Monday Motivation: Transitioning Back to Reality

It’s Monday! This is likely one of the most difficult Mondays of the year, as we get over the long Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. Our bellies full and our wallets empty, it’s time to get back to work, and back to the daily grind.

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I personally have thrown routine out the window lately, and after a long-weekend vacation in Montreal followed by the long holiday weekend, I am ready to reintroduce things like the gym, smoothies, and a normal sleep schedule back into my life.

Here are some links from around the web that are helping motivate me – from jumping back on the treadmill to getting the ball rolling on my holiday shopping:

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  • I had this healthy smoothie for breakfast this morning. Did you know that yogurt plus oatmeal equals a complete protein? Mine was a little too thick, but still oh so good.
  • Looking for creative ways to finish up those turkey day leftovers? The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has you covered with some inspiring leftover turkey recipes 
  • Self magazine always has my back when I’m feeling less than motivated at the gym. I think they read my mind when they pinned these 10 boredom-busting treadmill workouts on Pinterest yesterday
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  • And JUST in time for the holidays, Gina Homolka of has a recipe for Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars that I must try. These were my favorite holiday treat back when I worked at Starbucks, many eons ago

In conclusion, this Cyber Monday I am keeping the coffee flowing, and I have my gym bag packed and ready for tonight. I am motivated! How about you?

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

          Somewhere in the past few weeks I stumbled upon this website called SoupNextDoor, which serves as forum for foodies to host dinners or tasting events, often in their own homes. Since I’m just getting in tune with my foodie tendencies I have to admit I’m intrigued, but every time I get an email from the website I feel creeped out at the thought of entering a stranger’s home for dinner. Am I alone? Is this concept weird? I plan to keep my eye out for interesting restaurant hosted events.
          Comments are showing up in the backend of my blog, but not making it to the live site. What’s the deal, Blogger? At first I thought someone had commented and then deleted their comment, but after the third time I think it’s a techno error. So, if you comment and you’re not seeing your lovely words – I’m sorry! L
          While I’m ranting about comments…it appears that people are reading Feel Good Foodies, but we’re 33 posts in and yet to receive our first comment. What’s up with that? Does our writing suck the big one? Do the recipes look gross? If you like talking about food, give us some feedback!
          Please excuse this shameless pat on the back, but I’ve been going to a personal trainer and it’s paying off. I feel like I look exactly the same, but today my belt buckled on the last notch! Time for a new belt, and to keep up the good work! And to keep celebrating small victories I guess, because the more weight I lose the more purchasing a new Spring wardrobe is justified.
          SALES. It’s Friends and Family season and I’m a happy camper. A few deals you can spot today:
o   Ann Taylor –  40% off everything with code FRIENDSAF, plus 2.5% cash back with Ebates. Expires 4/22
o   Lord & Taylor – 25% off select merchandise (almost everything) with code FRIENDS, plus 3% cash back with Ebates. Ends 4/23.
o   ASOS– 70% off the mid-season sale, no coupon code required, plus 3.5% cash back with Ebates. Ends 5/1.
o   Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – Friends & Family 20% savings plus free standard shipping with orders of $65 or more, and 4% cash back through Ebates. Expires today.
o   Theory– 25% off with code THEORYFF, and 3% cash back with Ebates. Expires 4/22.
Please share any other sales in the comments!
Happy almost Friday day, and happy shopping!

Tax Day Shopping

Happy Tax Day! I hope by now that everyone has filed their taxes and can take the short remainder of the weekend to relax (and maybe shop!). It seems that everywhere I turn there is a tax day sale going on.

I personally took the opportunity to stock up at Ricky’s, where they’re offering an extra 15% offpurchases of $20 or more. I bought my basic restocking haircare needs but also decided to indulge in a new color for my essie collection:

Essie – Geranium

I also did some major damage at J Crew’s factory sale this weekend. Did you do any Tax Day shopping?

Two Sales Today

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? I opened my email this morning and discovered that today is most definitely my lucky day, and yours too!
My wardrobe’s best friend and my credit card’s worst enemy Kate Spade is having a lovely friends and family sale today and tomorrow – 25% off. Just enter promo code FFSPR12 at check out.
If that wasn’t enough, J Crew Factory has slashed their prices by 50%, no promo code needed. I intend to go to town on all the J Crew items I’ve been coveting. Happy Friday and happy shopping!

Shop the Sale: BaubleBar One Year Shop

BaubleBar is celebrating its first birthday with their “One Year Shop,” starting today! The sale runs until January 29, and features deep discounts on their best selling items. This is BaubleBar’s first sale, and I don’t think they’ll be doing one again anytime soon so get in on it! Here are some of my personal favorites from the sale:


If it is your first time shopping BaubleBar and you do feel compelled to purchase, please use my invite code: 33449. If enough sign up with my code, I’m hoping to do a blog giveaway for you readers with the credits! Happy Shopping!

BeJool is Up and Selling

It appears as though, a site offering steep discounts on designer jewelery, has silently launched. Today I woke up to find a “Deal-of-the-Day” e-mail in my inbox. What’s the deal? A 64” string of 7mm Cultured Freshwater Biwa Pearls. Originally priced at $200, the site is offering these beauties at an 83% discount with a final price tag of $34.99 – not too shabby!
BeJool plans to release one item per day, posting at 12:01 a.m. Items remain posted until sold out, and all sales are final. Today’s offer is already 30% sold out, so if you’re interested I suggest you hop on it!
I’d love to hear what everyone thinks as this site progresses. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it for you as well. Happy shopping! xo

These Sites put YOU in Control

Would you like a more customized shopping experience? I know two websites that go the extra mile to put you in control.

1. finds sales on your favorite brands in your size and delivers them to your inbox for free. You can select how often you receive sale alerts, and it saves you a ton of time searching different websites. I get mine on Mondays and Wednesdays, it makes my long days move a little faster! Follow the link above to get a private invite to the site!

2. Shoe Dazzle This shoe society was founded by Kim Kardashian who also acts as the Chief Stylist. You register on the site, fill out a quick style survey, and receive 5 shoe recommendations per month via email. You can choose a pair of shoes, request new recommendations, or opt to skip the month. After you select your shoes you are  charged $39.95 and they are shipped to you. There is no charge if you skip a month, and if you don’t like the shoes you can send them back for free. Check out the pic to see my first pair 
( I just got them in the mail today!)