Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Gummies, Gadgets and Games, Oh My!

Hi all! I’m back with a short gift guide for people who may be hard to find gifts for.

I have a few products here that might be just the thing for those friends and family members who would like something different:

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IT’SUGAR Cocktail Flavored Gummi Bears Gift Set($49.99 USD) — Now Serving! Level-up your candy game with our exclusive Beary Buzzed gift set filled with cocktail flavored gummy bears! Sure to get the party started, this gift set includes 8 5oz. bags in Mudslide, Strawberry Daiquiri, Rum and Coke, Margarita, Pina Colada, Maple Bourbon, Mimosa, and Cosmopolitan flavors. Does not contain alcohol.

IT’SUGAR has a ton of great gift ideas here.

PSO-RITE - holiday gift

For this one, I thought I would show the photo that shows what the item does.  This is the PSO-RITE self-massager.  Its patented design mimics the hand and elbow of a deep-tissue massage therapist and is used to release aches, pains and tightness in the neck, hips, shoulders, back, knees,  and more!   It can be used virtually anywhere from home to office, in waiting rooms or on the seat of a car.

This holiday season, the PSO-RITE also offers a perfect stocking stuffer portable version, the PSO-MINI.  Designed to replicate two fingers or the thumb, it works deep into muscles and can be used on sensitive areas including the temples and jaws, back of neck, elbows and the bottom of feet.

Off Topic Card Game - for Those Slightly Off

Off Topic Card Game – for Those Slightly Off ($29.99)

  • CREATIVITY RULES: Off Topic is a fun board game that gets the brain juices flowin‚Äô and stirs up some hilarious conversations. Creative White Elephant / Secret Santa Gift Ideas!
  • HOW TO PLAY: Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Flip the sand timer and you’re off! Race against time to write down answers for each topic that begin with the letter rolled.
  • DEFEND YOUR ANSWERS: Coming up with answers is only part of the game. Debating answers with your friends and family is where the real fun happens!
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX?! Each game box comes with everything you need for endless rounds of fun: a 20-sided die, 16 game cards, 8 white boards, 10 dry erase markers, and a 2 minute sand timer.
  • FAST PACED FUN: The perfect adult party game to play with 2-8 players. Those who have short attentions spans (read: everyone). The pace is quick, the rules are simple, and games can be as quick as 30 minutes, or as fun as 90 minutes!

I hope you liked this quick gift guide and got some ideas!  What fun gifts are you giving this year?

 

 

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Hey all! Ready for Valentine’s Day?¬† I think I am! I have shopped for those special people in my life (including some beauty products, of course).

I though I would post some products that can either be nice gifts, or used in getting ready for V-Day– and beyond:

 

beautyblender BBF Kit
beautyblender BBF Kit

This would be a gorgeous gift to share with your bestie (or keep both for your self)! This is the beautyblender BBF kit ($40 USD).  beautyblenders are such an amazing sponge, so this would be quite the treat!

To make this even sweeter, beautyblender is proud to announce its partnership with American Heart Association.  The world’s favorite pink makeup applicator is blending for cause Рto help improve the quality of life of people who have heart disease….one bounce at a time.

Throughout the entire month of February, 25% of all sales from the  best-selling BBF kit on beautyblender.com will be donated to American Heart Association. PLUS every BBF kit sold will receive a free 10oz liquid blendercleanser ($30 Value)!

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut
Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut ($25 USD) — This stunning eight-shade eyeshadow palette highlights blush-tone neutrals that play well with a rose hue and a chocolate matte. Get lost with a coppery pink transformer shade, which adds a little ice to any look. This palette will be perfect for romantic or sultry Valentine’s Day looks!

Shades:

  • Sin (pale nude shimmer)
  • Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
  • Shortcut (medium rose-pink matte)
  • Afterhours (soft black satin with iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Back Alley (chocolate brown matte)
  • Rendezvous (bordeaux matte with blue-sparkle)
  • Gash (metallic brick red)
  • Zone (metallic pink-red with copper micro-sparkle*)

Purchase at http://www.urbandecay.com, Ulta, Sephora and other great retailers.

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette
Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette ($42.00) For the final touch, and ultimate ease, add some color to your look with this multipurpose palette. Each blendable shade is perfect for eyes, lips, and cheeks!

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com, Sephora and other luxe stores.

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart
Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart

Nanacoco Luxe Lipstick in Sweetheart ($8.50 USD) This full pigment, long-lasting formula, and silky finish, make a memorable statement with your lips. The shade Sweetheart allow for you to say goodbye to smearing and fading, and hello to a comfortable and rich lip color. And it is a fresh and pretty alternative to red.  But if you do want a red shade, check out this lipstick Red Riches or Cranberry!

Available at Nanacocoinc.com

Ethique Face Sampler

Ethique Face Sampler ($18.50 USD) —¬†If you want to dip your toe in and try out Ethique’s range of face products (the world’s first zero waste beauty brand), their Face Sampler is for you! It contains the following five samples:¬†Bliss Bar¬†is a luxuriously creamy, gentle face cleanser created for normal to dry skin types;¬†The Perfector¬†is a solid face cream; Saving Face Serum is made with cupuacu¬†and shea butters and rosehip & pomegranate oils;¬†Gingersnap¬†is a creamy, facial exfoliator and In Your Face Cleanser created for skin that is prone to breakouts. Plus, the heart shape products are so cute and such a fun gift.

Purchase on Amazon

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Brilliance Flawless Effects Moisturizer (Amazon; $11.99): This skin perfecting moisturizer will give you all the confidence to wear that little red dress this Valentine’s Day! Going a step further than hydration, this moisturizer instantly perfects skin by blurring imperfections and improving overall skin tone on the spot.

Purchase on Amazon or a mass market retailer near you.

I know Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away, but these would be nice at any time.¬† I love fresh makeup and body care — plus I love pampering myself!

I hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day, whether you are going out with friends, celebrating with a significant other, or having a self care night at home (don’t forget the wine)!

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

Hey all! I’m here with my last gift guide of the year (I think).¬† I have a few last minute gift ideas.¬† You can get almost everything by Christmas if you shop online in the next day or two, and you can also go in to stores to pick up lots of great gifts!

Below are skincare, body care and makeup sets that will make amazing gifts:

Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set ($39 USD) — With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Where to Buy: us.laneige.com,
Burt's Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm (4 Pack for $20) — For the holiday season, Burt‚Äôs Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on¬†www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Where to Buy: www.BurtsBees.com
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault ($49 USD, on sale now for less at the stores below) for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash Body Lotion Duo Gift Set - Lime & Coriander
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash/Body Lotion Duo Gift Set – Lime & Coriander

 

Bigelow Chemist Hand Wash & Body Lotion Duo Set features two of their top selling
formulas infused with the scent of Lime & Coriander.  You can purchase this in other scents as well.
Are you still shopping?  Any tips for last minute shoppers?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — For The Hard To Buy For Part 2!

Hi all! Still shopping?  Me too!  What are you getting those people in your life who are so hard to buy for???

Below are fun games for all ages, a cool scooter, clothing that gives back and high vibration wooden jewelry:

Happy Salmon
Happy Salmon

Happy Salmon¬†($14.29 USD) is a simple, fast-paced card game that gets everyone moving and laughing in under two minutes. Everyone simultaneously calls out the action shown on their top card – “High 5”, “Pound It”, “Switcheroo”, or “Happy Salmon”. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing that action together. Then both players discard their top card and call out the action on their next card. The first player to discard all their cards wins!

Happy Salmon has won several Family Game of the Year awards. The game includes 72 cards, rules, and the Happy Salmon fish pouch. And it’s NOT just for kids either! Adults love this game for parties and team building! Its also great for long road trips and travel!

Purchase at Target.

Harry Potter Games
Harry Potter Games

Calling all Harry Potter fans! What better way to celebrate your fandom than with Pressman’s Harry Potter games? Embrace your inner Gryffindor with Harry Potter Magical Beasts and the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament.

Magical beasts have broken loose at HOGWARTS! It‚Äôs up to your favorite wizards to capture them in the¬†Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game. Play as Harry Potter‚ĄĘ, Hermione Granger‚ĄĘ, Ron Weasley‚ĄĘ¬†or Ginny Weasley‚ĄĘ¬†as you collect clues and track down creatures. The dynamic swinging game board adds excitement as you travel in and out of HOGWARTS. The first player to collect a magical beast wins. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.

Muggles and wizards alike will be enchanted by the¬†Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament! It features fast-action Pop ‚Äėn‚Äô Race play as you race around the Tri-Wizard Maze competing to capture the Tri-Wizard Cup! Beware – there are traps along the way that may hurt or help your journey throughout the maze. For 2 to 4 players, ages 5 and up.

Purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Go! Calendar & Games

Razor Spark Ultra Scooter
Razor Spark Ultra Scooter

 

Razor Spark Ultra Kick Scooter with Super Bright LED Wheels ($44 USD) —¬†Lightning on wheels, the Spark Ultra is a blur of brilliant light that‚Äôs ready to take riders to a new dimension of fun. Featuring the brightest LED wheels of any scooter in the Razor lineup, the Spark Ultra doubles down on flash with every blast from its Spark Bar for a glowing ride that will light it up all day long. The full-length grip tape sets the tone with its spark-inspired design, while the patented folding system makes it easy to take your light show on the go. Designed for responsible riders ages 8 and up, the Spark Ultra‚Äôs aluminum t-tube and deck provide hand-me-down durability, with easy-adjust handlebars that let you find the perfect height.

  • Age: 8+
  • Max Rider Weight: 143 lb (65 kg)
  • No assembly required
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5‚ÄĚ x 11.5‚ÄĚ x 33‚ÄĚ (648 mm x 292 mm x 832 mm)
  • Weight: 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)

Purchase at jet.com

Peace Frogs Good Karma Full Zip French Terry Hood Adult Sweatshirt
Peace Frogs Good Karma Full Zip French Terry Hood Adult Sweatshirt

Peace Frogs Good Karma Full Zip French Terry Hood Adult Sweatshirt ($49.99 – $57.99 depending on size) — These sweatshirts are 55% cotton for softness and 45% polyester for wrinkle free durability using a ringspun pre-shrunk French terry material. This sweatshirt is a popular classic for good reason. Print is on the back with a smaller front print.

Purchase this and other great items at peacefrogs.com

Statement Peace Necklace
Statement Peace Necklace

Statement Peace Necklace ($65 SD) — Find your inner peace and spread peace to all. Make your statement:

Maple 1/8″
Antique Bronze Finish
Chain Length: 24″

Statement Peace is a HIGH vibration wooden jewelry line that is made from peace and love. From the seed that first lays its roots in the ground and sprouts to see the sun for the first time, each tree has a journey that begins. Each tree has a past, a present, and a future.

“We at¬†Statement Peace¬†believe when you operate out of peace and love it is felt by all. We also believe that energy is transferrable. With every piece of peace we create we transfer our passion, high vibrations and good juju with the intention that you feel our vibes.¬†Gravitate. Vibe. Repeat.”

Purchase at http://www.wearstatementpeace.com

I hope that gave you inspiration.  There are so many cool gifts out there!  I hope you are having a great holiday season so far!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Books Gifts Part 2

Hi All!¬† Still going strong with my gift guides! I know I’m still shopping, and being an Amazon Prime member means I can get almost anything in two days!¬† All of these books are on Amazon and most can be purchased on Kindle.

The books in this guide are all about health and fitness.  I did lose a few pounds in 2018 and are hoping to do even better in 2019!

Active by Holly Davidson
Totally Buf by Libby Babet

Active by Holly Davidson —¬†We all want to feel fit, healthy and strong, but with today‚Äôs fast¬†paced lifestyles it can be¬†hard to find the time or motivation to exercise. What if there was a way to find the fitness¬†that‚Äôs right for you¬†‚ÄĒ¬†workouts that will fit into the time and space you have available? Holly¬†Davidson is a top personal trainer who works according to the fundamental belief that¬†fitness is within each one of us, and we can find it wherever we are. She has used her¬†years of experience to devise an exercise program that is varied, flexible,¬†and fun¬†in her¬†new fitness book

ACTIVE: Workouts that Work for You (Kyle Books; January 2019; Paperback; $16.99)
Totally Buf by Libby Babet
Totally Buf by Libby Babet

Totally Buf by Libby Babet ($19.99 USD) — The BUF Girls are Australia’s revolutionary new team of fitness and nutrition gurus for a new generation of healthy-minded, empowered women.¬†Being a BUF Girl isn’t about competition, body image or comparison, it’s about friendship and community, healthy bodies and healthy minds, and inspiring, supporting and celebrating all women.

THE BUF GIRLS ARE:
LIBBY BABET #ATHLETEMAKER
CASSEY MAYNARD #CURVECREATOR
ALICIA BEVERIDGE #BUTTKICKER
SIAN JOHNSON #BOOTYSHAKER

Together, the BUF (BEAUTIFUL, UNSTOPPABLE, FEARLESS) Girls are on a mission to show women everywhere how to get healthy and fit – and stay healthy and fit – through easy and simple steps.

This 6-week plan (one focus habit each week) will completely transform your health and wellbeing, with core fitness, nutrition and mindset tips that every woman can implement in their day-to-day lives.

With over 100 recipes (including vegan and vegetarian options), easy exercise and nutrition tips, TOTALLY BUF will give you all you need to be a BUF Girl.

 

Low Carb Express by Annie Bell
Low Carb Express by Annie Bell

Low Carb Express by Annie Bell —¬†Adopting a low carb diet doesn‚Äôt mean you have to deprive yourself of delicious food.¬†Author of¬†Low-Carb¬†Revolution, award¬†–¬†winning food writer Annie Bell offers a speedy¬†update to this diet, revolving around fresh,¬†seasonal ingredients¬†with her latest cookbook

LOW CARB EXPRESS: Cut the Carbs with 130 Deliciously Healthy Recipes (Kyle Books; January 2018; Trade Paperback; $19.99) . Every recipe lists the carbohydrate and
protein values and can be made in 30 minutes or less. Chapters include: Bread, including a low-carb Rosemary Focaccia and Sesame Parmesan Crackers; Eggs and Frittatas, which features three Omelet Pizza recipes; Protein Pots such as a Chicken, and Chile Pot with Miso Dressing; Very Veggie, including a zucchini noodle salad; the Sweet Satisfaction of Papaya Creams and Chocolate, Date, and Orange Mousse; and more.
Beat Your Bloat by Maeve Madden
Beat Your Bloat by Maeve Madden

Beat Your Bloat by Maeve Madden —¬†Being honest about bloating is something Irish-born blogger, model, and fitness guru¬†Maeve Madden has never shied away from. In fact, her social media channels depict her¬†real-life battle with IBS and PCOS, as well as adult acne. Her transparent, ‚Äúno filter‚Ä̬†approach is a proven hit and she has gained her more than 140k Instagram followers as¬†a result. Our increasingly stressful lifestyles and poor diet choices means people are¬†crying out for relatable, informative,¬†and inspirational advice.

BEAT YOUR BLOAT: Recipes and Exercise to Promote Digestive Health (Kyle Books; January 2019; Trade Paperback; $16.99) covers Maeve’s personal journey to achieving a healthy lifestyle and shows how you too can transform your digestive health and fitness. Chapters cover Getting Started, Beating the Binge, Cut the Cravings, Rescue Remedies, and Consistency Not Perfection, and provides guidance not only on how to beat bloating but also on achieving body positivity.
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What do you still need to get this year?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend!¬† I’m back with another gift giving guide.¬† This time its beauty stocking stuffers. From makeup to skin care to hair accessories, there are so many great products that you can give the beauty lover!

I have a range of products and price points, in no particular order:

Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow
Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow

Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow ($10 USD) — High impact glitter pigments meets luminous opaque color for a look so fierce it can’t go unnoticed. Our boldest eye look yet, this captivating collection of long-wearing glitter packed liquid eyeshadows is not for the faint of heart. Dries down completely, no glitter fall out. Step out of the shadows with Warrior Glitter Shadow. Comes ins 6 gorgeous shades.¬† The one above is Camo.¬† It’s perfect for fall!

Available at flowerbeauty.com and Ulta stores.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat ($29 USD) –This is one hot little palette. Naked Petite Heat is a compact eyeshadow palette featuring six all-new scorched neutrals inspired by our own Naked Heat. With five matte shades for lid, crease and liner, plus one demi-matte highlighting shade, it has everything you need to create looks that range from soft and sultry to flat-out fire.

The ultra-compact packaging was made for travel and fits in your smallest purse. But don‚Äôt let its petite exterior fool you‚ÄĒit contains full-size pans of our legendary Eyeshadow and a mirror. Emblazoned with burning roses, this hot commodity will be your go-to palette.

Use each shade alone or pair them up with your favorite shadows to create endless sizzling eye looks. Some of our new favorites are Hot Spell, our latest terra-cotta obsession, and Strike, a rich reddish brown. Feel like totally going up in flames? Try Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade, or Heist, a rich cayenne, for extra spice. Better yet, you can use these matte shades as a base to pair with your 12-shade Naked Heat palette.

Purchase at urbandecay.com, Ulta and Sephora.

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights ($48 USD) —¬†Discover 18 dazzling shades of our bestselling GEN NUDE mineral eyeshadow in one beautiful, gift-ready palette. The rich, flattering colors in matte, radiant, shimmer and metallic finishes are suitable for creating endless day-to-night looks, and this palette features 8 new limited edition shades.

Shades included: Spotlight, 500 Thread Count, NEW Interstellar, NEW Venus, NEW Earthling, NEW Wave Length, NEW Galaxy, NEW Comet, NEW Force Field, Presto, Delightful, Catch Me If…, Romp, Louder, Santorini, NEW Meteor Shower, Dazzle, Perspective.

GEN NUDE eyeshadows are crease resistant and last up to 12 hours with clean, good-for-skin color.

Purchase at bareminerals.com and ulta.com

Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo
Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo

Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo ($19 USD) — A bestselling duo featuring 100 percent organic multitaskers that smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while increasing hydration.

Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil refines the look of fine lines and nourishes overnight as a youth-activating hydrator filled with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. In addition, 100% Pure Argan Oil Light absorbs quickly with a semi-matte satin finish.

This set contains:
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light

Milk Makeup The 'Rents
Milk Makeup The ‘Rents

Milk Makeup The ‘Rents ($20 USD) — Includes:

MINI COOLING WATER UNDER-EYE DE-PUFFER STICK: Cooling, under-eye de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.

  • DE-PUFFS: Infused with caffeine to support micro-circulation, giving skin an energized, glowing look.
  • SOOTHES: Formulated with natural seawater to calm irritated skin and hydrate.
  • HYDRATES: Gel formula glides onto skin to lock in moisture all day. Directions: Swipe on undereyes to de-puff and refresh skin.

MINI BLUR STICK MATTE PRIMER: Silicone-free matte primer that minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to create a smooth, shine-free finish.

  • PRIMES: Creates a matte finish on all skin tones for makeup that goes on smooth and stays put.
  • BLURS: Powder-filled blurring microspheres absorb oil and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.
  • BREATHES: With an innovative non-comedogenic, silicone-free, and oil-free formula that won‚Äôt clog pores.

Available at milkmakeup.com and Sephora.com

JINsoon Encore Collection
JINsoon Encore Collection

JINsoon Encore Collection ($42 USD) —

Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin
Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin

Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin ($4.99 USD) —¬†Compact and loaded with 25 black hair ties for easy access ‚Äď even on the¬†go!¬†Affordable, adorable, and useful for styling the perfect bun, ponytail, or¬†updo.

Purchase at cvs.com

Eylure Vegas Nay Lash Gift Set
Eylure Vegas Nay Lash Gift Set
Eylure x Vegas Nay Gift Set ($14.99) This limited edition gift set includes 3 of the most popular Vegas Nay Lash styles in the Luxe Collection, all featuring a mink effect texture. The feather light lashes add dramatic enhancement for any eye shape and are made for reusable application.
STYLES:
  • Platinum Princess
  • Golden Goddess
  • Bronze Beauty

Purchase at Target and Ulta

What do you give in stocking stuffers?  Any fun beauty products?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Books Gifts Part 1

Hi all! Happy Friday!¬† I’m so glad it’s the weekend!¬† I’ll be decorating and Christmas shopping this weekend (and working on more gift guides).

If you’re not done shopping yet, think about giving a fun book as a gift! I’m going to be featuring a bunch of books this season. All of the books below will make thoughtful gifts and they are available on Amazon and most on Kindle for quick and easy giving!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas
An Old-Fashioned Christmas

An Old-Fashioned Christmas ($12.95 USD) —¬†An Old-Fashioned Christmas¬†presents a carefully curated collection of inspirational, meaningful and fun quotes celebrating the spirit of the holidays.

Deck the halls with boughs of jolly and the An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Chock full of holiday sentiments and joyous words, this Christmas quote book is the perfect stocking stuffer book for the season.

 

 

The Enchanted Sonata
The Enchanted Sonata

The Enchanted Sonata is a fresh, whimsical retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, which will captivate readers of all ages. The Enchanted Sonata was written by Heather Dixon Wallwork, who has worked as a storyboard lead for Disney and is the author of two novels published by HarperCollins.

In¬†The Enchanted Sonata, 15-year-old Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!), and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker. Whisked away to his world‚ÄĒan enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince‚ÄĒClara must face a magician who uses music as magic…and the future she thought she wanted.

Dixon Wallwork is a musician, animator and author. Working under Disney Interactive, she has illustrated for many popular franchises including Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, and was the story lead for the Moana playset. She is the author of two novels published by Greenwillow Books ‚Äď HarperCollins:¬†Entwined¬†and¬†Illusionarium.

Ciao Italia Lifelong Adventures

Ciao Italia Lifelong Adventures ($25.12 Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito’s groundbreaking PBS cooking show CIAO ITALIA have enjoyed cooking with and learning from this beloved television personality, a trailblazer who helped spark a billion dollar food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs. Fans have three words to describe her cooking style: traditional, authentic and passionate. From creating and launching CIAO ITALIA in 1989 to authoring 12 cookbooks, Esposito has inspired a worldwide audience who want to know more about Italian food and culture.

Musing Mediterranean
Musing Mediterranean

Musing Mediterranean — ($15.56 USD) When Beth Daigle‚Äôs husband, Tony, announced that he was planning a two-week¬†Mediterranean¬†cruise, she wasn‚Äôt exactly excited. Plagued by anxieties about leaving home and air travel, as well as the fact that this was to be a multi-generational family vacation including her parents, daughters, sister and her family, there was some definite potential for disaster. Despite that phobia and reluctance, though, the¬†Mediterranean¬†called her in a way that she couldn‚Äôt deny‚ÄĒshe‚Äôs half Greek and half Italian, and seeing her ancestral countries had always been a dream.¬†Musing¬†Mediterranean¬†is the full account of that dream coming true‚ÄĒfrom the planning phase to the return home, Daigle takes us along on her family‚Äôs journey through Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, the Greek Islands, and Naples.

In her warm and approachable prose, Daigle communicates the beauty, history, architecture and culture of each location that her family visits, and a sense of awe that the trip has given her for what is truly a life altering experience. Whether or not you’ve experienced the beauty of the places Daigle visits in this book firsthand, you’ll feel like you have after going on this journey with her. Most importantly though, in a time when we could all use a bit of an escape now and then, Musing Mediterraneanis an unequivocally happy book that injects humor wherever possible. One that will make readers glad they’ve read it.

Do you like to give books for gifts?  What kinds do you like to give (or get)?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Gift Sets Part 2

Hi All!¬† I hope you had a great weekend.¬† I’m back with more beauty gift sets that will make amazing gifts. So if you haven’t finished your shopping, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Below are skincare, body care and lots of makeup picks:

DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers

DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers ($36 USD) — Cicapair‚ĄĘTiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is a green-to-beige color-correcting treatment that corrects redness and helps protect skin from environmental aggressors. Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum is a highly concentrated, fast-acting serum that soothes skin sensitivity while calming redness and irritation. Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Cream is a moisturizing cream to calm sensitive, irritated, inflamed skin. Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask is an overnight mask that soothes redness and irritation to calm damaged skin. Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Camo Drops is a smart hybrid product‚ÄĒan ultra-lightweight, revitalizing serum and color corrector that neutralizes redness and turns on skin‚Äôs glow.

This set contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Camo Drops
– 5 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Cicapair‚ĄĘ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask

Purchase at Sephora

NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio
NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio

NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio ($29.50 USD) — A great way to try three of our best-loved hand creams in the perfect take-anywhere size. This set contains:

– Maracuja Hand Cream Enriched with soothing Maracuj√° Oil, this lightweight but efective hand cream penetrates quickly to leave hands feeling soft and smooth, never greasy.

– Castanha Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Castanha Oil and Murumuru butter, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements. The rich texture absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling comfortable, not greasy.

– Cacau Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Cacau and Murumuru Butters butters, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements.

Check out more sets and purchase at http://www.naturabrasil.com

Pixi Beauty¬†Glow Tonic Holiday Edition ($15 USD) — The Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml miracle working toner helps brighten the complexion resulting in a healthier glow.

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies 2nd Edition ($22 USD) — 18 coordinated eye shades in a blendable natural mineral formula. Use with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking finish.

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com and Target

bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection
bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection

bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection ($79 USD) — With full-sized versions of cult-classic favorites like Prime Time and Mineral Veil, this 12-piece set is sure to be a smash. Complete with a brush, mascara, a few lippies, and more, this gift¬†covers all of your bases.

On Saturday, December 8th, all bareMinerals holiday sets will be 40% off at Ulta in store and online. They have lots of sets in different price ranges, so check it out!

Purchase at Ulta or http://www.bareminerals.com

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame
Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame ($39 USD) —¬†Time to pay homage to the holy-grail favorites with some serious cult following. This year we‚Äôre welcoming these heavy hitters into the Holiday Hall of Fame, an ultimate arsenal to complete any look this season. Features a travel-size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, travel-size All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, full-size Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a full-size Perversion Mascara.

Urban Decay has lots of other great sets and beautiful palettes (Born to Run anyone?) that would make such nice gifts!

Price: $39, Available at Sephora/Sephora.com, Ulta Beauty/Ulta.com, select Macy’s stores/Macys.com, and UrbanDecay.com

Are you still shopping for beauty gifts?  Any good ideas to share?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — For The Hard To Buy For!

Hi all! How’s your holiday shopping going?¬† I’ve barely started!¬† It’s a weird year.¬† I don’t know what anyone wants and I’m on a strict budget. But I’ll get there!

And speaking of shopping, I have another installment of my Holiday Gift Guide series for 2018.  This one has innovative and fun gifts for the guys and gals who are hard to buy for.  It includes a luxe blanket, a silk pillowcase, an innovative notebook and more:

Footsac Blanket
Footsac Blanket in Snow Owl Phur

The Footsac blanket ($150-$175) makes the perfect holiday gift! Along the bottom of the blanket is an 18″ pocket to tuck your feet in, which means that you will never again struggle to keep your whole body warm, cozy and covered.

Footsacs are small and lightweight enough to toss in your carry-on, but also big enough to cover two snuggling love bugs! They’re currently available in Eskimo, Mousse, Wolf, Owl and Snow Owl phur.

Purchase at http://www.lovesac.com

The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase
The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase

The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase ($45 USD) — Made with the highest grade of long fiber mulberry silk and high grade cotton, the Hollywood Silk Solution is made to reduce bedhead, decrease tugging on delicate facial skin and extend your blowout. Now, you can truly get your beauty sleep this year.

Available at TheHollywoodSilkSolution.com

ROCKETBOOK EVERLAST
ROCKETBOOK EVERLAST

The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. And with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows you to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App. If you’re interested in testing one out I’d be happy to send you a sample.

When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few. Rocketbook allows everyone on your list to stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.

Purchase at getrocketbook.com

National Parks
National Parks Gifts

The Perfect Park Gifts for Everyone on Your List includes ideas for everyone from your partner to your colleague, ensuring you’ll find something for every type of person in your life. Best of all? These gifts bring joy in more than one way as they also support treasured national parks!

Whether you’re shopping for kids, entertainers, an outdoorsperson, a fashionista, or a homebody, this list is the one-stop shop for all of your gifting needs this year! Let me know if you’re interested in sharing with your readers or if you have any questions.

Los Angeles Rams NFL Draft Day Backpack
Los Angeles Rams NFL Draft Day Backpack

The Northwest Company makes high-quality, sports and entertainment-themed backpacks, blankets, and more!¬†¬†For the sports fan in your life, look no further than The Northwest ‚Äď they will even offer customization and monogramming, just in time for the holiday season.

This is the Los Angeles Rams NFL Draft Day Backpack (my husband has been a Rams fan for years).¬† It’s $30 and it’s the perfect accessory to show off your favorite football team! With a large front zippered pocket and side mesh pockets in addition to the large main compartment, there‚Äôs enough storage to hold all of your belongings! Always stay organized with the pocket organizer, along with the padded backstraps and back panel that add additional comfort when on the go!

Do you have any cool gift ideas?  If so, spill!

 

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2018 BeautyDeals!

Hi all!¬† Happy Thanksgiving!¬† I hope everyone’s having an amazing day! I’m back with my third round of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals!

This time I have some haircare, bath and body, and misc. beauty products that you can get for a steal:

 

The Mane Choice

 

The Mane Choice: During Black Friday weekend, The Mane Choice will be running a 50% off promo on TheManeChoice.com. The offer code will be CHOICE50.

 

Leonor Greyl

Leonor Greyl usa.com Spend 125 dollars and get the Black Friday goodie Bag Volume Kit with:

Two full sizes products:

  • Voluforme
  • Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice

Two travel sizes:

  • Bain Volumateur Aux Algues
  • Masque Fleurs de Jasmin

The 50 gold comb

All this in the black pouch nubuck.  Free Shipping. Starts on Wednesday November 21st and end on Monday November 26th at midnight.

Juara
Juara

Juaraskincare.com  promo period this year is from Wednesday November 21st to Monday November 26th

1)      The membership promo: Become a JUARA preferred customer for $5. Usually it cost $29 annual fee to become a JUARA Preferred Customer and get all those perks, including 15% off on every order all year, and free shipping on orders $90 or more.

2)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Great promo for existing Preferred Customers —¬†Receive 20% on all JUARA PLUS Free shipping on ALL orders, PLUS a very cool branded

 JUARA cosmetic bag with purchase of $50 or more

Rebels Refinery
Rebels Refinery
Rebels Refinery
Black Friday
25% off sitewide with the code BLACKFRIDAY
11/23- 11/26
Baby Foot Exfoliant

Baby Foot Exfoliant
BabyFoot.com
Buy One, Get One FREE! $25 for two boxes
Black Friday only