FitStudio

As most people know, I was a SEARS ambassador throughout the Holiday months.  In exchange for Holiday gift cards (which we bought lots of Christmas lights), I posted about my Holiday shopping.  They have asked me to continue working with them on another campaign and I could not be more excited.

Sears has partnered and created a new website called Fitstudio.  My role as a Sears blogger is to bring awareness to this new website.  I don’t receive  compensation if you click the link, ect. I wanted to wait a few weeks to test out the website for myself to gather my own thoughts.  I can’t bring awareness to something I don’t know anything about.

————-

The website FitStudio.com by Sears allows you to put your fitness apps and tools to good use and get rewarded at the same time. Not only that but it features gear reviews, rewards, exercises, workout programs, and tips.

The short summary is: Fitstudio is a new social media website that allows you to exchange exercise for points.  You can use the points to shop at Sears.   One thing I personally like is that the app is completely free.  There are a lot of online workout programs that cost a monthly fee to belong too.  They also give exclusive deals to their members.  Yesterday I could have saved a bunch of money on a new elliptical (just for being a member).

Not only is it free but it rewards you for being active with the Points for Progress program’s #Achieve15 (wahoo more hashtags)

How to Earn Points:

The #Achieve15 program encourages members to run or walk 15 miles or burn 1,500 calories each week.  Then they reward you for achieving these goals with $5 of Shop Your Way.  So each 15 mile week goes towards Sears store credit.  You can break this up however you like: 15 mile run…1 mile walk 15 times…whatever.

Before I was a Sears blogger I had a general idea of items Sears sold.  I have bought several pieces of clothing, power tools (not for me LOLZ), furniture and jewelry at Sears.  When I became a Sears blogger and did more research, I learned how extensive their online store is.  I had no idea Sears has almost as much stuff as amazon.  It’s overwhelming.

online shopping meme

Fitstudio allows you to earn SEARS credit to purchase anything online.  You earn money just by being active.  For some people (which is easily the majority of people reading LOLZ!), they could be earning 5 dollars a week just by utilizing the new fitstudio social media website.

healthy rewards

Questions for you:

Would you use a social media website like this?

I am now because who doesn’t like free things for staying active.

Do you shop at Sears?

Gifts in Reserve

Christmas Eve:

The last day before Christmas. 

A time to celebrate with your family.

A time to get last minute gifts (oh wait, just me?)

Today I’m working and then driving home.  I am actually 100% done with my Christmas shopping.  I managed to get all of my gifts for friends and family.  It was rather surprising.

Occasionally there will be someone you might have accidentally forgotten for a holiday, birthday or another celebration.  My parents once taught me to keep a box of gifts like giftcards or useable gifts for such an occasion.  Plus you can often times get certain items for much cheaper during the Holidays.  I often see gift giving guides on blogs so I thought I would do my own version of what is in my “Reserve Box” (I just made that name up, I’m not exactly sure what to call it?).  None of these are sponsored links.

Right now, I have a few things in my box of goodies.  Some of these things I bought doubles (one for myself).

Sears sent me this hilarious video to share if I wanted.  I LOLed so hard, it would be sad not to share. All I have to say is “so celebrate and booty shake”.  I can relate to this woman because if it wasn’t for work, I would be shopping until the very last moment (like every year).  I wish someone who come shop for me and we would celebrate with fun music and random people dancing.

Mrs. Fields Cookies and French Press 

If you are looking for a gift for a relative that drinks a lot of coffee (or your neighborhood LOLZ), this gift can never go wrong.  I feel like when in doubt you can never go wrong with a holiday basket.  I’ve always enjoyed Mrs. Fields cookies in the mall (and obviously enjoy my coffee).  It wasn’t until I tried their cocoa did I realize how good that was good.  I thought this was gift is personalized (from me) and a great gift for relatives that I had no idea what to get them. I actually got this gift for a few of my relatives (and mailed it directly to them so they have it now).

Jewelry:

A lot of jewelry is currently on sale too right now.  While I’m personally not a big jewelry girl, I know a lot of woman are.  It’s always nice to be able to pick up a few items deeply discounted.

I picked up this bracelet. It’s regularly 299.99 dollars but currently is 69.99.  I thought it was cute for 230 dollars off, I couldn’t go wrong.

sears bracelet

Men (in my life):

I have often found the men in my life are the hardest to shop for.  The men in my life equal: my dad, my brother, Tim and my father in law.  All four of them enjoy keeping their car’s pristine condition (especially Tim).  I obviously didn’t get one for each but I did pick up a few of these car cleaning sets.  I have a few of these in back up and also if they never get used I can use them for my car Lorraine.  So win, win!

car cleaning set

Who doesn’t need an Ugly Sweater? 

Finally, for those with a sense of humor (or the perfect LOLZ gift), there is always an Ugly Sweater.  It seems like 2014, was the year you couldn’t go anywhere without an ugly sweater party, so why not prepare your friends for next year?

This sweater is only 9.99 and 3D.  I think it might be the best 10 dollars I’ve spent all holidays.

ugly sweater sears1

 This post contains no sponsored links and all items were purchased by me (LOLZ). 

Questions for you:

Do you have gifts in Reserve incase you forget someone? 

How are you celebrating the Holidays? 

Last Minute Shopping

To be honest if I wasn’t on the Sears Blogger Squad I would have started my Holiday shopping the week before Christmas (IE: this week).  Every year I’m always a late starter but I’ve always gotten what I’ve needed.  This year being a part of the holiday blogger campaign with Sears, I felt the pressure to start a little bit earlier (LOLZ, blogging pressure).  Everyone is different and I even know people that had half their Holiday shopping done before Black Friday (go you guys!).

I  know people that start their Holiday shopping in May.  By Black Friday, they are pretty much done with everything.  I also know there are people like me, who panic and start 5 days before Christmas.  Everyone’s different and in reality, the Holiday’s are about enjoying the company of family and friends anyways.  My Holiday shopping is never stressful and I hope other people’s isn’t either.

black friday shopping meme

This year was a bit of an odd ball year for me.  I would have normally started shopping for everyone this week (Last minute LOLZ).  Since T has to leave and I am working in retail during the holidays, that wasn’t an option.   I am almost completely done with shopping except for my parents.  Sometimes I think my parents are the hardest to shop for.

———

I came across this LOLZy article from Huffington post about Christmas shopping.  I can relate to almost everything.  I thought the post was so relateable I wanted to dedicate a post to it!

Two tips really stuck with me: The first was “stay to the list”.  I love when someone gives me a list of things they want for Christmas.  Sadly most adults don’t give lists and I’m stuck guessing what people want…if everyone gave a list I think Holiday shopping would be easy.

christmas list meme

One thing I have been enjoying about doing holiday shopping at Sears is free shipping or the free in store pickup.  It keeps me able to stick to lists.  I just ordere what I want I want/need and pick it up.  I don’t mindless browse.

Mindlessly browsing stores always ends up like this:

Buy the gifts intended to purchase for friends and family .

Buy random things for Hollie she doesn’t need.

End up spending twice as much on random things Hollie doesn’t need.

I ordered all of Tim’s gifts online and then picked them up in store.  It makes it really nice.  Sears has been a staple for 75% of my gift purchasing this year.  I cannot thank them enough for opening my eyes to some of the great deals.

The second was that smart shoppers don’t buy something, “just because it’s cheap”.  I’m someone who doesn’t care for trivial junk.  If I haven’t used an item in a year, I donate it.  This includes clothing, random accessories or anything in general.  I always ask myself “will I even use this”?  Yes, it’s cheap but it’s pointless if (or the person intended) won’t use it.

So long post short my holiday shopping is almost done.  I have a few odds and ends left to purchase but all the major shopping is finally completed.

Questions for you:

When do you get your Holiday shopping done?

What is on your Christmas list?

Sears: Holiday Decorating

I really like the Holiday season.  I enjoy how festive people are as well as the general cheer that people share.  I think it’s a lot of fun.  Speaking of Holidays, while my name is spelled Hollie versus Holly, I still get plenty of bad Christmas joke.  I enjoy integrating my name into every aspect of the Hollyday season…

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

Deck the Halls with Bells of…me.

Happy Hollydays (You’ll notice I changed my twitter name to be more festive)!

Anyways now that I have created some slightly terrible and embarrassing puns, I will actually focus on what the blog post was about.

While Tim and I lived together last year, this is the first year we truly felt decorated.  Last year we picked out a tree, added a few lights and holiday themed things…this year we decided to create Holiday traditions.

Picking out a tree last year
Picking out a tree last year

Thanks to Sears I was given a 100 dollar gift card to buy decorations with.  I had planned to buy Holiday lights anyways, so this was perfect.  I like Holidays and themed events so our house gets decorated for everything…Christmas, Halloween…Thanksgiving.

Personally, I think a staple of decorating is icicle lights.  We had outdoor icicle lights last year and I hope we have them every year.

Sears icicle lights 1

With the giftcard we purchased about 50 dollars worth of icicle lights.  Due to internet safety, I’m not going to post photos of my house.  If you’re anything like me, you get frustrated when string lights go out. In the email SEARS sent us, they talked a lot about new DieHard LED lights and said we should try them out (so I used half my gift card on those!). The new DieHard LED holiday lights at Sears come with a 5 year warranty, stay cool to the touch and never flicker. If one light goes out, the others stay lit.

Inside we got a real tree.  Both of us grew up with real trees and we liked them.

We also got a couple of nice wreaths to add to our house.

Christmas Wreath

We already have a mini fake tree that I somehow accumulated in college (lord knows where…).  It has followed me around and we put in the window.  We added a lot of our favorite personal ornaments onto the tree.  Everyone in my immediate family knows how much I like penguins so each year I get a new penguin ornament.

Christmas Penguin Ornament

Christmas SUNY ornament

We wanted our real Christmas tree to be fancy.  We bought some blue glass balls (TWSS) and kept it simple.

If all else fails for Christmas, just decorate with your cat. 

christmas tree cat meme

Enough about me, here are some random fun Hollyday facts that Sears sent me to share:

  • 1 in 4 Americans will begin to deck the halls one month before the holiday.  (I normally would a week before but I needed to write this post).
  • 41 percent of Americans defined their signature design as “classic,” followed by “colorful” (37 percent) and “vintage” (12 percent). (I define mine as LOLZ)
  • More than half (58 percent) of participants felt the most essential decoration for the holidays was the Christmas tree.
  • Nearly 25 percent of Americans choose decorating as their favorite holiday activity, with listening to Christmas music and shopping as other favorites. (LOLZ chooses eating holiday cookies)

While I don’t have a giveaway Sears does.  Sears is hosting a contest where you can win a giftcard (to use at Sears or one of their sister stores).  Upload a photo of your house decorated for the Holidays to enter and you can enter every day.

o   Between 11/17-12/26, visit here and answer the poll questions.  Then upload a photo of your home decked out for the holidays for a chance to win Shop Your Way points

  • 60 people will instantly win $50 in Shop Your Way points—you can enter daily
  • 1 grand prize winner will win 1 million Shop Your Way points (which is redeemable as a giant giftcard!)

I think this might be my longest post yet!

Questions for you:

How do you decorate your house for the Holidays?

Black Friday at Sears

Black Friday is an emotional time of year.  I would know I’ve gone Black Friday Shopping the last 5 years.  In all honesty I don’t ever get the best deals and I don’t camp out overnight but I love the thrill of getting a deal (Does that make me sound like a shopping addict?).

I found the article: 15 Emotional Stages of Black Friday Shopping LOLZ worthy and true (Probably because they had the Tyra Banks snap and wave).

For me I never struggled with waking up early.  I always had coffee ready to go.  I struggled with the overhwleming crowds and people running around.  As someone who suffered from social anxiety and chalustrophia, having people running around screaming for deals.  After I went I felt oddly accomplished that I had been out there (and it was probably only 8 am).

This year however, I am on the other side and working on Black Friday.  Since I work at a running store, we aren’t as busy as Sears is but we will be busy.  I should do a 15 Emotional stages of Working on Black Friday.

This year Sears has everything you could possibly need or want, making it a great stop.  Sears will open 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day and have over 1,000 doorbuster deals.  1000 deals of 1000 items!. While you are letting our turkey digest, you have the option to head into a Sears and shop.

One item I’m eyeballing myself is the Sears NordicTrack® C900i Treadmill;that will be 800 dollars off.  I don’t need a treadmill at my house but it’s a great treadmill and the price is inexpensive (700 dollars for a nice treadmill is a great price).

sears treadmill

Anyways partnering with Sears for the Holidays, they asked to talk more about Black Friday shopping and my personal Christmas list.

Something I am personally asking for is a new coffee maker.  My coffee pot has lasted me since sophomore year of college (I know you are probably as shocked as I am).  It is starting to fall apart so I’ve been searching around for a nice coffee maker.

I had no idea that some coffee makers cost over 850 dollars.  I would prefer to buy 850 gas station coffees for that price.  I wanted something that I had the option to brew a lot or a little.  One of my housemates had this one, so I decided this one would be awesome.

sears coffee pot

As I said a few posts about, Tim really enjoys getting his tools at Sears.  There are a few appliances I have my eyes on for him such as Craftsman Home Series 3-Drawer Project Center.  I’ll probably get the red because that matches our house.  (Just kidding, I’ll get him whichever one he wants LOL).

Finally all Sears deals at your local Sears can be seen at searslocalad.com so you can figure out your plan.  (If you are anything like LOLZ then you thrive on planning).

Deals at all Sears: 

  • 55% off Kenmore 3.9 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer – White & Kenmore 7.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer w/ Wrinkle Guard – White; sale priced at $799.98 for the set; regular price $899.99 each
  • Save $100 on the RCA 40” Class 1080p HDTV; sale price $249.99, regularly priced at $349.99; plus members get $50 back in points
  • Jeans for her and him – sale price $14.99 Canyon River Blues® and Roebuck & Co.®, regularly priced $30.00-$40.00
  • All DieHard® work boots – sale price $49.99, regularly $65.00-$110.00
  • Save $50, plus a Free Craftsman® drill when you purchase the ; sale priced $99.99, regular price $149.99
  • Save $800 on the NordicTrack® C900i Treadmill; sale price $699.99; regular price $1,499.99
  • Buy four Sears RoadHandler tires and get up to $150 in value, including an $80 mail-in rebate via an American Express award card when you use a qualifying Sears card plus a $70 Sears Award card

LD_Sears 11.27.14 Super Tab w/Lip Thanks-609 WP 703054 P ST1_¥

All thoughts are my own.  I have partnered with Sears this Holiday season.

Questions for you:

Are you going Black Friday Shopping?  When do you do the majority of your Holiday shopping? 

What is on your personal Christmas List? 

%d bloggers like this: