December 24, 2016

Why should you care about your sunscreen (+ a giveaway)

Raise your hand if you've had a Clemson tiger paw tan line on your cheek? {raises hand}

I've had too many to count thanks to Clemson game days, a Clemson paw temporary tattoo on my cheek, and staring into the sun while watching a Clemson football game.

Well, even though it's officially winter, you can still get exposed to those pesky UV rays - especially in places like Glendale, Arizona where our Clemson Tigers will be taking on Ohio State on New Year's Even in the Fiesta Bowl.

I never thought about which sunscreen to use, until I recently learned about a new line called Beautycounter through Beautycounter consultant Meredith. After I learned about the Beautycounter sunscreen products and their commitment to safe ingredients, I asked Meredith if she would share more about Beautycounter with you AND offer one of the Beautycounter sunscreen products as a giveaway prize!

Here is what Meredith sent us - check it out, then enter in the giveaway at the end of this post to win yourself an early Christmas present:

Congratulations Clemson Tigers!  In just a week, you will head back to Glendale, Arizona - this time to meet the overrated Ohio State Buckeyes in The Fiesta Bowl.

The sun is pretty strong out in Glendale, so you will definitely need to pack some sunscreen!  And even if you are not headed out there for the game, a good sunscreen is always smart to have on hand. It is also important for that sunscreen to be SAFE.  Your skin is your biggest organ and it is estimated that it absorbs over 70% of what you put on it. In 2014, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that more than 75% of sunscreens contained toxic chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues.  

Beautycounter's Protect Stick Sunscreen is exactly what you need- effective AND safe! It contains non-nano zinc oxide, which is an effective, natural mineral sunblock that works by reflecting and scattering UV light rays. It contains hydrating aloe, as well as antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts to fight free radicals. It is lightweight, water-resistant and blends seamlessly, leaving no white residue.

Have you heard of Beautycounter?  We are a skincare and cosmetic company that offers completely SAFE yet high performing products. We are part of a movement to change the highly unregulated personal care and cosmetic industry by teaching people what is inside the products they are currently using and offering them a safe and effective alternative should they choose to want something different.

Beautycounter promises never to use over 1500 ingredients and to test every ingredient they do use. Their commitment to transparency is unparalleled in this industry.  Take a moment to look at The Never List and compare it to what is in your products.

Scary, isn't it?

So back to Beautycounter's Protect Stick Sunscreen - it is one of our best sellers and one of you lucky readers will win one today! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter...

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway will end at midnight the night of Wednesday, Dec. 28th. will randomly draw one winner and contact the winner by email. If the winner doesn't respond within 72 hours from when the email is sent, a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck and Go Tigers! Visit my Beautycounter website to check out the rest of our amazing products. Or email me at if you want to talk more about the company, mission or products.

- Meredith

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving (+ a DIY Clemson shirt idea) wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I created the design above using the software that came with my Silhouette cutting machine, cut it into orange flocked heat transfer vinyl, then applied it to a cheap purple shirt from Target. 'Flocked' vinyl has a felt-like velvety texture to it. It took all of 30 minutes tops to make and was a fun, unique shirt to wear to Thanksgiving festivities (especially around our Gamecocks family and friends).

Here is a basic image file of the design. If you have an electronic cutting machine like the Silhouette or Cricut, open this image in the design software and use the tracing feature to turn it into a 'cut' file.

Click on this image. Right-click and select
'save as' to save the image to your computer.

If you don't have an electronic cutting machine, you can still insert this image in a Microsoft Word file (or something similar), fill it in with orange color, print onto heat transfer paper using an inkjet printer, then iron it on a shirt.

For both options above, check the instructions for the vinyl or paper you use. Some types require you to flip the image horizontally so it's backwards before you iron it on a shirt.

Other options for crafting with this design...
  • Vinyl stickers to stick on mugs, wine glasses, dishes.
  • Print it out, cut out the design, and use as a stencil with fabric paint on a shirt
  • Print out, grab some orange and purple crayons, and keep the kids busy coloring while you 'virtual shop' tomorrow

Please only use this design for personal purposes - this is not intended for commercial use and is licensed through the crafter's license through Clemson University.

If you do create something fun using our Paw Turkey design, please be sure to share with us on our Clemson Girl Facebook page!

Oh yeah... speaking of shopping... we have lowered the prices of our clear, plastic Clemson totes for this weekend only. You can purchase one of our customized, clear Clemson bags for a super low price. These will make great Christmas gifts for the Clemson Girls in your life... and you may have to gift them early so they can be used for the ACC Championship Game in Orlando. Visit this weekend to take advantage of these temporary low prices, in addition to lowered prices on other Clemson Girl goodies.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping! XOXO

November 3, 2016

Clemson Girl Giveaway - Win a clear Clemson customized bag!

Are the Clemson Tigers really 8-0? Are they really ranked #2 in the nation in college football? We likely are Orlando-bound for the ACC championship... but are we Tampa-bound? Just maybe?!?

Last weekend's win against Florida State was, despite the stress, a big one and I am still feeling the chills of the victory. I am looking forward to reuniting Saturday with my Clemson family (all 90k+ of you) in Clemson this weekend for a 3:30pm EST home game at Death Valley - with a perfect football weather day in the forecast.

If you have been to one of the Clemson home games already this year at Death Valley, then you are probably well aware of the Clemson clear bag policy. Earlier this year we started selling cute Clemson bags in our Clemson Girl store, with the option to customize... If you have to carry a 'plastic' bag, it might as well be cute, right?

Well, they have been VERY popular and we recently had to order more because we almost sold out! With all the excitement surrounding this Clemson football season, the Fall weather {finally} moving in, and well... just because we love our readers, we are going to give away another lucky Clemson Girl one of our clear Clemson bags with a customization of her choice.

We have three styles available...all meet the Clemson clear bag policy guidelines.Which one is your favorite?

Clemson clear crossbody gameday purse
Clemson clear stadium tote bag
Clear Clemson stadium tote with zipper
We have multiple options and styles for customizing the bags. Get your monogram, your sorority letters, or custom text like a first name, family name, etc. added to your bag. We have a variety of styles, colors, and options to choose from!

You can find more details about the products and purchase on our online store, The Clemson Girl Store. Orders shipped to South Carolina will, on average, be delivered in 2-3 days.

P.S. All orders get 2 complimentary Clemson Girl 2016 Clemson football schedule magnets and other fun surprises.

Clemson Girl Giveaway

Use the widget below to enter our Clemson Girl clear tote giveaway...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deadline for giveaway entries is Sunday night, Nov. 6, at 11:59 pm EST. We will randomly draw a winner and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 72 hours to respond or we will draw a new winner.

We hope you love our clear tote bags as much as we do. We will be rocking ours this weekend at the Clemson vs. Syracuse game! Go Tigers!!

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