Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Gifts For All!

Some people are so hard to buy for!  So what I love to give are fun gifts, like food, novelty items and toys!

Below are some fun gifts to give, plus some festive stationery to give or use this holiday season:

Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket ($59.99 USD) – Send holiday cheer with this delightful gift! Inside a beautiful bright blue basket, your recipient will discover an enticing arrangement of favorite wintry treats and delicious holiday snacks. Complete with delicate wafer cookies, a decadent dark chocolate bar filled with sea salt caramel, and handcrafted gourmet popcorn, this festive gift is the perfect way to spread merriment this holiday season! Contains:

  • Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Filled Bar by Ghirardelli – 3.5 oz. – This decadent dark chocolate bar is filled with creamy caramel that has been lightly salted.
  • Sugar Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery – 4 oz. – Deliciously crisp and delightfully sweet cookies that are baked according to a family recipe.
  • Almond Nougat by Golden BonBon – 1 oz. – Following a time-honored family tradition, this nougat is handmade from only the finest almonds and the freshest ingredients.
  • Chocolate Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet – .9 oz. – Delicate wafers that are gently rolled into crisp cylinders and filled with creamy chocolate.
  • Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion – 3 oz. – These crunchy peanut squares are made with butter and a deliciously sweet hint of brown sugar.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn – 4 oz. – Gourmet popcorn that’s expertly handcrafted and generously tossed with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  • Vanilla Wafer Rolls by Dolcetto – 4.4 oz. – Crisp, European style wafers that are rolled and filled with a delicate vanilla cream.

Purchase at http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com

Bigmouth Inc. Color Changing Santa Mystery Mug ($9.99 USD) — Just add hot liquid to our Santa mug to watch it’s artwork change before your eyes. When hot, Santa’s clothes disappear, forcing him to deliver the goods in his “unmentionables”. It’s a perfect for gift swaps, stocking stuffers, and holiday parties. Check out the Snowman and Gingerbread Man heat-sensitive mugs, too!

BigMouth Inc Holiday Cheer USB Phone Charger for Android ($11.99 USD) — You could charge your phone with the cable that came with your phone—just like you could watch paint dry. But where’s the fun in that? The new LED Phone Charger series is glowing with a better way to charge your phone’s battery. One side is a USB-A plug—you know, the one that goes into your computer or wall-charging adapter. The other end is a USB Micro-B connector (for use with most Android™ devices).

BigMouth Inc Original Wine Bottle Glass – “I only have time for ONE glass of wine”($17.99 USD) — This hilarious wine glass holds an entire 750mL bottle of wine—or just one glass. Even the busiest people carve out some time for a sip or 47. A viral sensation, our patented Wine Bottle Glass design has been featured on the Today Show, The Tonight Show, and more.

Learn more at http://www.bigmouthinc.com

 

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Resistance A-wing Fighter ($19.99 USD) —Battle the forces of the first order with the resistance A-wing fighter! This detailed authentic movie 85-1639 kit includes 25 easy snap together pieces. Features a battle ready pilot, light up engines and battle-action sounds.You are now ready to recreate your own great movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! First Order Heavy Assault At-M6 Walker ($19.99 USD) —Drive the Assault on the resistance troops with the first order heavy Assault at-m6 Walker. This impressive, highly detailed 85-1649 kit includes 46 easy snap together pieces and features a light up cannon blaster.Battle action sounds and full-motion Positionable head, legs and feet.Buy more than one to recreate your favorite movie battle scene from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter($19.99 USD) —Track down the resistance with Kylo Ren’s personal tie fighter! Highly detailed 85-1647 kit includes 20 easy snap together pieces and is loaded with features. Including Kylo Ren, light up engine, battle action sound and opening cockpit hatch. You are not ready to hunt down the enemy and play out movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Purchase on Amazon

Papyrus Santa’s On His Way Boxed Holiday Cards ($18.95 USD) — The moon shines down on a snowy landscape while Santa waves as he flies by on this delightful holiday card that really captures the anticipation of Christmas Eve.

Herbie & Friends Letters to Santa (Set of 10, $7.95 on sale for $3.98) —  Send your wish list to Santa or a letter to loved ones on these lined sheets. The festive Christmas themed border is sure to put anyone in a holiday mood.

Penguins in Card Sound & Light Christmas Card ($9.95 USD) — Send your loved one this adorable Christmas card that lights up and plays a commercial on the radio.

Available at http://www.papyrusonline.com and great stores everywhere!

What fun finds have you discovered for the holidays?

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Fab Book Gifts!

Books are such amazing gifts to receive.  From fun fiction reads to books that teach you something new, I love to give the people in my life the gift of adventure and learning!

Here are a bunch of great books that the readers in your life would love to receive.  Starting with baking books, to inspirational books to amazing fiction and fun stocking stuffers; there’s a little bit of everything on my list!  This is a long list, so curl up with a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for some great gift ideas:

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes By Jill O’Connor ($24.95 USD, on sale at Amazon for $15.09!) — What better way to celebrate life’s big and small achievements than with cake? There is something inherently festive and special about a homemade cake. Master baker, Jill O’Connor walks home cooks through the cake-making process with crowd-pleasing recipes, perfect for the holidays.  It offers more than 50 divinely decadent recipes home bakers will want to make right away.

Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook presents a wide range of sweet choices, from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers layered with frosting and ganache. With photos that will make readers want to reach out and swipe their fingers through the frosting, Cake, I Love You offers foolproof cake-making advice for beginning bakers and master mixers alike.
Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies

Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies ($24.99, on sale for $19.99) —  When it comes to smile-fetching sweets you can’t go wrong with cookies! From soft and chewy to crisp and crunchy, the buttery sensations always get thumb-up approval. This new book features hundreds of full-color photos, this must-see edition offers after-school snacks, coffee-break bites, classroom treats, bake-sale favorites and holiday delights that are perfect throughout the year. You’ll even find cookies that celebrate days such as National Potato Chip Day (March 14), Jelly Bean Day (April 22) and National French Toast Day (November 28). Best of all, a Christmas- Cookies Bonus Section makes this cookbook a home baker’s dream come true!

Crystal Bliss

Crystal Bliss by Devi Brown — ($18.99 USD) —  If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibrations of crystals. This guide walks you through the process of selecting crystals, cleansing and preparing them for use, and incorporating them into your meditation and energy healing process. 

With the help of Crystal Bliss, you can learn how to boost your own energy, beat back negative vibes, open your heart to love, manifest wealth, and promote good health.

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine by Margaret Dulaney ($14.98 Paperback and $4.49 Kindle) — To Hear the Forest Sing is a collection of essays by the founder of the spoken word website Listen Well. Margaret Dulaney has been accumulating a life’s worth of spiritual musings for the past two decades. In 2010 she founded the spoken word website Listen Well, which offers one recorded essay a month to a growing number of followers. Listeners tune in for ten quiet minutes as she explores sacred and secular themes through story and metaphor.

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy – ($24.95 Amazon price $21.17) — It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there’s nothing easy about it.

Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

Real Life Super Heroes

Real Life Super Heroes by Nadia Fezzani ($22.99, $15.63 on Amazon) —  t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Stuart, the CPA from down the street! Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking life and limb to defend victims of violence and injustice? In her revealing new book author and investigative journalist Nadia Fezzani shines a spotlight on the people who come home from work, change into their uniforms (or costumes), and patrol the streets looking for crime to fight and victims in distress.

The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World: A Visual Adventure to the Most Extraordinary Places on Earth ($26, on Amazon for $15.16) — With a foreword by world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin and an introduction by Outside magazine’s editor Christopher Keyes, The Edge of the World is a stunning collection of the best photography ever published by the leader in outdoor adventure photography and journalism. Created in partnership with Outside magazine for its 40th anniversary, this includes Outside’s most compelling stories from throughout the years and offers readers an inside and dramatic look through the lens of the world’s top adventure photographers.

Christmas in London

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes ($15.99, on Amazongfor $9.99) — It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever:A Riveting Psychological Thriller about the Perfect Marriage by Kaira Rouda ($26.99, $16.27 at Amazon) — Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.

Help! Oh I was talking to myself!

Help! Oh I was talking to myself! by Offshoot ($10.89 USD) — This activity book plays a vital role in reducing stress by helping the readers stand above an issue. They acknowledge it, and treat it lightly in the awareness that they are touched by the issue but not contained by it. The activities take the readers’ minds off the banality of everyday life. There is an affirmation for the readers on every leaf of this book. It reminds them that they are much more than the problems life throws at them.

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock!

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock! by Offshoot — ($9.95, $1.79 at Amazon) — Pressure, deadlines, workload and race against time.Banging heads and lost in files, oh my god, I have lost all smiles―an alarming microscope of the oddities of life in the workplace fishbowl, the book works as a buffer for your daily rants and curses. Caustically funny illustrations make it the book your boss would never want you to lay your hands on. So, here is the chance to cope with office drama and fine tuneyour worries and frustrations with this awesome book of activities.

 

Do you like to give books as gifts?  What are some of your current favorites?

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Gorgeous Beauty Gifts

Still looking for that perfect beauty gift or stocking stuffer?  I have some great choices for all price ranges today.

I usually do a favorites post on Sundays, but instead I am featuring gorgeous makeup, body care and an amazing skincare set that will makeup perfect gifts for any beauty junkie you love:

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit ($50 USD) — Keep your skin merry and bright this holiday season with Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. Infused with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging technology, The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit includes a 4 step regimen that will keep you glowing all winter long while revealing a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. The kit includes:

Youth Activating Melon Serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty while leaving the skin looking and feeling younger with twice daily use.

Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment works hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal more visibly smooth and supple skin.

Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multi-tasking moisturizer designed to visibly firm, plump and hydrate the skin and to reduce environmentally induced damage that can lead to the visible signs of premature aging.

Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème is an intensely hydrating overnight that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the look of visible firmness and impart a smooth overall texture.

Purchase at Ulta and Ulta.com

 

Merle Norman Holiday 2017

Merle Norman Lush Lips Gift Set ($36 USD) Prep lips for a kiss with Merle Norman’s nourishing Lip Revive and an assortment of lip color treats. Top-selling Lip Pencil Plus in Mocha and Tender Kiss are paired with Creamy Lipcolor in Gold Illusion. This new, innovative limited edition shade adds a shimmer to any lip color or can be worn alone for a light blush of shimmering color.

Merle Norman It’s In The Eyes Gift Set ($66 USD) — Make an entrance with Irresistible Eyes. This set features limited-edition Soft Touch Eye Pencil Duos in
Meteor/Bordeaux and Pacific/Lilac, a full retail-size Mascara Primer and the Fat Lash Mascara Black.

Merle Norman Blissful Body Butters Gift Set ($25 USD) — Soften and smooth skin all over with this ultra-rich set of body butters in 3 delectable flavors that smell like your favorite holiday desserts! Cocoa & Vanilla, Apple & Cinnamon, and Sugar Cookie make the perfect.

Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios beginning November 1st

 

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($36, on sale now for $25 USD) — This palette of 30 shades in not-quite nudes with matte and metallic finishes creates flattering looks that are anything but ordinary. Shades are grouped by tone and depth, making it easy to find a custom color just for you. Large matte pans are used as a base, while smaller pans offer subtle pops of color in matte and metallic finishes. Whether your look is natural or bold, fair or deep, you’ll be sure to find color combinations that must have been made just for you.

Purchase at Sephora

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eye Shadow ($22 USD)  — A swish of these shadows illuminates eyes while adding depth & dimension. These 18 soft silky eye shades come in a natural mineral formula. Blend with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking effect.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio ($14 USD) — This limited edition kit includes some of our classic bestselling shades. Included is a limited edition colour exclusive to this kit in our bestselling award winning formula. Replace cap after use. Paraben Free

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection ($28.80 USD) — A glorious girlfriend such as yourself deserves lips that can last while you’re taking names and conquering your dream! From all of us at ybf, we declare that all girlfriends near and far shall love their lips in our new majestic matte lip. Let your lips do the talking, girlfriend; they’ll love the all-day stay! This new formula bonds to your lovely lippies the way girlfriends bond to each other. This lip is going to stay put through your morning (and afternoon!) coffee. That’s a matte-er of fact!

Colours:
peachy keen
proud pink
magnificent magenta
awe-inspiring apple

Available at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

Buxom Lips Off Leash

Buxom Lips Off Leash ($59 USD) — This 15-piece mix of lip plumpers includes shimmer-shine lip polishes and glassy-smooth lip creams for two different finishes. With lip-loving vitamins and richly pigmented color, this collection is formulated with a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to help stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump look of lips without irritation.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Polish in Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, Kayla
– 8 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Cream in Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder ($13 USD) — This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

Purchase at sephora.com and Sephora stores

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 USD) — Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, ($6.99 each USD) — For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
What fabulous beauty gifts are you giving – or wanting – this year?

Holiday Gift Guide — Makeup Stocking Stuffers

I stuff a lot of stockings each year — my husband, three daughters, my oldest daughter’s boyfriend and one for the dog and one for the cats.  Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to buy!

So, I love great ideas for stocking stuffers.  I do give my daughters lots of fun little beauty gifts like the ones below.  There are different price ranges included, so I’m sure you’ll find something affordable and that will make someone smile:

Sephora Collection Lip Balm

Sephora Collection Lip Balm ($5 USD) –This lip balm is made with a nourishing, comfortable formula that gives lips a light tint. This product comes in pink or nude (shown above) shades in a Sephora customized emoji tin.

Purchase at Sephora

ybf beauty up all night mascara ($16 USD) .. curling & volumizing mascara is a water-resistant all-in-one mascara formula that builds & fortifies lashes – just what every girlfriend needs! Your starry eyes are the perfect frame!
ybf beauty smooth blending sticks ($17 USD each) –Tired of pinching your cheeks for a little coulour? Tired of blushes that give you clown cheeks? Don’t fret, angel – our new, multi-purpose blending sticks solve that problem. We all need some rouge in our lives – so pamper yourself & look lively, vibrant & glowing! Be fabYOUlous!  You will receive (1) 0.21 oz/ 6 g blending stick in choice of: playful peach, perfect pink, chic champagne (highlighter) or radiant rose.

No7 Glamourous Nudes Eye Light Palette Holiday 2017
No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Light Palette ($14 USD) — Features 8 nude eyeshadow shades in a gold packaged compact, perfect to bring on-the-go and apply touch-ups during holiday parties.
Available at Walgreens and Walgreens.com.

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base ($16 USD) — This light diffusing primer blurs imperfections while hydrating and restoring the skin. Micronized gold pearls boost the skin’s radiance while creating a smooth, even toned, illuminated base for your makeup application. Prepare your skin for an all day glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Pop Beauty Pout On Point Lip Liner ($6 USD each) — Keep your pout on point with this tri-tipped liner that nourishes and prevents feathering in a few easy strokes. Define your line and withstand time.

Pop Beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder ($12 USD each) — Beam up your favourite features & make your skin POP with prismatic perfection! This ultra light reflecting illuminator seamlessly blends onto the skin for an ethereal finish; creating a multifacete d, three dimensional, luminous glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Available at http://www.popbeauty.com

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set ($29 on sale now for $14.50) — This four-piece set features mini sizes of Original Clear, Barely There, Pale Rose, and Hot Fuschia shades—perfect for any time of the year. Infused with Volulip™ and hyaluronic acid, GrandeLIPS Hydrating Instant Lip Plumper instantly improves lip volume in three to five minutes—adding a pop of lip-boosting color while hydrating dry areas. It offers an array of shades, including its original clear color, and its clinically proven formula increases overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in just 30 days of usage when applied twice daily. It layers effortlessly with other lip products and soothes the lips without any burning or irritation.

Purchase atwww.grandecosmetics.com

VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair
VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair ($54 on sale now for $35) — This VMVanity Pair consists of our bestselling, beauty editor-fave LIP GLOSS and Glitz Lipstick. Two Glam. Two Fab. Two Perfect. Each box contains 1 lip gloss and 1 lipstick, in one of two combinations, Cherry Fudge + Tango and Big Red + Smack.
Do you have any great beauty stocking stuffer ideas?  Let me know!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Gifts For the Hard To Buy For on Your List

Some people are so hard to buy for…relatives, co-workers, all men (LOL).  So it great to find gifts that most people will love!

Below are gifts that can go to almost anyone and will be loved:

Popcornopolis Red Snowflakes 5-Cone Gift Basket

Popcornopolis Red Snowflakes 5-Cone Gift Basket ($44.99 USD) — It just doesn’t get any easier…on your time, your wallet, and especially your reputation for giving the most awesome holiday gifts ever. Our snowflake-bejeweled 5-cone popcorn gift basket comes beautifully pre-wrapped and ready to give, but it’s the five favorite flavors inside that will preserve your place in the Gift Giving Hall of Fame. Reason: these are the recipes that made Popcornopolis famous, the top five of all time. And every one promises an amazing taste experience all by itself.

Flavors: Caramel Corn, Kettle Corn, Cheddar Cheese, Cinnamon Toast, and the crowd-pleasing Zebra® Popcorn

Available at http://www.popcornopolis.com

 

Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger

Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger ($49.95 USD) This portable charger is barely larger than a pack of gum, and can power a typical smartphone up to three times and a small tablet once, making it a great, lightweight power source that users can stick in their purse or pocket. Available in a range of color options.

Available at http://www.goalzero.com

Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern

Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern ($24.95 USD) — This USB rechargeable and dimmable lantern also includes a built-in 120-lumen flashlight. It can withstand a variety of climates and terrain and can run up to 170 hours on its lowest setting. Weighing just over 2 ounces it maximizes pack space and performance.

Available at http://www.goalzero.com

Readers.com The Adrian Computer Reader

Readers.com The Adrian Computer Reader ($24.95 USD) — Help ease your eye strain with The Adrian Computer Reader. These trendy browline readers offer lightly yellow tinted, fully magnified lenses with anti-reflective coating that will offset your screen’s glare.

Purchase at http://www.readers.com

Sunglass Warehouse Heritage Sunglasses

Sunglass Warehouse Heritage Sunglasses ($15.99 USD) — Keep your look classic no matter where your weekend takes you with these mixed material, polarized round shades.

Purchase these and more great shades at http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Fiction Books

I find that books are such great gifts for the holidays.  I give everyone in my immediate family a couple of new books every year to help them get through th cold winter!

Here are some amazing new books I was sent for my gift guides.  Check them out:

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Vol. I

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures Vol. I is twenty-one unfinished projects from one of the twentieth century’s most popular and prolific writers, lovingly reconstructed by the author’s son

Delving deep into the creative process of an American original, the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures project brings to light complete, unpublished novels as well as the hidden story behind the most mysterious and ambitious of his works. In this first collection, Beau L’Amour presents nearly two dozen never-before-seen drafts, using his father’s handwritten notes, journal entries, and correspondence, along with his own memories, to provide biographical context and speculate on how the pieces might have ended.

The scope of these selections celebrates L’Amour’s vision and virtuosity, including variations on the traditional Western—the first seven chapters of a powerful novel about the Cherokee Trail of Tears and a story of the American Revolution featuring a character who may be one of L’Amour’s well-known Sackett family. At the other end of the spectrum are classic adventures, such as The Golden Tapestry, set in 1960s Istanbul, as well as several uniquely different attempts at what would have been the most profoundly intimate of all of L’Amour’s novels, a saga of reincarnation that stretches from a time before time to the period of Alexander the Great, and on to Warlord-Era China.

Illustrated with rare photographs and copies of handwritten notes, this book reveals the L’Amour you have never known, his personal struggles as a writer, and the contest between mortality and a literary legacy too big for one life to contain.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

Chimera

CHIMERA: A Weregirl Novel by C. D. Bell [Chooseco Publishing] is the highly anticipated YA paranormal thriller sequel in the Weregirl Trilogy and a must-read this fall, on shelves November 1, 2017. Weregirl, the first of the trilogy, presented the origin story of Nessa Kurland, a high school junior focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running… until a dangerous late-night encounter with a trapped wolf in the woods renders her transformed: not just into a more competitive runner, but into a WEREGIRL learning to transform with the moon and use her powers to combat evil in her small town. In Bell’s follow-up novel, CHIMERA, Nessa is stronger and has more control over her transformations, but there’s more at stake than just the moon cycles.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

Full Service Blonde

Here is a book that would make for the perfect gift for any book lover, Vegas goer, or murder-mystery fanatic: Full Service Blonde [out November 7, Imbrifex Books], the prequel to the successful Las Vegas comical mystery debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra, by Megan Edwards.

Enchanted by this unlikely city locale, author Megan Edwards continues to set ‘Sin City’ as the backdrop in her prequel Full Service Blonde which follows aspiring journalist Copper Black, who meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. Victoria offers Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but maybe even a front page cover story after Victoria is shockingly murdered and Copper is thrusted into the investigation. With twists and turns revealing more into Copper Black’s background and own journey toward self-discovery, Full Service Blonde offers readers the chance to dive further into the dark side of the Southwest’s city that never sleeps.

Purchase at Amazon and other fine book stores.

Do you like to give books for gifts?

 

Sephora Holiday 2017 — Reach Out and Gift!

Sephora, the beauty mecca we all know and love, has a cool new campaign this holiday season.  It’s called Reach Out and Gift and it features their beauty experts, pictured above.  Here is more info:

Sephora’s holiday campaigns have always celebrated beauty, so this year is no different. Sephora knows the importance of developing a personal, emotional connection with, and understanding of, the unique one-of-a-kind loved ones of your gift list. With that in mind, Reach Out and Gift was created to celebrate how beauty unifies people of all different interests, and encourages them to build personal connections with one another, whether its people they know or don’t know.  

Sephora’s beauty experts help personalize beauty for our clients in stores every day, so it made sense for us to feature them in this campaign. Of the 1,000 consultants that applied to be a part of the campaign, 10 were chosen from all over the U.S. and Canada based on their definition of what unique beauty means to him or her, and their own personal take on beauty. With the help of Inez and Vinoodh, Sephora was able to embrace and brilliantly bring to life its first campaign with its Sephora family—its Cast Members!

Of the ten Cast Members that are included in the campaign, one is actually located right in Kansas City (where I live) at Sephora Town Center Plaza! Her name is Alley Cage and she is on the top row, 4th from the left in the photo.

Alley is a Senior Artist at the Sephora Town Center Plaza store in Kansas City, and has been with Sephora for 6 years. Alley also supports two other stores with training and continued education in artistry, as well as provides content for Sephora’s YouTube Channel.

Alley wanted to work at Sephora because it “felt like coming home.” The first time she ever walked into a Sephora, she felt like she had found people that understood her “hunger for self-expression,” and that they “wanted to make people feel beautiful and celebrated for what made them uniquely beautiful.” Six years later, she feels the same holds true, “it is a place that helps you empower yourself to feel beautiful from the inside out.”

Alley applied for Sephora’s Reach Out and Gift campaign because she received a gift from Sephora that lent itself to a bigger idea – Sephora is a place to inspire beauty. Her mom gifted her her first brush set when she was twelve and it changed her life, it inspired her love for makeup and passion for creating. “Makeup became my armor and outlet when I was growing up and those brushes were the key to creating. Sephora helped me to see the beauty within myself when I was a teenager recreating looks in my bedroom, but they have also helped me to see my own beauty as grow my own artistry and career.” “I can now see my own beauty when the makeup is rinsed off and that I bring a lot to the table by being just the way that I am. This campaign is a celebration of that very premise and of the beauty that lives in others. To be the face of that beautiful idea is the biggest privilege I could ask for.”

Congrats to Alley and the other Cast Members who were chosen!

Plus, here are some amazing gift ideas from Sephora this season:

Sephora Favorites Glow For It

Sephora Favorites Glow For it ($40.00 USD) — Shine a light on beautiful skin with glow-getter creams, powders, and liquids—for a subtle radiance, intense glow, or anything in between. This set includes seven deluxe everyday essentials.

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set ($38 USD) — A five-piece full face brush set with unique glitter handles housed in a stand-up pouch.

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette ($16 USD) — A universally flattering blush palette featuring eight gorgeous shades in matte and shimmer finishes.

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set ($38 USD) — Can be used alone or for multi-masking to target different concerns on different areas of the face. The travel-friendly packaging offers easy and convenient use with up to five uses per package.

I know the Insider VIB sales are going on — are you picking up any goodies for yourself or as gifts?

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