Look! I drove a compact minivan!

Mazda5

Yep, it’s another car review and I’m excited about this one because I had never even heard of this car. Once again, Drive Shop has been so wonderful in providing me with this Mazda 5 to test drive for a week. 

I totally thought a sedan would be pulling up but no, the Mazda5 is really more of an extended sedan. And it’s more than family-friendly because this car can seat 6! You can’t really see this at first glance and honestly, I feel like the seats in the back are probably most comfortable for little ones, but still…no parent will ever scoff at additional seating! Especially when it comes in a vehicle that won’t have you making life decisions at the gas pump. The Mazda5’s gas mileage is similar to what my current sedan gets at 21 city MPG/28 highway MPG. I found that this car was perfect for so many different types of people and families.

Sunroof

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Insane MAC Cosmetics Discount!

MAC Cosmetics

Girl. I can’t tell you the last time I walked into a MAC Cosmetics store. I mean, shoot…I haven’t even been to the website in a little over a year. My obsession with the brand fizzled out when I discovered other brands. You know, because for a while I only had eyes for MAC.

But lemme tell you something…they’ve been doing some things to their website since I last visited  and whooooa! Not only does it look good but it has inspired me to do some shopping. Maybe. I mean, we’ll see. A good little discount code is definitely making shopping a lot more appealing. Check this out.

If you use the code MACFAN1, you will get $10 off when you spend $50 or more. 

I haven’t seen a promo like that from them um…ever. So hey, get in while the getting is good, babes. This expires on June 22, 2015 and I don’t believe those with PRO discounts are able to use that code. 

Now riddle me this…what should I get? No, really. Some foundation, maybe? A pretty lippy? Tell me!

 

Girl Scouts Continue With Healthy Habits

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts. Yours truly used to be a Girl Scout. From the time I was about 7 years old until I was 13, I experienced so much of my life through that organization. The memories are plentiful! The camping, the trips, the cookie selling… I REALLY loved being a Girl Scout. I’m excited to know that Girl Scouts in steadily doing fantastic things. In a recent partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has put together healthy habits booklets to help readers get a better idea of how they incorporate energy balance in all that they do.

Healthy Weight Commitment

These booklets are absolutely FREE and are intended to inspire and encourage Girl Scouts (and really anyone…) to lead healthy lifestyles. I find this to be perfect timing because while younger girls and teens may get in the habit of not doing much physical activity thanks to technology, these booklets will not only help them get moving in achievable ways but help them understand the importance of steady movement. When I was a Girl Scout we went on a loooot of camping trips and nothing exerts more energy in the Florida sun that camping. From the hiking to the putting up of tents and trekking back and forth to outhouses, camping was extremely physical. I’m so glad to see that Girl Scouts are still camping. I can’t wait to get Elle into her first Girl Scouts troop.

Girl Scouts

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to appreciate the information that these booklets offer. In addition to these booklets, the Together Counts Program by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation has developed a principle called Energy Balance. It helps girls understand how to balance the calories they consume and the calories they expend. It’s best to understand this type of stuff at a young age, right?

For more information, you can visit the Together Counts website and follow Girl Scouts all over Facebook and Twitter.


FTC Disclosure: This sponsored post is through Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts All thoughts and opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for reading sponsored content!

That Thing About Goals…

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We are almost halfway through 2015. My mind is buggin’ because shoot, man…wasn’t it JUST January like, yesterday? That whole time is flying thing is such an understatement. 

Last year, I had this epiphany when I was scrolling on Facebook on New Year’s Eve. So many folx were putting up updates about how badly the year went for them. Awful things happened. Things they wanted to happen but didn’t, deaths, layoffs, breakups…just all around depressing stuff. Many claimed that the entire year was horrible and they were anxiously awaiting the start of a new year. I fail to have that philosophy and while I’m not knocking those that do, I’d much rather have the Glass is Half Full mentality.

And trust me, this ain’t easy because as a Capricorn, I am natural pessimist. 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 153

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Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Aprill swatches a few of the lipsticks from the MAC The Matte Lip Collection, you have to see these!

Love for Lacquer – Jess shares how you can get your own spa experience at home! PLUS enter for a chance to win a $250 Ulta Gift Card! Treat Yo Self!

My Beauty Bunny – Reviewing beauty products isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. This week Beauty Bloggers Get Real and discuss their faves and fails, and the hits and misses this season.

My Newest Addiction – Laura has been obsessed with the >MAC Extra Dimension eyeshadows and she shows us her 3 favorite neutrals from the In Extra Dimension collection. DROOLWORTHY!

Nouveau Cheap – Remember those L’Oreal limited edition Le Matte and La Lacque lip pencils that came and went in the blink of an eye back in 2013? Well if you never did get your hands on them back then, I have good news for you. They’re BACK, and they’re permanent!

Prime Beauty – shares her Ten Favorite Summer Tip and Beauty Products! Are any of your favorites on this list?

Phyrra – Which palette is a must have – the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette or Kat Von D Innerstellar? You decide!

we heart this – I know we’re all freaking out over the Urban Decay Smoky palette, but did you pick up an Afterglow Blush yet? Check out the swatches, and grab your wallet, because they really are amazing.

Beautygeeks – Our ManiGeek gets real with Colour Prevails creator Nonie Creme, and uncovers a fifth-grade tidbit that makes a lot of sense.

Clumps of Mascara – loooooves butter LONDON. And the color red. Check out this giveaway.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

How do you make your lip colour stay put?

B says, “Prayer. Ha! Truthfully, though…I don’t think anything really helps with lipstick longevity.”

What about you? 

See you next week!

Get in the Groove and Love Life

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The blink Marketing Network and State Farm and all opinions are my own.

Get in the Groove

 

Good ole’ Clumps has been around for almost 8 years and y’all have been with me through so much. I’ve had so many exciting life changes in those 8 years. I went from being a freshly graduated single gal in California to being all professional’ish, married and someone’s mama. That last one still shocks because seriously…I had a kid? And I eloped? And I ran 10 races last year? Basically, life just keeps steadily increasing in many departments and I’m just grateful to continue to get a breath to see it happening. 

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butter LONDON Summer Goodies + Giveaway

As usual, my obsession with butter LONDON is continuing. And likely won’t be stopping. I’m cool with that. I received a box of these red cosmetics and it took everything in me to not wake my sleeping toddler. Because y’all know I LOVE red. Looky looky!

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Yes ma’am. Yes sir. Take a peek at these babies and then get ready to press your luck because I’ll be giving away everything you see here to one lucky reader. And anywhere in the world!

butter LONDON cosmetics

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The HolBOX Review – My Kind of Subscription Box

I haven’t been riding the subscription box train for awhile. I mean, truthfully…when you are the opposite of a hoarder, more random products that you probably won’t use not only clutters your space but also seem pointless if you’re already beauty blogger. However, when a gal pal told me about The HolBOX, I knew I had to at least give this box a whirl.

HOLBox

First of all, ignore the fact that I have found a way to justify bringing MOAR items up in my house, but here’s why HolBOX is different. You ready? This box is designed for women who want to live a more holistic life. The products featured aren’t just beauty-related. In fact, many have multipurpose uses that can be used for the body (in and out), household, hair, etc. You get 5-7 full size samples of goodies that come to you wrapped in a beautiful piece of fabric that can used for the head or however you see fit. See!! Not just your average beauty box…

The HOLBox

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