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Gift Guide Spotlight: JK Chocolate Microchip Cookies

Gift Guide Spotlight: JK Chocolate Microchip Cookies

Update: Microchip Cookies from JB Chocolate are now available on Amazon!!!! If you have Amazon Prime, they’ll even ship for free. Three years later and I still HIGHLY recommend these cookies!

Microchip Cookies from JK Chocolate

I’ve been sitting here for 10 minutes, munching on Microchip Cookies from JK Chocolate and thinking about what to post about them. Literally the only thing I can think of is, “GO BUY THESE COOKIES. They are so delicious.” And then I devour another cookie or two or three.

Before actually trying these miniature cookies I knew I liked the idea of them. What I didn’t know, however, was how much delicious flavor each teensy tiny little cookie would pack… or that I would love them so much that I’d be reordering more within a week!

EarlySense Live Review: Tracking Your Sleep Habits Has Never Been Easier

EarlySense Live Review: Tracking Your Sleep Habits Has Never Been Easier

EarlySense Live is a small health monitor that lives under your mattress and makes it easy to track your heart rate, breathing rate, and sleep cycles overnight.

EarlySense Live

One of my best qualities, if I do say so myself, is that I am a great sleeper. I can fall asleep instantly and rarely wake up once I’m down. That said, I’m terrible about going to bed and don’t get much sleep at all. I go to bed long after my family does and I’m usually the first adult awake in the house. Despite this, I’m rarely tired. There are some days where I’m so exhausted that I have to go to bed early, but by and large, I go to bed late, wake up early, and sleep soundly the second my head hits the pillow.

While this system works for me, I’ve been a little terrified of all of the reports that all seem to say you’re going to perish immediately if you don’t get a full 8-9 hours of sleep each night. With sleep – or lack thereof – on my mind, I jumped at the opportunity to try EarlySense Live, a digital health monitor. EarlySense Live tracks your heart rate, breathing, stress level and sleep cycle while you sleep.

I Tried 23andMe Genetic Testing & Was Genuinely Amazed With My Results

I Tried 23andMe Genetic Testing & Was Genuinely Amazed with My Results

I tried a 23andMe genetic testing kit and was amazed with the results | ShopGirlDaily.com

I remember sitting in a classroom when I was pretty young – second grade, maybe – and learning about how the United States was a giant melting pot. I always loved this idea that people from all over the world ended up in this one country that’s unlike anywhere else in the world because, ultimately, we are all immigrants. However, I didn’t have a full sense of just how unique a concept this is until I started traveling out of the country.

When I was in graduate school I took a two-week course in Ireland, where I became good friends with one of my Irish classmates. We spent a lot of time chatting about our two countries, as she had never known any other Americans and I didn’t know any other Irish people. One of the biggest differences we talked about was how in Ireland, pretty much everyone is Irish and they can easily trace their ancestors back for generations. All of the families know one another and have a very shared history. While I knew that the “melting pot” concept was distinctly American, it hadn’t really occurred to me until that moment just how lucky we are to live in a country filled with so much diversity where our own genetic histories aren’t so cut and dry.


When it comes to my own personal lineage, there are quite a few holes. My husband can trace his own heritage back pretty far (he’s mostly British and Swedish), but I don’t have that same luxury. My full heritage is somewhat of a mystery and people have never been able to place me solely on appearance, which means that I often get mistaken for a local, for lack of a better word. For instance, there were a couple of times in Chicago where people started speaking to me in Spanish and were surprised to learn I wasn’t Mexican. In Italy, people would speak to me like I was Italian and I frequently had to stop people to explain that my Italian knowledge consists of three words. People we encountered in Costa Rica would try speaking to me in Spanish and were surprised when my husband responded instead of me.  Most recently, a phlebotomist who was taking my blood during my pregnancy told me that he was convinced I was Greek.

Honestly, I’m happy to accept whatever background people want to bestow upon me, and I usually take it as an honor when people accept me as their own. That said, I was beyond excited when I was presented with an opportunity to partner with 23andme to submit a DNA testing kit that would potentially yield some answers about my genetic history.

23andMe: Start Here

23andMe DNA Testing Kit

Considering the fact that you are ordering an online DNA test, which seems incredibly complex, I thought the process leading up to getting my 23andMe results would be quite lengthy but the process actually couldn’t have been easier.

All you need to do is head online to order a genetic testing kit from 23andMe and then sit back and wait for it to be delivered. A colorful little box will arrive at your door just a few days later.

Pink Blush Is The Best Online Maternity Store (They Carry Plus Sizes, Too!)

Pink Blush is the Best Online Maternity Store (They Carry Plus Sizes, Too!)

Plus Size maternity Dress from Pink Blush

If you’ve been pregnant before, then there’s a good chance you know that maternity apparel can be a real drag. I mean, so much of it is so dowdy that it’s just not all that much fun to get dressed. On the other hand, I think pregnancy gives you a pass to only purchase a few true maternity items that you rotate constantly through your wardrobe. A couple of pairs of pants, a couple of tops, and a dress or two can get you pretty far and that’s certainly what I did with my first pregnancy. I kept my maternity wardrobe to the bare minimum. That all changed with this pregnancy, however, when I discovered Pink Blush.

Believe it or not, despite this being a shopping blog and all, I manage to keep my personal shopping down to a minimum for the most part. It helps that I work from home and live in yoga pants, so I really don’t do too much shopping for new clothing unless I have an event or a vacation on the horizon. But with this pregnancy, I have been unable to stop myself from doing a little bit too much impulse shopping at Pink Blush. Their styles are just that cute and the plus size maternity and traditional size maternity options are incredibly plentiful!

Black Floral Sash Tie Plus Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

Pink Blush was kind enough to send me the Black Floral Sash Tie Maternity Maxi Dress ($65), and I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with this dress. I don’t wear many floral prints and I don’t wear many maxi dresses, but everything just came together perfectly with this dress. The black floral print looks classic and isn’t too over-the-top florally, I don’t think.

Vitafive Delivers Seriously Tasty Gummy Vitamins Direct To Your Door

vitafive Delivers Seriously Tasty Gummy Vitamins Direct to Your Door

Vitamins from Vitafive are delicious and get delivered to your door.

I have to tell you all that I am pretty much the world’s WORST vitamin taker. First of all, I hate swallowing giant vitamins and switched to gummy vitamins as soon as they became a thing for adults. I’m typically gung-ho about vitamins for just about the time it takes me to finish a bottle and then I forget all about them. The last time I bought vitamins was about a year ago… but the ones I got tasted and smelled so bad that I actually had to return them to Target and then I wrote the vitamin company a letter expressing my dismay that they had produced such a foul product. Since that episode I have been vitamin-less. Well, until a box of personalized vitamins arrived at my door from vitafive.

In the past I have purchased multi-vitamins, and while vitafive certainly has gummy multi-vitamins, you can choose to tackle a specific supplement interest you may have, or you can even build your own custom pack of vitamins.

Personally, I received the Beauty Pack, which includes an assortment of Biotin, Vitamin C, and Omega-3.

Mascara Monday: ModelCo Double Ended Fibre Lash Mascara

Mascara Monday: ModelCo Double Ended Fibre Lash Mascara

ModelCo Fibre Lash Mascara

I am a mascara junkie and my pile of product that I want to review continues to grow. Thus, I’ve decided to dub Mondays “Mascara Monday,” to hold myself accountable to doing these reviews in a somewhat timely fashion.

The reason I love mascara so much is that I think it can completely transform your face with very minimal work needed. Lengthening those lashes can help define your eye and gives a bit of polish to a plain look and can ramp up the glam factor when you’re going for something fancier. I rarely leave the house without mascara, despite the fact that I rarely wear anything else.

Fiber mascaras are a trend that I only recently learned about because I have apparently been living under a rock. There are quite a few fiber mascaras on the market right now, and while I’ll soon be reviewing what some consider to be the holy grail of fiber mascara – Younique 3D Fiber Lashes – I wanted to try out a few different fiber lashes to get a good sample of what’s on the market and so I can accurately compare them.

ModelCo is an Australian beauty company that I first learned about because of Birchbox. I’ve previously tried and loved ModelCo Power Lash Long Wear Black Mascara, which is actually exclusive to Birchbox. I’d actually go so far to say this is one of my favorite mascaras ever! When I saw that ModelCo had a fiber mascara I knew I had to try it since I’d had such good luck with their other mascara!

Eleni’s New York Cookie Review

Eleni’s New York Cookie Review

Eleni's New York Cookies

I’ve talked about Eleni’s New York so much on this site that it reached a point where I HAD to give these cookies a try. I’ve been digging their designs (I mean, Oscars-themed cookies?! What’s not to love??) but I wanted to be able to report on how they taste. If you, too, have been curious, here it is finally: My Eleni’s New York cookies review.

Eleni's New York Neon Fashionista Gift Set

While the cookies look amazing on the website, I was floored once my order arrived. Could these cookies be any cuter?! I received the Neon Fashionista Gift Set, which included 13 hand-iced sugar cookies.

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