6 Email Newsletters Worth Subscribing To

I’m all about wanting to know when there’s a big sale going on, or there’s something important I need to know about, but after getting “BEST SALE EVER, TODAY ONLY!” emails (and from the same company) every single day, I’ve been left a little jaded. So naturally, now I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to signing up for new email lists and have been hitting the “unsubscribe” button a lot more lately.

On the flip side, there are some fantastic newsletters I’m happy to be on the receiving end of. And if you’re not subscribed to these, you might want to consider signing up!


  1. theSkimm – Hands down, my favorite newsletter. Hitting your inbox each weekday morning, theSkimm highlights the big news you need to know about, in a quick, easy-to-read and understand format.
  2. Levo League – With this career/lifestyle newsletter, you’ll receive tips on unplugging, freelancing, saving for major milestones, and more!
  3. Daily Worth – DW is for all the ambitious ladies who want more. More money, success, and personal growth, that is. It’s a great one, all around!
  4. Now I Know – This is the latest one I’ve subscribed to. Each weekday, you’ll get an email with info on a random, but interesting topic. Examples of past topics include: how turkey (the bird/food) got it’s name, the fact that carrots used to be purple, and that Lincoln created the secret service the day he was shot.
  5. The Muse – This is a great resource for anyone searching for a job, or looking to improve in their current one. The newsletter contains articles on how to find your passion, all kinds of business tools/skills, and management/culture. Basically if you work, this one’s for you.
  6. BarkPost – It’s no secret that I’m a dog person, and if you are too, this is the newsletter for you! Filled with helpful information (e.g. summer hazards), sweet stories, and hysterical dog stories/memes/gifs, this is one of my favorite to scroll through!

Do you subscribe to any of these? What are your favorite e-newsletters?


Fun Findings Friday #134

I can’t believe today’s the last day of July, how is that even possible?!  This weekend’s going to be a busy one for me! Tomorrow is the birthday of both my mom and youngest sister, so obviously, lots of celebrating will be happening. We do birthdays pretty big in my family! We’ve also been dealing with some insane rain in Tampa the past week, so I’m hoping for a little sunshine!

The World’s Best Travel Jacket (BauBax)

I don’t often spotlight Kickstarter projects, but this is one I’m pretty excited about! Calling their product “the world’s best travel jacket,” BauBax is available in four styles: sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber, and blazer. With features like a built-in inflatable neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, and koozie drink pocket (to name a few), it’s easy to see how it got the title. This project has already raised well over $3 MILLION of it’s $20k goal and will ship in November. You can still get on board with this project for another month too to lock in a cheaper price. I’m torn between the bomber and windbreaker. What do you think?

Photo credit: BauBax

How to Swear Around the World

This book ($9.25) seems so entertaining! If you’re looking for a gag or humor gift for a friend, I think this is it. I don’t have it myself, but after flipping through a few pages, I could easily think of a ton of people would would appreciate this one. Some of the phrases are really amusing, trying to pronounce!

Photo credit: Amazon

Harry Potter Tube Map

Happy birthday to Harry Potter and JK Rowling! In honor of their birthdays, it’s only appropriate to include a Harry Potter-related find today! Love this illustration of the world of Harry Potter, if you could travel by tube/subway. If only we could actually hop on the line! So funny!

Credit: Charlie Mock

Don’t forget, today’s the last day to enter to win the 8GB Eyefi Mobi memory card, as well as the 3-item giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

BarkBox: July 2015 Review

It’s BarkBox time again! Sheba couldn’t wait to dive in (as usual) as soon as I carried her BarkBox through the front door. Upon opening the box up, we discovered it was Circus-themed, which sounded like it was filled with great potential – Sheba’s nose seemed to think so too.

Butcher’s Block Beef Knee Cap ($3)

Saying/thinking about the name of this product makes me cringe a little bit (can we work on renaming, BarkBox?). That aside, I’m happy to know that Sheba’s indulging in an all-natural treat (especially since it’s pretty big) that’s made in the US!

Encore Firehouse Dog Toy ($15)

I was really disappointed to find this frisbee-like toy in our box this month, after a BarkBox rep informed me that Sheba’s profile was updated to not receive any chew-type toys. While this isn’t necessarily a chew toy (more of a tug/toss one), it still doesn’t fall into either of the two categories of toys she plays with – rubber balls and furry toys with squeakers, so off to the donate pile this one goes.

FeelGood Trail Blazin’ Bits ($6)

Treats from FeelGood are included often in BarkBox (or maybe we’ve just seen them a lot since we’ve subscribed for quite some time now), but Sheba’s not a fan of them. I’m not sure if it’s the texture or the taste (maybe both?) of the treats, but we didn’t even give them a try this time. These will be donated as well!

BarkMade Chicken Biscuits ($8)

The packaging on these treats was the best! Popcorn is one of my favorite foods – and a staple at the circus, so these fit perfectly with the theme. Although there’s no popcorn in this cup, Sheba’s been gobbling these treats up like there’s no tomorrow!

BarkMade Circus Elephant ($13)

My favorite item in the box was this adorable Circus Elephant, made exclusively for BarkBox! Sheba’s pulled it out from her toy basket a few times, but I’m starting to think she thinks it’s just as adorable, because she hasn’t torn it up like most of her other favorite fluffy toys. I’m thinking it’s a new way of endearment, like she pulls the shoes off one of my old Build-a-Bears and knocks it onto the ground, but never (thankfully) destroys it.

Weirdly, the info card that came in our box didn’t match up with most of the items received. Not sure if that means we received the wrong items, or the wrong card. Either way, we were 3/5 this month on the like/dislike scale. Not terrible, but I’m hoping we start going back to the 4 or 5/5 days soon. Our donate pile is starting to get pretty big!

Don’t mind Sheba’s “serious” face (a rare occurrence) – she’s still getting use to the sound/flash on the DSLR camera!

Are you a BarkBox subscriber? What did you/your pup think of this month’s box?

App of the Month: Goodreads + Giveaway

I’ve mentioned before that I really want to step my reading game up this year. I used to love reading in high school, but my reading tapered off in college and hasn’t been too strong thanks to Netflix, working, Internet browsing, social activities, etc.

It seems all it took was the right book to kick my reading habits back into gear at the end of last year, the gripping Gone Girl.

To help me keep track of my reading accomplishments, what I want to read, how far along I am in my current book, etc., I’ve been using Goodreads!

First and foremost, I like keeping tracks of the current book I’m reading. It’s always exciting to watch that progress bar go up! Another progress indicator? The “my books” section, where you can show books you’ve read and rate them, to help other users choose a book. You can also keep tabs on the ever-growing list of books you want to read, just in case you forget!

The Goodreads newsfeed is nicely streamlined. You can interact with your friends, liking or commenting on their reading status updates, see what other friends are reading/want to read, and receive recommendations from the app itself.

Also cool? The “reading challenge” tab. I love being able to see how I’m doing with my challenge for the year, as well as keeping tabs on how my friends are doing with theirs, and what kind of challenges they’ve set for themselves.

A few highlights of other app features? You can browse recommended books, find new friends/groups, and see the best books from last year.

In addition to the app, Goodreads is also available online via your desktop/mobile browser. Always helpful to be able to access the content, no matter where!

Do you use Goodreads? Let’s be friends!

Also, that giveaway I noted in the title of this post? Let’s get to it!

This giveaway is hosted by Anna, Llinos, Fia and Rachel.
Win one of these three fabulous prizes:

1) Benefit’s Beyond Bronze kit for complexion, lips and eyes. This kit features everything you need to get your summer glow on including minis of Benefit’s famous Hoola bronzer, Dew the Hoola liquid bronze, Benebalm hydrating tinted lip balm, They’re Real! mascara and Hoola Ultra Plush lip gloss.

2) An eCopy of Anna by Fia Essen:

Synopsis: Radical life changes and too much champagne at a high altitude can take a girl to the most interesting places. Anna’s journey is just getting starting when she takes a chance on a new friendship of the handsome male variety and winds up in a tiny village in Crete. It turns out, she’s not the only one who has that idea.

3) An eCopy of Ariel by Fia Essen:

Synopsis: Ariel Morton’s life was perfect…until it wasn’t. Now she’s stuck in a rut. At the age of thirty-four, she has a dead-end job, a rented hovel of a home and a rising stack of unpaid bills to keep her company.

Just when Ariel is starting to fear she’ll never get her life back on track, she is contacted by the mysterious Muse Agency. Suddenly, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself and everyone around her.

Who is Ariel? And what does she want? The truth is she can’t answer those questions. And finding those answers is the only way out of her rut.

This giveaway is open internationally, with the exception of the make-up palette which is ONLY open to those living in the US, UK or Canada.

One winner be selected for each item.

Must be 18 to enter or 13 with a parents’ permission.

Entries are done via Rafflecopter and will be verified. NOTE that each action will gain you ONE entry. This means to enter you do not have to do every single item.

Giveaway ENDS August 1.


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