ5023 were a bit more expensive (but still very reasonable) at $39.99.
  5. Less Eye Strain: These glasses offer anti-blue light protection that reduces eye strain and headaches.

Things to Consider:

Cold Temperatures can cause the darkening and lightening to take a bit longer.

SJ 5023
SJ 9001

For the low price of $20-$40 for these glasses, they are affordable and very cute to wear. I wear contacts and wear them with these glasses and have found that the eye strain I typically experience by staring at my computer is less and I definitely have less headaches.

For more information on SojoS Vision Click Here

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5 Reasons on why to buy the FabFitFun Box!

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  1. Indulgence. Everyone needs a little luxury now and then and this is the perfect “gift” that shows up on your door 4 times a year. This gift includes $200 worth of items each time for less than $50 per season.
  2. FOMO: Fear of Missing Out: This box contains some of the hottest and best trends in the beauty and shopping world. The items in the box range from beauty products like hair masks, facial masks, body scrubs, kimonos, teeth whitening products, fitness items, and more.
  3. Great Value. Earlier I mentioned that the box includes over $200 worth of items per box and you are getting it for less than $50. Excellent value that appears on your doorstep 4 times a year.
  4. Choice. When you join the FabFitFun Membership, you get to choose some of the options per season. If you do not select any options, they will be chosen for you. You are also given the option (if you like two in that category) can purchase the additional item(s) for $5-$15. The price is always listed.
  5. Girl Scout Cookie Effect. These items can all be for you, BUT everyone feels better when you feel as their giving to others, and especially when something is promised something in return. This can definitely be the case for this box as you will receive at least 8 items and you may not love them all; you can “pre-shop” for Christmas, a birthday, or save for that office worker that you need to buy for, but have no idea what to buy….this actually will keep several “gifts” on hand for the unexpected need.
Example of the Summer Box
Example of the Summer Box – different selections

Please keep in mind that the time of ordering until shipment may be a week or two. Know that sometimes it does take a little bit, but it is definitely a win that you will love!

Below is my box from the summer!

If you just sign up for one box or cancel the membership, you may not be able to select the items for the box; once you sign up for annual membership you can.

Below are the selections I have chosen for the Fall Box!

Ready to find out more? Click Here to find out more: use vacation10, beachbabe, or heatwave. I will continue to post the new codes per season!

Happy Shopping!

-Heidi

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4 Days Visiting Yellowstone & Jackson – What to Know!

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My first visit to Yellowstone was circa 2012 and it was incredible. Having the opportunity to return to Yellowstone is a quick…..ABSOLUTELY! I had some airline miles on Alaska Airlines to use and the flight was completely free!

Left Thursday after work and flew from Columbus, Ohio to Seattle, Washington onward to Bozeman, Montana.

The arrival was scheduled for midnight in Montana, but based on plane troubles arrived around 3 AM. It made for a short night of sleep, but getting to the park is the highest priority. Yellowstone is a large park.

Friday morning around 9 AM left Bozeman, Montana for Yellowstone National Park. There are a couple of ways to enter the park, but drove into West Yellowstone taking the route north to circle the park ending at the Yellowstone Lodge.

As you enter Yellowstone from West Yellowstone, you have a few choices…..the option of going toward Mammoth Springs (North) was the path taken. There are a ton of pull offs to see waterfalls, paint pots, geysirs, and Mammoth Springs is an excellent spot to take a lunch break. During the stop, watched the Elk walk around the city area; these animals are beautiful but you really need to stay back as they are known to be quite aggressive.

The drive continued with stops at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and lookouts.

Several locations have animals that are close to the vehicles. It is important to know that these are wild animals and you need to keep your distance.

The bison walk next to the cars, but will become aggressive if you get too close. The same with bears, elk, deer, etc.

During this trip, I was amazed at the number of people trying to get the right picture of the animal; willing to risk their lives for a picture.

Since I have been home, there are have been two people attacked by bison and one guy ran across the Grand Prasmatic Pool – use your head and do not ruin these opportunities for everyone. If things like this continue, they will put up fencing and limit access.

Finished driving for the day and ended at the Yellowstone Lodge located on Yellowstone Lake. It is absolutely beautiful. Yellowstone is at a high altitude and even when it is summer….it can still be quite chilly. There is a lake and many people end up the hospital because of hypothermia from the lake…keep this in mind. Visiting the park in June, it can be 70 degrees one day…..and can change the next….

Woke up Saturday to snow on the ground! Based on the elevation and driving conditions several roads were closed so we drove from the Yellowstone Lodge north to the bypass and then visited the southern part of the park. Drove to Old Faithful and had lunch right after the eruption. The park service posts the time and the app (when you have cell service) will also let you know the approximate next time.


On Sunday, we drove down to Jackson, Wyoming meeting some friends and exploring the areas. This is where we saw the first bear on the trip! We drove to our hotel and checked in at the Jackson Lake Lodge. This is between Yellowstone National Park and Jackson, Wyoming.

The Jackson Lake Lodge was located pretty close to Jenny Lake (a hidden gem) and Colter Bay (another hidden gem) that are in the Tetons. The hotel was expensive but was at the base of the Tetons and had fantastic views. On Monday mid-day left the Tetons and drove back through Yellowstone on the way back to Bozeman….a few shots on the way back.

If given the opportunity to visit Yellowstone and/or Jackson, Wyoming – definitely take the opportunity. If the weather is decent, I would highly recommend white water rafting in Jackson Hole. This trip did not have time and the weather was a bit cold, but the last time…it was one of the major highlights!

–Heidi

Costs for Yellowstone:

Rental Car: Alamo: $560

Quality Inn Bozeman: $185 per night

Lake Yellowstone Lodge: $390 per night

Alaskan Airlines Flight: $450 (my flight was paid with points)

Jackson Lake Lodge: $400 per night

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72 Hours to Visit Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks–Can it be done?


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72 Hours to see Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Antelope, Bryce, and Zion National Parks

Grand Canyon Visiting Las Vegas for a whirlwind out west in 3 days! I had limited time and companion airfare on Southwest that allowed me go on a quick adventure and I can never say no!

Las Vegas is such a fun place to visit. Back when I was doing my dissertation, I spent 3 weeks out in Las Vegas writing my paper and booked 3 weeks in Kauai to finish….yes, you read that correctly. I have always enjoyed Las Vegas and while living in Ohio, the phone constantly rang and friends wanted to go to lunch or do this and getting away was perfect for writing that paper. There was motivation to accomplish goals.

For the Las Vegas Trip, it was meant to be a quick trip….Leaving Ohio after work and flying to Las Vegas staying at the New York New York for the first night. After a long day of work and travels- arrived around 10 PM Vegas time or 1 AM Ohio Time. The first stop was In N Out Burger followed by a stop down in Old Vegas.

Saturday morning; got up super early to be at the Hoover Dam before the major traffic. It has been a couple of years since I was out there, but thankfully the new highway makes the visit much more enjoyable. If you have not been to the Hoover Dam; I highly recommend visiting.

From there, trudged on to the Grand Canyon…there are a lot of options, but purchased the Park Pass for a year (National Park Service for more details) there is a Desert View Drive that has a lot of pull offs and is perfect for a short stay at the Grand Canyon….

Mind you, we are still trucking because we have booked a 4:30 Antelope Canyon tour in Page, Arizona.

The goal was when finished to see Horseshoe Bend but this trip, parking was full and fines were high for parking along the highway.

The next morning we got up early and drove to Bryce Canyon to see the Hoodoos and then to Zion National Park. With it being the height of summer..definitely busy. In order to hike the Narrows. Get there early and plan on a 45-1 hour bus ride. After driving through the park, headed back to Vegas.

We arrived back in Vegas around 2 pm stopping at In N Out when coming back to the edge of Vegas. The rest of the evening was spent walking the strip and stopping at cafes. Our last night was spent at the Venetian. Definitely worth the splurge!   

This was a quick 72 hour trip and you definitely need more time to see each of these spots, but if time is limited; I would go for it. YOLO!

– Heidi

Costs:

Rental Car: $230

New York New York Hotel: $250

Best Western: $230

The Venetian: $350

Antelope Canyon Tour: $65 per person (morning is better than evening)

National Park Pass (year) $80 for the car – already purchased

Flight: $250 (free as I was using Southwest Companion Fare)