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Simplified Planner Giveaway (Weekly 2018 Edition)

Hello everyone! Today I am pleased to announce a new giveaway featuring one of my favorite products, the Simplified Planner! Back in mid 2017 when I preordered this weekly planner for myself, I decided to buy an extra one to give away on my blog. Being a couple months into 2018, it is safe to say I LOVE this planner and am so happy with it. I hope whoever wins this giveaway will use this planner to its fullest and love it as much as I do.

This giveaway will run until February 13th, with the winner being announced on February 14th (Valentine’s Day).

Good Luck!


THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


Simplified Planner GIveaway (Weekly 2018 Edition)


Why I Love my 2018 Weekly Simplified Planner:

Simplified Planner Keepsake Box

Simplified Planner Pocket

Simplified Planner Weekly Layout

Simplified Planner Monthly Layout

Simplified Planner Stickers

 

Below is an overview of the Weekly Simplified Planner.

Please note, this is not the cover you will win in the giveaway.


Good Luck! What planner are you using this year? Let me know in the comments section below.

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

0 In Food/Supplements/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

Simply Gum Review & Giveaway: Natural Gum & Mints!

Simply Gum Review & Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Simply Gum Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Disclaimer: All thoughts & opinions are my own. I did receive some of these products from Simply Gum in return for my honest review. However, I have been using and loving these products long before speaking to the Simply Gum team! 


THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page by first entering your name/birthday/email. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Simply Gum Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between November 10th and November 21st 11:59 pm EST.
  • (3) winners will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced November 22nd at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winners are randomly generated, if you are chosen as one of the winners and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once the winners are selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I have not been paid to feature any of this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

Simply Gum

Have you ever considered what your favorite mints or chewing gums are made of? I know I never did until I came across Simply Gum at my local Whole Foods. While waiting to check-out, I remember picking up a pack of their gum and being fascinated by the clean/simple ingredients. I bought a pack and quickly fell in love! It made me question what was in my favorite Trident and Orbit gums.

Conventional Gum vs. Simply Gum

Conventional Gum vs Simply Gum | smelltheroses.com

After doing some research, I couldn’t believe how “dirty” the formulas are of conventional gum products. Aside from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, the most concerning listed ingredient is “gum base”.

What exactly is gum base? Good question. The FDA allows 46 different chemicals to fall under the umbrella of “gum base” but does not require manufacturers to disclose which ones they used in their gum. Investigators have found most conventional gums are made of a mixture of synthetic elastomers, resins, plasticizers, and fillers. In other words, you may be unknowingly chewing on a mixture of plastic, glue, or gelatin (anyone else grossed out?! 🤢).

What makes Simply Gum different? They use only 7 completely natural and easy to pronounce ingredients in their chicle base gum! That means it is free from plastic, aspartame, or anything synthetic. The chicle base is made from the sap of the sapodilla tree making it 100% biodegradable and therefore, better for the planet! 🌎 To top it all off, Simply Gum only uses natural flavors to give their gums their yummy taste.

Product Review: Simply Gum | Chewing Gum

Simply Gum Review | smelltheroses.com

Pictured are 4 of the 6 chewing gum flavors offered by Simply Gum (not pictured: Coffee & Maple). All of the flavors are made of the same base with their only difference being which natural flavor is added. The mint and cinnamon are my personal favorite but they are all great! These gums have become a permanent addition to my purse!

Shop: Mint | Cinnamon | Fennel Licorice | Ginger | Coffee | Maple

Simply Gum Review | smelltheroses.com

Each package comes with approximately 15 pieces of gum. As you can see, the gum is naturally brown since it is made from chicle base instead of synthetic man-made materials.

Simply Gum Biodegradable Wrappers | smelltheroses.com

One of the extra special details put into this product is the post chew wraps! In my personal experience, the gum tends to stick to your fingers after you chew it so I love these included biodegradable wrappers. It’s the little things that make all the difference.


Now let’s talk about what’s in your favorite mints…

Simply Gum Mints vs Conventional Mints | smelltheroses.com

Vegetarians and Vegan Beware of Conventional Mints — Until recently, I never paid attention to the ingredients in my favorite mints. However, when Simply Gum launched their new all natural mints, again I was prompted to pay more attention. To my horror, I discovered Altoids and many other mints contain gelatin: a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones (typically from cows or pigs) with water (Source: PETA). Be right back as I go vomit.. but seriously, how gross!? As someone who follows a plant-based diet, I never would have thought to be suspicious of my mints containing animal products.

Simply Gum’s Mints are 100% Vegan! — Made with only cane sugar, calcium stearate (vegetable based binding agent), and all natural flavor, these are most definitely the cleanest and simplest mints on the market! Even with such a simple formula, these mints are strong and will leave you will fresh breath. It goes to show you, all of those added ingredients found in conventional mints are simply not needed.

Product Review: Simply Gum | Mints

Simply Gum Mints Review | smelltheroses.com

The original mint flavor is definitely my favorite, but I love all 3 flavors! The tin is perfect for sharing and how gorgeous is their branding?! If you haven’t gotten your hands on these yet, you have to ASAP! I’m personally more of a mints girl than a gum girl so these are my absolute favorite and are always in my purse.

Shop: Mint | Cinnamon | Ginger

Simply Gum Mints Review | smelltheroses.com

Each tin comes with 45 pieces so these mints will last you a long time! I’m always sharing them with my friends and they have never noticed they were any different than conventional mints – that’s proof they are just as effective!

Simply Gum Review & Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

The Simply Gum Mints are the perfect addition to my vegan leather Angela Roi bag! 👜 I always have them and my gum on hand.


Where to Buy Simply Gum Products:

Store Locator | SimplyGum.com | Amazon


This giveaway ends November 21st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

As always, if you have any questions you can email me through my contact page. Did this post convince you to switch to all natural chewing gum & mints? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

48 In GIVEAWAYS

October Giveaway: Nontoxic Fall Scented Candles

Nontoxic Fall Scented Candle Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

For the second year, I am giveaway away my favorite nontoxic fall scented candles from Carefull Candles on Etsy! 🍂 If you’ve been following along for a while, you may remember this brand from last year’s October Giveaway.

To make this year’s giveaway even better, I am giving away 3 candles to one lucky winner. Continue reading below the giveaway to learn why I ditched my toxic conventional candles for these and for a COUPON CODE!


THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page by first entering your name/birthday/email. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Nontoxic Fall Scented Candle Giveaway!

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between October 3rd and October 17th 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced October 18th at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I have not been paid to feature any of this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

About Carefull CandlesCarefull Candles on Etsy | smelltheroses.com

Carefull Candles is a small business that launched on Etsy last year. Caroline, the shop owner, started making her own candles after discovering the hidden dangers found in the big-name conventional brand candles. In an effort to avoid her and her family from inhaling toxic fumes, she starting formulating and pouring her own candles using 100% non-GMO soy wax and 100% non-toxic essential oils/fragrances. Loving how her home-made candles came out, she decided to sell them and the Carefull Candles Etsy Store was born!

I discovered Carefull Candles last year after tirelessly researching for a candle company that met my strict standards. Although there are many soy-based candle companies, not all have a completely clean label. I wanted a candle that was safe from its ingredients to its wick to its container — you can imagine how excited I was when I found this brand on Etsy!

  • Ingredients: 100% non-GMO soy wax | 100% pure essential oils and/or phthalate-free natural fragrances | No additives/fillers
  • Wick = Flat Braid Cotton + Paper Fiber (free of zinc, tin, and lead)
  • Container = reusable glass jar
  • Charity = $1 is donated to Hearts2Honduras with every purchase

What I’m Giving Away: 

  • Pumpkin Spice Candle – 8oz ($18 value)
  • Marshmallow Campfire Candle – 8oz ($18 value)
  • Autumn Day Candle – 8oz ($18 value)
  • Total Value = $54!

These candles smell absolutely amazing.. I guarantee you will love them. Marshmallow Campfire is my personal favorite because it smells exactly like a melted marshmallow! Autumn day is the perfect “everyday” candle which will fill your home with warm yet light fall scents. 🍂 And pumpkin spice smells EXACTLY like a pumpkin spice latte! 🎃

Nontoxic Fall Scented Candle Giveaway from smelltheroses.com
Nontoxic Carefull Candles from Etsy | smelltheroses.com

Nontoxic Carefull Candles from Etsy | smelltheroses.com


Carefull Candles vs. Conventional Scented Candles:

Life would certainly be much more convenient if I didn’t know as much about the chemicals/ingredients in my everyday products. This time of year, Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle have so many amazing scented candles that immediately make you excited for the fall and nearing holidays. However, these seemingly harmless candles hide an ugly truth. When burned, they release toxic fumes which pollute the air and are harmful if inhaled. For instance, big-name conventional brand candles made with parrafin wax produce benzene and toluene (known carcinogens) when burned. Inhaling these toxins are similar to inhaling the fumes from car exhausts.

Remember, chemicals don’t have to have a harsh odor to be harmful; many are actually odorless! Synthetic fragrances may smell nice but they are still chemicals and can be hazardous to your health.Fall Scented Candle Safe Swap | smelltheroses.comCarefull Candles vs Conventional Candles | smelltheroses.com

Care Suggestions from the Carefull Candles Etsy Shop:

  • When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container – this is usually 3/4 hours long. If you do not have 3/4 hours please wait until you do! Trust me, it will extend the life of your candle tremendously. If you do not let the wax melt all the way to the sides of the container, it may cause a “tunneling” effect, and your candle may not last as long as it is intended too.
  • The wicks need to be trimmed before EACH and every burn, failure to do so may result in black spots in the candle, a shorter burn time, and soot.

You can shop these amazing fall scents and more on Etsy! 🍂

COUPON CODE “BABYWATCH” WILL SAVE YOU 15% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE

(the shop owner is about to have a baby!)

Carefull Candles on Etsy | smelltheroses.com


Did you know there is a SmelltheRoses.com inspired Carefull Candle? Check it out here!

I hope you are as excited about this giveaway as I am! Let me know why you’d love to enter this giveaway in the comments section below! As always, if you have any questions you can email me through my contact page.

This giveaway ends October 17st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

50 In Beauty/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

Smell the Roses Turns 1: Birthday Giveaway!

Birthday Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

Smell the Roses is officially 1 year old and to celebrate I am offering an AWESOME birthday giveaway valued at over $115! These 10 products are some of my all-time favorite cruelty-free products that I have been using ever since I made the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle. This giveaway is my attempt at thanking all of you for your support over this past year. I am so grateful for each and every one of you!

*This post contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission. I have not been paid or compensated to feature any of these brands in this giveaway. All opinions are my own! 


WE HAVE A WINNER..

Amber B.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Smell the Roses Birthday Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between August 16th and August 31st 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced September 1st at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I have not been paid to feature any of these brands although this post does contain affiliate links through which I earn a small commission.
  • No purchase necessary.

What I’m Giving Away:

 

1. Buckaroo Organics | Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent (2 Load Sample)

  • This year I finally switched over my household items to cruelty-free/natural alternatives. In place of my Tide Pods, I started using Soapberry based laundry detergents. Included in this giveaway is a sample size of Buckaroo Organics’s Soapberry Suds. This is a powder form of detergent made with only 4 ingredients, one being 100%  Certified Organic Soapberries. The soapberry not only cleans your fabrics but also naturally softens them. I still can’t believe how well this detergent works! It feels good knowing I’ve eliminated countless chemicals from my home and the environment. Soapberry Suds | smelltheroses.com

2. Acure Organics | Brightening Facial Scrub = $4

  • This is the best natural facial scrub I have come across. I use it bi-weekly to gently exfoliate my face without drying out my skin. After using, I am left with a more even skin tone and baby soft skin. Best part? It’s 100% cruelty-free and vegan.acure scrub | smelltheroses.com

3. 100% Pure | Bright Eyes Mask = $7

  • I am in love with these little eye masks from 100% Pure! I put them under my eyes in the morning after washing my face and leave them on for as long as possible. They are infused with caffeine to depuff and brighten your under-eye area while also providing intense hydration from organic aloe water. These are a great addition to your morning routine and truly make a HUGE difference! Since they are a little on the pricey side, I only use them on the mornings when I really need to depuff my under-eyes (i.e. after a late night working in the ER or after watching the Notebook 😂).

100 Percent Pure Bright Eyes Mask | smelltheroses.com

4. Beauty by Earth | Muscle Relief Bath Bomb = $8

  • If you read my bubble bath post, you may remember these bath bombs from Beauty by Earth. Unlike other popular bath bombs, these are 100% natural and made without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a chemical used for foaming), artificial dyes, colorants, or synthetic fragrance (all found in the Lush Bath Bombs 😕). Each of their bath bombs are designed to fulfill a different need. This giveaway features their “Muscle Relief” Bath Bomb! Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb | smelltheroses.com

5. S.W. Basics | Rosewater Spray 1.8oz = $13

  • If you can’t already tell from the name of my blog, I love roses. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they have become a staple in many people’s beauty routines. This Rose Water from S.W. Basics is made from pure, steam-distilled rose water with no other additives or ingredients. I spray it all over my face and neck after washing to serve as a toner and gentle moisturizer. It is also great to spray on before applying makeup, as a setting spray for your makeup, or to simply keep in your purse to freshen up when on the go. S.W. Gasics Rose Spray | smelltheroses.com

6. Little Words Project | Peace & Love Bracelet = $28

  • If you have been following my blog all year, you know what a huge fan I am of Little Words Project. Their bracelets feature inspirational words surrounded by a strand of Swarovski crystals. Each bracelet comes with a unique numbered tag so you can register it on their website/app (so cool). You wear the little word for as long as you need and then pass it on to someone else who could use a little inspiration. Talk about a beautiful concept 🙂

Little Words Project | smelltheroses.com

7. Lauren B Beauty Blushing Bridesmaids 7-Free Nail Polish = $18

  • This is the prettiest light pink nail polish I have ever come across so I knew I had to include it in this giveaway. This color is just one of Lauren B Beauty‘s gorgeous colors from their new Bridal Collection. All of their polishes are cruelty-free and made without 7 of the most dangerous chemicals still lingering in most popular nail polish brands (i.e. Toulene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Palate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, & Xylene… yuck). I have an entire post on this brand coming soon so keep an eye out!Lauren B Beauty 7-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

8. David’s | Premium Natural Toothpaste = $8

  • I have been using this toothpaste for over a year and it is definitely my favorite! I love it because it naturally whitens and removes plaque without destroying your enamel. Its formula is of fluoride-free, sulfate-free, and made without artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, & preservatives. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and American made! David's Toothpaste | smelltheroses.com

9. Carefull Candles | Smell the Roses 100% Soy Wax Candle (3oz) = $3

  • You may remember this brand from my Fall Scented Candle Giveaway last October. Until last year, I never put much thought into what my favorite candles from stores like Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works had in them. Unfortunately, when burned these candles release toxic fumes into the air which are harmful when inhaled. Luckily, brands like Carefull Candles make amazing smelling candles using 100% Soy Wax and essential oils. This candle was inspired by this very blog so I had to include it in this giveaway!Carefull Candles | smelltheroses.com

10. 100% Pure | Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara (Black Tea) = $26

  • This was one of the first cruelty-free, non-toxic mascaras I ever tried and it has since been a favorite of mine. The pigment comes from actual black tea rather than harmful chemical-filled dyes so it’s perfect for anyone with skin/eye sensitivities. Its natural ingredients actually condition your lashes instead of drying them out and making them susceptible to breakage. As with all of 100% Pure‘s products, this mascara is 100% natural and cruelty-free!100 Percent Pure Black Tea Mascara | smelltheroses.com

I hope you are as excited about this giveaway as I am! Let me know what your favorite product is in the comments section below. I’d also love to hear which of my blog posts over the last year was your favorite or what kind of posts you’d like to see this year. As always, if you have any questions you can email me through my contact page.

This giveaway ends August 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

52 In Beauty/ Body/ FYI/ GIVEAWAYS

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway & Review

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Jaime D.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


*This post contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission. The products in this giveway were supplied by Beauty by Earth but I have not been paid to feature them. All opinions are my own. 

I have teamed up with my friends at Beauty by Earth for an awesome Suncare Giveaway! 🌞  If you read my post on staying safe in the sun, you may have noticed I recommended their sunscreen as an alternative to conventional brands and for good reason! Their products are completely natural, cruelty-free, reef-safe, non-toxic, and, most importantly, effective! I used them on my last trip to Hawaii and quickly fell in love. I have no doubt whoever wins will love them too!

What We’re Giving Away…

Enter the giveaway using the Gleam plugin below and then keep scrolling to learn more about each prize! 😊


How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the Gleam plugin provided on this page. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.

Beauty by Earth Suncare Giveaway

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open to the U.S. and Canada to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between March 22th and March 31st 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced April 1st at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The products in this giveaway were supplied by Beauty by Earth. I have not been paid to feature this brand.
  • No purchase necessary.

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

 

If you have been following my blog, you know I love Beauty by Earth. They are passionate about creating products that are not only safe for you and your family but also effective. They leave out all of the chemicals and harmful ingredients found in conventional products and use only the best natural, non-GMO, and organic ingredients! On top of that, all of their products are proudly made in the USA and cruelty-free. 🌿

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Bundle | smelltheroses.com

Beauty by Earth Suncare | smelltheroses.com

Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen

While looking for a green sunscreen option, I came across rave reviews for Beauty by Earth’s Sunscreen. Already a fan of their products, I immediately ordered their Sunscreen Bundle and packed it for my vacation. Here’s why I fell in love with it…

Broad Spectrum Protection

As covered in my sun safety post, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing sunscreen is whether or not it provides broad-spectrum coverage. Both the Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen and SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen are labeled broad-spectrum!

Reef Safe & Biodegradable Formula

Since they do not use synthetic ingredients like oxybenzone, their sunscreens are deemed reef-safe! Feel free to wear these products in the ocean without stress or guilt. 🐠

Cruelty-free Formulation

As with all of their products, Beauty by Earth’s sunscreen is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program. 🐰

Immediate Protection

Although it is recommended you apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure, one of the benefits of Beauty by Earth’s sunscreens being formulated with Zinc Oxide is that they work immediately. While chemical sunscreens need time to be absorbed by the skin, physical sunscreens work like a shield to the sun’s rays.

Environmental Working Group Recommended

What I consider one of the best sources for product safety, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has included Beauty by Earth on its list of “Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens”. Both products scored a squeaky clean 1 on their scale! Read their reports here: SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | SPF 25 Sunscreen 

EWG Rating - Beauty by Earth Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

EWG Rating


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SPF 25 Sunscreen (Body) | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen SPF 25 | smelltheroses.com

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

Application

This sunscreen is the best Zinc Oxide-based sunscreen I have found so far. The formula is definitely going to seem thick to someone who is used to conventional sunscreens but that is normal for Zinc Oxide-based sunscreens (I’ll take a thicker formula that is clean over a thinner chemical filled formula any day). Still, I do find the sunscreen fairly easy to rub in. It can leave a very subtle white tint on the body but I found this only happens when my legs are very dry. When I was on vacation, there was no whiteness if I had moisturized that morning. However, I actually liked when it was slightly visible because it showed me if I missed a spot or needed to reapply!

How to Use: Apply a liberal amount to all exposed areas of the body. Rub in until sunscreen is no longer or barely visible.  Reapply every 2 hours or after prolonged time in the water.

Why I Love It!

  1. Rubs in easily compared to other Zinc Oxide sunscreens.
  2. Doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost. 👻
  3. Effective immediately!
  4. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  5. Provides excellent sun protection!
  6. Mostly organic ingredients.
  7. Gentle enough for kids!
  8. Reef safe 🐠  & cruelty-free 🐰
Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Initial Application | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Almost rubbed in! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Fully rubbed in! No white appearance! | Beauty by Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen


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SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | Beauty by Earth

Facial Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Essential Oil

Application

This facial sunscreen is light enough for everyday wear but strong enough for a full day at the beach.

Beach Day: I use one pump (about a pea size amount) and spread it all over my face until completely rubbed in. If I feel I need to add more, I do so only after the initial application has been rubbed in. Using this method prevented my face from turning “white” like we are all afraid of! Reapply every 2 hours while in direct sunlight.

Everyday Wear: Apply one pump to the entire face until completely rubbed in. Wait 5-10 minutes for sunscreen to dry. Apply makeup as usual and set with a finishing powder to prevent shine (I recommend the “Un” Powder by RMS). *If exposed, apply to neck and chest too!

Why I Love It!

  1. Great for sensitive skin!
  2. Rubs in easily & feels lightweight.
  3. Doesn’t make my skin feel greasy.
  4. Leaves no white tint – perfect for under makeup.
  5. Effective immediately!
  6. Water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  7. Mostly organic ingredients.
  8. Pump dispenser prevents waste.
  9. Gentle enough for kids!
  10. Reef safe 🐠  & cruelty-free 🐰
Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

The amount I use on my face at a time. I build up the coverage a little at a time to prevent whiteness. | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen | smelltheroses.com

Completely rubbed in on my face! No whiteness! | Beauty by Earth SPF 20 Sunscreen

 

Beauty by Earth Facial Sunscreen Review | smelltheroses.com

Light enough to wear under your makeup! | Beauty by Earth


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Aloe Vera Gel | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel | smelltheroses.com

Ingredients

Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Citrate

Application

For Burns or Sunburn: Apply a thin layer over burned area. The burn will immediately feel cooled and soothed (some people like to put the aloe vera in the fridge for additional relief). The aloe vera will keep the skin moisturized and help speed the healing process. Reapply 2-3 times a day until the burn has healed.

For Minor Cuts: Apply a thin layer 2-3 times a day. The gel will act as a natural disinfectant!

As a Moisturizer: Apply a thin layer to the area you would like to moisturize. The gel is nongreasy so it can be applied before makeup. It is also a great aftershave product – softens skin and will heal tiny cuts!

As a Makeup Remover: Apply a small amount of gel to a cotton ball to gently remove makeup around your eyes and face.

For Hair: Treat dandruff and dry scalp by applying the gel to roots/scalp at nighttime. Wash hair normally in the AM. Some people also use the gel as a hair styling product!

Other Uses: diaper rash, acne treatment, eczema, bruises, poison ivy/oak, soothe bug bites, etc..

Why I Love It!

  1. Can be used for so much more than sunburn!
  2. Non-sticky, fast-drying formula.
  3. Love using on my legs/armpits after shaving.
  4. My fiance can use it as an aftershave too!

Beauty by Earth Aloe Vera Gel Review | smelltheroses.com


I hope you loved this review as much as I loved writing it! Make sure to enter the giveaway and come back each day for bonus entries. If you’re interested in shopping for these or other products from Beauty by Earth, code “SMELLTHEROSES” will save you 15% off your entire order in their online store.

Want to learn why I ditched conventional suncare products? It’s not just because they weren’t cruelty-free… Read this post! 

This suncare giveaway ends March 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

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Win a $500 Target Giftcard from Beauty by Earth!

Beauty by Earth Target Giftcard Giveaway! smelltheroses.com

My friends at Beauty by Earth are hosting an AMAZING giveaway for all of us Target lovers!

How to Enter:

It’s free and super easy to sign up – you simply enter your name and email address through my link. Once you have entered, you will receive your own unique link which you can share with your friends/family to earn bonus points! Anytime someone uses your link to enter, you will both earn 5 extra points! Sounds like a win-win situation 🙂

Enter Giveaway Here!

You can also earn bonus entries by sharing your unique code on your social media accounts. Remember, the more people you get to enter the contest using your code, the better your odds of winning!

Target Giftcard Giveaway | smelltheroses.com

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

52 In Beauty/ GIVEAWAYS

January Giveaway: Petit Vour Beauty Box Subscription!

petit vour

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Rhonda H.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

(ALMOST 4,000 ENTRIES INCLUDING INSTAGRAM — THIS WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GIVEAWAY TO DATE!)


When I first switched to cruelty-free/natural beauty, I spent SO much time researching brands and trying to find replacements for my conventional products. At the time, my mother was receiving the Ipsy Glam Bag and I remember wishing there was a similar subscription service that only included cruelty-free/natural products. I did some research and, to my surprise, I found SEVERAL subscription services that fulfilled my wish.

One of the subscription services I decided to try was the Petit Vour Monthly Beauty Box! Each month I received 4 personalized beauty products ranging from sample to full size for only $15/month (shipping included). This subscription introduced me to brands I would have never found on my own and to several of my favorite products that I still use today.

Since this subscription service was so helpful to me, I figured what better giveaway for the first month of 2017 than a subscription to Petit Vour!?

That’s right, I’m giving one lucky winner a 3-month pre-paid subscription to the Petit Vour Beauty Box! 


GIveaway: Petit Vour 3-Month Beauty Box Subscription

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • Complete at least one entry option in the “Gleam” plugin provided on this page. Remember, the more entry options you complete, the better your odds of winning but additional entries are not required. Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
  • After completing at least one entry option in the Gleam Plugin, there are opportunities to earn bonus entries:
    • Tag your friend(s) on this Instagram picture and receive 1 bonus point per friend! You may tag as many friends as you would like but tagging brands/blogs/inactive accounts will not be counted.

Rules & Disclaimer: 

  • Open WORLDWIDE to anyone 18 or older with a valid mailing address.
  • You may enter the giveaway anytime between January 12th 8:00 pm EST and January 26th 11:59 pm EST.
  • The winner will be randomly generated using the Gleam Plugin and announced January 27th at approximately 12:00 pm EST on this blog post, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.
  • I run giveaways for my readers who are genuinely interested in the products I am offering. Entries completed with social media accounts used solely for giveaways will not be counted. Although the giveaway winner is randomly generated, if you are chosen as the winner and I see you did not follow this rule, I will manually invalidate your entry and have a new winner randomly generated.
  • Once a winner is selected, I will personally contact him/her with the email address he/she used to enter the giveaway in order to obtain his/her shipping address. If no response is made within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The 3-month subscription will begin in either February or March depending on Petit Vour’s processing time.
  • This giveaway is in no way sponsored or paid for by Petit Vour.
  • No purchase necessary.

ABOUT PETIT VOUR:

Since 2013, Petit Vour has served as a “luxury vegan destination” to women by offering cruelty-free beauty products, skin care, and accessories. Their monthly subscription box has become popular as a mechanism to introduce women to ethically responsible vegan brands. Any products featured in their boxes or sold in their online store are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and made without “the dirty thirty“.

What does “petit vour” mean?

Petit Vour is a Frenglish word made by combining the French term “petit four” (meaning a small bite-sized confectionery) and the English word “vegan”. Therefore, “petit vour” means a small vegan luxury (in reference to the types of items included in their subscription boxes).

Who should subscribe to their monthly Beauty Box?

I believe their subscription box is best for anyone interested in learning more about the vegan beauty market. This may include, but is not limited to, people switching from conventional to cruelty-free beauty.

What kind of products do you receive each month in their Beauty Box? 

Each box contains 4-5 vegan & cruelty-free beauty products, ranging from sample to full-size. Typically, you’ll receive 1 color item, 1 hair care item or fragrance, 1 skincare item, and 1 body care item. Each box is valued at around $35-40.

Learn more about Petit Vour’s monthly beauty box at PetitVour.com or check them out on Instagram!


Be sure to get all your entries in by January 26th at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Petit Vour. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!

10 In GIVEAWAYS/ Mental Health/ Wellness

December Giveaway (Week 4): 2017 Gratitude Kit

Gratitude Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Karen L.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


My final December giveaway is here!

One of my personal 2017 New Year resolutions is to practice daily gratitude. This may sound simple, but I think it is a resolution we all should commit to. Having worked an entire year as a nurse in the Emergency Department, I have seen how fragile life is and have become ashamed of moments when I took everything I have for granted. I think we all can admit to such moments. When we become stressed, we tend to focus on the negatives and forget to look at the big picture. That is why I decided to create a little “Gratitude Kit” for my final December giveaway. I hope these products will help one lucky winner remember to cherish his/her life and make gratitude part of his/her daily routine!

This giveaway features two of my favorite brands: May Designs & MantraBand.

You will win…

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize! 😊

Gratitude Kit featuring May Designs & Mantra Band

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 31 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, January 1st at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

 


What You’ll Win:

May Designs | “my little gratitude book” Mini Notebook = $18

  • This is the perfect little pocket-sized notebook to keep track of your daily gratitude any time of day!
  • Size: pocket-sized, 4″x5.75″, 64 pages
  • Material: soft canvas cover
  • Binding: hand stitched down the spine for an eco-friendly binding solution!
  • Ethics: the entire book is completely recyclable & hand-made by their team in Memphis, TN!
  • Inside Features:
    • ‘This Book Belongs To” page
    • Message to Book Owner Page
    • 30 days worth of gratitude pages
Gratitude Journal Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

📷: maydesigns.com

MantraBand | “Gratitude” Bracelet (Yellow Gold) = $35

  • This is the prettiest and most delicate bracelet you can wear daily as a reminder to be grateful for your wonderful life!
  • About this mantra via mantraband.com:
    • “Remember to express gratitude and live by it. Because gratitude brings peace and happiness and turns what you have into enough. Count your blessings. Know that you will have more of what you are grateful for.”
  • Details:
    • “Gratitude” Bracelet in Yellow Gold
    • Material: made of hypoallergenic/lead-free/tarnish resistant stainless steel with a thick overlay of 18K gold
    • Fit: fully adjustable to fit almost all wrist sizes
    • Comfort: lightweight
Gratitude MantraBand giveaway via smelltheroses.com

📷: mantraband.com


Wouldn’t you be grateful to win all these prizes!? Make sure to get all your entries in by December 31st at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by May Designs or MantraBand. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!

29 In Fitness/ Food/Supplements/ GIVEAWAYS/ Wellness

December Giveaway (Week 3): Get Healthy Kit!

SMELLTHEROSES.COM GET HEALTHY GIVEAWAY

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Nichelle P.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


Who else wants to start 2017 off on the right foot when it comes to health!? I think we all do. This week’s giveaway is all about getting healthy and being prepared for the new year. My hope is that these prizes will help your new year’s resolutions become a reality! 💪

This giveaway features three brands that I absolutely love: Orgain, inkWELL Press, & GoMacro. Up for grabs are..

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize! 😊


Enter the Giveaway

Inkwell Press Fitness Planner / Orgain / Go Macro

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 24 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, December 25 at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

 


What You’ll Win:

Orgain | Organic Vegan Protein Powder 2lb (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Natural Unsweetened) = $39.99

  • There are a lot of plant-based protein powders out there.. but how many are organic and actually taste as good as they are for you? In my opinion, Orgain is the best vegan protein product on the market. This is the only protein powder I will drink. I drink a shake once a day so it has become a staple of my plant-based diet. Winner gets the choice between a vanilla,  chocolate, or unsweetened 2lb tub.
  • Ingredients & Nutrition Facts:

inkWELL Press | Fitness Planner (Blue Herringbone) = $29.00

  • This brand makes near perfect planners (what I’ll be using for 2017) and was featured in my “Choosing Your Perfect Planning System” blogpost. I am in love with their Fitness Planner. It’s the perfect sidekick to help you tackle your 2017 fitness goals from beginning to end! Click and scroll through the pics below to see details of each page/book section.
  • Features:
    • 3 Months of Daily Fitness/Food Logs with Weekly + Monthly Check-Ins
    • Fitness Resource Section = portion size references, calories burned guide, & healthy snack ideas
    • Ultra Thick 140 gsm (100#) Paper = no bleed through or shadowing on pages
    • Lay Flat True Gold Wire Binding
    • Hardcover Design with Matte Laminate Coating (6″x8″)
    • Full Color Throughout!

GoMacro | Protein Bar 12-pack (winner picks flavor) = $34.68

  • Are you looking for a protein bar that is actually good for you and not full of scary ingredients and a ridiculous amount of sugar? Say hello to the GoMacro MacroBar! These bars have become a staple in my diet (especially as a vegetarian on busy days at work) and are definitely my favorite protein bar currently on the market. They are USDA Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free Certified, Kosher Certified, sustainably sourced, and free of common allergens such as soy, eggs, and dairy. What’s not to love?! With so many flavors I am confident there is one for everyone’s palate. My favorites are Protein Pleasure, Protein Replenishment, Protein Purity, & Sweet Rejuvenation.
  • Check out all their flavors and nutrition info here.
  • Side Note: They also recently launched their Thrive bars which I’ve tried and loved!

Wouldn’t you love to win all these healthy prizes!? Make sure to get all your entries in by December 24th at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Orgain, inkWELL Press, or GoMacro. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!

15 In DIY/ GIVEAWAYS/ Productivity

December Giveaway (Week 2): 2017 Planner Kit!

PLANNER KIT GIVEAWAY VIA SMELLTHEROSES.COM

WE HAVE A WINNER..

Samantha A.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


I am absolutely in LOVE with this week’s giveaway! With 2017 right around the corner, I figured it would be a good idea to help one lucky reader get ready for the new year with some planning essentials! Enter to win your very own 2017 Planner Kit!

This giveaway features two brands that are personal favorites of mine: Sugar Paper and Ashley Brooke Designs. Up for grabs are…

Enter the giveaway below and keep scrolling past the giveaway plugin to learn more about each prize! 😊

*If you haven’t already, check out my “Choosing Your Perfect Planning System: 2017 Edition” blog post to see my top picks for planners!


Enter the Giveaway

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Saturday, December 17 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, December 18 at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the Gleam plugin below to enter the giveaway (may take a few moments to load).
  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

2017 Planner Kit Giveaway featuring Sugar Paper & Ashley Brooke Designs!


PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

Sugar Paper L.A. via smelltheroses.com

Sugar Paper Planner Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

  • Value: $14.99
  • Dimensions: 8.3″ long x 6″ wide
  • Features:
    • 2-page month view (Jan 2017-Dec 2017)
    • 2-page horizontal week view
    • Extra notes pages in the back of planner

 

Sugar Paper L.A. via smelltheroses.com

Sugar Paper Pen Set Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

  • Value = $8.99
  • Black Ink

Shop other products from Sugar Paper in their online store, at Target.com (and in-store) or check them out on Instagram!

 

Ashley Brooke Designs via smelltheroses.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

  • Value = $38.00
  • 12 hand-illustrated monthly calendars printed on thick card stock
  • Comes with a heavy/foldable gold easel!
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Jan 2017-Dec 2017

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Desk Calendar Giveaway via smelltheroses.com

Shop other products from Ashley Brooke Designs in their online store or check them out on Instagram!


You have until December 17th at 11:59 pm to enter! Good Luck!

xo Caitlyn

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Sugar Paper or Ashley Brooke Designs. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All opinions are entirely my own!