Although summer isn’t technically over until late September, with back to school underway (thank goodness that part of my life is over) and fall clothing starting to hit stores (oddly enough, I’ve seen some stores already gearing up for Halloween), it seems like my “carefree summer days” are coming to an end. Since I graduated college over a year ago (shoutout to the class of 2014), summers aren’t exactly like they were when I was a kid. When I was in school, summer was basically a two and a half month ‘responsibility break.’ I didn’t have to worry about things like homework, studying or tests. Even when I had a summer job and internships, there was still a careful feeling to summer. Since I’m no longer in school and am working full time, summers are more or less like every other season but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy all the fun things associated with it! For me, summer is all about BBQ’s, hanging out with friends, music festivals, traveling (I’m so excited to be heading to DC THIS WEEK and Disney World next week) and of course, spending countless hours at the beach!
*Special thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today’s post. #1StopPetShop
After spending two years as a dog foster parent for PAWS Chicago, I decided it was finally time to do something that I’d been wanting to do since I was a little girl: adopt a dog of my own! So last month, I made the BEST decision of my life; I adopted my little long hair Dachshund mix puppy Loki. Loki has quickly become the love of my (and my family’s) life! He’s silly, intelligent, eager to please, kind, loving and the world’s BEST cuddler. In a nutshell, Loki’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Loki has taught me so much about myself. For instance, thanks to Loki, I now know that I’m not the heavy sleeper I thought I was (who knew such a small dog had such a powerful bark!) They say when you adopt you’re saving the dog but honestly, it’s Loki who’s saved me. I can’t imagine my life without Loki and I’m so thankful he’s apart of my family now! Here’s 5 things being a dog owner has taught me: Continue reading
*Special thanks to U by Kotex for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to become an #UnderWarrior*
Let’s be honest ladies, we all have that favorite pair of underwear. Whether they’re colorful and floral, cute and lacy or that comfy wear you’ve had for years, we all like to play favorites with our undies! That’s why it’s extra devastating when that time of the month comes around and we have to break out the “period” panties. You know, the boring (or super old) ones that we don’t mind ruining “just in case” sometimes happens. Well I’ve got some GREAT news! Never again do we have to set aside our favorite undies during that time of the month: introducing U by Kotex 3D Capture Core pads!
These uniquely shaped pads have wings for a secure fit that helps prevent bunching and come with easy-open wrappers in four fearless (and ADORABLE) designs. These incredible pads have a 3D Capture Core that quickly draws in and locks away wetness meaning you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally ruining those adorable floral boyshorts you love so much! One of my favorite things about the U by Kotex 3D Capture Core pads are that they are breathable with a cottony soft touch!
U by Kotex®, which offers a full line of feminine care products for periods including pads, liners and tampons, and Simply Sinova are on mission to save the undies! That’s right ladies! No longer will our adorable undies be casualties to Aunt Flo! Don’t just take my word for it, YOU can get your own FREE U by Kotex 3D Capture Core SAMPLES! Simply visit the U by Kotex home page and find the samples that best fit your mission to save the undies. Click on the “Get Sample” button and enter your mailing information. Then, sit back and wait, your samples will be on their way!
*Special thanks to Dunkin Donuts for sponsoring today’s post! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As always, all opinions are my own*
Happy Monday Everyone! I still can’t believe I blogged everyday (Monday-Friday) last week! I pushed myself and I actually did it. Ever since I started blogging almost two years ago (wow, I can’t believe that in 3 months Simply Sinova turns two) I’ve wanted to try daily blogging. It’s kind of been a personal goal that I’ve wanted to cross off for a while now but with school (back in 2013 & early 2014) and work (now) it seemed impossible but I managed to do it! In fact, I’ve decided to continue this new pattern and blog everyday this week as well! To celebrate, I decided to treat myself with a little Dunkin’ Donuts last weekend and since they’re celebrating one year of their DD Perks Rewards Program, I thought it was perfect timing!
One year ago (January 27,) Dunkin’ Donuts launched its DD Perks® Rewards program, offering guests nationwide points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages for every visit they make at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations! I am OBSESSED with DD Perks! I’m a sucker for reward’s programs and this one is no exception! I love starting my day with a Dunkin’ Donuts bagel and an Iced Coffee (or Hot Chocolate if it’s really cold out!) With DD Perks, I earn five points for every dollar I spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when I pay using my Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App (I mostly use the app!) But that’s NOT ALL! Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free any size (ANY SIZE) beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.
I celebrated my week of daily blogging and DD Perks One Year anniversary with a half dozen of my FAVORITE donuts: strawberry sprinkled, chocolate sprinkled and a french cruller (I got two of each, hence the half dozen!) Meaning, I got major points added to my DD Perks account this weekend (that FREE beverage is calling my name!) DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. Additionally, throughout the year DD Perks members receive exclusive, personalized, special offers to earn bonus points for specific food and beverage purchases. As a ‘Thank You’ to their amazing fans (hey, that’s me) for their support since launching DD Perks one year ago, Dunkin’ Donuts created this short, uplifting video:
If you aren’t enrolled in the AMAZING DD Perks Programs yet (it’s FREE,) I highly recommend it! Sign up today using the unique promo code “BLOG” for a bonus treat!
What’s your favorite thing to order from Dunkin Donuts?
*This post is sponsored by Bellisio Foods, but my love for their tasty, bold, and quick meals is all my own*
For me, this summer has been about trying new things. From discovering new restaurants downtown to finding hidden gems throughout the city, I’ve made it a mission to myself to try something new at least once a week! These last few weeks have been pretty hectic over at Simply Sinova. With deadlines, new projects and finalizing concert review partnerships, I haven’t had a lot of time to discover new restaurants. Luckily, with the Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals, I can eat restaurant quality food right at home!
Bellisio Foods, a leading frozen foods manufacturer, partnered with Chili’s® Grill & Bar earlier this year to introduce a new line of licensed Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals — boldly flavored and deliciously prepared to enjoy at home. I’m not a frequent Chilli’s visitor but when I do go, I almost always get a chicken sandwich. In honor of my ‘try something new’ summer mission, I decided to go with the Island Chicken & Rice dish. What I love about these Chili’s® frozen foods is that they are inspired by some of the restaurant’s most popular and innovative dishes. You can literally have Chilli’s for dinner without leaving your house!
It only took 3-5 minutes to prepare this delicious meal (talk about convenience!) Not only was this meal convenient for my busy schedule but it was also super yummy (trust me, your taste buds will thank you!) Seriously, The Island Chicken & Rice was filled with so much favor (maybe that’s why they put that huge ‘Big Bold Favor’ on the packaging?) This is not your average frozen meal, with Chili’s®-inspired frozen meals you get restaurant quality food within minutes WITHOUT having to compromise taste!
Chili’s® new line of frozen foods is available at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, H-E-B, Meijer (which is where I picked up my delicious dish!), Giant Eagle, Schnucks and many more!
Be sure to check out Chili’s® at Home frozen foods and grab your free coupon today!