[i was given a free download to try out the app, all opinions and inches lost are 100% mine.]

if you're like me and enjoyed summer a little too much...ate well, drank well (who can blame us?)...you're probably feeling like it's time to get back on track with exercise and healthy eating. with POPSUGAR's Clean Eating App, it's easy! you get a two-week clean-eating plan - five recipes a day, complete with photos, ingredients, and directions.

i thought, ok, it's going to be complicated recipes of things i don't eat or don't have in my kitchen already. i was surprised to find some simple recipes including some of the foods i already eat. for example, these mini tuna cucumber sandwiches were right up my alley. i eat tuna anyways, all i had to do was swap out the bread for cucumber. it was such a refreshing lunch, and so simple.

do you have to do some prep work? yes. do you have to cut out everything? no. there's ice cream recipes, pudding, chocolate, and yummy smoothies! will you have to go out and find ingredients? maybe. you don't have to stick to the plan or recipes exactly. if it's less intimidating, ease into it by trying one of the recipes per day, then increase each week. revisit recipes you love. i came across a couple of recipes i knew i wouldn't make, so i just swapped them out for ones that i liked and were easy for me to make. i use the app as a guide to help me through the week. it not only provides recipes, but inspiration to want to eat healthier.

create a shopping list, see step-by-step directions, and view nutrient totals.

these were a hit in my house!

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are you ready to clean up your act...er, eating?
i'm giving away a free iOS download for the POPSUGAR Clean Eating App to one reader who wants a jump start on eating clean and healthy. to enter, simply leave a comment with your email so that i can notify you if you win. winner selected at random end of my day tomorrow, 9/26.

let's do this!


Canvas Factory GIVEAWAY. 02.

[i was provided with one canvas print for review purposes; squeals of excitement and opinions are 100% mine.]

we capture so many great memories with our phones and digital cameras from our summer vacations and graduations, down to selfies and our food. Canvas Factory allows you to transform those photos into beautiful pieces of artwork. they can print on stretched canvas, aluminum, acrylic glass. they can print collages, full wall displays, or even split canvases. best of all, their website lets you easily upload photos from your computer or even directly from facebook, instagram, or flicker. the hardest part was choosing a photo!

this photo of diamond head was taken from a catamaran ride on a recent staycation in waikiki. i chose a 16" x 20" canvas print in landscape. i uploaded the file from my computer, positioned it on the canvas, and that was it. my print arrived in the mail shortly after that.

this is my second print from Canvas Factory, and i was glad to see a small improvement on their prints. they now put a backing on the canvas which gives it a little more weight and heft.

wrapped canvas.

here it is behind my desk.


Want to have a unique piece of artwork that no one else will have? Canvas Factory is generously giving away a free canvas print to one lucky reader.

Can't wait? Canvas Factory is having a huge sale; start creating your canvas art now! Otherwise, enter below.

giveaway open to US/CAN only, ends 10/6
enter using the rafflecopter widget below

good luck!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box. August.

happy birthday, POPSUGAR Must Have! august marks POPSUGAR Must Have's fifth year of curating fun and exciting lifestyle boxes delivered right to your door. creator, lisa sugar, gathered all of her favorite products and brands to create this special birthday box.

in case you're not familiar with POPSUGAR's Must Have Box, it is a monthly subscription box filled with full-sized beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. for $39.95, you get 6-7 premium items plus a special item thrown in once in a while.

to celebrate their birthday, POPSUGAR Must have is hosting weekly giveaways throughout the month of august to current subscribers and those who sign up during the month of august. the grand prize for the final week of august includes one year of must have! subscribe now so you don't miss out!

here's what was in august's box:

2. first aid beauty 5-in-1 bouncy mask 
3. dogeared friendship bracelet with open heart
4. meri meri gold glitter candles
5. fringe studio free spirit journal
6. goodie girl cookies chocolate chunk

special extra:
7. shoptiques.com $25 gift card

who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?


first aid beauty is one of my favorite brands...great for sensitive skin.

you can check out my unboxing on periscope @ oomph if you have the app.
otherwise you can watch it here.

do you subscribe to any subscription boxes?
if so, which ones?

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join POPSUGAR Must Have now and get the Must Have box for $39.95.

through the month of august take $10 off your first month with code: PARTY

see my june Must Have Box here.
see my october unboxing here.
see my july unboxing here.
see my june Must Have box here.
see my august Must Have box here.
see my november Must Have box here.

see my december Must Have box here.

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