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Red Envelope Review

I love shopping for someone until I find the perfect gift for them. I am always on the look out and it’s common to find a Christmas gift as early as January. Overall, Rob is a really easy guy to shop for. This past Christmas was a little difficult though. Not being around the months leading up to Christmas I couldn’t jot down things he said he wanted in passing.

Since I like to always have one “wow” gift, it was perfect that I was introduced to Red Envelope while attending a conference in Chicago. Truthfully, I had never heard of Red Envelope prior to the event (sorry guys!). It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed learning about the company and meeting some of the behind the scene faces.

Red Envelope is all about the gift of giving. They pride themselves in searching out unique and often exclusive products that create a special moment when opened. You can find unique gifts, exceptional quality at affordable prices for just about anyone and any occasion. With the option of gift monogramming and personalization, you can give someone a gift they will never forget and never want to re-gift!

Having trouble figuring finding that perfect gift? You can live chat or call to get knowledgeable gift advice. Don’t forget to follow Red Envelope along on Facebook  and  Twitter for the latest updates and sales.

Red Envelope was gracious enough to let the attendees pick a gift of our choice for someone special.  I laid my eyes on a leather excursion messenger bag and knew I wanted to surprise Rob with it on Christmas. A majority of commuters in NOVA take public transportation to work via buses or the metro. Sometimes that means packed, standing room only commutes. While browsing the Red Envelope site I saw this leather messenger bag and new it would be the perfect replacement to Rob’s ratty orange backpack.

Rob loves the optional and easily removable shoulder strap to fit his needs. The front pockets need two hands to open but that is a plus for a commuter to keep valuables safe. He also loved the personalization on the bag which just gives it an extra little class. There is plenty of room for his lunch and the inside pockets help him organize his other travel necessities.

Soooo much better than a ratty orange backpack, right?!?

I couldn’t help but browse earlier today to see if anything caught my eye. I wasn’t surprised when I found a few perfect gifts from some special occasions coming up.

And don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I am having trouble deciding which one is my favorite. Ya know, if I was to get myself a gift 🙂


The Happiest 5k On The Planet

I have never really considered myself a runner. In high school, we had to run in gym class every 3rd day and I truly dreaded it. I wasn’t in the best shape in high school. Mix that with my lack of popularity and it was just another way for others to make fun.
When I was finishing up my masters, I visited GWU in DC during the cherry blossom season. I fell in love with the city and knew it was the right place for me. In December of ’09, I decided to start training for their annual Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I was so nervous to run but I had a ton of people there supporting me and I did it. I ran the whole thing! I have to admit, running races are kind of addictive 🙂

I haven’t done much running lately BUT, I decided it was time to get back on the saddle and I am really looking forward to November 17th, 2013. A good friend and I will be running a hip new race called The Color Run! I knew this was a run I wanted to do once I saw a picture of him after he ran it last year. 

I guess I should take a second to explain his title. Tim, aka husband #2, is life long friends with Rob. They grew up together, played soccer, got into trouble, helped each other survive high school and remained close throughout college and after. Tim was the best man in our wedding and even came on our honeymoon (we invited anyone that wanted to come). He got his nickname on our honeymoon actually. He is the one that dances with me at weddings and bars. He also checked in on me when Rob was deployed last year. 
The Color Run, also known as The Happiest 5k On The Planet, made its debut in January 2012. It has become one of the hippest new races almost doubling in number of races and participates this year. 
One of the things I love most about The Color Run is that it is an event for anyone. It’s main goal is to promotes HAPPY, HEALTHY, INDIVIDUALS of all running levels, ages and fitness levels. There are no winners or race times. It’s all about the FUN! I mean, how could you not have fun getting sprayed with colored cornstarch 😉 
This is the perfect even for a group of friends or family to spend some quality time together, getting dirty, and having a blast. While you’re getting all dolled up, the proceeds from the race go to a local charity in each city. 
Still don’t believe it’s a good time? Check this out! 

Yeah, I thought that would help you see it my way 😉

Enter the promo code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off your online registration. Don’t wait though, these races are selling out FAST! You can also get an additional $5 off if you register with a group of 4 or more.


{Review} Picture Keeper

I just love it when amazing companies team up to offer more great products at fantastic prices. If you follow my family and I along over at Cherry Blossom Love, you may have seen a review and giveaway I hosted for MailPix. MailPix is an affordable high quality online printing service. It’s free to sign up and you even get 100 free 4×6 prints when you register. If you sign up using your Facebook account, you have instant access to your photo albums.

Check out some of my absolute favorite products they offer in addition to prints!

Each Picture Keeper comes with instructions however, it really does all the work for you! You just plug it in and it will automatically start locating your picture files. There is no software to install or account to create. If you get stuck, they have a comprehensive Q&A page with their most common questions.

Picture Keepers are compatible with both PC and Macs. It will transfer your pictures using the same folder and file names. Need to add more files to your Picture Keeper? It will automatically update only new pictures to prevent any duplicates.

Picture Keeper offers several sizes to fit your needs. Not sure what size you really need? They have step by step instructions to help you decide!

MailPix and Picture Keeper have joined forces and you can now get a Picture Keeper 4 (PK4) for FREE with any purchase from MailPix. Just pay S&H and receive this $30 value free. Once you have completed your purchase on MailPix, you will receive a unique coupon code on your confirmation page.

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