The best 9 no-fail Valentine’s day gifts for her

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MORANA. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Valentine’s day is coming! What will you be getting for your honey this year? Personally, I love it when my husband points me in the right direction by giving me a compiled wish list so I know exactly what his heart desires when it’s time to buy him a gift. I don’t know about you, but gifting-holidays like these are much less disappointing when you prepare your gift-tor with what you would like. After all, most (not all) men are clueless when it comes to buying us things we really want!

Jewelry is always where it’s at, and I found so many gorgeous pieces at moranaonline.com, which is why I included my 2 favorite rings from there as #8 and #9. It doesn’t end at jewelry, moranaonline.com also carries hair accessories too! I’m totally in love with my new bling clip!

So if you’re a man who’s clueless about what to buy for your lady or a lady who likes fun, unique gift ideas this is for you!

  1. Erin Condren Life-planner book $50 – erincondren.com
  2. 20 Hand-Dipped Ombre Cherries $30 – Shari’s Berries
  3. Double the Love bamboo plant $40 – ProPlants
  4. His and Hers pillow covers $30 – Etsy
  5. Carved initial candle $30 – Etsy
  6. Lotsa Love Candle $25 – bellaj.com
  7. Personalized “Where We Met” Puzzle $40 – signals.com
  8. Morana ring – “Bridges” $46 – moranaONLINE.com
  9. Morana ring – “Curly Q” $46 – moranaONLINE.com

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I received a few pieces of Morana jewelry and I was blown-away with what came out of the box. Bridges and Curly Q were 2 of my favorites…

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I just loved how it dazzled my hand! You can never go wrong with ANYTHING bling!

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And not to forget the adorable bling hair clip

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But most of all, I loved the care that was taken in the packaging.. There’s something so fun about opening this out of the mailbox, with the ribbons and special box makes me feel like it’s my lucky day!

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For those of you that have never heard of Morana, it is a jewelry brand that originated from trendy Sao Paulo, Brazil. A family business that had been cultivated into one of the most successful retailers in the country over the past 30 years. They must be doing something right!!

So if you would like a piece of moranaonline.com, be sure to watch their social channels for any special announcements!

                                          
20% off select LOVE items* (Any heart and love pendants) 2/1/2016~2/14/2016

Store locations:

Houston – The Galleria mall

Orlando – The Florida Mall 

Sherman Oaks- Westfield Fashion Square

 

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Morana Valentine Deals
20% off select LOVE items* (Any heart and love pendants) 2/1/2016~2/14/2016

Store locations:

Houston – The Galleria mall

Orlando – The Florida Mall

Sherman Oaks- Westfield Fashion Square

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MORANA. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

5 tips to help you through the biggest purchase of your life

Buying your first home can be a daunting task – It’s really not as hard as you think! Here’s a few tips that can help prepare you for your journey in finding your dream home.

1 – Have a list of “Musts Haves”

There’s so many things you can get distracted by when you are searching for a new home. It is important to have a list of  “musts” that are important to you and your family. For us, good schools always tops the list for importance, followed by convenient location & a fun local community. It also came down to fine details that had us asking ourself about living in an HOA community or not. We didn’t like the idea of our property being governed by a committee of people that can dictate what you can and can’t do, so we made sure to not look in those subdivisions.

2 – Speak with a financial officer

Just like when you shop for shoes, you gotta know your budget, right? Knowing what you can afford at the interest rate you can get is critical. A tool that I like to use is the Capital One Home Loans Mortgage Loan Calculator. 

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There’s something to be said for playing around with this because it gives you all the transparency you need to stay within your budget. The new Capital One digital home loan gives the power to home buyers to take charge. Life is so much easier when someone helps sort out the boring part so you can concentrate on the fun part – like searching for your dream home!

3 – Prepare for a roller coaster ride of emotions

Sometimes its not as easy as making as making an offer and signing the paperwork. In most cases, there’s haggling involved and lots of back and forth between agents. Not only that, but you may not be the only interested person who’s making an offer. Before we settled on the home we currently live in, we lost the one we really loved to a higher offer from someone else. Until they place the keys in your hand, anything can happen – learn more by reading more in the what to expect brochure. Be prepared!

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4 – Find a good agent

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If you’re a first time home buyer, chances are you will need this person to hold your hand the entire step of the way. Lots of agents are commission driven – be sure the one you find is a person who understands you and what you are searching for in a home.. You will be sooo much happier in the long run!

5 – Look for a fixer upper

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A great way to cash in on some home equity is to find a fixer upper with minimal fixing to do. Never walk into a home and feel turned off by fixtures and floors you don’t like. Upgrades like new fixtures and paint are relatively inexpensive and its amazing how much a it can transform a room. Plus it’s fun to make your new home your own!

Hopefully these tips will help prepare you for one of the most exciting times of your life. Once you become a homeowner, there’s nothing better than having a place to call YOUR home!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Getting more bang for your buck with Groupon Coupons

The nice folks at Groupon asked me if I could give my opinion of their services for some compensation. All opinions are 100% my own.

For many years I’ve been a Groupon user, using it for anything from hair cuts to home maintenance services. Groupon is one of those sites like Pinterest – when I scroll through the offers its an endless stream of oooohs and ahhhs for things I’d love to have. Even when I don’t purchase a groupon, It’s a great way to learn about local businesses you wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Groupon is responsible for alot of the local kids activities I’ve found through the years that ultimately led to  birthday party locations.

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They have a new thing going on now, and it’s called Groupon’s Coupons. It’s basically a page dedicated to publishing coupon codes! When you’re about to check out an online cart, Do you ever do a quick google for coupon codes? I DO! Unfortunately, I never successfully find an actual numerical code that I can use to plug in my cart to lower the price or give me free shipping. Sometimes its fun just to see how much I can lower it with what I find! I was able to find great deals from my favorite stores like Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Sams Club, Neiman Marcus, Travelocity & my personal fave – birchbox.

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This is Groupon’s Coupon page, and its basically a treasure trove of savings to 100’s of stores loved by everyone. Stop by Groupon’s Coupons and see what you can save this holiday season!

 

 

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