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5 Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas for an At-Home Date Night

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day this year? If you’re like me and are all about that stay-at-home date night life, then this post is for you! After all, while getting dressed up and going out with your significant other can be a lot of fun, making a reservation far in advance for an overpriced special menu often isn’t.

Valentines Meal Ideas

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Valentines Day Dinner Ideas

That’s exactly why I wanted to round up 5 super easy Valentines Day dinner ideas for you! While I love eating at home, cooking is not something I’m the best at. The good news is that these recipes are foolproof because they’re all made with Rosa Sauce, combining Bertolli® Traditional Marinara Sauce and Bertolli® Alfredo With Aged Parmesan Cheese!

Made with juicy tomatoes, Italian herbs, fresh cream, aged Parmesan cheese, and fresh garlic, only Bertolli Marinara and Alfredo Sauces are made the Tuscan Way! Each Bertolli Sauce is made with a few simple ingredients cooked lightly with olive oil creating layers of flavors. Just enter your zip code here to find out where to buy the sauce near you!

If you’re ready to pick a recipe to make this year a Valentine’s Day meal at home, then just keep reading!

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Making Sustainable “New Year, New You” Goals for 2020

I’ve never been one to consider myself the athletic type. Growing up, I wasn’t particularly good or bad at any sport. In elementary school, I played basketball and took swimming lessons. In middle school, I joined the swim team. By high school, I realized I just wasn’t loving the sports life and decided to put more of my efforts into creative endeavors like art.

Adidas Women's Golf Outfit

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For years, I’ve struggled to find a sport or athletic activity that I really connect with. I’ve tried cycling, running, barre, yoga, and joined a gym. For whatever reason, none of these things have stuck despite countless attempts at making New Year’s resolutions. Last year, however, Dave encouraged me to take up golf. I brushed him off over and over again, but he persisted.

Finally, to shut him up, I offered to take a golf lesson with him. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it. So I went back. And then again, and again.

While I’m definitely no Tiger Woods, and will likely never be a great golfer, it has got me out of my athletic comfort zone. I’m using muscles that rarely get used in my day-to-day activities of typing, taking photos, and spending too much time on my phone. I’m getting more exercise and also trying new things, like visiting the driving range. I won’t lie; having an excuse to shop for women’s golf gear has been fun, too. I mean, after all, how cute are golf dresses and skorts?!

This year, I purposely made no New Years’ resolutions. Instead, I want to do more things that challenge and push me outside of my comfort zone, keep up and establish more healthy habits, and work on decluttering areas of my life that don’t bring me joy.

Today, I thought I’d share how I’m skipping the idea of “new year, new you” and instead of making sustainable changes that fit into my everyday routine!

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70+ Last-Minute Beauty Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Ah, it’s the holiday season and it wouldn’t be that time of year without something going a little haywire, would it? I think we’ve all had that “oops” realization that you missed picking up an important gift, or maybe plans changed in the eleventh hour and now you need to find a last-minute gift… stat!​​​​​​​

Holiday Beauty Gifts
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In the spirit of embracing those last-minute panicky gift moments, I thought I’d put a twist on my annual beauty gift guide. I’ve hand-selected each beauty item (yes, I’ve tried EVERYTHING on this list!), plus I’m including all the details of exactly when you need to order online to receive it in time to place it under the tree, cool as a cucumber of course!

So if you’re ready to knock out the rest of your holiday list, or if you’re just shopping for yourself, I hope these beauty gift ideas will have you hitting check out, then kicking back your feet and relaxing with a cup of cocoa in no time!

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The Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Gift

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of tech21. All opinions are my own!

Who’s still shopping for gifts for the holiday season?! If you have your hand raised then you’re not alone; I’m still shopping too! Fortunately, thanks to the wonderful thing that is the Internet, we can procrastinate, order online, and still get it in time for putting under the tree this holiday season! And if you still have a few stockings left to fill, I have the perfect gift solution.

Tech21 Phone Case

What’s something that everyone you know is always carrying around? Their cell phone, of course! And when you carry a cell phone, you know how important the case is. Not only do they protect your phone, but they can also make a fashion statement, show off your personality, be practical, or a combination of all of them!

Enter the tech21 case. Whether you’re shopping for a mom (who would love the anti-microbial Studio Color case), a fashionista (who would love the Liberty London designs!), or the man in your life (who would probably love the Evo Check!), there’s something for everyone on your list.

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Gifts that Give Back for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

Every holiday season, the internet blows up with holiday gift ideas. Last year, I had an idea that was a little different. I wanted to do more with each holiday gift that I gave, and I wanted to find the best holiday gifts that give back.

Honestly, though, I ended up overwhelmed. I had nearly 100 browser tabs open and was scouring each brand’s website to figure out exactly what giving back meant to each company. Some donated a portion of sales, a portion of profits, or products on a 1:1 basis to a specific charity or organization. Others make giving back to the communities in which they work in a part of their company ethos. I quickly realized it was going to take a lot more time and research to figure out exactly which companies aligned with what I was looking for!

Gifts that Give Back Gift Guide
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Gifts that Give Back

So, since coming up with this idea, I’ve slowly compiled, saved, and communicated with a variety of companies that have a giving back mission. While I haven’t personally tried each and every product on this list, I have tried almost all of them. As you finish your holiday shopping this season and look for gifts at any time of year, I hope this list of charitable brands and gifts that give back is helpful!

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