Is Rakuten (Ebates) Legit?

Note: This post is not sponsored by Rakuten – I simply enjoy using their service, and wanted to share more information and my experience using Rakuten for cash back on purchases.

You’ve likely seen Rakuten’s TV ads by now – perhaps their Super Bowl clip or this Ebates is now Rakuten ad to really drive the point home. As a long time user of Ebates, I was sad to see the name go – but glad to see that much of the core cash back functionality remains the same.

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2019 Holiday Sales Roundup (Updated 11/29)

‘Tis the season for sales – here are a few from some of my favorites, along with those I’ve been eyeing but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on. I will try to keep these updated over the next few weeks, as multiple variations of Black Friday sales have emerged as the norm these days.

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REVIEW: Girlfriend Collective Leggings & Sports Bra

Girlfriend Collective Leggings Review

It’s been a while since I last purchased workout clothing, most recently from Outdoor Voices (review here). Which all in all, is a good sign. However, I was in need of replacing an old pair of leggings, so as I researched sustainable activewear I stumbled upon Girlfriend Collective.

They’re not a new brand by any means, though this was my first time hearing about them. Girlfriend Collective leggings and sports bras are basic in style, but come in over 20(!) colors and a wide range of sizes at a reasonable price point. Their leggings start at $68 and their bras at $38. I decided to give them a try after reading some positive Instagram comments about their leggings.

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REVIEW: Parker Clay Miramar Backpack

Parker Clay Miramar Backpack Review

As much as I love my Form Bag (reviewed here), I was looking to switch things up with a part-time backpack. Despite the comfortable and wide Form Bag strap, I still found myself sometimes tensing up my shoulder to carry it. I like that a backpack more evenly distributes the weight of a laptop, so I was in the market for a black leather backpack. I have a few existing packs, but they’re all colorfully nylon. 

When the Parker Clay team reached out to collaborate, I was intrigued by their lineup. Their goods are all ethically made in Ethiopia – from the leather sourced from local farmers to the women who are paid a fair wage with employment advancement opportunities. I decided to try out their popular Miramar backpack style. Now that I’ve used it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts so far!

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Renegade Craft Fair 2019: SF Edition

Renegade Craft Fair SF 2019

This year’s Renegade Craft Fair was as packed as ever on a foggy-turned-sunny weekend in San Francisco. The massive Fort Mason Festival Pavilion was packed to the brim with shoppers bustling around the 200+ makers, designers and food / drink stalls. The winter fair is hosted at the perfect time, as we start thinking about holiday gifts for family and friends. A few favorites, below!

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