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Discover New Retirement Rules Making Money Matter For You!

December 26th, 2016 by Christen DISCLOSURE: I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports.   When was the last time you thought about making serious strides towards planning your financial future?    With so many changes in interest rates, politics and today's economical climate, now is a great time to take a hard look at your finances and discover how today's new retirement rules can make a huge difference in your money matters tomorrow.  Consumer Reports’ recent feature on retirement planning will help you prepare for your future. financial-planning   With the new year quickly approaching, many of my friends and family are discussing plans and intentions for growth in 2017.  Recently, my brother and I were discussing how we have to plan our financial future a little bit different than our parents and grandparents did. Back in the day, our parents and grandparents working in the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, probably thought retirement would be the traditional life-of-leisure kind. In 1983, 56% of American workers—and 80% of those making $20,000 or more—could expect an employer-provided pension, according to the Social Security Administration.  But today, things have changed - drastically.  Only a quarter of Americans working today have the security of a pension, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Everything you thought you knew about retirement has changed.  Have you wondered how much you actually need to save by now in order to have the same lifestyle in retirement?  Find out HERE.   401k   So what does this mean for you?  Many of us have spent years trying to figure out how to manage our 401(k) plans, making money errors along the way, such as choosing high-fee investments or prematurely withdrawing money. Discover five 401(k) mistakes you can’t afford to keep on making.  2017 should be all about making smarter money choices.  Millennials now more than ever before, have the knowledge and education available to make good on earlier mistakes.  Want to know get better insight on proper retirement planning and how it could work for you?  Take the Consumer Reports Retirement Planning Quiz HERE. crscreenshot To learn more, visit Consumer Reports Retirement Planning Guide for expert advice on all the elements that contribute to a good retirement: saving and investing; planning; maintaining your health; identifying activities and work to suit you; and, of course, being a savvy consumer.   Consumer Reports’ mission is to empower consumers and their families to make informed choices every day – all year round.  Consumer Reports is a nonprofit, independent organization that relies on your support. Most people don’t realize that subscriptions alone don’t cover the full cost of Consumer Reports product testing and research work. Support CR today (until December 31, 2016) and your tax-deductible contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000 by two generous donors. Your contribution will allow us to continue to provide hard-working families and all consumers with the information to make the best buying decisions, protect your health and safety, and hold businesses and government accountable.

Comfy And Chic Holiday Style That You’ll Want To Wear All Year Long…

December 20th, 2016 by Christen holiday pajamas   There's just something fabulous about warm, comfy and cozy pajamas that truly makes life worth living. Whether it's matching pajamas for the entire family or a one-of-a-kind onesie that you'll want to wear all day long, here are a few of my favorite holiday pajamas that'll keep you in comfortable style all season long! (OH YEAH, Did I mention they're hundreds of additional styles just like this up to 60% OFF!  ((You're welcome!))   Holiday pajamas   My favorite candy cane striped pajamas are sold out, but you can find similar styles on sale here.  Check out additional holiday styles that'll keep you in the Christmas spirit here and below!     Holiday pajamas Holiday pajamas Holiday pajamas Holiday pajamas   Are you comfy cozy or more chic & cheeky?  What's your holiday pajama style?  Share your favorite holiday at home looks in the comments or tweet us @DivasandDorks!

Last Minute Custom Gifts Under $25 That’ll Make You A Holiday Hero!

December 19th, 2016 by Christen It's the busiest shipping day of the season and that means that last-minute gift shopping is finally here.  Office holiday parties are in full swing and I'm a firm believer that last-minute gifts don't have to be thought-less or super expensive.  (Even Oprah believes this!) Gifts for co-workers and even gift exchange parties don't have to be a stressful celebration when you stick with custom gifts that anyone with a name would love!  That's why I've round up a few of my favorite custom gift ideas under $25 that'll make you a holiday hero below!  

Monogram Mirror Box

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Initial Tote Bag

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Kate Spade Monogrammed Card Case

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Initial Necklace

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Carry All Satchel

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Monogram Key Chain

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Initial Wine Stopper / Wine

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Monogrammed Mug

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Personalized Cuff Links

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Personalized Wine Glass

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Tis The Season To Slay Your New Year’s Goals With The HP All-In-One From HSN!

December 15th, 2016 by Christen Disclosure:  The following content has been sponsored by HP/HSN, however all opinions shared are my own.   Let’s face it, 2016 is almost over and if you haven’t started working on 2017 by now, you’re already behind! But don’t worry, you can still slay your day AND your New Year’s goals with the right technology as strong and stylish as you! Finding the right computer to suit you and your family’s needs can be tricky. It has to be powerful and fast with plenty of storage space to create yet versatile enough to make multitasking (think Netflix & Chill) with ease! I’ve been looking for a desktop that does all of the above, plus fit the style and feel of my home office and I’ve finally found it!   HP All-In-One   Say hello to my new best friend! The HP All-in-One desktop computer. The widescreen HD+ display transforms the computer viewing experience with unbelievable HD detail. The space saving desktop even offers the latest Intel processor and 1TB of hard drive space making it easy to work on multiple projects at once! Whether it’s jamming out to holiday tunes while finalizing my gift lists or finalizing my 2017 business strategy – no more lagging in-between programs with the All-in-One.   HP All-In-One   Even the design is slim, chic and all the way put together in one convenient desktop. The monitor and tower are all in one with a chic ripple pattern and a new, elevated stand truly making it a fashionable desktop centerpiece. Armed with a simple power cord and wireless keyboard + mouse, I’ve transformed my cluttered desk into a styled oasis of creativity & productivity. The HP All-in-One desktop is designed to integrate seamlessly any and every space imaginable. It’s even available in colors perfectly suited for any office space of your own - white, black and teal.   HP All-In-One   Whether you’re crushing holiday shopping lists or working on your 2017 vision board plans, the HP All-in-One is the right computer to get things done and HSN is the perfect place to get the deal of the year. Even if you haven’t set aside a huge budget for tech this season, HSN has you covered! For $399 (that’s $100 in savings) you can upgrade your home and tech the halls right! With HSN Flex Pay, you can breakdown the full price desktop in easy payments that you can afford. But wait, there’s more! If you order now through 12/31 you can score the HP All-in-One for less than $100! Talk about a great deal at an even greater price! The HP All-in-One is the ultimate family value to upgrade the home office or gift yourself for a holiday job well done.

12 Stylish Productivity Planners To Make Your Next Year Your Best Year Yet!

December 5th, 2016 by Christen I, like many of my friends have a serious addiction to designer notebooks, planners and accessories - practically anything that allows me to express my thoughts, ideas and dreams.  I mean, the whole idea behind achieving, succeeding and living the dream consists of writing down the vision, working towards the goal and checking it off once complete. Finding the perfect planner to inspire your daily efforts, can be a challenge.  It has to ignite your efforts, hold you accountable and look as stylish as your favorite designer bag while doing it! That's why I've round up a few of my favorite productivity planners to make your 2017 the most stylish, goal-focused and accomplished year yet! bello_5b606566-b123-431c-a11c-6d87f6ebc540

2017 Pardon My Fro Weekly Calendar

If you're looking for a calendar that suits your swag and your style, the Pardon My Fro weekly calendar is it!  Customize the cover with your name and fill the pages with goals.  This is the must have planner for the sister girl with a serious affection for everything F-L-Y!   61mrjvvful-_sl1000_  

Today Sounds So Much Better planner

The planner spans a full 17 months (August 2016 through December 2017), features full color month-per-spread views and includes a lined and perforated "notes" section on each page so that you can make lists and take them with you as you head out the door. There's even a handy storage pocket for loose papers, receipts or whatever strikes your fancy. 817x4vuea0l-_sl1500_  

The Master Plan (Journal + Pen Set)

  The ultimate Master Plan journal + pen combo to keep you organized and accountable at the same time.  This stylish set comes with two faux leather cover journals and 2 boxed black pens with black ink. Each journal contains 256 pages of archival quality, acid-free, lined pages and a ribbon page marker. The 6" x 8" journal is a flexible cover, while the 8" x 10" journal is hard cover.  

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Orange Circle - 2017 Good Year

Orange circle's 17-month spiral planner has a colorful, eye-catching foil-stamped cover, both monthly and weekly views, 315 reminder stickers and a sturdy wire-o binding. Each page has Large grids with lots of room to write so you can keep track of your schedule by task or time of day as well as a place to write notes or to-dos. And, the 128-page planner is printed in full color throughout. It just may be everything you need to stay organized all year long!   91c0na19rl-_sl1500_

Writefully His Planner

This chic planner runs from August to July for the academic year, with a complete yearly view calendar on the inside covers, 2016 in the front and 2017 at the back, a page to record goals for the year, four pages to record class schedules, a section for notes, as well as places to record addresses and phone numbers. There's a complete month view for each month as well as a place for monthly goals and notes, before it goes into a section breaking the month into week-long segments. Each month is tabbed so it is easy to navigate, and at the end there is a page to record important dates for next year.     lily pulitzer

Lily Pulitzer "Tusk In Sun"

Brighten up your busy schedule with this one-of-a-kind pattern-packed monthly planner, featuring month-to-month pages from august 2016 to january 2017 and keep organized all year. Complete with calendar and monthly pages featuring handpainted lilly pulitzer prints, dates to remember, address pages, notes, and 5x5 original art pages. 2 sticker pages and a designed pocket included gold foil and neon accents gold elastic closure gold spiral.   kate spade planner

Kate Spade 2017 "Read My Lips"

Features include a hardbound cover, elastic band closure, interior golden metallic spiral binding, interior pocket, Mylar-covered tabs, 2016-2017 yearly views, a celebrations section, a notes section, and monthly and weekly views for the months of august 2016 through to December 2017. plus, the sweet sayings throughout add a little motivation to the start of each new month. Discover more Kate Spade accessories and awesome planners here.   bando-12-month-planner-carnation-i-am-very-busy

Ban.do - I Am Very Busy

Do you ever wish there was more space to plot out those really big plans? The Ban.do 12 month planner solves that issue with a two-page spread that breaks down each month into weeks. while you track your daily to-dos and appointments in your planner, you can keep your eyes on the big prize with a pulled back view of your month. With artwork from Ban.do, fun holidays, tracking and achieving your goals will be super easy.  

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Kate Spade New York Agenda

In classic black and white stripe, this 17-month agenda is a to-do lister's dream come true. complete with monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good.  (Make it a super cute set and grab a matching handbag while you're at it!) 2017 planners

Bloom Daily Passion/Goal Organizer

The ultimate style agenda and organizer, sure to make your next year the best one yet! This smart, stylish, unique planning system in the 8” x 10” page size features a striped navy paperboard cover with gold foil detail. Weekly and monthly calendar views allow for detailed scheduling and offer ample writing space. Twin-wire binding and durable, coated tabs offer easy page turning and access to past, present and future months.  

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Day Spring Agenda "Be You" 

The perfect agenda for a high achiever, the creative thinker, or fashionista! July 2016 through December 2017, monthly and weekly calendar, 18 colorful laminated tab dividers, notes, lined, grid, blank and coloring pages. Scripture / inspirational quotes throughout, 2018 year overview, calls outs for holidays / dates to remember, map, time zones, interior pocket page, laminated covers. Day Spring equips people to know and share God's Love in fresh, true, and inspiring ways. 2017 planners  

Planners Gonna Plan

Perfect size to carry around in a workbag or purse. Has monthly views, and then more detailed space for individual weeks. It has pockets on the inside which are super helpful organizing receipts, extra notes and keeping you organized from the inside out.   Did I miss any fancy/haute planners on this list?  How are you planning to celebrate and dominate your 2017?  Share your organizational tips, tricks and favorite planners in the comments below!

Take Your Favorite Shows With You And Level Up With AT&T

November 29th, 2016 by Christen Disclosure:  The following content has been sponsored by AT&T, however all images and experiences shared are my own.   DirecTV Now   AT&T is changing the game with it's new DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service!  Get ready to watch your favorite shows on your terms.   Monday night in NYC, executives, media, influencers and celebs including Reece Witherspoon and Terry Crews filled Venue 57 to get a taste of what the future of streaming entertainment looks and sounds like, powered by AT&T.   DirecTV Now   Look out Hulu and Sling TV, bringing the heat to the competition, DirecTV Now streaming launches Wednesday, November 30th on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Mac/PC and the best part - with AT&T you can stream your favorite shows on any of your mobile devices DATA FREE!  

DirecTV Now Devices

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Android mobile devices and tablets

iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Chromecast (Android at launch; iOS in 2017)

Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays

Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari web browsers

(Roku devices, Amazon Fire tablets and Samsung Smart TV support in 2017.)

DirecTV Now   DirecTV Now powered by AT&T lets customers stream live programming without using up data on smartphones, tablets and PCs - no cable box, contracts or commitments required.  With subscription options to suit anyone's needs, you can sign up for the "Live a Little" package, where you can watch over 60 channels for just $35 a month, or opt for the top of the line "Gotta Have It" streaming options with over 120 channels including MTV, E!, BET, Bravo and more! Want HBO or Cinemax? For just $5 more/month you can add each to any package for a more robust entertainment experience.  

Available Packages

Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)

Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)

Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)

Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

DirecTV Now   Want to get a jump on what's new in entertainment?  AT&T offers a free 7-day trial for new customers and new customers are eligible  for more freebies than ever before.  Score an entire year of DirecTV Now with the purchase of select 2016 LeEco tvs.  If you're ready to Level Up your entertainment, you can order one month of prepaid access to DirecTV Now and receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and customers who pay for three months up front will get an Apple TV FOR FREE!   Watching my favorite shows while on the go, just got a whole lot easier.  Want to learn more? Discover the endless possibilities of #MoreTVFreedom on the go, powered by AT&T at DirecTV.com.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Cyber Monday Deals, Steals And Gifts For The Whole Family!

November 28th, 2016 by Christen It's that time again!  Time to get the best deals the internets have to offer - just in time for those holiday gift lists (or deserving gifts of your own).  Check out just a few of my favorite Cyber Monday, deals, steals and holiday gifts for anyone on your list below!   cyber-monday-header  

Unique Gifts For All

Wanderlust:  One-Of-A-Kind gifts for your favorite traveler 

Audiophiles:  Unique gifts for the music lovers

Chic Geek Gadgets:  Random gizmos and gadgets for chic geeks only

For Her:  Haute designer sweaters, jackets and coats

For Him:  Designer sweaters, jackets and accessories

At Home:  Home Accents and accessories for all

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Electronics

Amazon: Deal of The Day - GoPro and DSLR Cameras 

Smart Home Technology:  $40 Off Amazon Echo w/ Alexa

Stylish Fossil Smartwatch:  Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Touchscreen

New Releases:  Samsung, Google Home, Hum by Verizon and More

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Handbags

Betsey Johnson:  Phone Bag Cross Body Handbag

Louis Vuitton:  Kimono Tote Monogram Canvas Handbag

Kate Spade New York:  Cedar Street Handbag

Coach:  Smth Leather Christie Handbag

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Downloads / eGiftcards

Starbucks $25 - $100

Nordstrom $25 - $200

Sephora $25 - $200

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Discover What’s New For The Holidays And Your Wallet With Consumer Reports!

November 23rd, 2016 by Christen  
DISCLOSURE:  I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports.
 
Things have changed at Consumer Reports and as their new social brand ambassador, I got the chance to discover firsthand how they’re setting a new standard for creating a fairer, safer and healthier marketplace for you and me.
 
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Last month, I had the special opportunity to get an inside look at Consumer Reports Headquarters and attend their Annual Meeting in NYC.  Consumer Reports is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent of corporate and advertising influence.  Which means when they’re testing all the smartphones, vacuum cleaners and food that your family enjoy, it is with standards uncompromised by advertising dollars or product influence.  Sure you know that Consumer Reports works for and with consumers to hold businesses and the government accountable, but did you know the great lengths they go through to get you prepared and informed just in time for the holidays?
 
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Every year Consumer Reports reveals a holiday gift guide helping consumers like you and me find deals on electronics, appliances, home-related products and automotive gear. Their analysts, engineers and researchers comb through thousands of products to ensure consumers are educated, informed and saving money this holiday season!
 
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Thinking about splurging this holiday season?  Consumer Reports has a great guide of gadgets and accessories to make anyone on your gift list feel loved and appreciated this year.  From Apple gifts to Windows products and everything in between - Consumer Reports has you covered this gift-giving season!  Want more?  For more gift ideas, check out "CR's Daily Gift Guide", a calendar like no other—each pick is chosen from thousands of products tried, tested to ensure you’re giving the very best.
 
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Click here to learn more about Consumer Reports' mission as a nonprofit organization. To help support their work, consider making a tax-deductible donation. (Giving Tuesday is November 29. If you donate to Consumer Reports, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled!) You can also show support by liking Consumer Reports on Facebook and staying connected on Twitter (@ConsumerReports).
 

Share In The Festive Holiday Fun With The Macy’s Time Traveler App!

November 19th, 2016 by Christen
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  But first, it’s time to gather your friends and family to honor the great tradition of good meals and gratitude!  Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means, the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is on the way! This year, America’s favorite holiday tradition will mark a milestone anniversary, on Thursday, November 24th, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will march down the streets of New York City as millions celebrate with family and friends.  
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  In celebration, Macy’s has launched the Macy’s Time Traveler App and emojis to help everyone get a head start on the fun. The Macy’s Time Traveler app allows you to interact with the parade in the comfort of your own home or in your local Macy’s store. It’s a fun and interactive way to find and capture balloons in your local Macy’s store through virtual reality and make a customized parade of your own.  You can also learn about the history of the Macy’s Parade and take a vintage selfie. If you’re a serious NY history buff and in New York, you can get a 3D virtual view what the parade looked like in years past while in Herald Square.   macys-traveler-app-1   On top of that, Macy’s has provided a fun way to communicate with your friends and family whether they’re near or far. Their new free emojis are a fun way to continue your already festive conversations.  Excited for some turkey? There’s an emoji for that. Ready to see your favorite characters as floats? Express it with emojis!  Get all the holiday emojis you need, FREE on Google Play and iOS today! The holidays are all about friends, food and family and the Macy’s Time Traveler app is a great way to take the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with you wherever you go! Download the app and get started on the fun for free on Google Play and iOS.      

McDonald’s Has A New Stylish Look, Tech-Savvy Feel And Plenty of Flavor!

November 18th, 2016 by Christen Disclaimer:  The following content has been sponsored by McDonald's, however all experiences shared are my own.   McDonald’s has gone modern offering customers a taste of the future with a new stylish look, tech-savvy feel and plenty of flavor!  This week I got an exclusive inside look at the McDonald’s Experience The Future event where McDonald’s revealed it’s plans for launching the evolved dining experience in select cities throughout the US.    
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The McDonald’s you know is getting a major makeover, changing the way you order, pay and enjoy your next meal.  The new, just-for-you McDonald’s experience enlists premium ingredients, advanced technology and convenient table service for your next dine-in meal. From what you order to how you pay, McDonald’s has streamlined the approach to customer service and so far customer’s are “lovin’ it!”
   
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The new Signature Crafted recipes creates a truly artesianal experience with select ingredients and flavors far from your ordinary fast food restaurant.  With handcrafted sandwiches like the Crispy Chicken Pico guacamole on an artisan roll, you can’t deny the new fresh taste of McDonald’s latest evolution.
   
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Making ordering easier than ever before, customers can use new self-order kiosks available in the dine-in area or at the front counter.  With just a few taps, you can select, customize and pay for your meal in seconds.  Looking for mobile pay options like Apple or Android Pay? McDonald’s has it!  If you’re really in a hurry, there’s an app for that!  The McDonald’s app plans to introduce mobile ordering options by next year.
   
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McDonald’s has even upgraded the dine-in experience, making it modern, relaxing and convenient with table service.  That’s right, no longer will you have to balance the task of porting your meal and drink to your table, McDonald’s has hospitality crew members ready and willing to deliver your meal to you.
   
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Ready to take a look inside the McDonald’s of the future and discover when and where you can find the new evolved McDonald’s near you?  Discover your behind the scenes look at the Experience The Future event with the VR experience and go beyond table service and touch screens at Instagram.com/DivasandDorks.
   

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