Monday, July 12, 2021

My Top Favorites Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 #NordstromStyling #NSale

#NordstromStyling #NordstromAnniversarySale #Nsale #StayNspired

*I will receive compensation from items purchased from my lists*

Nordstrom is my heart! As a child my Mother shopped there for my shoes and clothing. As an adult I shop there for my whole family. (I even work there!!)

I might be frugal but that in no means defines me as cheap! I LOVE good brands but I NEED to get a good deal. That is where the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale steps in.

The Anniversary sale is the biggest sale of the year full of Fall and Winter Fashions. Of course stuff for now like sandals, dresses and stuff for home but this is when I shop Fall/Winter and Christmas. The sale is first available for Nordstrom credit card holders from July 12th - July 27th, depending on your level you can start shopping on different days. July 28th it opens up to the public and anyone can shop!

I have made a list of my top 9 favorite items for varies different categories. I have seen this sale up close for the last 9 years and know if you want it buy it right away since things sell out fast! I will be on Instagram for the blog sharing and streaming different items I see in the store near me.

Feel free to message me on Instagram if you have any questions about an item.

I have a few brand favorites that I included my must haves: Ugg & Timberland

If you are planning for a new child in your life or shopping for someone who is the Baby items on the sale are at a great savings. The sale features some of the top brands in Baby Gear like Nuna, UPPAbaby, Bugaboo, Stokke, Cybex and Maxi-Cosi. 

Baby Gear

Baby Must Haves

Baby Boy

Baby Girl

Baby Boy 12-24 Months

Baby Girl 12-24 Months

Baby / New Walker Shoes

Clothing for the kids in your life can be purchased at great discounts during the sale. A good way to get your back to school shopping started. Timberland, Nike, Adidas, NorthFace, Vans, Converse and so much more!

Boy Clothing 2T-7

Girl Clothing 2T-7

Girls Clothing

Boys Clothing

Girl Shoes

Boy Shoes

The Women's section is the most fun to post about! I find some many items that I want. My birthday and wedding anniversary are on the horizon so I definitely use that as an excuse to shop for ME! I buy gifts for the Holidays, Hostess Gifts and Birthdays during the event as well. Planning ahead and saving money is a win going into the holidays when most items are sold out.

Women's Boots

Women's Athletic Shoes

Women's Comfy Shoes

Women's Clothing

Women Purses

Women Self Care

The Men's Sale is where I spoil my husband! I think he likes to shop more than me sometimes!!! He takes great care of his skin, dresses casual and comfy. I added some of my favorites and customer favorites.

Men's Clothing

Men's Accessories

Men's Shoes

Men Self Care 

A home is where the heart is yes, but also where your stuff is! Let it be stuff that brings you joy. The feel of a home sets the tone for all other aspects of your life. I added my favorite coffee, cleaning, cooking and decor items to my lists. I also added a list for Gifts.


Gifts Under $50

What are your top Wish List Items?
What great items have you purched?

I love seeing what everyone is buying!!!


Friday, April 23, 2021

Immortals Fenyx Rising Video Game Review #Gamer #UbiStars

 *We are UbiStars game reviews and sent a digital copy of this game for review*

Immortals Fenyx Rising is an uplifting and witty take on the open world action-adventure genre and is full of rewarding exploration through dynamic traversal. Sprint across open fields, climb enormous mountains and glide through the skies to discover all the secrets of each region inspired by the Greek gods across the Golden Isle. Immortals Fenyx Rising by Ubisoft is rate T for Teen. 

My son played this game the most out of all of us! He wrote a great review. He has been learning about writing opinion papers in school. A game review was the perfect opportunity to blend school and entertainment. An added bonus was he wanted to learn more about the history behind some of the gods. Games and schooling for a win!!!

Review by my son:

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a very good game! I love how there is a dialogue between parts of the game play story that goes on as you play. I feel like the game could have more Gods like Artemis the Goddess of the hunt or Cerberus the warden of the underworld. If the game had more DLC content like the recently released Chinese Mythology that would be awesome. I like that the game play is a similar in this DLC but has different Chinese legends like NuWa. I feel there is a need to keep adding DLC content to keep the game interesting with replay value.

The game has fantastic features like the wings that allow you to soar through the skies and it lets you double jump. The climbing is great and reminds me of BOTW (Breath of the Wild, Legend of Zelda). The game feels somewhat like a Assassins' Creed for the younger gamers. It even has Gods you can interact with. In the beginning of the story you talk to Hermes where he begs you to help him through the temple of Gods. In the end of the story everybody is turned from good to bad by the final boss. It is similar to Gannon in the BOTW game. 

The combat is AMAZING! I love that there is light and heavy attacks but more weapon options are needed. Also you should be able to breed, groom and customize your own horse but I am not sure how to actually get a horse in the game! I bought the Adventure Time bundle that came with a hat, armor, Phosphor skin and a horse that is a Unicorn. The fact that there is crossover bundles is awesome, I hope more are coming soon.

The customization for Fenyx is wonderful. I can get it to look just like me, but it would be great if they had more hairstyles. 

Last but not least the godly powers are great! For example, Hercules strength allows you to pick up nearly anything in the game and throw it. Apollo's arrow allows you to control the flight path of the arrow therefore you can see from a camera on the arrow. More godly powers would be cool too. Like Mercury's speed or something within Greek mythology. 

I want you guys at Ubisoft to take your time, make it the best game possible because I love Ubisoft as a company. Why? because you guys gave us great titles like Rayman, Trails, Assassins' Creed and the greatest of all Brawlhalla, which I still play to this day! I am sorry for how long it took me to write my review. I have school and well I really had to do a playthrough to learn how great of a game Immortals Fenyx Rising is.

P.S. Thank you for choosing us for UbiStars!



(You can download a free demo for the game HERE)


Monday, February 8, 2021

Eternal Sensations Candle and Soap Giveaway #smallbusiness #shoplocal #Sacramento

Last year taught me the importance of self care. In the midst of stay at home orders, the fear of the unknown and unrest in the world had me stressed beyond words. Taking the time to sit for a meditative moment with a candle lit or a relaxing bath with scented soaps saved my mental well being. I am very selective with the products I use on my body and in the environment around me. When my dear sweet friend Joanna told me of her new candle and soap business Eternal Sensations that she started with her husband was all about self care I needed to know more about it. 

The special touch to Eternal Sensations candles are the wooden wicks. These create a soothing wood crackle sound as you burn them. They are made of natural wood and give a more clean burn than traditional candles. The wax that makes up the candles is a bees wax coco creme composed of bees wax, coconut, soy and palm oils. The burn time on the candles are 35-40 hours for 6.5 oz and 40-60 hours on 12 oz.

Lavender Lady is my favorite candle made by Eternal Sensations. I always find lavender soothing. This candle also has hints of chamomile and eucalyptus that make the scent special. This candle would be perfect for an Easter gift or Mother's Day gift. This candle is available for the introductory price of $11.50 for 6oz.

The Body Bar soaps by Eternal Sensations have a unique blend of donkey milk, goat milk, shea butter, African shea butter with jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp oil and almond oil. This unique blend gives the body bars soap a nice bubbly moisturizing lather. 

The Pacific Coast Body Bar has the scent of ocean air, healing properties of eucalyptus blended with sea salt and donkey milk. This bar would be the perfect gift for someone who is missing the beach right now. This Body Bar is available for the introductory price of $5.

The Exfoliating Bars made by Eternal Sensations have an aloe base with goat or coconut milk giving you a crisp clean feeling. I LOVE products that include honey, like the OH Honey & Oats Scrub bar. The scent of this soap is like roasted almonds. A natural scrub bar is a good addition to your beauty regimen. I like to use one on my feet after a long day at work. 

One of my favorite scrub bars made by Eternal Sensations is the On the Grind Coffee Scrub Bar. The scent is like hot coco and has coffee grinds to exfoliate the skin. This bar is a perfect bar for your morning shower! This Body Scrub Bar is available for the introductory price of $6.

Meet Joanna! She is the brains and beauty behind the company Eternal Sensations. Her products are handmade and based in Sacramento CA. Here is the introduction about her and her company from her website:

"Hiya Guys & Dolls! Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with Fashion, Photography, Soaps & Candles. So it's only fitting that my Passion For Fashion, wasn't the only passion overflowing in my life in 2020! Since getting MARRIED to the Love of my life last October, I have decided that enough is enough! I don't know about you guys, but I have an Double EYE BROW alarming amount of... well sorry to say, but bad body products and half used chalk smelling candles under my sink!! I had to really have a heart to heart with myself and dump the overpriced goodies. So with the help of my Amazing Husband, we started this amazing journey that I'm so glad we get to go on together. We at Eternal Sensations are committed to giving you a Quality, Natural product that will not only be good for your outer skin, but make your soul shine & crackle just like our Wood Wick Candles."


To celebrate the launch of Eternal Sensations I am hosting a giveaway. One of our lucky readers will win their choice of one 6oz. candle and one soap. Winner can select the scent of candle and soap. 

Enter below by clicking the Rafflecopter form:

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*Giveaway Limited to U.S. residents 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts February 8, 2021 and ends on February 28, 2021 at 12:01 am PST. Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. The opinions on this item are 100% mine and may vary from others. The sponsor is responsible for providing the prize.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Recipe

I am not a vegan but I do enjoy trying different styles of cooking and trying new ways to eat delicious food. Last month my son and I had a "lets eat cake" kinda day to celebrate it just being a generally awesome day of life. We looked at our ingredients and realized we did not have any eggs or butter on hand. We did have olive oil and coco powder. I went on a Google mission to see what recipes I could come up with to make my own spin on Vegan Chocolate Cake.

I found a great recipe on Veg Recipes of India and gave it my own flare adding the peanut butter powder and using olive oil. Dassana explains the key to the eggless cake is the way the acidity of lemon juice interacts with the baking soda. I used white vinegar because I did not have lemon juice, her recipe is very adaptable.

Stir all dry ingredients together in one bowl.

In a separate bowl from dry ingredients dissolve the sugar in cold water before adding the olive oil, vinegar and vanilla. It is important to the finished cake that you dissolve the sugar completely.

Mix your favorite brand of powdered peanut butter with water for 1/4 cup of peanut butter.

Mix the dry and wet ingredients together excluding the peanut butter. I decided to make one cake just chocolate and the other with the peanut butter. I added the peanut butter to only one pan by putting it on top of the batter and swirling with a spoon.

Drizzle with chocolate sauce on top and enjoy!

This cake was a huge hit for my co-workers and family. It is moist and delicious! 

You can find the complete recipe with ingredient list and instructions at Eggless Chocolate Cake by Dassana

Friday, January 18, 2019

Valentine's Day Treats: Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Peanut Butter Frosting #valentinesday #cupcakes #recipes

~Post by Patricia

One of my very favorite food combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. I love it so much but wanted something more that just my favorite candy to enjoy.

Cupcakes are always welcomed by friends and family, so these were the perfect answer to a quick dessert, and also satisfied my chocolate and peanut butter craving.

The peanut butter frosting on these cupcakes is made with cream cheese, a frosting that I enjoy making and my family really loves.

The chocolate cupcakes is an easy recipe, and I always think homemade tastes so much better than boxed mix.

And if you keep the baking essentials well stocked in your pantry, you can be ready to bake so many yummy treats as a moments notice.

I made these cupcakes just for fun to have for dessert. My family loved them, and this recipe is definitely a keeper.

Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients for cupcakes:

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Directions for cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with paper liners.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Beat well. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake in preheated oven 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients for frosting:

1/2 cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions for frosting:

With an electric mixer on low speed, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and confectioners' sugar in a bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes.
With a small spatula, frost cupcakes and sprinkle with peanuts.

Makes 18 cupcakes.
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