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Mixbook: Introducing Metal, Acrylic And Poster Prints

Mixbook: Introducing Metal, Acrylic And Poster Prints

This sponsored post was partially written for Drugstore Divas.

mixbookYou may have started holiday shopping over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there are probably still a few people on your holiday shopping list. Trust me, I get it. I have quite a few people still to shop for. With Christmas a few weeks away, we’re running out of time! As always, Mixbook has us covered with some great last minute gift ideas!

Mixbook has introduced a new type of wall art – Metal, Acrylic and Poster Prints. The industrial and cool Metal Prints still have the same vibrant colors as all others, but with an edge. Rugged enough for a man cave and sturdy enough to withstand kiddo-traffic heavy spaces. The prints come ready to hang, plus, they won’t shatter if someone drops them.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything, Mixbook’s curved Metal Prints are your answer. With a unique curved edge, this eye-catching piece will add finesse to any living or office space. Impress your hard-to-shop-for friend with this unique gift. It is customizable with any photo and exclusive to Mixbook’s home decor collection.

Acrylic Prints have a glass-like finish with brilliant clarity. They are a sleek and contemporary eye-catching gift idea. Spice up a friend’s space with another customized poster to match their collection. Select your favorite photo from the past or a vacation you took together. Your friend will be sure to love the reminder and it will be a great conversation piece when guests come to visit!

Last but not least, don’t forget about Mixbook’s Instagram books and photo prints. These quick to make books are a great gift idea too. Plus, you already have all the photo inspiration right on your Instagram account!

Did any of these Mixbook products catch your eye? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and let us know who you are making a gift for.

7 Reasons Why Leggings Are Better Than Pants

7 Reasons Why Leggings Are Better Than Pants

This post, 7 Reasons Why Leggings Are Better Than Pants, is in conjunction with Drugstore Divas’ LuLaRoe online pop up on December 8. Join the party here.

7 Reasons Why Leggings Are Better Than PantsI’ll be honest. I was never one of those “leggings are pants” people. I was all in on the notion that leggings are not pants unless you’re under three years old. In that case, your mom is worn out, needs more coffee than she has and more sleep than your little three-year-old self will allow, and if you’re wearing leg warmers, those will, indeed, count as pants.

But for a grown adult, nope. Pants are pants. And leggings are a trend.

I said this as a I had three pairs of solid colored leggings in my closet that would make the rotation under a long tunic or a dress on days when I was too lazy to put on actual pants.

And then a few months ago, someone sent me a very brightly patterned pair of LuLaRoe leggings and I thought, “Well these aren’t exactly pants, but they are so incredibly comfortable, I’m going to wear them on the regular.”

And I have. All the time. I still don’t believe that they’re pants … but I assure you, there are a ton of reasons why leggings are better than pants.

7 Reasons Why Leggings Are Better Than Pants

1. They’re more sympathetic to your need for sweets.
This time of year, you’re eating a few more sweets than the summer. You’re less concerned with a bikini body now than if someone is going to eat that last turkey-shaped cookie. I totally understand. Your waistline is a bit less understanding — and even less sympathetic are your pants. They don’t want to wrap your curves. They want to be buttoned. And sometimes, that pushes in on your stomach and it hurts.

Leggings don’t do that. They get you and your extra helping of mashed potatoes. And if you weigh just a little bit more this week than last week, leggings will stretch. No worries.

2. They help you suck it in.
We all have days when a control top sounds like a good idea. But jeans don’t have that. So you put on pants and then spend all day sucking in your stomach (which I did hear once is a good way to build up ab muscles, but it’s also exhausting).

Leggings are form fitting, so they will just suck you into them and keep you in place. Plus, they’re usually a wide range of sizes in one, so if you’re on the lower end, they go up pretty high and you look like you’ve been to the gym more often than you actually have.

3. They make you look bold.
Jeans come in various shades of blue, black, and gray. That’s about it. Dress pants are pretty much black or gray. And for some odd reason, I have a pair of gold ones. I must have been feeling pretty fancy that day, but not a single time in the ten years since because they’re still in my closet with the tags on.

Leggings come in solid colors. They also come in a ridiculous amount of patterns. So you look like the kind of fashion-forward person who knows all about matching prints and patterns.

Mommy and me leggings. Swoon!

4. They make your butt look good.
How many people’s butts look great in jeans? Not too many. And pants? Those hang in a way that can make your booty look invisible.

But leggings? They make your booty pop! And your hubby will love that.

5. They’re flexible.
Oh, wearing a pair of jeans is just so constricting. You’re not gonna be able to run and play and do flips in them — which is why parents avoid them with little kids.

And sure, you’re probably not going to be doing any gymnastics by yourself in your leggings. But you will probably be running around chasing your kid or trying to pull him out of the cabinet she climbed into the back of because, well, that’s what kids do. You can both be comfortable during these situations because there are actually Mommy & Me leggings too. They’re great for adventures, adorable for everyday life, and fun for family photos.

6. They’re basically pajamas.
It’s not really okay to wear your pajamas out in public. Pants are expected, not your cozy fleece pajama pants with dogs in Santa hats. If your kid forgot lunch at home, you don’t want to run into the school’s office to drop it off in those.

But leggings? They’re pretty much yoga pants (which is what I wear for pajamas) that are acceptable at the bank, the grocery store, anywhere you need to be (expect maybe the office; I think you still need pants there … unless you’re me and work at home. Then hello leggings).

7. You could win a pair from Drugstore Divas.
We don’t give away pants at Drugstore Divas. We never have. It’s just not something we’ve ever done here.

But leggings? Yup. You can win those. We are hosting a LuLaRoe online pop up right now with our friend Mallory. You can come join the event portion here and play games where you can win fun stuff (maybe LuLaCash or leggings!). Then, head over to Mallory’s LuLaRoe group here on December 8 at 8pm EST and Mallory will be posting all her inventory. She’ll have leggings, tops (my favorite is the baseball tee called a Randy), dresses, and more. Purchase what you love for yourself or for a friend for Christmas — or for your favorite blogger because the two pairs of LuLaRoe I own are not enough.

Be sure to tell us if you’re a Drugstore Divas reader! Can’t wait to see you at the party.

Already own LuLaRoe? Let us know your favorite reasons why leggings are better than pants in the comments!

25 Christmas Books for Kids

25 Christmas Books for Kids

Books are such a great Christmas gift idea. Check out these 25 Christmas Books For Kids on www.drugstoredivas.netI’m sitting here listening to Christmas music because it’s finally that time of year. I also ordered two Christmas gifts today, so the holiday must be right around the corner. If you’re trying to figure out what to get the children on your list, you’re in luck. I put together a list of 25 Christmas Books for Kids.

A lot of parents are doing books instead of a chocolate Advent calendar. It’s a little late to start that this year, but maybe for next year. For now, these books would just be really great stocking stuffers or gift ideas.

25 Christmas Books for Kids

  1. The Biggest Snowman Ever: By Steven Kroll
  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving: By Jan and Mike Berenstain
  3. The Littlest Elf: By Brandi Doughtery
  4. Merry Christmas Stinky Face: By Lisa McCourt
  5. The Christmas Wish: By Lori Evert
  6. How to Catch an Elf: By Adam Wallace
  7. How Santa Got his Job: By Stephen Krensky
  8. God Gave us Christmas: By Lisa Tawn Bergens
  9. How The Grinch Stole Christmas: By Dr. Seuss
  10. Laugh Out Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids: By Rob Elliot
  11. The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Book): By Patricia M. Scarry
  12. The bear Stays up for Christmas: By Karma Wilson
  13. Llama Llama Jingle Bells: By Anna Dewdney
  14. A Wish to be a Christmas Tree: By Colleen Monroe
  15. The Littlest Christmas Tree: By R. A. Herman
  16. Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas: By Jan and Mike Berenstain
  17. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: By Rick Bunsen
  18. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise: By Don Freeman
  19. The Christmas Story: By Jane Werner Watson
  20. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: By Barbara Robinson
  21. How to Catch Santa: By Jean Reagan
  22. Itsy Bitsy Snowman: By Jeffery Burton
  23. Merry Christmas Mon and Dad: By Mercer Mayer
  24. A Charlie Brown Christmas: By Charles M. Schulz
  25. Clifford’s Christmas: By Norman Birdwell
  26. The Polar Express: By Chris Van Allsburg
  27. Twas the Night Before Christmas: Clement Clarke Moore

Thanks for the list Frazzled N Frugal.

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Meatball Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Meatball Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Looking for a tasty meal to warm you up? Try these Meatball Stuffed Peppers from was cleaning off my car once, when we still lived in New York and it was snowing, when he got the idea that he wanted to make meatball stuffed peppers.

And then, hours later, we were eating his idea.

You can pretty much stuff peppers with anything that will fit inside a pepper (meats, veggies, and rice too). This time around, Pete stuffed them with a variation of his mom’s meatball recipe.

Now, you can use your own meatball recipe for this, but follow our instructions to stuff the peppers.

Meatball Stuffed Peppers

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 peppers (variety of red and green)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Two eggs
  • 1/2 cup Peccorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 20oz. ground turkey
  • 1 pack sausage
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

What You’ll Do:

Wash the peppers to remove all the pesticides and germs from other people grabbing them in the store, then cut the tops off, and spoon out the insides.


Measure out the dry ingredients and garlic.

Cut the casing off the sausage.


Incorporate the dry ingredients and the meat. Mix until blended (using your hands is the best way to go).

Put the meat to the side because now it’s time to season your peppers. Pete always says, “Season every step of the way.” I really thought that was overkill until I started watching the Food Network non-stop and realizing they say the same thing.

So season your peppers with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.


Stuff your peppers with the meatball mixture.


Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes on a foil-lined cookie sheet until your peppers are soft and your meat is cooked through.

Take your peppers out of the oven, cut them in half, top with sauce and cheese too. Then, serve and enjoy.

Meatball Stuffed Peppers
  1. 5 peppers (variety of red and green)
  2. 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  3. 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. Two eggs
  5. 1/2 cup Peccorino Romano cheese
  6. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  7. 20oz. ground turkey
  8. 1 pack sausage
  9. Salt
  10. Pepper
  11. Red pepper flakes
  1. Wash the peppers to remove all the pesticides and germs from other people grabbing them in the store, then cut the tops off, and spoon out the insides.
  2. Measure out the dry ingredients and garlic.
  3. Cut the casing off the sausage.
  4. Incorporate the dry ingredients and the meat. Mix until blended.
  5. Season your peppers with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Stuff your peppers with the meatball mixture.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes on a foil-lined cookie sheet until your peppers are soft and your meat is cooked through.
  8. Take your peppers out of the oven, cut them in half, top with sauce and cheese too.
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Giveaway: Win A $25 Firehouse Subs Gift Card (Ends 12/17)

Giveaway: Win A $25 Firehouse Subs Gift Card (Ends 12/17)

Warm up for the Holidays with Firehouse Subs ~ $25 Gift Card GiveawayFirehouse Subs is one of my favorite places to grab a sandwich. I go every year on my birthday (mostly because the shop gives out free subs for your birthday!). If you like the sub shop, you’re in luck. We’re joining with Tom’s Take On Things to give one lucky winner a $25 Firehouse Subs gift card.

Tom is the one sponsoring this giveaway. It’s open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is open now and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 17. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before another winner may be selected.

Good luck.

Drugstore Divas received no compensation for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Kmart: Possibly Free Shoes With 5,000 Shop Your Way Points ($5)

Kmart: Possibly Free Shoes With 5,000 Shop Your Way Points ($5)

kmartI think Shop Your Way is trying to single-handedly fund my Christmas shopping right now. Check your accounts and you might have 5,000 surprise points ($5) for a footwear purchase — and that can equal free shoes.

Log into your Shop Your Way account and then check your surprise points. If you have it, you’ll see 5,000 points for footwear with no minimum purchase required. I was looking at the sale shoes in my local store and there are a ton of slippers on sale for $5, like the Piper Girls’ Winky Face Yellow/Pink Slipper. This coupon works for them, so that’s great. They’re an adorable gift to give a little girl. Plus, they’re free, so that’s a great price for you. No girls on your shopping list? No worries. There are slippers for men and women priced at just $5 too.

Who are you picking up these free shoes for?

If you’re not a Shop Your Way member, join here for free. It’s Kmart and Sears’ free loyalty program. You’ll earn points on your purchases, plus get bonus point offers, exclusive coupons, and more. All your purchases at Kmart and Sears will earn you points. You can use those points on future purchases. Every 1,000 points is $1. Also, any Shop Your Way member with a personal shopper can get great coupons from their personal shoppers. Get yours by joining here so I can be your personal shopper — for free.