BCBS Vouchers

A few weeks ago I just happened to be clicking around the Blue Cross Blue Shield NC website (Blue Connect) and saw something that said in free gift cards.

I clicked.

I earned free gift cards.

If you watch a 3 minute interactive video about your insurance plan, you get a voucher in the mail for 25 points. If you update your contact information, you get a second voucher for 15 points.

When they arrived in the mail, I went to the rewards page to redeem them and found that each point is worth $1 and you can choose which gift cards you want! I redeemed both vouchers for Amazon gift cards. The gift cards are electronic so I was able to redeem them that same day.

I used the vouchers towards a new top and an air tight container for my puppy’s dog food. The top was $18.99 and the container was reduced to $17.15. Those vouchers went a long way to covering these purchases!

If you have a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policy, go online and log in. Click around a bit. You might just earn free gift cards!

TARGET FOR THE SWIM WIN

Last weekend I had the most incredible luck at Target in my home town. The swim displays at the front were completely depleted, but when I walked back to the changing rooms, I found loads of swimwear in my size. I tried a few things on and they fit!

From the store, I purchased two bikini tops and one pair of bottoms.

Striped Bikini Top | Polka Top Bandeau Top | Hipster Bottoms

I also purchased two athletic tops. All of the items were on sale through he Cartwheel app. I have misplaced my receipt, but the total was originally $90 something and the Cartwheel app promotions brought the total down to $77.64. I would have spent that much or more on just 1 bathing suit anywhere else!

There were a few other bathing suits in the store that I didn’t find in my size so I purchased them online a few days later.

Green Top | Green Bottom | Striped Bottom | Blue Top | Blue Bottom

Because I couldn’t find the striped bottom to match the top I purchased in the store, that was my first search on the Target website. I had worn my polka dot bathing suit over the Memorial Day weekend and loved the fit. I saw that it came in a gorgeous blue and green  color so I found them online and bought them too!

The original total for my online order was $90.95, but a 20% off promotion they were running for Memorial Day brought the total down to $77.64. That’s a lot of swimwear for less than $80!

I hadn’t purchased a new swim suit in a long time and my old ones were shot so I needed a few new suits.

JUNE WISH LIST

I haven’t purchased a single item from my May wish list because I have been a bit distracted this month working towards a much bigger purchase.

A few months ago, I was at a full stop at a stop sign waiting for an opportunity to make a left turn when an elderly woman turned into my lane and hit my VW Jetta head on. There wasn’t one thing I could have done to avoid the collision and I watched it happen in slow motion. I even honked before she came to close so she would correct her trajectory. This was jut another episode of bad luck in a string of incidences that month. I really just couldn’t catch a break.

After the accident I happened to fall and ended up in a boot and on crutches unable to drive for about a month so I couldn’t get my car to the shop right away. Last month I did make it to the body shop and the insurance company of the woman who hit me deemed my car a total loss.

I legit cried.

My car wasn’t that old and it ran like a dream. I had just had it serviced and bought a brand new battery right before I took it to the shop. It was paid off to boot! Now I’m starting from scratch and getting a new car. I should be more excited about a new car, but given the circumstances it’s just a shame and I hate that my car couldn’t be repaired.

I will be buying new and am getting another Volkswagen. Through all of this mess I have been unsure about everything except the fact that if I had to buy a new car, it would be another VW. After trying out a few different models, I will be getting the VW Golf Alltrack SE.

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On the outside it looks a bit like a posh Ford Focus wagon, but on the inside, it’s incredible. It handles like my beloved Jetta, but it has even more power under the hood. I was able to test drive it on the interstate in Charlotte and just plain fell in love.

I had been looking at their larger line of vehicles and test drove the Tiguan, but this wagon caught my eye. It has everything that was on my must have list: all wheel drive, takes regular unleaded gas, automatic transmission, and the back seats fold flat so that more can fit in the vehicle. I had been looking at larger VWs because the one issue I had with my Jetta was that I couldn’t fit furniture or anything with any size to it in the trunk or back seat, even with the seats folded down. I needed something a little bigger and this wagon is perfect. Other features that I love in this car are: incredible sound system, iPhone integration, it still has a CD player, hand brake over electronic emergency brake, different driving modes, sun roof and it handles u-turns like a dream. It’s just an incredible car and pricing starts around only $26,000! It’s an incredible deal for such a quality vehicle.

 

SKIN IN THE GAME

My sister recently became engaged and I decided that I would really like for my skin to be sorted out by her wedding.

I have had trouble with my skin for over a decade now and have tried just about everything out there. I used Proactive for a while and my face just about melted of. That terrible experience made me hesitant to try any other comprehensive acne treatments.

A former college classmate posts on Facebook and Instagram regularly about the Rodan+Fields products and seeing the transformation photos online really caught my interest. I decided to give it a try.

It’s a little expensive, but I figured it would be worth it if I saw results. It’s also cheaper than going to a dermatologist for treatments.

I’m about 3 weeks in now and am truly impressed.

My face never became inflamed and I didn’t experience any peeling or dryness. My existing breakouts have disappeared and I have been breakout free for over a week. I even had 2 underground zits (I’m sure there’s a technical term for those) and they disappeared and the soreness went away about 3 days into the new regimen. I usually break out pretty badly when the weather turns warm ad I perspire more, but so far I am clear and my skin tone is even.

Now that I am not breaking out, my skin can begin to heal my most troublesome areas. I’m finally beginning to feel more comfortable in less makeup.

I took a before photo and will take an after photo to post in another week or so.

If you are tired of your skin issues, I highly recommend giving this a try. I was very skeptical at first because it looks like any other skin program, but I am now a big time believer in these products.

BRAND NEW BAG

Bare with me! I am working through a backlog of posts that were in my draft folder. Apparently I just never hit post!

A few months ago I purchased a new handbag thay I ultimately had to return due to an issue with the strap. I didn’t replace it at the time because I couldn’t find another bag that I liked.

Over the weekend I finally found the perfect handbag!

I compared the large and small bags and bought the smaller bag. The smaller bag was originally $295.00 reduced to $179.00. While I was in the store, they were offering a promotion that offered another 50% off of most bags. That brought the total before taxes to only $89.50! When it was all said and done, I only paid $95.77!

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I love a good beige bag!

THE EVERY DAY LBD

I found myself in need of a fresh day to day black dress to wear under jackets at work. It’s so difficult to find dresses that hit at the knee these days so I was thrilled to find one for such a reasonable price on Amazon.

This Lark & Roe dress was only $59.50!

It’s washable and I didn’t even have to iron it after washing. Such an easy dress for those mornings when you just need to grab and go.