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Diane is a former scrapbook magazine employee. Nowadays, she focuses less on picking pretty fonts and more on the written word.

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The hustle and bustle of the holidays are here. I am so ready to get the majority of my shopping done in a few quick shopping trips. For the movie fanatics in my family, there is a gift card for them. AMC gift cards! One of the great things about giving movie gift cards is that most people can use and enjoy them during the holiday break.

Plus, AMC gift cards are great for almost anyone on your list (co-workers, family and friends). Yet, before I head out to start (and finish) my shopping I need to consider the savings opportunities. Right now, there is a great offer that can help save up to $19 with purchase of a $500 Visa Gift Card (after use at select retailers*).

The way it works is: first, pick up a Five Back Visa Gift Card. They can be purchase from one of the following stores:  Office Max, Giant Eagle, Publix, Lowe’s Hardware Stores and Albertsons Family Stores including: Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Jewel and ACME. Also, you can buy it online at giftcardmall.com.  

Next, when you shop at participating retailers (see list below), earn 5% back to your Visa Gift Card.

Voila, that’s it. Now, it is time to get the shopping done and hopefully squeeze in a movie to celebrate!

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When It’s Time

I have been mulling over this for a while now. Yet, I think it is time. You know the point where you have to question whether making repairs on your old car makes sense? I am at that point.

Next year, my car will be 18 years old. That is just a few years younger than the youngest in our family. Sigh.

I had the opportunity to drive a Nissan Altima this past week. All I can say is, wow! The difference in driving and handling compared to my car is significant. While I liked the Altima, my all time favorite car is the Honda Accord. However, I am keeping my options open.

While I fret over the idea of car payments, I found a useful tool on the Cars.com site.  The multi-car comparison page has a list of car comparisons which is a great tool. For example, they have a post that compares 2017 sedans.

Spoiler alert. Of course, Honda placed #1 on that list.

If you are in the market for a new car or even just researching different options, check their site out.

Disclaimer: I partnered with Cars.com for this post. All opinions are my own.

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My anxiety wheelhouse is in full effect right now. Between the ongoing tensions in the country and back to school season, I am emotionally taxed. How about you?

It is so easy to get ratcheted up about current affairs. I found the need to take an extended break from several social media platforms recently. I set very specific limitations on using them — that has helped a great deal. Plus it has given me more time to focus on other self improvement goals.

For example, this past week I attended a meditation session hosted at work. It was amazing. I felt such a relief even if it lasted a short while. I am a new fan of breathing exercises and meditation. I highly recommend it. Everyone needs a hobby outside of social networking and consumption of the news, right?

It is important for many reasons but mostly because as adults we need to be able to set aside time for self-care. Not passive exercise where you can zone out but the kind that actually forces you to tune in to your feelings, body and mind.

Another huge stress reliever for me has been gardening. I have spent the last five months pruning, planting and sweating outside. Honestly, most weekends I am reluctant to get out and sit in the burning sun but I try to get an early start. It has calmed my nerves a lot.

Lastly, I received a beautiful journal in the PopSugar’s Must Have August Anniversary box. The exterior cover is a metallic rose gold with the scripted words “free spirit” on the front. This arrived in time for me to clear out some thoughts and feelings that have been swirling around in my head with my birthday looming at the end of the month. Oh yeah, PopSugar Must Have turns 5 years old this month! The box included a set of cute and stylish candles (perfect for my mini celebratory cake) and a serving tray, partially pictured below the journal. I have added photos of the items for a sneak peek.

Whatever hobby you decide to start, don’t forget to treat yourself every now and then. If you get a PopSugar Must Have box, take $10 off your first order. Use the code PARTY at checkout (expires 8/31). P.S. To celebrate their 5th anniversary, PopSugar is hosting weekly giveaways. Current subscribers are eligible. Sign up before the end of August to be in the drawing! Grand prize is something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must Have!

Disclaimer: I partnered with PopSugar for this promotion. All opinions and thoughts are my own.