We made it to the end of the first week of the new year! I hope you all had a great week and I hope your new year is off to a great start too! I spent this week researching a new business idea that I am contemplating starting this year. This possible new business venture would replace my online boutique, so let's move on to Glam Budget Boutique business…
Over at the Glam Budget Boutique things have really slowed down which led me to think about if I want to keep my online boutique running or not. After much thought (and research on a new business idea I have to replace Glam Budget Boutique), I have decided that I no longer want to run the boutique. It's sad for me because this sparked joy for me when I created and launched it, but it no longer sparks the joy I once had, so for now my online boutique is still up and running and I am having a clearance sale on all items in the boutique (all info pertaining to this clearance sale will be down below in the “Let's Go Shopping" section under “My Discount Codes”). Now on to The Glam Budget Lifestyle business…
Over at The Glam Budget Lifestyle, it's business as usual and that's good! I will continue to post blog posts on Mondays & Wednesdays (My YouTube channel is on the backburner for now because I did not realize how much was involved with the total aspect of starting a YouTube channel, but will be launching in the near future). If you have any content suggestions that you would like me to research and write on the blog, let me know what your suggestions are in the “Reach Out To Me” section down below!
That's all I have for you this week, so let's move on to the recap of what was published on the blog this week, my Friday favorites & failures, this weekend's sales, Audriana's Corner and this week's recipe, so on to this week's update!
~Here's What I Have Been Loving This Week~
Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Bronzer($8, in shade “Light") – I have two favorites this week starting with this cream bronzer from Makeup Revolution. There are 4 shades to choose from and I absolutely love this cream bronzer for my very dry skin! I apply with a dense bronzer brush across my cheeks, it blends well and the shade looks good with my skin tone. If you are looking for a cream based bronzer for your dry skin, I definitely recommend this one from Makeup Revolution!
Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush ($10.99, in shade “Nude Kiss”) - I love the baked blushes from Milani, so I thought I would give this cream blush a try and just like the bronzer, I absolutely love this cream blush! This is perfect for my very dry skin, I apply with a stipple brush over my cheeks, blends well and I love the blush color on my skin! Again, if you are looking for a cream based blush for your dry skin, I definitely recommend this one from Milani!
NOTE: Cream based makeup products for the face do not set, so set down cream based face products with a translucent powder, powder blush or bronzer, or if you do not use powder, set with a setting spray.
~Here's What I Have NOT Been Loving This Week~
Wet n Wild Boost Me Up Brow & Lash Serum ($6.49) - I feel that as I get older, my lashes seem to be getting less and less, so I thought I would give this lash/brow serum a try. This lash serum has peptides, niacinamide, vitamin E, castor oil & biotin and I have been using this for a few weeks now and although I do see a little more softness, thickness & hydration to my lashes, I have not seen any significant lash growth as of yet, so I am disappointed with that aspect of this serum since I am looking for more lash growth than lash thickness. I will continue to test this out a little while longer to see if I get any type of lash growth, so as of right now I cannot recommend this lash serum for lash growth (but that could change if I see any change in lash growth).
~THIS WEEKEND'S SALES LINKS~
Banana Republic- The Winter Sale - up to 60% off sale styles (new styles have been added to this sale) + extra 30% off applied at checkout, exclusion apply, not valid at Banana Republic Factory Stores (ENDS JANUARY 31, 2023)
Banana Republic Factory- A New Tale Unfolds - up to 50% off everything, (exclusions apply) +extra 20% off orders $100+. Extra 60% off clearance (exclusions apply). All sales promotions are online only (LIMITED TIME ONLY)
Old Navy- 30% off your order (includes clearance), discount applied at checkout, exclusions apply (ENDS JANUARY 9). Up to 75% off clearance, styles from $2.99, exclusions apply, while supplies last (FOR A LIMITED TIME)
Charming Charlie - End Of Year Blowout Sale - 1000's of styles $9.99 & under. Sweetheart Sale - 30% off sitewide. Heaven Scent Sale - Up to 60% off fragrances (ENDS JANUARY 9)
Flodesk – Design and send professional emails, newsletters & sales campaigns to grow your business (receive 50% off your first year's subscription)
Interserver – Great webhost and affordable (and better and way less expensive than Blue Host in my opinion)
Canva– Create beautiful designs for yourself or your business
Intellifluence – an all-in-one influencer marketing platform that enables brands and influencers to connect, collaborate and reach their goals.
Good Morning Friends!
Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you all had a great first week of the new year! This week was back to the office for me (and mama) and I got right to work researching winter weather tips for all of you pet parents, so here are 10 winter weather tips all pet parents should follow this winter:
10 Winter Weather Tips For Your Pets
When the weather outside is frightful, your pets could be at risk, so remember these tips to keep your pets safe this winter:
Know Your Dog’s Limits
Some dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others. Short-coated, thin, elderly, or very young dogs get cold more quickly so adjust the amount of time they stay outside! If your dog enjoys being outdoors and you will be outside longer than a few minutes, consider buying a sweater or coat to keep your dog warm. Hypothermia and frostbite pose major risks to dogs in winter, so remember, if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your dog.
Check Under Your Car
Cats often sleep in the wheel wells of cars during the winter months to keep warm. If you start your car and a cat is sleeping on your tire, it can be severely hurt or even killed by moving engine parts. Prevent injuries by banging loudly on your hood or honking the horn before starting your car. This will wake up the cat and give it a chance to escape before starting the car.
Wipe Their Paws
During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals (salt, antifreeze, or de-icers). Be sure to wipe off your dog’s paws when you return from walks to prevent them from licking it off and becoming sick. Purchase pet-safe de-icers for your home for an extra level of safety, and when wiping off your dog’s paws, remember to check for signs of injury, such as cracked or bleeding paws.
Keep Pets Leashed
More pets become lost in the winter than any other season because snowfall can disguise recognizable scents that would normally help them find their way home. Prevent your pets from becoming lost by keeping dogs leashed on walks and, just in case you are separated from your pets, make sure their collars have up-to-date contact information and they are microchipped.
Avoid The Ice
When walking your dog, be sure to avoid frozen lakes and ponds. Your dog could be seriously hurt or even killed if the ice breaks.
Leave Them Home
Just as hot cars are dangerous for pets in the summer, cold cars pose a threat as well! Only take your pets in the car if it is necessary, and never leave them unattended.
Due to Daylight Savings, many of us have to walk our dogs in the dark. Keep yourself and your dog safe by wearing reflective gear (clothing, leash, collar, etc.) and keeping your dog close when walking on the street.
Give Them Shelter
Ideally, all pets should live inside. If your pets live outdoors primarily, bring them indoors during sub-zero temperatures. For the rest of the winter, provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow them to sit and lay down comfortably, but small enough to conserve body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the shelter so it faces away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Also, pets who spend a lot of time outside need more food to replace energy lost from trying to stay warm. Use plastic food and water dishes instead of metal (when the temperature is low enough), your pets’ tongue can become stuck to metal.
Antifreeze attracts cats and dogs because it is very sweet to taste, but it is extremely poisonous and can cause serious illness or death when ingested. Be sure to clean up any antifreeze that spills in your garage and keep the bottle somewhere your pets cannot access.
Winter brings extreme weather that can cause power outages. Have an emergency plan and make sure they include your pets! Have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medication to last your pets at least five days. Most likely you will never need it, but if you do, you will be thankful you planned ahead!
That's all I have for you this week! I hope the new year brings you all good health, peace and joy and I will bark with you all next week and remember, Adopt, Don't Shop!
~Cookie Baked Oatmeal~
This is so good! It literally tastes like a warm, homemade cookie! I love making this on the weekends when I have more time to prepare breakfast. Here is how to make it for yourself:
1/2 Cup Oats
1/4 Cup Low-Fat Milk (or your choice of non-dairy milk)
Pinch of Sea Salt (or 1/8 tsp, optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Chocolate Chips
1-2 Teaspoons Sugar Substitute (or 1-2 sugar substitute packets. I like these stevia packets)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly coat an oven-safe mug, ramekin, or small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Add all ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a blender and blend until fully combined.
Pour batter into baking dish then top with mini chocolate chips.
Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and enjoy!
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