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Get $25 for Booking a Room with DOSH (an easy money-saving travel app)



I'm a DO$H insider. This post was sponsored in a partnership with DO$H. All opinions are my own. 

A New Year of Travel 


Who is busy planning their year of travel? Personally, I'm looking for a warmer escape and possibly a chill-out break to recover from planning and running Cub Scout meetings, taking minutes for the PTO, and the emotional toll of accepting a pretty full-time job again. For the first time in YEARS!

Well, there's a million reasons to book a vacation mid-winter and a great reason is to save for your SUMMER vacation. That's right. Go on vacation to pay for your next vacation!!


This little travel bonus is $25.00 (nearly) free and clear, just for staying at a hotel. You're doing it anyway, so why not reap the extra reward AND the cash back? And probably those travel rewards points from the card which you booked with as well! Cha-ching! This offer is only good for your first hotel booking. 


Save for Vacation, While on Vacation

Yes, it's a bold move. The stuff you book and spend while on vacation will earn you cash back with the DOSH app, thus, paying toward your next foray! In a long weekend or a week-long getaway, you could make a few hundred dollars in cash back with DOSH! Depending on how much you book and where you stay, it could mean your entire next vacation will be subsidized by your smart money-saving savvy! Aren't you clever!?

When You Mean Business




^^See that Pro Tip? What a grand idea! Take it a step further and book a retreat or meeting for your company! Planning the event can really pad the DOSH rewards wallet! Do make sure you're not violating any company policies first! (This may not be a great idea for say, federal employee travel!) But, in many cases, this will be a great travel hack to garner more cash back! And, you're helping out your work buddies, too! 



I'm a DO$H insider. This post was sponsored in a partnership with DO$H. All opinions are my own. 

Planning a Year of Savings with the DOSH App

Planning with the DOSH App for the New Year 


When it comes to cash back I don't do coupons and clipping and Sunday papers. I like being able to save where I'm already cashing in on points with cards I'm already using. I also like having goals in mind with my savings -- as an incentive to keep earning. So, 'tis the season for saving as we ring in the new year! Here are a few places where you probably already spend money (likely with your reward cards) where you can get mega cash back.

Kate Spade – 5.2% Cash Back
Hobby Lobby – 3% Cash Back
National Geographic Online Store – 6% Cash Back
Bed Bath & Beyond – 7.5% Cash Back
Merrell – 5.2% Cash Back
Sephora – 3.8% Cash Back
Big Lots – 3% Cash Back
Zoobooks Magazine – Up to 26.2% Cash Back
Target – 1.5% Cash Back
Walmart – 3% Cash Back
Shop Disney – 2.2% Cash Back Max

A Year of Saving Money with DOSH 

Now, imagine if you will, putting a plan in motion which will be easier to stick with than a new Pilates routine or a juicing diet. Just write down some of the places where you always spend money and turn that money spent into cash back by using the DOSH app for those purchases. Think of how a YEAR of 2%-25% back could add up on everyday purchases! That's a resolution worth making!


I know I've spent half of 2017 talking about saving serious $$$ with the DOSH app. And I plan to continue trying to share this awesome cash back app with you in 2018. So have you signed up? I sure hope so! I'd love to know about the ways you've used the app in your everyday life and spending to maximize your savings. Tell me you plan for the new year and what you're saving up for!





Disclosure: I received compensation from DOSH for creating the content in this post. All opinions are my own!

Around the World with Yogurt - Holiday Traditions in Ethnic Cuisine with Stonyfield Organic + Recipe

In my family, we always had holiday dinner at precisely 1:00 p.m. No exceptions. We'd begin with a very short, recited prayer. The kids would sit in the kitchen, while the adults and older cousins with elevated privilege to sit and eat in the carpeted dining room would join the masses at the larger oak table. If it was Thanksgiving, forget the parade, the Lions game would be on, guaranteed.

I loved these traditions, however small each detail was. I still come to expect my holiday dinner invitations, no matter the season, to include a 1:00 p.m. start time. However, now that I'm adulting in my own home, I have decidedly different traditions taking shape.


Holidays with a World View

I've taken to the idea (sometimes to my family's dismay) of trying a new recipe and learning about a new culture whenever we sit down for a holiday feast. No matter what I decide to make, it's nice to know I almost always have a tub of Stonyfield organic yogurt on hand to make use of in my recipes, making things just a little healthier and feeling good about the fact that the source of the ingredients won't be harming the earth. There are so many talking points when we approach holiday meals like this! From culture to environmental stewardship...the places the kids take it from there is just as adventurous!

Last year for our New Year's Eve meal, we dug out our pictures from our epic 33 day road trip to Alaska and had King Crab flown in from Tracy's Crab Shack along with some smoked salmon. We talked about all of our adventures and a little about tide pools. While this was not a real cultural unveiling, it was a nice way to reflect on good times as a family.

This year, we're traveling (if vicariously through spices and food) to the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. This is a really easy recipe, using simple ingredients like good-for-you yogurt and spices, paired with fresh veggies and fruit. It's nearly effortless and full of flavor!

Tandoori Chicken with Mango [Chutney] or Fresh Fruit Salad

Chicken tandoori is really just chicken marinated in yogurt, citrus and spices before being prepared -- in my case, baked then broiled. The tandoor, the namesake of the dish is an oven where it is traditionally cooked in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. I had every intent of making mango chutney to serve alongside, but I didn't have all I needed to make it, and as life sometimes just keeps chugging even when you have other plans, the kids got illnesses and my time became limited. So instead, I did a lime/mango fresh fruit salad on the side and they LOVED it. And we won't be getting scurvy anytime soon with all that citrus! Ha! We also served it with spelt and barley grains and steamed green beans -- which makes it Indian fusion I guess, but it's what the family wanted!

Deviations:

This year, I really wanted the kids to like what I made without much fuss since they were sick, so not only did I let them help, BUT I eliminated some of the heat from most Tandoori Chicken recipes -- so this one didn't have the ginger, though it called for it.

Tip: 

Make a few drummies with Italian dressing. It looks similar but is so mild, just in case the kids decide Indian is too flavorful. OR, don't even tell them, and then they'll think they like it, so next time you serve it they may not complain! It's worth a shot! 

Instructions/Recipe:


Bake for 45 minutes, turning once, chicken skin should be getting crisp. Cook thoroughly. 
(I used a baking dish instead of the racks, because I hate cleaning my oven. So there was a bit of juice created and thus I had to drain it off when I turned the meat.) 
Servings: 12 drumsticks
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Bake Time: 1 Hour

Recipe Ingredients 

1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon curry powder 
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
4 garlic cloves [use garlic press for ease]
Zest and juice from one lime 
1/4 cup EVOO
2 teaspoons salt
12 chicken drumsticks 
2-3 fresh mangoes- sliced, 1-2 fresh limes - wedged



Instructions

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, pour onto chicken in a gallon-sized plastic bag. Put in the fridge a few hours to one night before baking. 

Preheat the oven to 450°F. 

Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil and place a cooking rack on top. (This is where I just used a glass baking dish, uncovered.) Put the drumsticks in and cover with the spicy marinade mixture. 

Roast for 45 minutes, turning once halfway, until the chicken is sort of crispy, brown and cooked through. This may set off smoke alarms, as it will start to char a bit. (If not now, then for sure when you broil in the next step!) 

Turn on the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until chicken is slightly charred and has crisp skin.



Serve with grains and a fresh vegetable. We loved having mango and lime slices to cleanse our palates a bit and for a fruity zing to offset the heat of the chicken. 

Enjoy! Make sure to talk to your kids about the Tandoor oven. They may like a YouTube video which shows what it looks like to cook with this type of traditional oven.




Disclosure: I am a Stonyfield writer and affiliate. This post was sponsored by Stonyfield in partnership with the company. I was compensated. The thoughts expressed are my own. 

DOSH Money-Saving App Limited Time Cash Back Offer

I'm a DO$H insider. This post was sponsored in a partnership with DO$H. All opinions are my own. 

DO$H Rewards for the Holiday Season 


Save money this holiday season on the purchases you make from Cyber Monday to the experiences you have gifted and will embark upon now through the New Year. DOSH has a great incentive going on now for just a few more days to help line your wallet with a little more green. 



Referral Bonus $


From now until 12/1, Dosh is giving $15 to any user who signs up new users. That means for each person you refer, you get $15 just for them downloading the app and adding a card. They will also give $5 to each referred person who then links their card. There is no cap on the amount of people you can refer. 

Please Note (and tell your friends) -- The $15 offer is ONLY good IF the referred user links a card.

$15 adds up fast! I know if just a few friends sign up I can roll that wallet love into a mini-vacation when the snow starts to wear on me! It can be an extra night out or it can mean ordering the lobster instead of the Linguine! Send your referral link to your friends, make sure they link a card, and then you both get to reap the rewards!

Hurry! Ends December 1st! 

I'm a DO$H insider. This post was sponsored in a partnership with DO$H. All opinions are my own. 

If Sam's Club is Your Jam, Get the DOSH App!

*Sponsored Content* to follow, but rest assured, it will be awesome!*


Cash back app DO$H -- an in-house fave here--has just added Sam’s Club the list of retailers and wholesale stores who accept the money-back app. So, if you're a Sam's member, this means that you can start earning an extra 2% back when you shop at Sam’s Club locations, in-store only. Now that's good news! Stock up!





Note: A membership is required at Sam's Club for earning 2% back (or even being able to get your shopping done!) So, consider finding a Groupon or a Living Social offer when memberships come up and GO FOR IT! The great news? There are currently no plans to take this offer away! 

Other new offers that are also pretty exciting include the following retailers and restaurants:

Forever 21 - 5% (in-store) 
Cost Plus World Market - 2% (in-store), 4% (online)

Denny's - 10% (in-store)


How You Can Save at Sam's Club and Elsewhere

Start by connecting your credit & debit cards to the Dosh cash back app. Only Visa, Mastercard and Amex are supported at this time (the time of posting.) Then use the cards for purchases at verified Dosh partners and get cash back. No coupons. No high-minimum cash outs. No fuss. No muss. Just cash back from purchases at merchants you already patronize. We particularly love watching the DO$H wallet grow in the travel realm-- Dosh has a section for booking hotels, car rentals and tons of restaurants for your next vacation!

I'm a DO$H insider. This post was sponsored in a partnership with DO$H. All opinions are my own. 

DOSH App: Save Money on Your Favorites in Travel, Dining, and Shopping Every Day

You may have seen how I like to be a thrifty shopper in one of my latest articles -- all about my favorite consignment shop -- if not, read that as soon as you're through here, because I'm saving LOADS of money there too! 
Now, back to DOSH -- this app has me getting $$$ back on so many of the things I already purchase (and get deals on) -- yes, cash on top of savings. Cha-ching! It's one of those things I can "handle" on my busy mom balancing schedule. Why? Because it's a no-brainer. It takes about a minute to get the app and connect your cards. Not only do you get paid to connect cards and join, you start seeing cash coming in quickly. Even better? You don't have to wait for high cash-out minimums -- just $15 in cash-back and you can decide if you want that money or if you want to keep building it in your account, or if you want to donate to your favorite charity. So simple!


Doubling Up Savings 

If you're a points-minded person, you already use your favorite earning cards for your dining, travel, groceries, etc. Wherever you can, you're using your best points card, right? Well, imagine a world where you're using the same card, but getting a percentage of your purchase back in cash, along with the points you earn. That world is the one you will live in when you use DOSH. Again...so simple!
I like shopping local, and eating local -- DOSH will show you the participating stores, hotels, restaurants, etc. in your area when you search and you can choose where to patronize and where to save! 

Couponers, Rejoice!

Like the Sunday paper? Or Target's Cartwheel app maybe? Coupon clipper through and through? (I think that's still a thing, right? We still have paper coupons in the middle of nowhere here in the Midwest, and I still proudly hand over a fistful!) However, sometimes, not having to work for your cash back is best. DOSH doesn't need to scan any barcodes, there's no paper coupons exchanged (and bonus: no litter created or recycling needed!), no promo codes, no mail-in rebate programs. None of it. It's just there when you create an account, connect your cards, and start getting your cash back.


Check in, Cash out

Y'all know I love to travel. My suitcase is nearly always packed. If I'm not on the road, I'm planning the next trip. Check out the hotel offerings in your DOSH area -- you can change the location or use the default -- Chicago, New York, etc. The app clearly shows you what the DOSH rate is for check in and how much cash you'll get back in the transaction. So, again, the points/miles, the savings, and the cash back. You know how much better those soft, white hotel linens feel when you're getting paid a little bit of cash back to be there? Pretty good. If you don't believe me, plan a getaway for the weekend and watch the "Congrats! You've got $XYZ from a DOSH Merchant" messages stack up!
Download the app. Tell me how your savings are rolling in. All you have to lose is the money you're not getting back right now...

Disclosure: I'm a DOSH influencer. All opinions are my own. 

Every Mile Mattered ~ Nichole Nordeman

I remember being too busy to get my video clip in for Nichole Nordeman's "Slow Down" video. Then, my MUMS group played the video one day and it was so moving to hear and see all the videos of fellow writers and bloggers set to the sound. I was REALLY sad I'd missed putting my child's tender moments to music (which I know I COULD do in iMovie or something, but NEVER will!)



So, when I got the chance to preview her newest album, "Every Mile Mattered" -- I knew I loved her voice and wanted to hear more! I wasn't passing it up this time! 

I really like the tracks "Lean" and "Dear Me" but the title track "Every Mile Mattered" has hit me closest to home lately. It's absolutely telling of where I have been in my life and as with the draw of music in general, it's cathartic to hear emotions set to beautiful sound. And, since I'm no poet, hearing what I was feeling sung eloquently was even more satisfying. Nichole's voice is ethereal and really puts me in a Zen place.




For more on Nichole Nordeman:

Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com
Buy links – ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
Spotify http://capcmg.me/emm.sp
Amazon http://nicholenordeman.com

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com .

Check out Nichole’s blog http://nicholenordeman.com and sign up for newsletters!

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary CD as a FlyBy Promotions influencer.

Should You Charge a Friend? A Question from a Cleaning Lady

I'm a stay at home mom. That means, very little "side hustle" income opportunities. So, I have a friend who needed some cleaning done. He was going to hire someone to do it, and I wanted to take a stab at it. He said he'd pay me. So, two days of scrubbing and cleaning all the bachelor evidence out of his house. Fridge. Floors. Under the beds. Floors again (like eight times.) It was a lot of work, but I felt good helping a friend. He paid me, but I charged him less than the going rate -- about $8 less per hour than I'd charge a random client.



My question to you is....DO YOU EVER ENGAGE IN MONETARY TRANSACTIONS WITH FRIENDS?? Would you charge your regular rate? Would you do it for free!? I'm curious!


I also have a secondary thought on this -- it's been my MO since I was a teen, working as a weekend housekeeping attendant at a local resort. I LOVED cleaning the cabins. It was fun to get to know the fishermen and they always left a great tip. But it was also fun to clean the cabins which were relatively bare to begin with. Fast forward to present day? I LOATHE cleaning my house. Cleaning up after three little piggies lost it's appeal almost instantly and de-cluttering is the bane of my existence. I could have really used this Ozeri INSTAVAC Earth Green Nesting Food Storage Container set while figuring out what to do with the 637 lids which fit no container in the kitchen! It's a great idea for bachelor organization OR getting my own family a little more organized in the kitchen! I'll be excited to tell you about it in my upcoming review. 

Do you have the same issue? Loving to help others clean but hating swamping out your own pigsty!?


This post was prompted by an offer to review a complimentary set on my site, but I had this legitimate dilemma just last week. So, it seemed like a fun topic for me to discuss with you guys! All opinions are my own. 

Never Go Shopping with Kids Again -- Even for Back to School!

I used to relish the idea of shopping -- trying things on, whiling away about three or four hours going from retail store to boutique and perhaps even for a pretzel or smoothie at the food court. After two kids and several hundred public tantrums, I care very little for shopping outside the home with my children in tow. Worse yet, if my husband is watching them, I always feel rushed and thus do not enjoy my time in the aisles either. However, I've found the Holy Grail of online shopping and I'm addicted. (In the best, healthiest way possible!)


Swap.com - The Largest Online Consignment and Thrift Store

I've been using Swap.com for a while now -- almost a year -- and they've been around for FIVE years--when I got the opportunity to work with them, I couldn't resist! I cannot believe I didn't know about the site sooner, which is why I'm excited to share it with all of you. It's seriously the best thing in shopping -- even better than Amazon Prime and you KNOW I love my Prime!



The End of the Mall

I have never been a complete mall rat. I grew up without a mall -- and the mall we did have was 75% Menards and the rest was Kmart, Fashion Bug and Maurices way back in the 90s. So I didn't feel a deep desire to rush over there, even when I could find a ride to go 20 miles for the trip.

I'm not a shoe addict. I don't keep up with all the latest trends and fast fashion. I did have a phase where I loved shows like America's Next Top Model -- but other than that, I'm no fashionista. However, starting in college -- I did enjoy an outing every few weeks to try things on and walk around, maybe grab a smoothie at the food court and make a few purchases. I'd not only hit my steps like a boss at the mall, I'd also find it was an enjoyable day IN when it was raining or if I had an event coming up I wanted to freshen up for.

You want to know what made this less relaxing and suddenly hellish? Bringing kids.



School Clothes for Kids, On the Cheap

I've tried garage sales. It seems in 750 open doors and driveways, I find EVERY sale with girls items. It's rare to hit "boy sales" and so after an exhaustive day of striking out (unless I wanted a 2T dress...then I was in business!) I would go home with a stray pair of jeans or a few shirts and feel like the day was mostly wasted.

Consignment stores (in my area) are hit or miss too. Some have virtually NO expectations for what people can bring to sell and it shows (and smells, at times.) It's also time-consuming digging through the racks and racks of stacked-in, packed-in clothing. Again I'd feel like only once in a while would I strike proverbial gold with a find.

There are Facebook sales groups, sure. But who wants to meet in the back alley with a stranger? Nope. Not me.

With just a few cousins, we didn't even have the hand-me-down card to play.

Still wanting to save, I FINALLY found Swap.com.



Why Swap.com ROCKS for kids school clothes shopping this back to school season:

- Shop in your yoga pants with a huge mug of coffee
- create email search alerts for your kids' size and style
- tons of sales and promo codes to save EVEN MORE money
- name brands at HUGE discounts
- New With Tags items everywhere
- returns are easy - try it on, send it back, keep it (all easier than even two minutes in a store with kids!)




You can even score backpacks, books, accessories, outerwear, and socks. There are very few limits on what you can find (we even found a few toys which were hard to find in stores because they were from an older cartoon movie!)

Swap.com ships to you and each box comes with individually wrapped goodness for the whole family. It's easy, safe, and saves time (and tons of money.) Yes, this is my new thrifting haven -- shopping at the largest consignment site on the web!

What are you looking to save on this season? Have you tried Swap.com? If you haven't, I'd love for you to try it and use this link to save 20% on your first purchase! 



Disclosure: I was commissioned by swap.com in a partnership to produce this article. All opinions are my own. 

Let the Money Roll Back in with Easy Cash Back and the DOSH App

This post is sponsored by Dosh but all opinions are my own. 

Everyone likes a good deal. And, if you've been around here very long, you know I'm not a crazy coupon lady. I am the scatterbrained chill mom who sometimes manages to clip the coupons AND bring them to the store AND pull them out at the checkout line. For that, Mercury needs to be in retrograde or something, I'm sure. It's great for those who have mastered this skill -- but for me, it's time consuming and it doesn't come naturally nor does my rural selection of three stores lend itself to success in the couponing world. That doesn't mean I don't want to save money though!




That's why I have been loving DOSH -- remember, that newish app I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago? Well, I've been able to play with it a little more, and I can vouch for the fact that it's NOT like couponing at all. It's SO easy. Effortless, really.




I'm going to put it out there plainly -- I'm not really an app kid. I've been steadfast in my resistance to pounce on the latest trends and tech, and that includes all the apps like ibotta and even Target's Cartwheel (which I've used a few times successfully.) Again in a real-life example, I'd rather use my Red Card and save small and steady on EVERYTHING than spend my precious (read: priceless) time hunting for the coupons, apps, and deals for each specific purchase I make. 

This is precisely why I like DOSH. It is an app which gives me cash back on things I already do and purchase. Namely, restaurants, airfare, and hotels, to satiate my travel bug. We have a few cards which give us rewards or points or some kind of kickback (generally travel-related as well) and with DOSH I can have my points and some cash too -- it's like having your cake and your ice cream and eating both unabashedly!



Frankly, I almost NEVER give emails reaching out about apps a second look. I just don't want to waste more time learning new versions of old apps. Sorry. I spend enough time between work with three screens, my phone, my iPad, and my laptop plus television to not need an excuse to have more screen time. But DOSH seemed different and unique and something even I could pick up easily! So, I checked it out. I'm so glad the folks at DOSH reached out to me!




Sign up -- it's a FREE app and if you don't mind, I'd love for you to use my referral link (HERE) because I will get a small kickback, which ultimately keeps me posting and finding fun things to share with you! I greatly appreciate your support in these small ways! There isn't much to it - sign up, jump right in by looking for offers in your area. 

I'm working alongside other travel writers and bloggers to expand the businesses which are included in every region to create even more ways to get that dolla dolla bill back in your wallet using the app.

Look forward to good things from DOSH! You’ll get $5.00 Dosh cash just for signing up. Adding additional cards to your account profile means more Dosh credits. It's easy. If I can figure it out, so can you! Since it's in Beta, it's getting better every day, too! Go, save on!

Saving Money (REAL Money) with this new app -- so EASY!

Everyone seems to like saving money. Weird, right? Well, I'm too impatient and disorganized for mileage and points and credit card offers. I'd end up in the hole with fees or I'd lose track of points. It's just not for me. Couponing is hard when you do not get newspaper subscriptions OR you are so rural the stores you can choose from don't allow "doubling" and rarely have the deals advertised. One new app has changed the way I'm able to save REAL money -- not points, no coupons...just money.


That app is DOSH.

DOSH is new to the industry but is growing quickly. The app is still evolving to become more user friendly and simple, but download it now to see if you like it! I implore you -- it's SO easy. You simply load your cards (which you probably use daily) and then see what offers are available to you. Use the cards for your purchases and watch as your DOSH wallet instantly grows.

If you'd like to give me a little love, USE THIS LINK when you sign up, so I might receive a little kickback for telling you about the app. :) 




Easy Peasy DOSH Wallet

What's Awesome: When you buy something with your stored card in the DOSH app at merchants like restaurants, stores, and airlines that offer deals through Dosh, you get an automatic cash back rebate. Pretty much INSTANT! And, unlike some incentive programs, you can "cash out" your wallet at just $15.00. You can also donate to your favorite charity right in the app!

If you're a traveler especially, this app is for YOU. Hotel stays can be $100 or so in cash back! That means more money for more travel. Win. Win. Win. I hope you will join me in trying this app and saving some basically free money. It's out there for the taking!





Disclosure: I'm a DOSH influencer, so spreading the word about this app (which I'm still getting to know but loving in the process) is a partnership. All opinions are my own. 





Le Tote - A Fashion Rental Service You MUST Try!

Disclosure: I was able to experience Le Tote on a complimentary basis in order to get the scoop on what to expect. 

Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you haven't. Maybe you are like I was...you "don't care enough about fashion to check out a rental company or a stylist prepared subscription." Yeah, I used to LIVE in t-shirts and jeans. If the weather was hot, I'd really switch things up and put on a plain tank and shorts. Add a few sweatshirts and you have my full repertoire of fashion options. 




Enter Le Tote

It all started with my friend Rachel who I saw on a video wearing a gorgeous dress. She must have been getting a TON of compliments on the dress because the video was education-related and even featured her adorable twins. But, what did everyone notice? The dress. So, after what I'm sure was an exhausting day telling everyone where her dress was from, she put out a disclaimer: "Meanwhile, the dress is from Le Tote." 

I'd maybe heard of the service from a Facebook ad or in passing elsewhere, but I fell in love with the dress and thus HAD to check our Le Tote. Of course, like many clubs and sites, you can't access all the fun until you are a member. So, I found myself "customizing" my first tote as a new member shortly after the initial interest.

Before we go too much further, I have promotional discounts for $25 off your first tote (using this link) which means savings for you and a little Le Tote love for me which is always appreciated! If you do try it, let me know how you like it!

My Profile and My Closet 

I've actually filled out a profile or two for fashion sites on a whim. Wanting to know what it's all about when a friend posts a picture of her new blazer. I must say, the profile wasn't terribly different with Le Tote, but I did actually take my measurements this time. I'm glad I did. 

Fun Fact: Le Tote stylists measure each garment, so you get the best fit!

After filling out some generic questions about my style and my climate, etc. I moved on to clicking hearts in the upper righthand corner of the items in collections which I liked. These would become the pieces in my closet. 


I LOVE that you get a text message and an email when your tote is ready to be customized or confirmed. It takes roughly two hours I've found from the time you drop off a tote at the Post Office to send back to Le Tote until a new tote is ready for customizing. The above is what I was sent to confirm for my very first tote. I swapped three of the pieces for others in my closet.

Fun Fact: If you wait each hour to check your closet, items are checked in and may become available to you if you're patient!

I also really enjoy the ease with which you can purchase items in your tote. I have purchased four items in the last two months. I've also been savvy and checked around the web for "better prices" -- they typically aren't out there! A lot of the styles you will find in Nordstrom but the prices are right around $10-20 more elsewhere than with your Le Tote member discounted price. The other factor is that many of the garments cannot be found elsewhere. I've looked. Le Tote gives you a truly unique fashion experience.


The pink box comes via USPS and takes three days on average. So, if you submit your confirmation of a customized tote on a Monday or Tuesday, you should get it by Saturday. If it's a Wednesday or Thursday, it's likely to take until the following Monday. [Believe me, it's the hardest wait if you land on the Sunday (no mail) day!]

Inside the Le Tote box will be (all of your selections, obviously) but also a clear bubble envelope with your jewelry on cards and a white return envelope. With these important items is also a small flyer that shows you the cost of your entire tote if you love it all and the individual item specifics. 


Fun Fact: You don't need to do laundry! (If that is something you just cannot handle the thought of, you CAN do laundry if you wish!) But, I personally love that I can wear everything when it arrives and send it back when I'm done. So easy! I've not had any items in two months arrive smelly, stained or gross.

A few things -- click on each garment to see the "Best Fit" stylist tips -- they have been spot on for me. If it says "might be tight in the bust" you can count on it -- at least I can. So consider the tip a good one! 

Make sure you don't lose the contents of your box -- you'll need it for shipping the items back! 

You can keep things as long as you want, you'll just continue to be charged your monthly membership fee. However, when you send back your tote, if all items are not inside, it will be assumed you couldn't part with them and you'll be charged. Brightside? You're the proud new owner of something new and cute! 

You can't just keep one item longer, return the rest, and wait until your next tote to return your super fun find. Sorry. Would be cool, but nope. Either buy it or bag it! 

This is just a little primer to get you introduced to Le Tote. I'm positively addicted. It's especially fun since I'm in a rural area and we cannot just slip down to Lord & Taylor or even Target for that matter. Sure, there's Amazon and other online shopping -- but they aren't looking out for me, measuring my blouses, now are they?! 

Seriously folks -- it's so fun. It's like a grab bag and trick-or-treating rolled into one and I cannot get enough. 

Disclosure: I was able to experience Le Tote on a complimentary basis in order to get the scoop on what to expect.