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Tea Collection’s New Arrivals: Bauhaus Bang!


 

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Tea Collection’s new arrivals are here! These new styles are inspired by Germany’s early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. Tea Collection’s new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau. The perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! Go take a peek at the Tea Collection’s new arrivals today! 

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of STOLI® Vodka for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Have you tried the Stoli Lemonade yet? It’s the must-have drink of the season, according to Stoli Vodka. This summer, to celebrate what they’re calling 100 Days to Squeeze, Stoli is headed out in a Limo-nade truck for 300 managed bar nights in 12 cities across the country! There, you’ll get to try out Stoli Lemonade cocktails, try out some refreshing Lemonade ice pops, and you can even take part in fun challenges to win Stoli prizes!

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Cities on the tour include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York and New Jersey.

Even if it isn’t coming to a bar near you, you can still participate in 100 Days to Squeeze right at your home. You can make your own Stoli Lemonade with the help of special Value Added Packs from Stoli that include a 750ml of Stoli vodka, a glass mason jar and a lemon squeezer to make it easy to serve your own cocktails this summer.

And here’s the recipe!

- 2 parts Stolichnaya® Vodka

- 4 parts lemonade

- Build in an ice-filled Mason jar or highball glass and stir. Garnish with lemon wheels.

The smooth grain taste of Stoli pairs perfectly with the tart and sweet notes of a crisp, cold lemonade. You can make it with either Stoli Premium Vodka, or one of the Stoli flavors for an added twist.

Squeeze the most out of summer and head to Thrillist or Join Stoli on Facebook to find out more about 100 Days to Squeeze! You can also Follow Stoli on Twitter for details on the #StoliLemonade trucks. Share your summer moments using #StoliLemonade on Twitter and Instagram.

When do you look forward to having some fun in the sun with a Stoli Lemonade in hand?

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I received product from Cottonelle and Crowdtap for this post.

Cottonelle Clean Care Flushable Wipes are now available in travel-sized packages, so you know what this means: No matter where you go out in public, you can be assured that you get some fresh care back there. It’s your duty to please that booty.

I know that some of you out there will find this appalling, but come on, let’s be honest: You have found yourself in a public place, you’ve just had a bunch of really delicious Indian food, and nature is making a very unwanted call. And you know what it’s like to use public toilet paper. It doesn’t work. So then what do you do? You try your best with that scratchy TP to prevent skidmarks, and you also hope that no one else is in the bathroom to listen to you relieving yourself. Admit it, you’ve been there!

Cottonelle sent me a few packs of their flushable wipes to try out and hand off to a couple of friends, so what’s a gal to do? Well, send friends off to public restrooms to show off their new-found confidence now that they can use the loo to its full capacity and exit feeling clean and confident.

Here I am at the b0wling alley. Take that, chili dogs! You are no match for the Cottonelle!

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You would not believe how many of my friends were just aghast that I would dare take a photo of myself on the can. Well, if I don’t, who will? My friends Jenny and Richard, that’s who.

Jenny took this at a department store bathroom shortly after we met for some delicious Mexican food. Look how self-assured he is.

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And Richard took this after enjoying a delicious and filling meal of family-style fried chicken, bean soup, cornbread and other fixins. BE PREPARED. Because, like the Internet, public restroom hygiene is serious business.

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Look for these on the shelves. Carry ‘em in your purse, in your back pocket, heck, make a lanyard out of them and hang them proudly around your neck. Let everyone know you have no shame in admitting that you are ready for anything that comes at you. Or out of you.

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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Miranda Lambert is headed across the country this summer with the Platinum Tour, sponsored by one of my kitchen staples, and new favorites for party drinks, Crystal Light! Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to see Miranda perform and do some experimentation with my favorite low-calorie drink mix. So read on about my experience seeing Miranda, as well as the recipe for my Miranda-inspired Crystal Light mocktail, the Platinum Pineapple!

Miranda is just adorable and has the music to match. It was so much fun to get this photo with her before she performed at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas July 12.

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If you haven’t checked out Miranda’s music, I highly recommend it. I don’t consider myself much of a New Country fan, but I love that she is a storyteller above all. She knows about all the things women know about – heartbreak, having the need to get out with the girls, and self-pampering.

Miranda’s show at the AMP was phenomenal. The sound was excellent, and she really does put on a great stage performance. Even those of you in the nosebleed section will get to see Miranda on one of three screens she has on the stage.

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The stage show was amazing, frequently changing colors to match the mood of the music.

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Her voice is great, and you will hear all your favorites from her: From “Mama’s Broken Heart” to “Over You” to “Automatic” and More.

Here’s a photo of Miranda singing the title track from her new album, “Platinum,” which inspired me to make the drink you’re going to see in a little bit.

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Now, Crystal Light really is a special drink to me. It’s not just something I grew up with – it really has helped me in my weight-loss journey. Losing 50 pounds isn’t easy, let me tell you. But I did it – and a big part of it was giving up things like juices and sugary sodas for low calorie drinks like Crystal Light. I love that CL even has a line of syrup for my soda maker. But without further ado, let’s get on with this Platinum Pineapple.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Club soda
Pineapple tidbits
Crystal Light Liquid – Tropical Coconut
Crystal Light Liquid – Blueberry Raspberry
One lime

First, line the bottom of your chosen cocktail glass with pineapple tidbits. Then, add a squeeze of each of your Crystal Light Flavors. (Note: The Tropical Coconut is mandatory if you want the pineapple flavor, but you can choose the Blueberry-Raspberry or any other of Crystal Light’s many varieties. Maybe even Miranda’s favorite – Strawberry Lemonade.)crystallight

Add club soda, stir up your drink, and then you’re ready to add ice and the juice of half a lime.

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And there you have it! Now, if I were really fancy, I would have poured this into a hollowed-out pineapple, but let’s be honest – those things are only pretty on tables, and not in your hands.

You can also add more Crystal Light to taste, add a little pineapple juice, or use lemon-lime soda instead of club soda. But this drink is DELICIOUS and Crystal Light makes a great alternative to drink mixes that are expensive in cost and calories! And the best thing about it is that when you’re done with it, you’ve got all these Crystal Light-soaked pineapples at the bottom of your glass. And we all know that any drink with fruit at the bottom is pretty much awesome.

And now, #PlatinumPoints!!!  The Platinum Points program will be live in September at walmart.com / earnplatinumpoints.com. You will be able to purchase Crystal Light products to earn free Miranda Lambert merchandise! You can also earn bonus points by purchasing her new Platinum CD. This is just another reason why Low Calories Rock!

Check out Miranda Lambert on Tour to see her rock the stage and share her new signature drink, the Randarita!

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This is a sponsored post for Warby Parker. This post includes affiliate links, and I will make a commission if you make a purchase after clicking them.

Warby Parker does a lot more than just selling eyewear and letting its customers try it on at home for a few days. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Consider it like TOM’s for eyeglasses.

As someone who has had poor eyesight for most of her life, I cannot imagine what it must be to be unable to have eyewear. There are parts of the world where too many cannot afford eyeglasses. But thanks to customers, Warby Parker announced on June 25 that they had reached One million pairs distributed. Check out this short and beautiful video.

Truly amazing. But I’m here to talk about another of Warby Parker’s benefits: The Warby Parker Home Try-On Program.

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This is unlike any other online prescription eyeglasses service I’ve seen. You get to choose five frames from the Warby Parker collection, Warby Parker will ship those frames to you with a return shipping label, and gives you five days to try them on. You can show visitors, take selfies and share them on your social networks with the hashtag #WarbyHomeTryOn, and get feedback from your friends and from Warby Parker Customer Service. Here’s my experience.

Let’s check out what I call the Ingrid Michaelson Glasses. They’re actually called the Marshall in Rum Cherry.

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I know big glasses are apparently the thing again, but these just seemed too enormous. and they made me want to put on my hipstery knit cap from college.

But alas, I did find a pair of big frames that I liked. Check out the Lyle in Plum Marblewood.

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Was it the frames, or the face I made? I’m going with the frames. I think they’re a lot of fun, even for being so big and round (I’m typically a fan of the rectangular frames).

On we go to the Sexy Librarian glasses (real name Sibley in Catalina Blue.

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When I posted this image on Facebook, my friends were all “I love these the best!” And then I showed them the face-forward angle.

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Suddenly, these were not a face favorite.

And now, I try on – yet again – cat eyeglasses. I cannot wear cat-eyes. Some people can wear them and totally rock ‘em. When I put them on, I look like the mean Mom from pretty much every 1980′s music video you’ve ever seen. These are the Holcomb in Marbled Sandstone.

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And now the final pair – it’s an old standby, but I think it goes nicely with my face. It’s also a different color from the red frames I’ve worn as a signature item for nearly ten years.  These are the Nedwin in Summer Green.

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They’re a bit more round than I’m used to, but I still loved them, and they are great for summer!

Glasses typically start at around $90, but keep in mind that you are getting a pair for someone who needs one as well. With the cost of designer frames in the hundreds, I am amazed at how they manage to distribute these glasses across the globe and still keep production costs balanced.

Tomorrow, I’m putting the return shipping label on this Try-On box and taking it to my nearest post office so that someone else can try them on. Maybe you?

If you’re an online publisher and would like to promote the Home Try-On yourself, Join the Warby Parker affiliate program and you can earn $20 just for experiencing and writing about the Warby Parker Try-On Program!

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