November Favorites – Chilly weather & Holiday shopping

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November Favorites

You guys, We are in the last month of this year!! What did you for Thanksgiving? We got our first drizzle of snow last week!

As for Black Friday, while it’s indeed fun to head out at midnight to get a hold of the doorbuster sales, I have reached  a point where I honestly prefer online shopping rather than heading into the crowded malls and standing in long payment queues.


One of my goals when I switched to a self-hosted platform, was to start making some money from my blog. I mean, when you put your time, energy and effort in to something, and you get rewarded for it, doesn’t it feel nice? November was my first month of doing sponsored posts through Linqia.

For those of you who are new to the blogging world, Linqia is one of the many blogging networks that helps brands connect with influencers. You should sign up too if you are serious about your blog.

Here’s what was going on at my end in the past month –

How to have stress-free holidays with oven Ready Turkey and 2 Easy Side Dishes

11 Thanksgiving Gift and Decor Guide You'll absolutely Love

Spread joy with Holiday Themed cookies

Very Berry Protein Smoothie with Green Goodness

I always love to see how everyone preps for the holidays! Here are a few photos of how New York city is decking up for the holidays –


New York city christmas lights

 Christmas in New York city

Loving things around the Net

Holiday Shopping

With the holiday season, I’m trying to increase my savings as much as possible by using Ebates – the online cash back site.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back



There have been times when I have totally forgotten to use Ebates and realized it later. To overcome this problem, they also have a chrome extension so that you can be reminded every time you make an online purchase.

I have also started using Swagbucks which is another cash back site to maximize my savings this year.

Join Swagbucks!

You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at

These were a few of my November Favorites. What have you been upto?

How are you celebrating the Holidays this year?



Smiling Notes




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    Lynz Real Cooking

    November 30, 2016

    Lovely Shamira!

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    Erika Kind

    November 30, 2016

    Wow, you really have gotten into this all! Great tips, Shamira!

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    December 1, 2016

    Nice pics, Shamira 🙂 Thanks for mentioning about Linqia 🙂

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      December 2, 2016

      Thanks, Freda! You should definitely apply to Linqia too! It took me almost 3 months to get my first sponsored post from them. But well, it was worth the wait and a fun experience.

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    Divya Deepak Rao

    December 2, 2016

    I love your cookies Shamira! And the lights! It’s a treat to the eyes & the soul…I have the same picture of the giant ornaments in NYC:)
    I presume December will be an indulgence kind of month?I foresee lots of hot chocolate & the kind in my future this month 😉 What about you?:)

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      December 2, 2016

      Those ornaments are truly pretty aren’t they. Love seeing them every year. December will be definitely a month of indulgence.

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    Sarang Khanna

    December 3, 2016

    Really a festive post! I love winters. Good clothes, good food, good shopping. 😀

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      December 3, 2016

      December is really a fun and cheerful month!! Thanks a lot for stopping by.

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    The Mew Life / EatingWellNYC

    December 10, 2016

    Yes to swagbucks! been using for 2 years now and so happy with it.

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