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Bananas for Chiquita + Disney: GIVEAWAY! #JustSmileContest #ad #AwakenSummer

#JustSmileContest #ad #AwakenSummer Compensated by Chiquita for participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

There are so many reasons to smile this summer: bananas, Disney, and free stuff are only 3 of them, but they’re 3 GREAT ones! There are actually TWO opportunities for freebies here; keep reading.

The big prize: share your Chiquita smile (you know, a pic inspired by that cute thing where you put a banana in front of your mouth like a smile!) at and you could win a Walt Disney World vacation! OH YEAH!

It’s easy to enter – I even did it myself, in a pic inspired by Hollywood Studios and in true Sassy Dove form: Continue reading “Bananas for Chiquita + Disney: GIVEAWAY! #JustSmileContest #ad #AwakenSummer”

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7 Helpful Tips for Purchasing a Prom Dress Online Like a Pro

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Shopping online has its own perks: comfort, choices, and quick delivery are among them. But, with the perks comes with its own set of challenges. And because online shopping is already a norm, brands have made it a point to answer these challenges like putting up a video of the model wearing the item or providing the material the item is made of.

With all of these though, there are still some challenges you will face as someone trying to look for a dress online, and not in person. And we all know this tiny detail makes a big difference in the dress that you select.

If you would rather go online than buy prom dresses in Chicago, take note of these tips that will help you make the best decision for a prom dress.

Try out some dresses in person

You don’t have to go to an actual boutique on this one. You can try out existing dresses you have. Try out different styles and see which ones you feel best in in terms of style and fit. This helps you know ahead of time the style of dress to look for.

Know your measurements

This is a must! Regardless of the kind of style you’re going for, knowing your measurements is a prerequisite for buying a dress that will not only look good on you, but also feel comfortable. Before visiting the Prom Dress Shop site, make sure to take measurements of your hips, waist, bust, hem, and shoulder. Have this beside you at all times when looking for a dress.

Check the size chart

The sizing of dresses that online shops have may vary so it’s good to always double check with the size chart. You never know when you’re picking a size 8 only to find out that your size 8 is actually a size 10 at the online shop.

Read reviews online

Reviews are the best places to look at when you want to gauge how good a company is. When it comes to prom dresses, you’re not looking for the best customer service. Instead, focus more on reviews that talk about size, fit, and material quality. After all, these are the factors that matter the most in a prom dress.

Research the material

Most online shops will include in their description the type of material the dress is made of. You won’t be able to feel the texture of the dress until it is delivered to you in person, so it is best to research the material ahead. Before picking a dress, look up the material first and find out if you would be comfortable having that material on your skin for the whole night. If yes, then buy away!

Check the return policy

Most prom dresses, when bought, are already final. But, if the dress isn’t what you had expected and you want to return it, any decent online store should be able to accommodate a return but with a 5% restocking fee.

Check if the site processes secure payments

Getting scammed is one of the pitfalls of shopping online. Don’t be a victim of online scam by making sure that the site has a secure payment process. Do not ever pay through check, money wire, money order, or cashier’s check.

We hope these tips have helped. Always do your shopping ahead of time especially if it’s made online so that you still have enough time in case adjustments need to be made.

What other advice do you have for our readers who want to shop for a prom dress online? Let us know in the comments.

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Pampering Your Skin From Head to Toe

Skin is your largest organ, and it does a lot to protect your body from bacteria and viruses. It’s important to take the time each day to take care of it and keep it healthy. If you don’t have a regular skincare routine, it’s never too late to establish one. It’s okay to start slow with developing your personal skincare routine. It can take some time to figure out what works best for your skin type. It’s okay to try different products to determine what you like.   Continue reading “Pampering Your Skin From Head to Toe”

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Color Matters: Choosing Your Best Dress Color for Prom

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Image by Peaches Boutique

In 1980, a fashion phenomenon swept through the United States and the world: Color Me Beautiful. Based on a still-in-print book by Carole Jackson, the philosophy centers around identifying yourself as a season (winter, spring, summer or fall) and finding the most flattering clothing color perfect for the season. Continue reading “Color Matters: Choosing Your Best Dress Color for Prom”

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T-Cells: What They Are & Why They’re Important #tcellmaster

#tcellmaster Sometimes things happen that make you really consider the fact that the way we live our lives could hurt ourselves and our loved ones one day, if we’re not careful. It’s easy to say “live fast die pretty” when you’re 26 and only thinking about yourself.. but one day, the reality’s going to hit that an awful lot of people would have to take care of you (and will long for the days of taking care of you when you’re no longer around at all).

So THAT’S a bit of a downer… seriously though, we all need to take better care of our health. One interesting concept I discovered in my vitaminphile searching was that of T-cells. I’d heard of T-cell count, primarily in films about people with HIV – but what did it mean, and why was it important to my body? Continue reading “T-Cells: What They Are & Why They’re Important #tcellmaster”

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