Thursday, December 18, 2014

Free Shipping Day - In Time for Christmas

Did you know there was such a thing as Free Shipping Day? Neither did I! But for the last 7 years, participating merchants (OVER 1,100!!) have gotten together to offer real free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve. I am no deal blogger, and I rarely have great offers to share with you, but today is different. . .
Get Free Shipping Codes on more than 1000 with Christmas Delivery Guaranteed

Total win for those of us that may not be quite done with our Christmas shopping yet.

Today only - until 11:59pm ET, the following deals (plus tons more) are in effect (codes are on the Free Shipping website):

Cabela's -- Free shipping on all orders with code.
Dick's Sporting Goods -- Free shipping on most orders designated with GTGT icon.
Moosejaw -- Get free two-day shipping on all orders with code.
Gander Mtn -- Get free shipping on all orders.
Roxy -- Get free two-day shipping.
Timberland -- Get free shipping on all orders.
Sports Authority -- Free shipping on everything.
Speedo -- Free shipping plus 30% off any order.
Patagonia -- Free two-day shipping on all orders.
The North Face -- Free two-day shipping on all orders.
Gaiam -- Free shipping on all orders.
Puma -- Free shipping on all orders.
REI -- Free shipping on all orders.
Bass Pro Shops -- Free shipping on all orders with code.
Under Armour -- Free shipping on all orders with code.
Sierra Trading Post -- Free shipping on all orders with code.

Check out for even more deals on lots of favorite brands!

What will you get shipped for free?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Party Style | What I Wore

This week's post for What I Wore is all about Holiday Party Style. Nothing (except perhaps a wedding) can cause as much fashion angst, as a holiday party. I blame all those TV movies and magazine spreads of glamorous fancy parties, for our stress. But there's no need to stress, you've got the perfect thing to wear!

Years ago, John's office used to put on one of those very glamorous and fancy holiday parties (remember when the economy was great?) and I would start thinking about what to wear in August. Scour Nordstrom and Ann Taylor for just the right LBD. A LBD because it was versatile and I could style it differently a month later when we went to the Black Tie Tailgate . . .then we had kids. Sometimes the dress was long, sometimes short. . .but almost always black.

Little Black Dress Style Ideas

These days, my holiday parties are much more casual, so a great pair of dark denims or black ankle pants with a great top or sweater fits the bill. Last week I attended a Holiday Party just down the street and it was raining. After a quick perusal of Pinterest for inspiration, I started shopping my closet. I had already decided I was going to go "rustic chic" and wear my Hunter Wellies with a skirt. Here's what I pulled together:

Casual Holiday Party Outfit Idea
Skirt - Eddie Bauer (old)
Sweater - Lord and Taylor Cashmere (last year - similar styles available NOW)
Tights - SPANX Tight End Footless Tights (my favorite!!)
Socks - Hue
Boots - Hunter Wellies (classic)
Necklace - Tiffany

I added a chunky dark grey sweater too. Before deciding on the black sweater, I had on a white button-down shirt and a merlot cardigan. That looked a little dressier, but still great with the plaid skirt and wellies.

Some other great Holiday Party ideas:
  • For black tie, consider a Ball Skirt and Wrap Blouse or sparkly top.
  • For something more casual, or cocktail attire, try a black skirt and jewel-toned jacket or twin set.
Chances are good you already have at least part of the perfect outfit in your closet already.

What are you wearing to Holiday Parties this year?

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This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On. Check them out for outfit and style inspiration.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Canon Is A Great Family Gift From Best Buy {#HintingSeason}

Remember a few weeks ago, I shared I was teaming up with Best Buy to share some great Family Gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season? Well, today, I'm back to share another great Family Gift Idea!

How about a fancy, yet easy-to-use Canon EOS Rebel T5i? 

Canon is a Great Family Gift From Best Buy #HintingSeason

It's confession time . . .big cameras intimidate me. I know I should be using one for my blog, but I'm so comfortable with my current Cannon SX170 IS! But I'm toying with dragging John's DSLR out of the closet for the new year. How fun would it be to have this amazing piece of equipment under the tree?!

I'm pretty sure we have purchased ALL of our cameras from Best Buy over the years, and believe it or not, they are all Canons. (When something works, I say stick with it!) Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. I love that ALL the choices are in one convienent location, and you can try them all out right in the store!

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression. Sounds like the perfect family gift for the family of a blogger, doesn't it?
Canon is a Great Family Gift From Best Buy #HintingSeason

Some of the cool features of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i are:
  • Hollywood caliber full HD video capture capability
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • An 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images
  • A 3" vari-angle touch screen to simplify navigation
Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Just think about all the school plays, concerts and programs you can capture? the possibilities are endless!

Canon is a Great Family Gift From Best Buy

FYI - You can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy from 12/7 through 12/20 (so act fast!). Visit Best Buy to learn more.

What memories would you capture with a new Canon Camera from Best Buy?

Canon is a Great Family Gift From Best Buy #HintingSeason

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This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for my time spent preparing this post, however, as always all opinions are my very own.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 2014 Week 51

Welcome to another week of meal planning. Here we are down to the last two full weeks of 2014. Can you believe we've planned 50 weeks of meals this year? It takes a little planning and a little organization, but the payoff can be huge in time and money savings.

This is my Holiday Prep week. This is the week I spend running around during the days, taking care of all the loose ends like stocking stuffers and last minute gifts.

Here's what I have planned for dinner this week:

Monday - Chicken Quesadillas with Guacamole and Chips
Tuesday - Pasta with Sausage & Spinach in a White Sauce
Wednesday - Salmon with Creamed Spinach and Quinoa
Thursday - Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken with Kale Salad
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday and Sunday -  TBD

What are you having for dinner this week? You can check out my Recipes and Food Pinterest Board for ideas.

Follow Hillary Chybinski's board Recipes and Food on Pinterest.

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie. Be sure to check it out for lots of great meal planning ideas, tips and inspiration!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Surviving the Holidays with Healthy Essentials #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson + Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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There's no doubt this is busy time of the year. Between school concerts, parties, shopping and cookie baking, there's barely time to sign the holiday cards (oh right - that's something I finally said "no" to). But with some simple steps, we can all survive and even thrive into January.

I don't know about you, but about a week before Thanksgiving, I have all these grand plans to make this the most elaborate Christmas of all: baking and hand-making gifts for family and friends, hitting all the holiday hot spots and activities, shopping for the perfect gifts and filling all the stockings.

But after Thanksgiving, the thought of trying to get all that done in 3-4 short weeks, suddenly makes me feel completely overwhelmed. I pull out all the bins of decorations, and then guilt haunts me until they are all put up just right.

What's a busy mom to do? Never fear. I have some helpful tips and some great savings on great products to get you through the busiest time of the year.

5 Tips to Survive the Holidays

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With the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time to unwrap great savings on the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website! You can save up to $35 on some of your favorite products by visiting to download coupons in December.

From looking your best and baking tasty treats for holiday celebrations to staying healthy and taking care of yourself and your family, you’ll find products for the holidays and every day.

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So tell me, how you surviving the holidays this year?
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