Ridgedale’s Mamapalooza 2013: Spring Fashion and Beauty Event

Ridgedale Mamapalooza 2013 Spring FashionI am beyond excited to share this upcoming event with you guys, and I think you will all love it too!! On May 11th, the day before Mother’s Day, Ridgedale Mall is hosting an event called Mamapalooza! It’s going to be a day for women to enjoy fashion and beauty plus get pampered! This FREE event (yes, it costs you nothing!) will be so much fun!

Let me just tell you a little bit about all the featured activities that will be going that day:

  1. Enter to win giveaways and a free makeover sponsored by Aveda New Reflections
  2. Spring shoe fashion show
  3. Special performance by Stages Theater
  4. FREE mini-makeovers by Sephora
  5. FREE food and wine sampling by Macy’s
  6. Meet local stylists to get tips for your wardrobe
  7. Meet KOOL 108’s Lee Valsvik

Oh and a big PS – I will be one of those local stylists I mentioned in activity #6! I know! I’m pumped!!

AND – the BIG feature that I just have to mention is that Ridgedale Center is running a contest where you could win one of FOUR makeovers (a $500 value in hair, makeup and outfit!)

Want to enter to win? You can do so here: Facebook.com/ridgedalecenter

Oh and another big PS on that last bit, I am styling one of the winners of the contest!! That winner will definitely be going home as one beautiful, stylish woman! 🙂 So excited!!!

Mamapalooza Spring Fashion Event Details

  • Where: Ridgedale Center (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
  • When: May 11th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free!!!
  • What: Weren’t you paying attention? Read the above, silly!

I hope you guys enter to win a makeover. How can you resist? It’s easy peasy to enter and that payoff is going to be awesome. If nothing else, will you at least stop by and say hi to me at this awesome event? You know where to find me 🙂

Hearts,
Sarah

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REVOLT Fashion Show: April 27th, 2013

revolt fashion show 2013Love fashion and helping out a good cause? Then I’ve got a great event for you to check out tomorrow. On Saturday, April 27th, you can attend REVOLT4hunger and help feed the hungry, plus check out some hot new fashions.

Intrigued? You should be. Did I mention that there will also be a cash bar with specialty cocktails and you can sample complimentary, locally brewed beer as well?

All proceeds will be going to Finnegans Community Fund to help feed the hungry in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Here’s the details:

Wrevolt fashion show feed the hungryhen: Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Time: 5:45PM – Doors Open
6PM – Beer Tasting, Cash Bar, Silent Auction (bid to fight hunger!)
7PM – Fashion Show Begins!

Where: FACES Mears Park Atrium in Saint Paul, MN
(
380 Jackson Street, St. Paul 55101)

Cost: General admission is free. VIP seating is $50 per seat and includes table seating along the runway and an exclusive swag bag!

How: Get your tickets to REVOLT4hunger here!

Sounds like an awesome night, plus it’s a great opportunity to help out around your hometown! Check it out 🙂

Hearts,
Sarah

Healthy Food Box, Bestowed: Review & Giveaway!

bestowed boxYou’ve heard my raves about Birchbox and how much I love getting little packages in the mail every month. That’s why I was so excited to try out another fun little box filled with goodies; this time it was healthy food!!

You also know that I love to try out healthy foods and snacks at any chance I get. Now, are you ready? Meet Bestowed.

What is Bestowed?

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Bestowed is a company created by Heather Bauer, a nutritionist and author. Each month, you get a box sent straight to your door that is packed with five healthy food and snack product samples for you to try. Each item, hand-picked by the celebrity nutritionist herself along with her team of diet and health experts to bring you the best of the best.

What types of things can I expect in a Bestowed box?

What kinds of things can you expect to find in these boxes? Well, you’ll be wonderfully surprised with items such as nutrition bars, breakfast cereals, snacks and supplements (just to name a few!)

It’s always nice to be able to sample things before you try, I think we can all agree on that! This box is packed with several new things to try every month. And once you find that gem that you’ve been searching for, you can go out and buy a big stash! Less money wasted, more healthy and nutritious items for you; now that is a winning strategy!

How much is it to join Bestowed?

Well I’m glad you asked 😉 You can join Bestowed by purchasing a monthly or annual subscription. And, note that shipping is included in the price of subscription!

  • Monthly is $19 a month
  • Annually is $209 yearly

What if I just want to give it as a gift?

Well aren’t you just so thoughtful! What a good friend/family member you are to want to give someone the gift of health and nutrition samples! You can choose subscriptions in the lengths of 3 months ($57), 6 months ($114) or 12 months ($209). These are billed once.

What was in last month’s Bestowed box?

Aren’t you a curious one. Care to see a video of the grand reveal?

I’m so excited to show you guys what came in my very first Bestowed box! I’m always on the hunt for new and healthy snacks so this was totally up my alley (side note to self: need to find a new phrase to replace ‘up my alley’) and I was SO impressed with my box! Here’s the picture that I snapped of everything that was included.

Bestowed Healthy Snack Sample Box

And in case it’s a little tough to see or read, I thought I should probably break it down for you in order from top left to right, then bottom left to right. I’ll mention the middle item (the iTrain gift card) at the very end.

1. Happy Family-Happy Squeeze Smoothies – This little to-go pouch is made from organic ingredients and are packed with protein and fiber. Not to mention just around 100 calories! Perfect for little hands, lunch boxes or just for your purse for those ‘just in case’ moments. Love these!

2. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – This bag is filled with tiny little seeds that are packed with protein and vitamins. They will also help to add omegas to your diet, so now you have no excuse! This nutty crunch snack comes in a convenient pouch, and it is actually good for you! Forget the sugar-packed trail mix, this one is the one to grab for.

3. Nature’s Earthly Choice – Easy Quinoa Lentil Soup Mix – Okay this one totally sold me! I’m a huge advocate and believer in quinoa and now you’ve given it to me in a soup too?! I’m in heaven. Pair this item with a salad or some chicken for protein and you’ve got a meal, easy peasy!

4. Oloves Hot Chili Mama Olives – Num! If you like a snack that packs a little punch, then you will adore these habanero and lemon olives. Pit free and flavored, plus only 50 calories? This is one snack that you’ll definitely enjoy.

5. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars – I could not get over how yummy these fig bars were, and the fact that they are Kosher, chocolesterol-free, dairy-free and vegan just totally won me over! Instead of reaching for the chocolate bar or preservative-packed granola bar next time, grab one of these and you will not be disappointed. I will definitely be purchasing these again!

6. Artisana Coconut Butter – I’ve told you guys before that I use coconut oil when I cook because it’s a lot healthier than butter or vegetable oil. Well this coconut butter is no different. This creamy product is made from coconut flesh and offers fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals too! An added bonus: This contacts no additives! Use this on crackers or in a smoothy for a yummy snack.

7. iTrain Gift Card $25 – Last but not least is this little gem! If you wish you could afford a personal trainer, then this might be just for you! You download the workouts right to your mp3 device and you can customize your workouts to fit what you need. Each workout provides you with your personal trainer’s voice giving you instructions, plus music and motivation throughout your whole session. Worth a try, right?

Purchasing the Products You Like

I. Fell. In. Love… with Bestowed. What a super neat concept and such wonderful products! After I tried them out, I quickly wondered, “Alright, now where can I get these for my family?” Well there is a Featured Products section of the Bestowed website that gives you information on each product and also tells you where you can buy them! I noticed that most of them you can find on Amazon – how great is that? It’s like you can grocery shop from your house. Taste it, buy it, serve it. Now that is easy!

One-Month Subscription Giveaway!

Bestowed has very graciously offered to give away a one-month subscription to one lucky winner!!! If you think you’d enjoy receiving all these wonderful samples, then enter to win today! Contest ends April 12th at midnight CST. Contest has ended! Congratulations Joan T, our winner of the giveaway!

Keep Up With The Brand:

  1. Follow @bstowed on Twitter
  2. Become a fan of Bestowed on Facebook
  3. Subscribe to Heather Bauer’s Channel on Youtube
  4. Check out Bestowed’s Featured Products and comment with which item you’d want to try!
  5. Like Real Housewives of Minnesota on Facebook
  6. Follow @MNhousewives on Twitter

AND – Even if you don’t win, I have a treat for you too.

They’ve given me an exclusive $5 off code to share with you if you want to try Bestowed anyways! So go onto their website, click on “Join Now” and enter code: 5OFFBSTOWED01 to save $5! Woo hoo! You lucky ducks!!

Contest Rules:

Maximum of 6 entries per participant. Open to US residents only. Contest ends on Friday, April 12th at midnight. Winner will be chosen randomly using random.org and will be announced by April 15th. Winner must respond within 3 days, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Enjoy!!!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

The Real Housewives of MN Get Air Time!

wcco channel fourYou might have seen us pop up on TV last week on the night time news. We were so excited when both WCCO and KSTP contacted us to do a feature! Since I’m the die-hard couponer, I took on the challenge with WCCO to give the top 3 coupon apps for your smart phone. This was so much fun, and I had an absolute ball working with Liz Collin, she is such a wonderful woman!! We headed to Target to talk with shopper about coupon apps and to help them save on their purchases that day.

So before I explain it a little more, here’s the feature that I did with WCCO:

Play the Video Here!

The coupon apps that I recommended, are ones that I’ve downloaded for my iPhone. Unfortunately I don’t know if they’re available for Android.

The coupon apps that I recommended were:

  • Passion for Savings – find the weekly match-ups for ultimate couponing
  • ShopSavvy – scans bar codes and searches for best deal
  • Ibotta – take polls, learn facts, etc. to earn coupon points
  • SnipSnap – store coupons on your smartphone

On the article that WCCO wrote up, someone commented something to the extent of, “I would guess that she got paid to feature these apps!” Which couldn’t be more wrong (as nice as that would have been) lol I definitely didn’t make a cent off promoting those apps.

kstp channel fiveThe next feature that we did was with KSTP. They wanted to go over the 10 items that you shouldn’t buy at grocery stores. So I put together a list of where I typically bought those 10 items, and so did Macy. Then Ellen put them all together and hit the pavement to see how the prices matched up. Here’s the feature that aired:

Play the Video Here!

Some of our suggestions for where you should buy items for the best deals included some of the following:

  1. Canned Goods – Costco (bulk)
  2. Diapers – Costco or Amazon
  3. Greeting Cards – Dollar stores
  4. Batteries – Dollar stores
  5. Cereal – Aldi or Costco
  6. Magazines – Buy a subscription (don’t buy them on the newsstand!)

For the rest of the suggestions, be sure to watch the video! 🙂

Did you catch one (or both) of these savvy shopping segments?? What’d you think! We’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

PS – Since we aired our segments, you may have noticed that I’ve been using my real name with my old pen name in parenthesis. I figured the cat’s out of the bag, we probably don’t need to use pen names anymore. But I didn’t want anyone to get confused either! lol

“Be That Girl” Inspirational Book GIVEAWAY!

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Be That Girl by Tina O’Connor

Looking for a boost of inspiration and motivation to accomplish your goals this year? Now that January is gone, you may be in a bit of a “New Year’s Resolution” slump…Well, it’s your lucky day! We are giving away the PERFECT book to get you motivated and back on track to accomplishing your goals this year! Be That Girl by Tina O’Connor is considered to be one of the best self-help books for women! No matter what your goals are in life, this book gives your the tools to get there!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Tina’s experiences, hearing of her successes and making proactive steps toward accomplishing my goals – not just for the new year, but for life!!!

Here are some of the things Be That Girl can help you do:

Get the book now and start accomplishing your goals!!!! Enter the GIVEAWAY now – here’s how!

1. “Like” Real Housewives of MN on Facebook

2. “Like” Be That Girl on Facebook

3. Tell us what you want to accomplish this year

Leave a comment on this post for each type of entry (up to 3 comments/person)!!! GIVEAWAY ends on February 8th, 2013 at 10pm! Good luck!

****THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR CHOSE COMMENT #20 – CONGRATULATIONS Crystal D!!!! YOU ARE OUR WINNER!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!*******

Love, Macy

Digital Magazine Subscription Giveaway from Zinio: Great Last Minute Gift Idea!

This contest has now ended! The winners for the 9 free subscriptions are as follows:

  • Sheri
  • Anne
  • Leah
  • Dani
  • Naomi
  • Shannon
  • Erica
  • Teresa
  • Donna

Thank you to everyone who entered!! If your name is listed here, please check your email! If we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will have to choose another winner!

last minute Christmas giftIf you are a last minute gift shopper, you know that there is nothing worse than hitting the malls merely days before Christmas only to deal with crabby people, picked-over sales, and of course the total lack of anything really good.

The same can go with shopping online for Christmas right about now, because things will never ship to you in time to give them to your recipient. It’s a pain to try and find gifts at the last minute, but today I’m going to give you an AWESOME last minute gift idea that suits nearly any age bracket, and it’s not going to send you into debt either! Score! 🙂

cosmopolitanSo what is this great last minute gift idea? It’s a digital magazine subscription! They are the perfect last minute gift because you can buy it right online, and it is a gift that keeps on giving, every month! Magazine subscriptions are personal too, because you can choose the magazine based on their tastes, hobbies, interests, etc. Last year, I needed a little something extra to give my hubby for his birthday, I ended up giving him a year long subscription to Field & Stream and he absolutely loved it… and got to love it again every single month!

Zinio is Giving Away 9 Subscriptions!!

zinioSo today, our friends at Zinio are giving away NINE digital magazine subscriptions to nine lucky readers! These are the perfect gift for anyone with an e-reader, tablet, mobile device, computer, etc. Your friends and family can bring these magazines with them wherever they go, without being bulky and awkward. So perfect!!!

parentingHere are just a few digital magazine subscriptions from Zinio that you could give a woman like myself:

  • Green Ideas
  • Appetite
  • Food & Home
  • HGTV
  • Women’s Health
  • Runner’s World
  • O (Oprah)
  • Parenting
  • Family Circle
  • Real Living
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Cosmopolitan
  • US Weekly
  • Marie Claire
  • Vogue

mens healthAnd of course, they’ve got tons of magazines for men to choose from too. Some honorable mentions include:

  • Motor Trend
  • Car and Driver
  • Consumer Reports
  • Men’s Health
  • MuscleMag
  • Running Times
  • ESPN Magazine
  • Men’s Journal
  • Field & Stream
  • Outdoor Life
  • Popular Mechanics
  • National Geographic
  • GQ

Current Sale at Zinio

Before we go and give away the subscriptions, I just have to tell you that you can save big on Zinio’s website. They have 300 magazine titles that they have on sale today through 1/7/13 for 50% off! Shop here to get this deal!

AND – Better Homes & Gardens is also offering an awesome deal on some special holiday issues and are priced at 30% off! Shop before 12/31 and save on these neat issues that feature food gifts, party food and Christmas cookies! Shop Better Homes & Gardens issues here!

About Zinio

Zinio has thousands of the top magazines from around the world, available for access on any computer or mobile device. They allow you to purchase a single issue or a subscription of your favorite magazine instantly to read whenever or wherever you’d like! They also have an ‘Explore‘ section where you can read articles from magazines (even without a subscription) and share them with friends or family.

Enter to Win 1 of 9 Subscriptions!

So you want to win one of these digital magazine subscriptions!? Here’s how. As always, you must leave a separate comment for EACH task that you complete.

  1. Visit Zinio.com and leave a comment here with which magazine subscription you would choose.

This contest will end at Noon CST on Sunday, December 23rd! So check your inboxes and watch our Facebook page feed for our winner announcement!

Best of luck in entering!!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I was provided a magazine subscription from Zinio to compensate for my time. All opinions stated here are my own.

GoodEarthBeauty.com – Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine by 100% Pure: Review & Giveaway

This contest has now ended. Congratulations Kelly M on winning a tube of Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream from GoodEarthBeauty.com!!

logo-good-earth-beautyFor some reason, I am always super tired. No matter how much sleep I get, I somehow seem to still yawn all day long, and have the pleasure of wearing big bags under my eyes. Usually I use concealer but it would just be nice to get straight to the source.

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That’s why I asked GoodEarthBeauty.com if I could try this Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine by 100% Pure. It’s 100% natural, 100% vegan and gluten free! Which is wonderful, especially after the allergic reaction I had on my face last week (from an OTC face wash – oye!) but with this natural approach, I was confident that it wouldn’t irritate my skin. And it didn’t! It goes on so smoothly, wonderfully and even has kind of had a coffee-like scent.

The eye cream has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains caffeine-rich green tea and coffee, and aims to depuff your eye areas, while increasing circulation which then brightens any dark circles.

“Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area look more awake and more youthful. Truly, 100% Pure.”

I’ve been using it for a couple days and it seems to be moisturizing along with depuffing! My eyes do look a little more youthful as well 🙂 I’m liking it! I don’t expect to see dramatic results within just a couple of days – I will update you guys though as the time goes on!

If you don’t want to wait to see if you win this giveaway, you can purchase a tube for yourself! They range from $9.50 to $16.50 (depending on size, I believe).

It’s nice to have something that will minimize those persistent dark circles. Especially now when you are stressed, limited on sleep, and yet still having to go to holiday parties for work, friends, family, etc.

Meet GoodEarthBeauty.com

A little bit on Good Earth Beauty who provided me with this wonderful eye cream! They are a natural and organic beauty shop that offers cosmetics, bath and body, baby, and hair care products. They have a TON of great stuff on their site and I absolutely love that their products are natural, organic and not tested on animals. That is so awesome!!!

Win This Product!

Good Earth Beauty has agreed to giveaway this same 100% Pure Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine to one of our readers! Want to give it a try on your tired eyes? Here’s your chance!

As always, you must leave a SEPARATE comment for each task that you complete, saying that you completed it.

Entry Tasks:

  1. Visit the Good Earth Beauty website and comment on this post with which product you would really like to try of theirs.
  2. Follow @GoodEarthBeauty on Twitter
  3. Follow us, @MNhousewives on Twitter

This contest will end at 11:59pm CST on December 18th, 2012. Best of luck in entering!!!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. Good Earth Beauty provided me with a sample to try and review. All opinions here are my own.