Thursday, December 3, 2020

Four Ways to Give the Gift of NJ Lottery for the Holidays

My father is a HUGE fan of the New Jersey Lottery and loves gifting tickets during the holiday season, especially the NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs.  Every year (since I’ve turned eighteen) I’ve always had lottery tickets to look forward to as a stocking stuffer from him.  I love to think of all the ways I would use the money if I ever hit it big with one of the tickets.  The practical way I’d use it would be to put it towards student loans and an upcoming trip I have, but the more frivolous way I’d spend it would be to purchase a bag during said trip.  This year though I’m excited to turn the tables and be the one gifting New Jersey Lottery Scratch-Offs to my friends and family, over the age of eighteen, as they offer the wonder of a wrapped gift, the entertainment of a game, and the potential for a large cash payout!

An added bonus when gifting NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs is how stress-free they are to give.  They are available to purchase at any brick and mortar lottery retailer, such as Wawa and QuickChek, so they’re easy to grab when you drop in for a cup of coffee or lunch.  This year the New Jersey Lottery has released four holiday themed Scratch-Offs with the purpose of gifting in mind.  These holiday tickets are a great gift because you can do something as simple as use them for stocking stuffers, which is always a hit in my experience, or you can get imaginative and create your own DIY project to make gifting the tickets more fun too.  Below I’m sharing with you a few different ways to give the gift of NJ Lottery this holiday season.

1. Decorate with NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs

This is perfect for people (over eighteen) to grab a lottery ticket off the tree while celebrating or to give the full tree as a gift.  For this idea in addition to the Scratch-Offs you’ll need a small pre-decorated Christmas tree and clothespins (I used sparkly ones).  To assemble this you simply attach the Scratch-Offs to the tree using the clothespins, which took me about five minutes to complete.  I then fanned out some of a different Holiday Scratch-Off around the bottom of the tree to add a little variety.  In the spirit of practicing social distancing this could also be placed on your front porch and friends and family can grab a ticket as they drop something off.

2. Attach Scratch-Off to a Gift

If you’re looking to add a little something to a gift you already have then this is the perfect idea for you!  With this easy idea all you have to do is attach an NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Off to the outside of a wrapped gift.  For gifts wrapped in bags you can just clip a Scratch-Off to the outside of the bag (I used another sparkly clothespin) and for gifts wrapped with paper you can slip a Scratch-Off under the gift’s ribbon to keep it in place.  This easy addition to any present adds something fun to make the gift extra special!

3. Add Something Special to Your Holiday Place Settings

This is a wonderful way to add a little pop to your holiday tablescape and my personal favorite way to give Scratch-Offs this season.  To create this I simply set my holiday table as I would without placing the napkins.  I then did a quick search on how to fold napkins (I used paper because that’s what I had, but you can use cloth as well), watched a short YouTube video, and decided which folding technique I liked best.  After folding the napkins instead of placing silverware inside of the pocket I placed two NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs and tucked the napkin between the plates.  This idea makes for a wonderful, yet unexpected surprise for those at the table to enjoy.

4. The Classic Stocking Stuffer

Did you know that even if the NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs you gift are not winners there is something the recipient can do with the tickets?  The Million Dollar Replay allows VIP Club members to enter eligible, non-winning Scratch-Offs into quarterly second chance drawings for a chance to be selected as one of four hundred quarter finalists who win a $250 prize and entry into the yearly Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win one of fifteen prizes ranging from $10,000 up to $1,000,000.  You can find more information on how to become a VIP Club member and how to participate in the Million Dollar Replay here

There are so many wonderful reasons to give the gift of NJ Lottery this holiday season that they are a must add to your holiday shopping list.  Have you ever given Holiday Scratch-Offs for a gift?  If you have and you have a unique way you gift them that’s not mentioned here let me know in the comments!

This is a paid partnership with New Jersey Lottery.  You must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket.   The New Jersey Lottery reminds players, it's only a game...remember to play responsibly.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER®.  For more information visit New Jersey Lottery.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gift Guide: Fashion

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Today I'm sharing a guide with the perfect gifts for the fashionista in your life!  After the beauty gift guide this one is always a favorite for me.  I tried to keep it budget friendly and everything is under $100 except for thisthis, and this.  For items under $50 make sure to checkout these, this, and this.

I included these, which are on my personal holiday wishlist - I did my research and they are supposed to be the best faux leather leggings!  These are one of my favorite gifts to both give and receive and while I linked the set here they come individually too.  I'm also a huge fan of this and eyeing it as a Christmas present to myself.

As I'm sure you can tell I always love shopping for girls who love fashion because I find them to be easy to buy for!  Hopefully this gift guide can help you out with all the fashionistas you need to get gifts for and if none of these work for you a gift card to Nordstrom never fails!



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Gift Guide: Beauty

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I did a poll on my InstaStories a few days ago to see what gift guide you guys wanted to see next and you voted for beauty!  As a lover of all things skincare and beauty this might just be my favorite gift guide to put together.  Everything here is either a favorite product of mine, like this and this, a recommendation from a trusted friend, like this, or from a brand I love, like this.

I love that around the holidays so many beauty companies release gift sets, like this and this, as they make for the perfect present.  My personal favorite beauty gift to give is this perfume sampler because it is an amazing value, super fun for the recipient, and becomes very personalized.  I'm also loving advent calendars, like this, this year since they are the gift that keeps on giving and provide a little mystery too.  There is something in this guide for everyone from the beauty novice to the beauty aficionado and anyone on your list is sure to love whatever you pick!



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gift Guide: Self Care

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This gift guide is for the person on your list who needs a little self care in their life (which is really all of us!).  It can be hard to remember to do something just for yourself, especially during the holidays, and these gifts will hopefully help the recipient remember to take time for themselves and recharge.  I think self care is so important and actually own quite a few of these like the bathrobe and eye mask and the water bottle is on my holiday wish list.  I also got a heated blanket as an early Christmas gift and think everyone needs one in their life because they're amazing and so cozy!  In addition to these gift ideas gift cards for nails, facials, massages, etc. are wonderful self care presents too.  Gifting any of the options here are sure to make for a happy and (hopefully) more relaxed recipient!


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Met Gala 2019 Gowns

The first Monday in May is always my favorite day in May because of the Met Gala.  Every year this extravagant event is held for the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its red carpet is fashion's biggest night of the year.  This year's exhibition is "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which also served as the theme of the gala.  For this unique and daring theme so many celebrities really brought their A-game and ran with the inspiration.  There were so many amazing looks and below I have put together all of my favorites for The Blush Blonde Met Gala Best Dressed List.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell  |  Kacey Musgraves in Moschino  |  Rachel Brosnahan in Erdem  |  Dakota Johnson in Gucci

Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs  |  Janet Mock in Alberta Ferretti  |  Gemma Chan in Tom Ford

Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture  |  Naomi Campbell in Valentino  |  Elle Fanning in Miu Miu

Constance Wu in Marchesa  |  Nina Dobrev in Zac Posen  |  Jennifer Lopez in Versace

Camila Mendes in Prabal Gurung  |  Kendall Jenner in Versace  |  Serena Williams in Atelier Versace

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton  |  Chloë Grace Moretz in Louis Vuitton  |  Poppy Delevingne in Dundas

Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang  |  Gisele Bündchen in Dior Haute Couture  |  Taylor Hill in Ralph Lauren

Bella Hadid in Moschino  |  Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton  |  Miley Cyrus in Saint Laurent   |  Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel Haute Couture

Aurora James in Brother Vellies  |  Gwyneth Paltrow in Chloé  |  Alexa Chung in Custom Alexa Chung  |  Julianne Moore in Valentino Haute Couture

Lucy Boynton in Prada  |  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Oscar de la Renta  |  Candice Swanepoel in Prabal Gurung

Which looks from the Met Gala were your favorites?


Friday, February 1, 2019

Hanky Panky Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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If you've been following for a while then you probably know about my love of Hanky Panky.  Their products make almost all (if not all) of my gift guides because they make my absolute favorite thongs that have I have been loving for over ten years now. Needless to say I'm so excited to be partnering with them to share this Valentine's Day Gift Guide with all of you!  My official gift guide is above and you'll be able to see images of me styling some of the pieces on social media over the next two weeks so make sure to keep an eye out for those (check out my first one here).

Whatever look you're going for this Valentine's Day, sexy, sweet, or somewhere in between, this guide has got you covered.  It's not just for those who are coupled up though - there are so many fun pieces on here that are great for those of us who are single too and it can also serve as your Galentine's Gift Guide (I gift their thongs all the time and everyone always loves them).  While I'm loving everything I've put together on this list I do have a few favorites I wanted to point out:

If you're looking to surprise your significant other for Valentine's Day this gorgeous set is perfect.  The ruffles and hearts add sweet touches, while the sheer fabric ups the sex appeal.  If you're looking for something along the same lines the Sweetheart Mesh Babydoll with G-String is another great option.

This is one of the sets that Hanky Panky sent over to me and I absolutely love it.  It's super comfortable and so easy to wear with just about anything.  They're also both sheer (less so then the Heartthrob set though), which adds a sexy touch.

If you're asking for or giving a gift any of the Hanky Panky Multi-Packs are the best.  They've put together a few different sets for Valentine's Day (in themed colors) that anyone would love to get.  The Thong Rose Bouquets are also such a fun and unique way to give multiple pairs of panties and they will last much longer than real flowers!

Last, but not least, I wanted to point this out for ladies who are not a fan of thongs.  This cheeky bikini has a keyhole on the butt, which makes it super sexy.  If you don't like thongs, I definitely recommend checking this out!

Who are you getting gifts for this Valentine's Day?

*I was gifted items from this list by Hanky Panky to facilitate my post, however opinions (and love of the brand) are all my own.