My Favorite Headbands + {GIVEAWAY}

It’s not often that I make the decision to affiliate with a brand… for an entire year.  When Bic Bands reached out earlier in the year, I knew they were a brand I wanted to work with.  And, it’s been such a year of stylish fun!!

Bic Bands Logo

To start with, I love what Bic Bands stand for.  They are the Because I Can Bands – – Get it?? BIC Bands?  Not only do they empower women with the most amazing flyaway control for any physical activity you can imagine, but they also DO NOT MOVE while you do! And, the company’s founder Sandy also gives back to charity every month via their BIC Giving program.  It’s nice to know that important causes are benefiting from my purchases!

Bic GIving

Here’s some of the great causes that have benefited from Bic Band purchases year-to-date:

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As though all of that greatness weren’t enough… I also have to mention, they’re ADORABLE!  I consider myself to be a bit of an accessory junkie.. and I love these so much!

They come in just about every color and pattern you can imagine…

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They can be sparkly…

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So many designs to choose from… and I always find myself BIC’ed out!

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Now it’s your turn!!

And… I have TWO special offers for you to enjoy as you try BIC BANDS for yourself.

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and… I’m hosting my first BIC BANDS giveaway!!!

NTTC Bic Band Giveaway

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I’ll announce a winner via the NTTC Facebook Page and Twitter on Friday, October 10th!  Good Luck, Folks!

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Live Worldly {GIVEAWAY}

I am incredibly inspired by women in business who are chasing after their dreams.

A few months ago, I had a chance to attend a networking One Million Cups Event that featured female-driven small businesses in the metro area.  It was AWESOME.  While I was there to prospect new business for my company, I instead felt incredibly inspired and motivated by the passionate stories I heard that day.

One of these stories came from a group of women who spoke about a business named Live Worldly.

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What is Live Worldly?

Live Worldly is an amazing site full of gorgeous accessories and handmade items from around the world.  How gorgeous are these?

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The company sources the most beautiful pieces from all the continents, and GIVES BACK to the communities where the artisans live.  Donations are made to education, job creation, empowering women, and many other causes.  So, when you shop, you are helping to support communities throughout the world!

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I had a chance to visit Live Worldly‘s HQ, and was so excited to learn more about their operation!  Andrea the COO of Live Worldly gave me a lovely tour of their site, sharing with me their vision and how they have been growing the business!

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One of their most popular items is this Brazilian beauty that was featured in Macy’s a few months ago.  How gorgeous is this Beleza Bib Necklace??

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This piece is available in multiple colors via the Live Worldly site, and I’ve officially added this new accessory to my wardrobe!  It arrived yesterday!  I looooove it!  So excited to wear it soon…

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Another offering from Live Worldly are the amazing Brazilets line.

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Brazilets are worn for good luck, a 200-year old Brazilian tradition of good fortune, for you and the planet. Wear your wishes with these Brazilian wish bracelets or give them as a gift to families or friends. Wrap the Brazilet around your wrist, making three knots and three wishes. When it falls off, it is believed that your wishes will come true. 

As Andrea and I toured the facility, you can only imagine how excited I was to see all the pretty, pretty pieces… some of which hadn’t even been listed on the site yet!  So fun!

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Excited about Live Worldly’s causes and the ability to share with you a new site that I’ve grown to love, my new friends at the company wanted to share a giveaway with NTTC readers!

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This giveaway includes:  A fabulous messenger bag from Brazil, brazilets, a handmade keychain, and a Live Worldly flag.

Live Worldly | No Thanks to Cake

To win, enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Also, you can shop the site, and save using a special NTTC Coupon Code.   Simply use “LIVEFREE” to save 15%!

Be sure to follow Live Worldly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – – This is the best way to stay up-to-date on all their offerings!

Thanks, Live Worldly, for your hospitality, and for offering this giveaway to my readers!

Disclosure: Live Worldly provided the giveaway items for No Thanks to Cake readers; however, the opinions on the site and its products (and that gorgeous necklace above) are my own.

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Introducing Bic Bands

I’m incredibly excited to share a new brand that I began partnering with a few weeks ago.

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Are you familiar with BIC Bands??

Bic Bands is an amazing brand of non-slip headbands that I’ve been wearing for YEARS.  Perfect for working out, for hitting the beach, or even just holding back a hairstyle by day.  They’re so cute and versatile, they’ve become my staple!

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Something else that’s wonderful about the brand is that the founder Sandy makes sure that she’s giving back every single month!  She just announced the charity that will receive benefit for June – The March of Dimes!  Just another reason to buy from Bic Bands…

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To kick of the new group of ambassadors {there are 13 of us in total!  Check out the awesome ladies here!}, Bic Bands is launching a GIVEAWAY that you guys might like to enter!

How to Enter:

All you have to do is post a picture of yourself on Instagram or Twitter doing something active that you love!  You could be taking a walk, burning calories at the mall, doing cross fit, hiking a mountain, practicing yoga… whatever floats your boat!

Tag the Photo:

Add the hashtag and be sure to tag @bicbands and @nothankstocake

Enter by June 1st and you could be one of THIRTEEN winners!

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Here are 3 submissions from other No Thanks to Cake readers?  Who’s next??

Ordering Your Own BicBands:

To order your own beautiful Bic Bands, simply access their site here and choose from hundreds of beautiful bands!  You can also save 10% by using the coupon code “KELLYBIC.”


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34 Degrees Tour + a {GIVEAWAY}

34 Degrees?… No, I’m not talking about the crazy Spring weather in Colorado, although that’s JUS T about the temperature here in Colorado this morning…  Today’s post is about my favorite go-to cracker!

I had an opportunity to first try 34 Degrees crisps about a year ago.  I was initially attracted to the company when I noticed their nutrition label… After all, 9 crackers for just 50 calories???  Yes, Please!!!

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34 Degree Crackers are actually made right here in Colorado, so when I received an invitation to visit their production location and to learn more about their company… I immediately said yes!

The evening was hosted by Founder Craig Lieberman and his fabulous team, and they shared with their guests not only lots of great information about the company… but also an evening of delicious food pairings.

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The company actually has Australian origins, named after the latitude of the city of Sydney, Australia!  Craig lived there and developed a passion for food… and a passion for Australian crisp bread which inspired the company that began 11 years ago!

Being onsite at 34 Degrees, I got to see their production line… and was fascinated by the whole experience!  The crackers themselves are made from batter, much like pizelles.  While we weren’t allowed to take pictures on the production line, we did snap a few photos afterward.  Because… when do you have a chance to take pics with your friends wearing lab coats and hairnets? 

Denver Bloggers at 34 Degree Cracker Event | No Thanks to CakeTop Row:  Me, Lynne, Lauren, Heidi   Front Row: Tiffany, Kim, Kaitlyn, Laura

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Also of note, they were cooking up their famous Rosemary flavor (my favorite!!) as well as two other new flavors that should be coming out soon!!!  So cool to see product innovation coming off the line and excited to have them in my pantry!  Can’t wait to tell you more about them once they’re released!

After the tour of the production line, we were swept away into a room to begin a lovely evening of cheese and cracker pairings!  Two chefs from Whole Foods took the helm and swept us away with all their fabulous creations…

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My favorite part of the night was when the fancy pairings started to be passed around….  The chef worked hard to prepare two decadent treats for us.

34 Degrees Cracker Pairings | No Thanks to CakeThese bite-sized reubens were phenomenal… and my first bite of a reuben ever!  I’m totally going to have to try a full sandwich at some point.  Aren’t they pretty??

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As the evening came to a close, we each received an amazing goodie bag, including several boxes of crackers, a 34 Degrees water bottle, notepad, purse hook, and a gift card to Whole Foods to purchase supplies to create our own 34 Degrees snacks!

Inspired, I came up with a few different ideas that I’ll share today.

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Frankly, it was so fun to invent these bite-sized appetizers!  I expect I’ll be making more… but here’s what I came up with to get started!

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The Honey Parmesan combination was the first I created.  Squares of parmesan, drizzled with honey, and then topped with cracked pepper.  The salty-sweet-pepperiness of this snack is one worth trying!!  Delicious!

Caprese Pairing 34 Degrees Crackers | No Thanks to Cake

I’m a HUGE fan of tomatoes and caprese salad, so you know that I just had to put these tasty ingredients on one of these crisps!  This pairing was formed by adding a thin slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and then topping it with a fresh basil leaf and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.  Yum-o!

Truffled Fig Bacon Pairing 34 Degrees Crackers | No Thanks to Cake

The most decadent of my three pairings came next.  Inspired by Tiffany’s creation and the fig-proscuitto pizza I posted last year, this one REALLY hit the spot:  Trader Joe’s Fig Butter, Parmesan, Leaf Lettuce, a crispy piece of Bacon, and a spritz of Black Truffle Oil.   O-M-G…

There was also a BLT version, one with edamole (a recipe that I’m working on), and one more that’s on the back of the Whole Grain box… I started eating it before I could snap a good pic – – yes, it’s that good!

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Much appreciation goes out to my friends at 34 Degrees for giving me an opportunity to play with their tasty crackers and create all of these wonderful pairings and for a lovely night in Louisville.

Now it’s your turn to try these DELICIOUS crackers!!!

The team at 34 Degrees would LOVE you to try their crackers!  You can find them in the cheese/deli department of most major supermarkets, and you can even purchase them online at  Another great way to try them is to enter this NTTTC GIVEAWAY!!

34 Degree Cracker Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

One winner will be chosen from today’s post to win a 34 Degrees variety pack as well as a cute 34 Degrees purse hook!  Enter inside the Rafflecopter box below for your chance to win!!  You’re going to love these crackers, I promise!

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What flavor would you be most interested in trying:  Natural, Whole Grain, Rosemary, Sesame, or Black Pepper?
Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by 34 Degrees.  While I received free product and a gift card for recipe supplies, all opinions expressed above are my own.

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