Crystal’s Smitten List: Birthdays, Kindle Fire HDX, Giving Back

This week, I’m positively smitten with…

1. Birthdays: I celebrated my 26th birthday last week and I was reminded how many wonderful people I have in my life. This birthday reminded me how fun birthdays can be. Birthdays are literally a day where everyone celebrates you coming into this world — how awesome is that?! It’s such a wonderful time where you’re surrounded by love from family and friends, and it’s a great reminder that hey, you’re pretty great. Plus, I would highly recommend every person sign up for a newsletter and/or mailing list of their favorite restaurants and shops; when your birthday rolls around, you’ll likely get sent some goodies! Just this week, Old Navy sent me some free money (YAY!), a local restaurant gave me a free dinner (YAY!), and Ulta gave me a free mascara worth $18 (YAY, and also I now own my most expensive mascara, which I didn’t have to pay for). It’s an awesome way to be thrifty AND to get some extra goodies!

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2. Kindle Fire HDX: Speaking of birthdays, I was lucky enough to be gifted a Kindle Fire HDX. I. Am. Obsessed. I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a new tablet and/or e-reader. As an avid book reader, I’ve been dedicated to the Kindle since it came out, even when I knew it didn’t necessarily offer the same capabilities as an iPad. That’s not true at all with Amazon’s latest version of the Kindle. For a little more than $200, you can have an incredible e-reader that doubles as a tablet… and it’s so pretty. Dreamysigh.

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3. Giving Back: In the spirit of how much I’ve been lucky enough to get this week, I’m also smitten with giving back. We all have charities that are close to our heart, and it’s important to remember them and give when we can. But it’s also possible to “give back” in other ways, too — support a Kickstarter you love; visit a local shop; volunteer some time; or do something kind for a stranger.

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What are you positively smitten with this week?

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