We are in full Fall season and I can smell the sweet scent of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice everywhere. I really wanted to share with my readers a sweet pumpkin scented set that you can purchase for yourself or someone you love. The Happee Body Sweet Pumpkin Spice Collection will be a great gift or treat for anyone, so let’s chit chat about it, shall we.
The Happee Body Sweet Pumpkin Spice Collection features a cute gift box filled with all of your pumpkin essentials to get you through the season and sweater weather.
The set includes:
2 pieces of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Facial Soap
2 oz. jar of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub
0.5 oz tin of Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
Retail: $18.97 http://happeebody.com
The Pumpkin Spice Facial Soap – is such a fun little soap that is perfect for the Fall and holiday season. This soap has a wonderful pumpkin scent which I love, but it’s not so strong that it’s too much. It’s enriched with Mankua honey and premium shea butter to keep your skin moisturized, while it thoroughly cleanses and nourishes the skin. To use the saop, simply lather and use to wash your face (it can also be used on the body).
This soap is sold in a pack of two for $5.97 if you decide to not get the whole set.
The Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm (retail for $4.97 separately) has a light scent/fragrance and taste. Made with premium beeswax and extra virgin coconut oil, this lip balm ensures that your lips are moisturized all day and everyday. It’s easy to use, simply apply with your fingers (I prefer a brush) and swipe onto y our lips. You can re-apply as often as you need. The lip balm is clear and doesn’t have any color to it, even if it’s colored in the tin. It applies nicely and leaves my lips feeling soft for hours.
The Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub (retails for $8.97 separately) is perfect for the pumpkin lover and great for dry lips. You literally only need a dab of it and you can gently rub away the dry flakiness on your lips in seconds. A little gentle scrub in circular motions is all you need and rinse the product off with water. Once you are done, finish the moisturizing by topping your lips with the Sweet Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm.
About Happee Body – Happee Body was created by Marge Maghoney who became interested in health and beauty as a respite from her 9 to 5 life. Each product from Happee Body is handmade just for your with quality natural ingredients. Happee Body products are formulated with pure essential oils, distinctive blends of fragrances, and some of the best ingredients Mother Nature has to offer such as shea butter, Manuka honey, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, Match, sweet almond oil, and dead sea salt. Happee Body also uses a variety of herbs and botanicals. Each of their products are handmade, natural bath and body products that are effectively preserved with the gentlest ingredients available to them. Their products are not tested on animals.
If you are doing some holiday shopping, I think this little treat box is perfect for the season and especially wonderful as a gift for the pumpkin lover in your life. I love featuring small businesses like these because I know that lots of love goes into great products. I’ve been using my products now for over a month and I enjoyed my set so much that I purchased a few for family and friends and I know they’ll enjoy it too.
Check out http://happeebody.com to see all their Pumpkin loving finds as well as other bath and body products that you can pick up for yourself or someone you love.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
Fall is here! Hawaii doesn’t get much change in weather – well, it’s colder, but not by much… but it’s still my favorite season… woohoo! With Fall and colder weather come a change in clothing and accessories and today I’m going to be sharing with you an unconventional one. Who says a water bottle can’t be the newest fall accessory trend? I think it’s a great idea. So, today I’m going to share with you some Fall goods that I think would be a great accessory and make fun and festive holiday gifts too. While we are all changing out our closets and prepping for the newest beauty and fashion trends, I want you to complete your outfit with the latest and greatest accessory from Contigo.
Purses, shoes and jewelry are all fabulous things any time of year – but especially during Fall when dressing up is fun for colder weather. But, Contigo has added a new addition to their line of hydration products and I want to share it with you because I think it’s important to stay hydrated during colder months. The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle is a glass bottle that is plastic free and adorned with a flower petal silicone sleeve in bright, vibrant colors.
Retailing for $14.99 this reusable glass water bottle offers style with your hydration. The BPA-free Purity Glass Water Bottle has a stylish silicone sleeve which really makes this glass bottle so chic and perfect for on the go. It comes with an attached silicone lid to make this convenient along with a carry loop to ensure that Purity will be ready for you and on your side for on the go. I love the wide mouth which also makes it easy to add ice to keep your water cold when you’re ready to hydrate.
Made completely of glass, steel and food grade silicone; no plastic parts
Contoured wide-mouth design
Attached silicone tethered lid
Comfortable, stylish non-slip silicone sleeve to help with durability
Top-rack dishwasher safe
20 oz. capacity
Available in: Very Berry, Scuba, and Grapevine
If you are someone who loves to drink tea or coffee (that’s me), then the Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug may be one for you too. Available in Stainless, Polar White and Matte Black – the AUTOSEAL knows when to close. It is the ultimate commuter companion and so sleek and chic that it will go with any outfit. It’s basically the Holy Grail of travel mugs and I love it. It’s Spill Proof, easy to clean and stays hot for hours on end. It was thoughtfully engineered with a CleanGuard lid to keep out dirt and germs and is perfect for transit and for a ride.
So, are you on the lookout for a fun Holiday Gift Idea or just want to add to your list of fashion and stylish accessories this Fall? If so – I highly suggest checking out these finds from Contigo. My plan is to pick up a purple one to have on hand of the Purity Bottles because I just love how simple but stylish they are.
You can check out all the info and more on Contigo and their complete line of products here: http://www.gocontigo.com/ And, if you have a coffee or tea drinker or water lover on your holiday gift list, I definitely suggest you get them one of these – it will be a great gift.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
The boys and I have reviewed toys here in the past and today is no exception. With the holidays just a few short weeks away, I wanted to make sure to share a fun toy concept with all of our readers. Today – we introduce you to Max and Landry, the Buddy Balls.
Buddy Balls was created by a little guy named Max. One day, he came home with a school project and had to create the “best toy ever”. He decided to combine two of his favorite toys – his love for sports and his beloved plush sleep buddy. With a little help from his parents, Buddy Balls were born. MaxLand Toys was inspired by Max’s creation with a goal of producing a high-quality plush toy that would become a childhood favorite. And, in our household – it certainly has.
The original collection of Buddy Balls includes four stuffed friends – Max, Landry, Sam and Eva and MaxLand Toys has since added four more additional buddies in the Sports Collection. With a few twists and flips and a push and pull – Max and Landry transform into a bright colored plush ball.
The twins absolutely love their new furry friends. Each of the buddies are so plush and soft and they use their friends’ zipper area as storage for their favorite toys – cars, legos, etc. The bears come in four different colors and the pattern on their paws show what color the ball is.
“Zip it, Flip it, Love it!”
The twins have found a new cuddly buddy and love sleeping with Max and Landry because their fur is so soft and smooth. Each bear we received is very plush and would make the perfect gift for any child or child at heart. And, did I mention that Buddy Balls offers accessories for their buddies? Sports uniforms & jerseys are available for purchase to give your buddies clothes and extra love and care.
Buddy Balls are Award Winning and have been honored with a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award. Buddy Balls also helps to support Child Life Services Hospitals and chronically ill children. Do you have someone in your life that would love a Buddy Ball? This would make a great gift for anyone.
You can learn more about Max, Landry and MaxLand Toys as well as purchase your own Buddy Ball as a gift or for yourself here: http://www.buddyballs.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty picky. I’ve discussed this time and time again and have mentioned it before, but because I have sensitive skin – finding the perfect jewelry piece can be a challenge. I am also someone that tends to gravitate towards dainty pieces that offer a statement without looking gaudy or too overdone. Let’s face it, we all know that I’m a casual girl and prefer a pair of jeans and boots to slacks and heels. But, that’s what makes our world so unique and fun… it’s that we all have our own individual style and flare. For me, I love something that is personal, offers a special touch and if it’s gold… hey, we got a winner. Today I’m going to introduce you to gorgeous personalized jewelry from Six Sisters Beadworks. I love a sweet piece of jewelry and this one, well it absolutely screams Honey… literally. lol
Six Sisters Beadworks is the business owned by Michelle who launched her jewelry business with the goal of introducing to others a gorgeous line of timeless keepsake gifts that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Michelle was inspired by her six small daughters to pursue a professional jewelry design business in an effort to create meaningful pieces that are artfully fashioned to feel and look both unique and spectacular. With classic heirloom pieces that are personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones – they are crafted from the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones. Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs are beautiful and what I love about them the most, is that they are timeless.
Each of the pieces that are offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are created and handmade with great attention to detail and a serious interest in fine craftsmanship. The designs are innovative and exciting offering pieces for babies, little girls, teens and women and they make beautiful custom made gifts. Recently Michelle has added custom pieces for boys and men as well for a classic and modern style.
I received the Hand Stamped Gold Cuff Bracelet – $102.00. When it comes to jewelry I look for attention to detail and I’m absolutely in love with this bracelet. It is a smooth 14K Gold Filled cuff that is hand formed and personalized. This piece is simplistic, but classy and can be worn anytime with anything. I am plus sized and found that this cuff fit perfectly and I was able to bend it open to place it onto my wrist with ease. You can personalize your cuff with special names, initials, date or phrase and I chose to go simple with just my name – HONEY.
This cuff bracelet can be worn on its own or as part of your arm candy with other bracelets. I love how easy it is to use and pair with your favorite styles and fashions. It’s well made and has stood up to my daily use without any tarnishing or discoloration.
Jewelry Care for any pieces ordered from Six Sisters Beadworks includes: -Keep jewelry dry. -Remove before sleeping. -Remove before changing clothes. -Please do NOT use silver polish on alphabet beads. -Sterling Silver does tarnish slowly over time due to exposure to air. Simply wipe with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine. -Store your Sterling Silver jewelry inits original gift box or inside an airtight plastic bag to slow the tarnishing process. -Please click HERE to purchase our Sterling Silver Polishing Cloth. -Storing your jewelry in an airtight box or bag will delay the tarnishing process.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to be sure to share this bracelet and company with all of you. I’m an online shopper and absolutely LOVE purchasing gifts for loved ones that add a little personal touch to their lives. This bracelet as well as the others offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are unique, beautiful and would make a great gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if you seen this in an upcoming gift guide because I do love it that much.
I love a business that offers quality and detail in each of their products and you will surely find something you love or a gift for someone you love at Six Sisters Beadworks.
Have you heard of Six Sisters Beadworks before? If so, have you purchased anything from them? If not, is there anything you have your sights on?
You can check out what Six Sisters Beadworks offers and their collection for sale here: http://sixsistersbeadworks.com/
Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
You know, I’ve said this time and time again… but who I am today and what I have become was in part molded for me by those before me. My parents, my grandparents, family and friends who have inspired who I am as a person today. I recently was introduced to a beautiful Angel Locket by Yourself Expression and I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece that has completely won over my heart.
These beautiful Angel Lockets are the perfect way to express love or remembrance (or both). These lockets are unlike the traditional lockets you are accustomed to. They are bold, but dainty and offer gorgeous geometric shapes to compliment who you are as a person or your personal style. Each locket features filigree-like detailing and crystal accents. What makes these lockets different than your traditional ones is that instead of holding a picture inside of your loved one, each locket houses a sphere with a chime inside. Each necklace can be personalized to fit your taste by choosing the color of the sphere, making your choice something that is symbolic to you or simply your favorite shade or hue.
The chime inside is subtle, light and not distracting at all. It serves as a reminder that someone you love is thinking of you and always with you in spirit. Each locket is meant to keep love and protection around you or the person you gift it to.
Teen Entrepreneur Shelby Golguski and her brother Gordon created Yourself Expression to share things they love with others – young and old. Their Angel Lockets merge customized accessories and an on-trend look perfectly. There are various different lockets in different shapes, designs and finishes that make these so pretty and unique to your personal style.
I have the Yourself Expression Spiral Design Angel Locket in Gold with a Silver Chimer. My chain is made of stainless steel and my locket is silver plated with a copper base. My chimer is a clay-painted ball that makes a soft chime when you move. Each Angel Locket can be easily cleaned and wiped dry and you should take care in not wetting it or wearing in water. The chain is 32″ and the locket 1″ in size.
I have had this locket now for about a month and have absolutely fell in love. It reminds me of my childhood and if you know anything about me, you know that each jewelry piece I use consistently has some type of significant meaning to me. The piece is lightweight and I absolutely love the soft chime I hear when the necklace moves about it. After using this consistently over the last month, I also love the fact that it hasn’t tarnished on me or turned my skin green as well. Most jewelry pieces will do that to me after the first use if they are not real. It’s sturdy and really well made. Each locket is $20 and I look forward to picking up one or two more to add to my collection because I am absolutely in love with my locket.
They say that when a loved one passes, you will carry a piece of them in your heart always. What makes this locket so wonderful is that the little chimes that come from it are little reminders that I’m never alone. As a lover of mythical creatures like fairies and unicorns, I am reminded that there is always a little bit of pixie dust somewhere to help brighten my day and that I always have angels over my shoulder.
I think this will be a timeless piece for years to come and a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Angel Lockets are a unique gift and the perfect little treasure for anyone to have. It’s affordable, well-made and stylish. I love the concept and enjoy the product and I’m proud to share it with all you today.
What about you, do you think Angel Lockets is something that you would enjoy or a loved one would like as a gift? Have you heard or seen anything like this before?
Have you ever had a sound or smell, sight or color engulf your mind with memories of your past? It amazes me how many things that I deal with on a daily basis remind me of my past and get me reminiscing of fond memories that I love. Years ago my grandmother gave me a sock monkey as a gift and it’s something I have never forgotten. Since my grandmother has since passed over 20 years ago, I keep those and many other memories close to my heart, so when I see a sock monkey, it floods my thoughts with happy memories. Recently I was introduced to a handmade sock monkey creator and it instantly warmed my heart. As a fellow crafter, I know how much love goes into work like this so I am excited to share it with you. Missy’s Monkeys has a monkey for your favorite team, color or to just remind you of your childhood memories and I’m sharing it with you today.
Missy’s Monkeys is a company that makes unique handmade monkeys and has been doing so since 2013. Each monkey is made with great care and handmade in a clean, smoke-free environment. Missy hand stitches each monkey using double-ply thread twice over in each area to ensure durability and each monkey is unique. Handmade by Missy Wanamaker who is a stay-at-home mom of two, each monkey is made with all new materials including knit socks, hypo-allergenic fiberfill, buttons, ribbon and more. Missy’s Monkeys meets CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) requirements and creates original Rockford Red Heel Sock Monkeys as well as new novelty patterned, super hero characters, licensed sports teams, Mini Monkeys and many more fun designs.
If you’re looking for a revamped, handmade vintage product as a gift or to add as a part of your collection, Missy’s Monkeys are nostalgic with a modern flare and handmade with love. These great and fun pastime gifts are made with a twist to provide comfort, happiness and fun for all ages. Missy’s Sock Monkeys retail from $14 – $84 depending on the design and the type.
It’s obvious that we are Oakland Raiders fans in our household, so it was our first choice for the monkey we decided to go with. Our sock monkey is well made, sturdy and durable but most importantly – his sock is soft and cozy making it an ideal choice for anyone as a gift or cuddle buddy. But the quality of our monkey is so great that I have a list of others I plan to order for my sons as well as others who I am planning to gift for the future.
There are a plethora of designs available and custom designs as well. Missy’s Monkeys is a small business that truly provides a piece of your childhood, team spirit or happiness to any household. Head on over to: www.etsy.com/Shop/MissysMonkeys and browse the many designs available for you. Whether it be for a gift to treasure, your biggest sports fan or a little piece of your childhood, you’ll find a design you can surely treasure.
Thank you Missy’s Monkeys for sharing your beautiful gift with me. I’m thankful to have it as a part of our Raiders collection and look forward to buying more from you in the near future. My sons have absolutely loved this Monkey friend and I know they’ll enjoy the gift as will anyone else.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.
It’s been a few years since I have had the twins, well – almost 7 years to be exact and while they are growing too quick for me to fathom, my pregnancy with all of my children are still dear and near to my heart. Each pregnancy I have had have been challenges and that doesn’t count the numerous miscarriages I have had over the years. So – when I look back at those memories, I’m always thankful for the little keepsakes I have from that time. Recently my family and I were introduced to the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, a company that offers adorable stuffed animals (bears, monkeys, giraffes, hippos and more) that come with a heart shaped recording device. I thought the idea was such a wonderful thing to have as a mother or for any loved one, that I wanted to share it with you.
So – what is the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear?
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and adorable stuffed animal in available in a variety of types – bears, monkeys, giraffes and so much more. The stuffed animal comes with a heart shaped recording device that a mommy can take the device to their ultrasound appointment and use it to record the sound of their baby’s heartbeat in utero. The recorder is t hen inserted in the stuffed animal (through a Velcro and drawstring closure in the back) and you can simply press it at anytime to hear this precious sound.
There are more than 16 cute creatures to choose from – we got the Monkey, because – well, monkeys are adorable. Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was created by Purusha Rivera, an OBGYN Ultrasound Technician who wanted to make the experience more special. The bears are sold online, in hospital gift shops and at ultrasound studios across the country. Each My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with your stuffed animal friend and a red “heart” recorder. You can order a second recorder to include a voice message from someone special if you would like. You can easily capture 20 seconds of your baby’s heartbeat or in our case, I recorded my voice telling the twins good night, saying I love you and reminding them to say their prayers. At the touch of your Baby’s Heartbeat Bears belly, your recording will play.
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes an excellent shower gift and a great addition to the nursery decor. It’s safe for children 3 and older and will also become a source of fascination for growing kids who love to know what they were like as babies. The bear is so easy to use and the little red heart recorder is as simple as pretty the button to record. The stuffed animal is crafted from the softest, highest quality fleece-like material and polyfill. It’s soft and perfect for cuddling.
Since I’m not expecting a new baby any time soon – I thought this would be the perfect addition to the twins collection of stuffed friends. They loved him and absolutely cherish the fact that they can hear my voice any time they want. This is especially ideal on those nights when they are having a hard time sleeping or a bad dream… because just a press of Monk’s tummy and my voice will soothe them right back to sleep.
I wanted to share My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear with all of you, my beautiful readers because this wonderful stuffed friend can mean so much more to many people than just recording a baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound. As I mentioned before, I use it as a way to calm the twins at night so they can hear my voice, but as a mother who has also lost children through miscarriage, I know how much this keepsake could bring happiness and peace to someone who has suffered similar lost.
A mom named Kailee reached out to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. Her baby was dying and she hoped to make a recording of her daughter’s heartbeat before she passed away. With a video of the baby’s heartbeat, the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear team was able to preserve the sound of Kailee’s daughter’s heart so she will have a memory to treasure forever.
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and the creator – Purusha Rivera offer a Gifting Program for those that could use this wonderful gift. And, you never know what this could mean for another mom, dad or loved one. You can learn more about the Gifting Program here and watch some videos from those that benefited from this wonderful Gift. (P.S. They are tear jerkers, so grab your kleenex)
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a wonderful gift for anyone expecting a beautiful child to come into this World or anyone else. I highly suggest this gift to anyone that could benefit from it and our new monkey friend named “Monk” has bought many days of joy since he has joined our family. These lovely friends retail anywhere from $29 – $40.00 depending on the style and type you get and as I mentioned before, they are made well and are soft and ready to cuddle.
Do you know someone who could benefit from a new friend? Head on over to http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/ and take a look at all of the wonderful stuffed animals they have available. If you are looking to pick up a gift for a soon to be mom or a loved one, I highly suggest checking them out. After my sons have had Monk the last month, I realize how much they love and appreciate him and I know that I will be ordering from My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for years to come for loved ones to cherish.
Disclaimer: This product mentioned / featured was sent for review consideration. Any compensation or product sample was received for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything on this site. I was not obligated to write a favorable review and if I have done so, it is because I have genuinely enjoyed the product.
July 1st is Canada Day and I thought it would be perfect to celebrate by sharing a few delicious finds that are made in Canada. I have met and established wonderful relationships over the years with friends around the World and one of those places happen to be Canada. In that time frame, I have had the opportunity to receive wonderful gifts from these friends, many of which includes delicious treats from the Country itself… including Maple. Today I wanted to share with you some treats that I love and hopefully you can celebrate Canada Day along with me while treating yourself to these awesome finds that you can get from CanadaTheStore.com.
As I mentioned previously, these products are from CanadaTheStore.com. Canada The Store is a site that proudly showcases a collection of products that are either designed in Canada, Made in Canada or are products of Canada. They offer Apparel to Watercrafts and a variety of products from simple to sophisticated. Canadian companies create a variety of quality products that are in demand worldwide. Canada The Store is well respected across the world, offering people from around the globe an opportunity to purchase a multitude of fine Canadian made products. Canada The Store is located in Toronto, Canada and has been doing it’s thing for the last four decades, focusing on providing services without compromise. The true “Made in Canada” success story.
Their Tag line – “Buy Canadian. Expect Quality.”
So let’s chit chat about two products I was able to try out from Canada The Store. The first product is Jakeman’s Pure Canadian Maple Syrup. The product retails for $11.95 CAD with 250 mL / 8.5 fl.oz. worth of product. It is a bottle of the 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup produced by Jakeman’s and voted Canada’s best tasting Maple Syrup in the National Post. Now, we love pancakes in our house hold and I love maple candy, so I knew I would easily fall in love with this product. It’s delicious and rich in color with a distinct maple flavor. If you have ever tried fresh maple syrup before, this is what it would remind me of… it has a warm, rich flavor that really stands out among other syrups. This product is great served over breakfast foods (like pancakes or with some sausage and bacon) or used as a glaze on meats or dessert. I especially love the thickness of this syrup and it would be perfect to glaze a ham with. I’ve tried many types of maple syrups before and this would have to be my favorite – it’s delicious!
Since I love Maple candy, I couldn’t wait to open up this jar of Canadian True Maple Tea. When the box arrived at my house, I could smell the tea from the outside of it – it smells absolutely wonderful. The Canadian True Maple Tea comes in a 3 Pack for $26.95 CAD. I’m a tea drinker daily so I was very excited to try this tea out. Each container (you get three of them) comes with 25 Tea Bags so I shared one with my dad since he is my tea drinking aficionado.
Canada True’s unique flavorful Maple Tea is idea for serving to guest or to give as a special gift. It is Pure Premium Ceylon Tea with a Nature Identical Canadian Maple Syrup Flavor. The Teas are packed in Sri Lanka and this tea offers a bold tea flavor with a beautiful and fragrant sweet scent. Immediately upon opening the box I could smell a sweet vanilla or maple syrup scent coming from the box and it was coming from the tea. This is a wonderful tea to have with your breakfast or for tea time with biscuits. It’s hearty in flavor but taste wonderful and I love the sweet perfume that comes from my cup. I add a little bit of coconut milk or creamer and that is all I need to drink this tea. I love and my dad absolutely loved the flavor of it as well.
Frequently referred to as Canada’s Birthday, Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act 1867. This act united three Colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. It was originally called Dominion Day but the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.
If you are looking to celebrate, I highly suggest checking out some of the treats and goods that Canada The Store offers and check out all the wonderful items created, made by and made of Canada.
Happy Canada Day!
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts. Affiliate links are listed through out.
When it comes to celebrating Father’s Day – I can be a bit lax and tend to pick up things I know that my husband, dad and father in law would enjoy. It’s not necessarily about planning – because those three men in my life are simple bodies who just want to spend Father’s Day with their children and grand children. But this year, I thought it would be fun to showcase different ways to show Fathers love on this day that happens once a year to celebrate dads. Today I share with you 5 ways to show dad some Father’s Day love and a small gift guide in case you are still on the hunt for that perfect gift.
Say it with love!
Sometimes gestures like helping around the house are worth more than its weight in gold. Mowing the lawn, cutting the grass or washing dad’s car can be very important tasks that your father does that we tend to take for granted. You may not think that this is gift worthy, but taking the initiative to do something for your father could mean more to him than anything materialistic.
Treat the “Dad on the Go” with a special gift!
My husband, Dad and Father in Law all work in different locations spread across the island and because of this, each of them spend a lot of time in the car driving to and from their destination. Sometimes we don’t think about how much time they spend in their vehicles and how it really is a secondary home for them. There are a few things I like to make or buy for those fathers in my life to help make their drive a little less hectic.
Make a CD or mix of digital songs with their favorite tunes to help make the time in the car enjoyable. My dad and father in law are big oldies fans and a mix of songs from the era of the 60s – 70s will make for great listening pleasure. My husband is very eclectic when it comes to music, so any hip hop or mix from the 80s and 90s works well.
A travel mug or insulated coffee cup. My husband, dad and father in law are coffee and tea drinkers and because of this, if they can – they will take their coffee with them. A good travel mug that will allow them to keep their drinks warm while on the go is perfect for anyone. A good stainless steel mug will travel well but will also take a beating if it gets dropped or falls.
Convertible Car Seat and Booster with accessories – Remember how I said that dads can live in their cars just as much as their homes. Well, it’s not necessarily traditional gifts, but getting accessories to protect the children and the car can be great assets for any dad that spends a lot of time in their cars. My husband, dad and father in law can transport my children easily with an extra car seat for them to use at a moments notice and brands like Diono offer so many accessories for dad to keep his car in tip top shape while also running errands. The Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat ($359.99) is designed for your child’s security and is made with premium materials and safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam and a five point harness system. It’s also convertible so it grows with your child allowing you to change from car seat to booster and accommodating children up to 120 lbs. Instead of taking the seats out of my car to put into theirs, they will have a seat that they can use for one of my children at any given time. Diono also offers the Stuff ‘n Scuff which is a washable and waterproof fabric that helps to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat. It has a large cargo pocket and provides full seat protection. This is a lifesaver for us, because my children kick the back of the seat as they are getting in and out of the car. Don’t forget the Pop Up Trash Bin – a collapsible storage bin that pops open for extra storage or for trash. These companions are perfect for the car and for the Dad in your life that has littles that he transports in his vehicle.
Sunglasses – any cool dad that is on the road needs a great pair of sunglasses to help keep the glare from disturbing his driving and help to protect his eyes. We are a family that swears by Maui Jim and absolutely loves Polarized glasses to help with driving visibility. While you can purchase Maui Jim sunglasses online, they can carry a hefty price tag so I’d also like to suggest Westwood Everett Verawood Polarized Sunglasses. They retail for $80 and are truly well made. They are light weight and comfortable and protect the eyes for daily use or while driving. They also come in classic looks that will fit most head shapes.
Let that special dad know how much you value his time.
It may seem corny, but the fact of the matter is – time stops for no one. As many who know me know, a watch or clock is such an important part of who I am as a person and I got that from my mom and my dad. I will buy a watch each year for my husband and love picking up special designs that are cool and classic for my dad. Watches mean more than just telling time and a special watch for that special guy can be a great gift.
The Invicta Pro Diver Watch ($675 USD) is a great choice for any father. I’m an Invicta collector so naturally I would gravitate to an Invicta watch for my loved ones. This gorgeous watch is made of Stainless Steel with Swiss watch components. It’s Water Resistant to 200 meters and offers beautiful detailing that any man would absolutely love and enjoy. If you have a father in your life that is a watch collector or just loves a great time piece, this will surely be one that he will enjoy.
Cook Dad a special meal or dessert because food is always the best way to the heart.
I love to cook – so cooking a special meal and dropping it off to my parents’ house always shows love and my dad is always grateful. My dad loves seafood so any type of dish with his favorite foods would make a great gift. My father in law, well – he enjoys my cooking, so I know that if I cook something, he’ll surely love it… and my husband – he’s easy to please too. Cooking a meal or dessert is so much fun for everyone to get involved in. The boys love to help me in the kitchen so getting children to take part in preparing this special dish will be a breeze. When food is made with love and from the heart, it’s a great treat.
Give Dad a little time to relax and unwind.
Did I mention that time is precious? Sometimes we forget that all we need is a few minutes to ourselves to really gather our thoughts and just unwind and relax. My husband and dad like to have a little gentlemen’s drink now and then to unwind and just sit and talk story about their day and where they are in life at the moment. A bottle of their favorite spirit, cocktail or liqueur is a great gift for any dad and even your father in law. My FIL loves to unwind with a Cigar, so a good cigar and a bottle of Liqueur would make a great gift this Father’s Day.
Crystal Head Vodka retails for about $40 – $60 for the .750 mL depending on where you buy it and you can find it at most liquor retail stores and establishments. It’s a great gift for any dad and comes in beautiful packaging. The Vodka is made with pure Newfoundland water and filtered through 500-million year-old crystals, also known as Herkimer diamonds. The bottle is made of beautiful Bruni Glass in Italy and it’s just a showstopper for any collector or liqueur connoisseur.
Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey is charcoal mellowed before going into the barrel giving it the smooth taste you know, but with an extra blessing again of charcoal after reaching maturity to give it the ultimate smoothness drinking. It’s full-bodied with fruit and spices with a silky, warm & pleasant finish. The Gentlemen Jack is a whiskey made for the gentleman order. The .750mL size retails for about $40 and goes great with a cigar.
If you are not looking to buy alcohol, you can always buy a really cool flask, engrave it and give that as a gift too – they make awesome gifts for dads.
Please make sure that if you are buying alcohol or cigars for your loved ones that anyone who receives it drinks responsibly. This is just a suggestion.
At the end of the day, celebrating dad doesn’t require spending money but it’s always great to find a gift that Dad will love. Like I mentioned previously, my husband, father and father in law just love that they can spend time with family on Father’s Day and those are some of the most cherished times for them. A phone call or a card that is handmade make great little treats for anyone and they will be well received on Father’s Day.
To all the fathers out there, today and always… Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for being great inspirations and for loving us all.
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned and discussed in this post were sent to me for review and feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out. While there is a mention of alcohol and cigars, this is merely used as a suggestion and as with anything on this site, my own opinion. Please drink responsibly and please do not drink or drive. I do not condone underage drinking. Thank you!
I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental. While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose. This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts. Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy. Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts. My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of. My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.
Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we? I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood. From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging. I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more. Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD). Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.
A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life. One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option. This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase. This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity. The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage. The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin. Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.
Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second? My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom. The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools. I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift. This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go. It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial. What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00. I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.
I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy. The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date. I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish. This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours. This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be. I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too. The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone. It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee. What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.
With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote. This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities. It’s available in three different colors: Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles. Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer. As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.
The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists. The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company. It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place. Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional. This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely. If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way. Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas. This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do. I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.
You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD. The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy. Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone. Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day. Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.
Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me. So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too. I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection. I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook. Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren. I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts. You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life. These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.
Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera. The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has. It’s compact and powerful. With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.
Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful. These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately. Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one. I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round. I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?
Disclaimer: Most of the products discussed, mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review and editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I’m a huge lover of soft and cuddly things and teddy bears or stuffed animals are no exception. As a child, I still remember my stuffed dog I called “Dukie Dog” and I had him until I was 18 (it was a gift to me on my first Christmas) and my very big (bigger than me) stuffed teddy bear I got from my husband on our first Christmas we had together, almost 20 years ago. There is something comforting about a stuffed animal or teddy bear and you can’t help but smile when you hold one in your arms. Having children, I instilled in them that having a stuffed animal buddy is a great way to grow up – my eldest son still has his Wicket and Horse we got on a trip to Disney World when he was just 6 months old… I have patched them both on many occasions, stuffed them with fluff and even added more hair to the bald spots – lol. The twins have their own set of stuffed friends as well and they have take them and their blankies cross country and to even visit President Obama in the White House. My sons love their cuddly friends.
Recently I was introduced to a brand new company that makes gift giving sweet. They offer these fun and adorable teddy bears in a unique gifting way. Teddy Canz offer cute, very plush and soft teddy bears that come in really cool designed cans. Each bear comes with a theme and today I’m going to be sharing our new friend with all of you.
A New Spin on an Old Favorite!
There are at least 10 different designs available to choose from Teddy Canz. The boys received “Bear and the City” who they have named Teddy. He is a sweet little friend dressed denim shorts and a cool looking hoodie that go perfectly with the theme of his can which is the city streets. This is the perfect little guy for the boys and they have been absolutely loving him since he arrived.
Don’t worry about your teddy bear being stuffed or hurt while inside of his can. They fit well inside and fluff up nicely once they come out. Our can was bent a little in shipping, but Teddy was well cared for and nice and safe on the inside. He wasn’t mashed at all while in his container. The Bear and the City that we received is really really well made. If I had to commend the company on the quality of the bear, I definitely think it’s stellar. His stitching was well in tact when we took him out of the can and he is absolutely soft and perfect for cuddling. The twins noticed immediately how soft he was and they couldn’t wait to snuggle up with him.
The twins have absolutely loved Teddy Canz since he arrived and have been taking turns sleeping with him and carrying him around each day. The can can be used to store your new friend if you would like, but the boys chose to keep it on their shelf to hold some of their toys. Honestly, he’s so cute, I don’t know who would want to store him away – unless they were using him to collect.
Teddy Canz would make an awesome gift for anyone, child or adult alike. The company offers custom designs should you be interested in doing something fun for your company or for an event and if you decide to choose the styles available, there are at least 10 to choose from. Teddy Canz retails for $24.99 each and shipping is also reasonably priced (about $6.50 for USPS Priority Shipping).
Designs available from Teddy Canz include:
It’s a Boy
It’s a Girl
Get Well Soon
Dog Gone It
To get your own Teddy Canz or to check out the selection and get more information, visit Teddy Canz at TeddyCanz.com. You can also follow the brand on Instagram and check out all the children and adults that have found new friends from Teddy Canz.
So – whether a parent or a child or someone who just absolutely loves adorable things… Teddy Canz offers you a variety of new friends to take home. Do you like this fun idea of Teddy Canz? Are there any styles you think you may want to pick up for yourself or as a gift? Comment below and let me know.
I want to thank Teddy Canz for making two twinnies happy with their new buddy!
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this item. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Who doesn’t love a bite sized chocolate treat as a gift, favor or just because? M&M’s is a chocolate treat that claims to “melt in your mouth – not in your hand” and a childhood favorite that many love. Recently I had the opportunity to place a personalized order from My M&M’s and I wanted to share the chocolate goodness with you as well as my customer service experience. Don’t free like reading? Stop by my video and I’ll chit chat and show and tell with you.
A week ago I decided that I would cash in on a gift code for My M&M’s that I had for taking part in a campaign a few months ago. I have never ordered anything from their personalized website before, so this was not only an exciting experience for me, but I was looking forward to seeing how detailed the design on my M&M’s would be. After a glitch in their system with my code I called their 800 number and was promptly greeted by Red & Yellow M&M on the other line while I waited for the next customer service representative. As a fan of M&M’s and the commercials, I thought it was quite cute to listen to Red & Yellow interact with one another and patiently waited for the next representative.
After a few minutes, Richard answered the phone. He was a kind mannered gentlemen that walked me patiently through my order (which included various steps and designs) and processed my order accordingly. After a 40 minute time frame over the phone, Richard and I were able to complete my order and I received an email confirmation with the final design as well as my order laid out for me. I was very impressed with the customer service I received via the telephone because my Customer Service Agent took the time to not only ensure he was getting my designs right, but the spelling, colors and every else I had planned to do via their website. Since I added an image to customize my M&M’s – I had to email the image to him and he was able to process that portion quickly. While we took some time going over every aspect, Richard did so kindly, patiently and his customer service was superb. There are few places that you can call and have not only great service but also someone who is patient. Even while I edited the image for color correction and brightness, he held on the line without any complaints.
Shipping to Hawaii was quick. My order was sent overnight via Fedex, which allowed my M&M’s to be delivered in tact and quickly – without any melting. Each product within the box was packaged well so that everything was not only protected but arrived safely.
I ordered a 2lb. bag of M&M’s that already had a set design, as well an Acrylic Gift Box with Plus Mrs. Brown Kit that had personalized M&M’s in it where I was able to customize and select: Three (3) colors of my choosing (I went with Lavender, Light Pink and Platinum), Image Personalization, Custom Wording and Clip Art. The Acrylic container holds 10 servings of your personalized M&M’s and it sits in a pretty black box which makes such a great gift. I was happy to get Mrs. Brown too and knew I had to have her because she reminds me of me – lol.
The photo I selected on my M&M’s was one of my husband and I. The detail on the image is great and everything looks absolutely perfect. Not to mention, they taste delicious too… just as I come to expect from one of my favorite candies. The spelling for everything I provided was not only accurate, but the font is legible and everything looked great. Not one M&M arrived damaged and it was a sweet treat to have for my husband and I.
I’m not only impressed with the service I received from My M&M’s but also the quality of my treats. The 2lb bag of pink M&M’s came with a little white scoop which made enjoying our treat easy and the quality of each item was well made and of quality.
A few years ago a friend of mine worked with me to design some M&M’s for her wedding. It was simplistic and you could only add initials at that time so I was so happy to see the different types of customizing you can do to the M&M’s now and the fact that this could all be done online as well. I’m glad there is an option available for those looking for a fun and thoughtful gift or something “sweet” to give out as favors at your next event. Regardless of the reason, I think My M&M’s is a great way to go and I would return to buy and order again.
Did you know that you could customize M&M’s this way? If so, have you tried for yourself or are your planning to? Be sure to check out my video where I walk you through each product and discuss my thoughts with you as well.
Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this post were purchased at a discount thanks to a gift code that I received from a previous campaign. I did pay for some of the items out of pocket. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature these products.