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We are literally just a few short days away from celebrating Mother’s Day. As a mother, I look forward to spending this day with my husband and sons because they are the ones that make me a mom, but this year, my eldest son will be off island for a band concert and I’m certainly going to miss him. If you’re wondering why it has taken me so long to share with you a little gift guide as I tend to do each year, well – that’s the reason! I’ve been able to spend this day with all of my boys since they were born so I have been in my own little pity party the last few days knowing that he wouldn’t be home. A few days ago, I realized that I needed to get over myself and be thankful that my husband and sons treat me like Mother’s Day is every day and no special day on the calendar is ever required. So – while I am a bit late at sharing my gift lift with all of you – I figured that I would make this post because any day is a great day to get a treat – right?
The first thing on my list is this gorgeous necklace from The Vintage Pearl which you can find on The Grommet. The Grommet has to be one of my go-to websites for finding unique gifts for my loved ones. This Messy Nest Necklace is a cute treasured keepsake and I absolutely love it. Whether you are getting it for your moms or grandmothers, I’m sure it will be a hit. The necklace starts at $42.00 and is handcrafted in the United States of antiqued silver wire. Each nest is handcrafted and filled with freshwater pearls – one for each child in the wearer’s heart. It’s set on a sterling silver ball chain and can be customized to match the number of children in the family. The creator of The Vintage Pearl is a mom herself and started creating from her kitchen table in hopes to be able to be a stay at home and work from home mom. This is probably one of my favorite pieces to share with you because it’s certainly a sentimental piece. I hope that The Vintage Pearl will offer this in gold one day.
Get a Messy Nest Necklace from The Vintage Pearl here.
Next is another gorgeous piece that can also be found on The Grommet. The Family Tree Necklace by Vintage Stamp Jewels is a great piece that can be worn every day. The delicate family tree charm represents the life connections that matter to each of us. You can choose the color and number of Swarovski crystal charms that accompany your tree. The bezel-set crystals can represent any important moments or people from birthstones of children or grandchildren, milestones and anniversaries or any special date or time that is close to your heart.
You can learn more about this gorgeous piece and get one for yourself or a loved one here.
Now, when I think of Mother’s Day – I always associate a really great face mask as a gift. Here’s the deal, I LOVE an awesome face mask and some of my favorites come from Miss Spa. If you’ve been a long time follower of my blog, then you know I’ve raved and talked about this brand a lot over the years. What I love about Miss Spa is their wide range of masks available for a variety of skin types and textures. You literally can find one to fit your needs or someone you love.
Did I mention that these masks are so affordable? Depending on the type you select, they start at about $4.00 each and go up in price from there and you can easily find a mask that suits you. I definitely love a great face mask for Mother’s Day because I don’t have time for an at Spa pampering so I love doing it at home.
You can learn more about Miss Spa products, purchase your own or get it as a gift here or at your local Ulta or Drugstore.
Bath Bombs are a favorite gift to receive and to give on Mother’s Day. For years my sons and I made creations of our favorite scents and dried flowers to give as gifts, a tradition that my sisters and I did when we were teenagers. One of my long time favorite handcrafted websites for great bath, body and essential oils is Sky Organics. I’ve been using their essential oils for a few years now and I just had to include them in this guide. All moms deserve a little pampering and bath bombs are those little fizzy wonders that just help any mom relax. Sky Organics offers their Organic Bath Bombs Gift Set for just $25.99 (one of my favorites besides my own handmade ones) and it includes 6 beautiful bath bombs in an assortment of scents – Caribbean Coconut (my favorite), Lavender Lemon Muffin, Love Potion, Mermaid Kiss, Strawberry Milkshake and Sugar Rose. These beauties are made in the USA and each bath bomb has a net weight of 5 oz. It’s a total steal for sure.
If bath bombs aren’t your thing, then be sure to check out their wide range of essential oils. They offer a set with all of their oils for just $50. Did I mention they also provide FREE SHIPPING. Head on over to their website here for more information.
LATHER is another company I recommend to anyone and they offer gift sets that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day of the year. Their Dream On set ($58.00) includes their blue chamomile foaming bath treatment, lavender aromatherapy candle, Art of Tea sleep tea handcrafted loose leaf tea (organic), tea infuser, quiet night relaxing balm, eye mask, and a reusable gift box. All of these essentials are perfect for treating mom to a night of a little peace, quiet and relaxation. With my sleepless nights and insomnia, this kid would be the absolute perfect way for me to just settle down and relax.
Learn more about LATHER’S gift sets and products here.
I’ve been swooning over IT Cosmetics the last few months now and I knew I just had to include some of these beauties. Honestly, I’ve been totally stalking IT Cosmetic’s website now making a VERY LARGE wish list of items I want to try. I have literally only tried their Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Bye Bye Under Eye, so I find that this portion of my post has an ulterior motive for me… hehehe! Maybe my friends and family who see this will snatch something from IT for me for Mother’s Day. Hey, one can hope, right. j/k! This year IT Cosmetics is offering a bunch of IT girl essentials that will literally have your Mom feeling her most beautiful on this special day and always.
The Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101 5-Piece Face and Eye Getting Started Brush Set $58 is the perfect set for any makeup loving addict. Every woman needs a great basic brush set in her makeup bash and the Airbrush 101 is how you get started with it all. Blend, blur, buff and perfect for a flawless airbrushed finish with a brand of brushes that are known to be super soft and luxurious.
Now – of course, makeup brushes are definitely my thang so I had to share with you the Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5-Piece Face and Eye Travel Brush Set. This set retails for $30 and it wold be a great hit for Mom. An awesome powder, eye shadow brushes and liner brush can help you get ready in a flash. Four brushes are included to line, define, smoke out and blend. Plus, you get an all-over complexion brush for all the basics from foundation to blush and illuminizer. This is a great kit that includes the tools to get that fab look.
The Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment ( I just mentioned about how this is one of the products I have tried from IT) is also a great gift selection. But, this NEW Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment is now available in Rose. It contains the essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants for your softest and smoothest looking pout while it flushes your lip to the perfect rosy pink. The original is my go-to when I’m in a rush or not feeling makeup but want a little color to my lips. It’s definitely something I’d buy for my mom and something I’d love to receive as a gift. It retails for $24.00
Lastly from IT Cosmetics, I wanted to share with you the Bye Bye Pores Blush (retail $24). This award-winning Bye Bye Pores formula is infused with optical-blurring pigments which instantly diffuse the look of pores and discoloration. It’s filled with skin-loving ingredients like anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants, and peptides which will give any Mom (any body) a youthful flush. I definitely think this is perfect for me or my mom because we love a great blush and anything that is infused with ingredients we love, well – it’s definitely a must have.
You can purchase any of these products on IT Cosmetics website here.
Who says hair products and tools don’t make great gifts? Not me! I would love to get a fab hair tool for Mother’s Day so I figured I would include something that would help mom eliminate the “hair tool storage” and get a 3 in 1 that can do the trick. The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron is a great tool to make convenience mom’s game. You can create a multitude of looks using this very versatile styler that includes 3 styling options in one tool. With Teflon and Titanium plates to create smooth and sleep styles on a non-stick surface. You can great smooth hair, curls and waves with just one tool. The styler has adjustable temperature settings that heat up to 410 °F / 210 °C. It has a ceramic heater for consistent temperature and an LED touch sensitive temperature control and display. You also get a temperature lock feature (oooh… fancy) and a 1 hour shut-off. I also love that it comes with it’s own glove, so you have everything you need for the perfect hair style. The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron retails for $110 but the price is reasonable considering the quality of the product and the fact that you can use it for more than one style.
You can learn more about this tool or grab one for yourself or your mom here.
This next gift idea is untraditional, but definitely something worth mentioning. The Revolar Instinct (I’ll have a full review on this product in the next week or so) has been a very important part of my everyday. Retailing for $80, this little device can be the perfect gift in a big way. The Revolar is a product that is brand new (the Indiegogo campaign has just completed) but a tool that I think is very worth the while. It’s a quarter sized connect button that with 1-3 clicks, the Instinct can send different custom alerts to friends and family to let them know where the user is and what level of help they need. Unfortunately, sexual assault is on a rise here in the United States and violence against women is at an all-time high. You can send help to your location with a few clicks of this wearable device. It not only empowers you to be proactive about your safety, but this little Instinct will help ou stay in touch with loved ones as well. Did I mention it also tracks your steps? There are no chords, and easy to use device and you can replace a battery in about a year so you don’t have to worry about charging it. Last year my mom was sitting in a parking lot when someone tried to attack her. Luckily she was in her car and was able to escape. When I was 4 years old, a man attempted to kidnap me, I was in his car and he was about to drive away when my dad stopped him in his tracks. Devices like this are easy to use and definitely worth it. I wish I had one for each person in my family. I had to share this with you because it’s a gift I think that would be invaluable to any mom and anyone. Like I said, a full review will be coming soon – so stay tuned.
Learn more about the Revolar Instinct and find out how to get one for yourself here.
I’ll be honest, as a mother, I can honestly say that any type of gift is such a wonderful sentiment, but I never expect it. I think that Mother’s Day is every day of the year for me and I’m so lucky to call myself a mom. I love creating handmade gifts for my mom and my mother in law from all of us because I think it’s special and I’m quite good with a glue gun. Little flowers or hairpins decorated in fabric or paper always seem to make our loved ones happy. At the end of the day – a gift should come from the heart, whether purchased or made. My sons make me handmade cards each year and I cherish them with all my heart.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
I want to remind you that Mother’s Day is every single day of the year. If you’ve been following me a while then you know that I believe this to be so with Valentine’s Day too. Hmmm… I wish Christmas and birthdays were every day of the year also, hahaha! Anyway – no matter the gift or sentiment you give to the moms in your life, make it special. This last minute gift guide was not intended to be late, but I’m reminded that a present for mom doesn’t have to be given only one day a year so even if you miss picking up one of these for that special lady in your life – feel free to use this as a guide to put together a special treat for her at anytime.
I want to take this time to wish all of the mommies out there (whether you have human children or fur babies) a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday. May your day be filled with lots of love and hugs and a whole lot of warmth and happiness.
“To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration, while others were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
I am burdened with so many emotions right now. Honestly, I’m excited because after months (maybe even a year) of not doing a post like this – I’m proud to say that Sunday Letters is up and running at this moment. I’m excited because it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve been able to write like this. But, on the other hand, I’m filled with dread and an overwhelming sense of anxiety building up inside. My Sunday Letters posts are a way for me to get a bit personal here and a way for me to put myself out there for others to read. I miss it, but use it as a way to hold me accountable of things I set forth for myself. It’s been a long while since I’ve done a post like this – so I’m going to get real for a moment and get you all caught up.
Ugh… where do I begin? It’s already March and I have been sick so many times over the last few months that I can’t even count or begin to. I rang in the new year with the flu and I feel like it’s just all piling up on me like the plague. No matter what I do to get my health back in check, I find myself dwindling into the despair of sick and tired… literally. I have also been struggling with my weight. What the frick is up with my weight? No matter what I do health wise, it seems like I’m putting on weight versus losing no matter the countless hours and sweat I put into trying to drop the pounds. My skin has been freaking the frick out… like literally freaking out and my once good skin is now proving that it has an alter ego that is mean and evil. My skin is freaking out so bad it is worst now than it had been when I was in my teens. How is that even possible? How could this be?
“Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it…” – R.H. Sin
I think the health issues I’ve been having over the last year have been something that has literally been keeping my faith and my energy down. Over the last 6 months I’ve had every possible friend contact me and tell me “I have this new product line or product for you to try and it will make your health better, help you lose weight.” Trust when I say I have heard it all. What I really want to tell these friends is that “I’m not your get rich quick guinea pig that you can dump your new product on to make money off of.” I know, I might be a little harsh here, but it’s true. Instead of telling me… “I’m sorry that you are going through this, how can I help?” I get “hey, try this product and start using it faithfully and it will help you get better quick.” Who the frick do these people think they are talking to? I’m just over it.
Over the last 8 months, I have had more tests done to me than people have had in their lifetime. And, I might add – these are not easy on my body. Taking blood is like seeing a vampire for a neck bite. I don’t have easy veins and they are what phlebotomist call “disappearing veins” because they move or you think they are there but it’s all an illusion. Just to get a blood test done, I get poked and prodded over 5 times and then the blood suckers don’t even get enough blood to complete their testing. I had to have a CT Scan and Endoscopy done within the last 8 months as well and the CT scan required the technician to send me to an ultrasound tech to find my veins so he could start my IV, a procedure that should have taken 15 minutes took 2 hours. My Endoscopy – again, finding my vein to start my IV posed a challenge for the nurses, so after poking my arm over 8 times, they finally found a vein in my hand which wound up collapsing eventually, resulting in a huge bruise and a vein I can probably no longer use. Then, so have anesthesia rendered to put me to sleep so that I wouldn’t feel the scope down my throat, only for the medicine to not put me to sleep and I be up the entire time. These are just a small amount of issues I have with my body each day and it’s frustrating.
I have been waking up each day with a lost of drive lately. Those that know me, know that that is unusual for me. It’s outside of the norm of what many have come to expect from me and my personality. I’m just so overrun with emotions that it’s frustrating and I’m frustrated.
The other day I was chatting with a friend when she basically told me… to my face, “You just need to lose the weight and everything in your health and life will be better.” What the fuck? Don’t you think I have already tried or am trying to do that? Don’t you think that I know all too well that my weight is probably an issue? I try and stay with a program day in and day out and it hasn’t worked! So then, I ask you – why isn’t it working if you say that that is my end all, fix all? Why?
I know I have ranted and vented in this post more than what anyone has ever seen here, but just know you may be seeing more of this. I’m exhausted and more so exhausted of trying to explain myself to people who are supposed to support me, not tear me down. My goal is to become the fire that is causing havoc in my life right now and not run and fear it. So, I hope to update you all on my journey and let you know how things are going. I have a series of different appointments with doctors coming up and I’ll be writing about those here as well… so stay tuned.
Anyway – on to Sunday letters…
Dear Kevin, my husband – You have been an unwavering support system for me and I didn’t expect anything otherwise. I’m so thankful you are my rock for me to vent to and my shoulder to cry on and there is a reason why you are my best friend. I don’t know how I could have gotten through these last several months without you. Thank you for being there for me.
Dear God – Please, please give me the strength to be able to get passed this time in my life. Whatever the issue with my body that seems like it’s failing me, please heal my body of its ailments and help to give me peace. Please give me the strength to walk away from those that claim to be my friends but don’t realize they are putting me down while they are thinking that they are lifting me up. And, please give me the courage to get my health back on track and my mind back to being and thinking positively.
Dear Friends (those that I talked about in this post) whether you are family or friends, this letter is for you. I don’t despise you. I don’t hate or and I’m certainly not mad at you, but more so disappointment in your actions. You can be mad that I chose this route to discuss it, but I didn’t mention any names. I can only hope and pray that God opens your eyes to how much you have hurt me. I’m not hopeless or someone who is without hope for the future, I’m simply in a little bit of a rut at the moment. Instead of pushing me down and making me feel more like crap and putting me deeper in depression, how’s about you offer positive reinforcement to help. I don’t hate you, but can only hope that you can be a more positive influence instead of constantly tearing me down.
No matter how old my boys get, I find myself still utilizing many of the items that I had for them when they were babies. Since I’m a work from home and stay at home mom, the number one thing I find I still use is a diaper bag. Now, hold on – obviously I’m not going to be using this particular bag to hold diapers, the boys don’t use those, ha ha! But, I don’t use my old diaper bags in the traditional sense. I turn my diaper bags into work and planner bags so I can take my work on the go. About 5 months ago I was sent this very cool bag from CiPU and today I’m going to share my thoughts on this accessory as well as how I utilize it for my personal use. It may not be traditional, but it’s functional and we all know I love anything that offers function to my life.
Now, it’s no secret that I’m a laid back simpleton, basically – I’m a casual gal. So when I can find something that works for me… I’m excited. I was contacted by CiPU and asked to try out this “diaper bag” and if I enjoyed it, if I could kindly provide a review. Here’s the deal – since I was using my Coach Diaper Bag from the twins as my work bag, I thought to myself… “hmm, this will be interesting to see how it would work for me.” And, so I accepted.
CiPU is pronounced – ‘Shee’ (translated to “happiness” in Chinese) and ‘Pu’ (translated to “store” in Chinese) like “shee” in sheet and “PU” in put.
CiPU was founded in 2009 by a group of mothers and brand owner Jarrah, all of whom had one shared inspiration – an idea to gift mothers love, happiness and affection. CiPUs focus is on style by exploring colors and patterns to suit every occasion, however – each bag is full of functionality (you see that word there, it’s golden to me) and created to meet a mother’s everyday needs.
“The Bowknot in their logo represents the ribbon on a gift, meanwhile it also looks like an “infinity” symbol. Since children are such a precious gift and a parent’s devotion to their children are testimonies of “infinitive love” the bowknot symbolizes infinite love and the power of gifts in a single wish, a wish that every mother can enjoy blissful, long-lasting memories with their children – the greatest gift in life.”
Each CiPU bag is hand-crafted with lots of love and many of the bags are limited in quantity since they only make a few of each design. They are each made from environmentally friendly materials and I love that CiPU offers Free US Delivery. All CiPU bags were created with different styles and patterns to focus on women because mother’s are still women and looks matter. Perfect for function while providing lightweight carryalls to take the load off your shoulders.
Check out my video review and come chit chat about this bag with me. My video can be found here or embedded below.
Lightweight | Stylish | Easy Cleaning | Organizable | Large Compartments | Water repellent
CiPU offers a variety of bags to fit the mothers’, fathers’ and even babies’ style. From Large tote bags like the one I have here to diaper backpacks in every type of color and design. I have my eyes set on a camouflage one, a plain black bag and the Leopard next. Let’s talk a little about this awesome diaper bag shall we?
I have the CiPU Tote Diaper Bag in Heather Gray (Large). This bag retails for $158.80 and comes with 13 large compartments to hold all of my necessities. Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not using this bag as a diaper bag, but as my work bag so this is perfect to host all of my planner supplies, planners and even my laptop and tablet all fit inside perfectly.
This bag features 1 hidden compartment (which I love to put the boys wipes in or even store their dirty clothes while out and about so it doesn’t mess up any of my papers. You also get the following accessories to go with your bag:
- Personal belongings pouch – this pouch comes with detachable straps and you can use this to store your diapers, wipes and changing mat. I use this particular pouch to store my tablet for safe keeping and a few notebooks.
- Foldable Changing Mat – this soft and easy to clean mat is perfect for changing baby, but again – I use this bag for work – so this changing mat is used as a little sitting mat for me when at the park or in case I want to put my bag down without sitting it directly on the floor. It’s machine washable which makes it perfect for on the go.
- Retractable Key Hold – probably my favorite thing now to keep my eyes on hand at any given time.
- Chest Strap – this helps to keep my strap in place to prevent slip-downs
- Slip Proof Should Straps – these soft on the shoulder straps are great and comfy. It made long hours at the airport easy because my arms were not sore from carrying my bag too long.
- Stroller Clips – These are great to clip to a wagon or stroller to keep your bag with you. I use it to attach to my sports cart so I am not taking up real estate of the wagon with my bag.
The material is very soft and easy to spot clean or wash should I need it. I love that this bag is water repellent (inside & out), especially since I always take it with me, that way I don’t have to worry about spills. This bag comes with a gorgeous hot pink and bright lining which makes it so easy to be able to see inside and grab everything that I need at any time. And, since this bag is made of quick dry material – it helps to prevent mold (so you don’t have to worry much about spills from milk bottles or juice causing mold if you don’t get it dried up quickly.) This bag is perfect for outdoors – whether rain or shine and I love that it’s so easy to take with you.
The CiPU Large Tote is very lightweight at just 1.2 lbs. – one of the lightest on the market. And, remember how I said CiPU offers different bags for different personalities and sizes, your littles can have their own little backpacks too.
So, now that you have a bunch of information to make an informed decision on whether or not this bag is for you… let me keep it real for you all. This bag is costly, but I am a handbag lover and most of my bags cost well over this amount already so I would spend this money in a heartbeat – especially after my great experience with this one over the last 5 months or so. When it comes to how I spend my money, I tend to look at things as an investment. These bags are an investment in not only your style and longevity of having them, but your comfort. They are easy to carry and hold, giving you various options and so easy to clean. As a busy mom, I know that the last thing we want to be doing is scrubbing a bag of strains or water spills. While I don’t currently use it strictly as a diaper bag, I know the quality of the bag will hold up in that if and when I should have another child – I’ll be able to use this. I also love that this is functional for me and allows me to use this as a “mommy bag” no matter the age of my children. I can carry all my work stuff inside while still have a ton of room for mommy stuff too – whether it be wipes, extra clothes, toys, books for reading on the go or games – whatever tickles your fancy.
We all know I am brutally honest here and I have to say – Yes, this bag is worth the cost and definitely high quality. Like I mentioned before – I have my eyes on a few others and I plan to get them.
Check out my video review:
You can check out the full range of products available at: https://www.cipu.us/
Purchase from their Amazon store here.
So what about you, have you heard of CiPU before and do you think you could utilize something like this? Are you a mommy looking for a little more help in the organizing and diaper bag compartment? Comment below and share your thoughts with me.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts or to feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Whew… another week has begun and I feel like I didn’t quite finish up the tasks from last week to warrant starting a new one. Let’s face it, who ever completes their daunting daily tasks deserves an award, because my list is ever growing and it seems like there is less and less time in a day to accomplish it all. Nonetheless, I digress and try to move forward to the best of my ability.
“Significance is very different from success. Significance means that you are adding value to others lives. Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.” – John Maxwell
As I sit here at my desk working endlessly to get all of my ducks in a row for the next few days, I find myself wondering… “Am I adding value to the lives of those that read this blog?” Hmmm… don’t answer that… haha! No, but kidding aside, I really wanted to take this site back to its roots and I find myself consistently asking the same question of myself each day. Do I bring value to the table? The quick answer would be, yes… right? The long answer would be… I may not bring value to all but I certainly offer some form of value to a few, which in all honesty – is better than none at all. Right?
So, what is it that you bring to the table that adds value to those around you? Do you look at your worth by the amount of success you accomplish or do you look at your worth by how you help those around you? In this day and age, let’s face it – not many people make the time to help others anymore. When they do, it’s half assed and rushed causing you to really question their motivations as to why they lent that hand in the first place. But should it really matter how much or how little someone has helped versus the fact that they have helped at all? Let’s think about this for a second shall we? If someone lends a helping hand for you (say, you have fallen and need some assistance standing up), do you feel grateful when they lean over and help you up and then ask you if you need anymore assistance or if you’re okay. How about if they simply just helped you stand without a word and went on their merry way? Which would you prefer? Or are you like me and think that either way – the person took the time out of their day to help you regardless of small talk and that meant a lot to begin with? I find that sometimes no words is not necessarily a bad thing. In this time when so many are at fault with one another and there is so much bigotry and ignorance in the World, if a person took 30 seconds out of their day to help you in silence versus 5 minutes and took the time to have a conversation, we should be thankful that either person took the time regardless. Those few seconds mean a lot to anyone who barely has enough time in the day to accomplish their own tasks at hand – don’t you think?
Lately I think my goal in life is to be significant. It’s not about being successful (yes, we all strive for that in some way or another), but being significant means that I’m adding much more than just success to the table. When you take the time to offer value and add value to those around you – you truly are significant. Like John Maxwell said “Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.” Well John, I agree – but I think that to be significant in the world, adding value to others’ lives around you is a success too.
Wishing you all a wonderful Monday. May today and this week be filled with a plethora of inspiration to fill your bucket full.
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is approaching. Now, I’m kind of late the punch in getting this post up this year, but I digress… and it’s getting done anyway, right? I’ve said this time and time again, but while my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day, we both feel that our love for one another should be shown and given every single day of the year – every day of our lives. Let’s face it, some of you may find that corny, but the fact of the matter is… we shouldn’t need a holiday to celebrate love, right? Regardless, each year I share a great little gift guide for you – whether you decide you are going to take advantage of it for the holiday or any time of the year or use it to treat yourself, it’s entirely up to you. So, without further adieu, let’s get into some Valentine’s Gifts shall we?
Let’s talk about rings… jewelry per say. Now, if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you know that my husband is a law enforcement officer. Over the years we have looked for rings that he can use that are not only stylish, but that will allow him to be able to use his rings to work. In the type of job he has, a metal, gold or silver band can injure the finger and are a huge safety concern. While it’s allowed for them to use it, it’s suggested that they use a silicone band to help protect against injury and to aid in safety. That’s where FX8 (Fixate) comes in to play. These fun silicone ring bands are made of Premium Medical-Grade Silicone. They are stylish, functional and definitely durable. The are comfortable to wear with a tapered dome design and are available in Men’s & Women’s styles and sizes. I like the fact that they offer custom engraving and these rings are designed for an active lifestyle.
Outside of work, we can use our regular wedding rings, but while my husband is at work, I know that this ring will work well for him. Athletes, racers, extreme sports participants, fitness and gym trainers, mechanics, military personnel, construction and factory works and law enforcement officials all enjoy wearing these.
Each Fixate ring comes with a durable ring bag with a rugged metal “S” clip that is large enough to fit your drivers license, credit card, cash, ring and earbuds. They are priced reasonably, starting at $19.95+ and while they are not the ideal choice for many, in our instance, it works for my family and our lifestyle. They come in a variety of different colors too – so I think they are perfect for anyone and they are definitely an affordable, cost effective choice.
Get your FX8 bands here: https://fixatedesigns.com/
Now, I consider Valentine’s Day to also be Gal-entine’s Day. A fun way to celebrate your lovely gal pals is by giving them a little treat for themselves. Let’s face it, most of us love makeup and what better way to have a little fun and treat ourselves and our gals by giving them some makeup delights. Bodyography is a new to me brand, as well as Omega Labs USA. I thought this would be an awesome time to share the products with you while giving some ideas for shade choices that make great gifts.
Looking for a classic red lipstick? Try out Bodyography’s Lipstick in Red China ($17.00 – 0.13 oz/3.7g). I talk about how I think red lips are so enduring and this shade is showstopping. With a satin matte finish, this gorgeous and long lasting lipstick is super-pigmented and contains moisturizing Aloe Vera as the base to help protect the lips from signs of aging. Rich mineral pigments provide amazing color payoff and you can find a variety of shades in ranges from pinks to purple and nudes as well as finishes of creams, shimmers, sheers and satin mattes.
The Bodyography Glitter Pigments ($23.00 – 0.105 oz/3g) are also a great choice for a little sparkle any time of year. These one of a kind eye shadows are made with a technology that incorporates the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder. These gorgeous pigments are high glitter with a gorgeous pearl finish.
This gorgeous shade I have here is called Halo. It’s a very shimmery and sparkly silver that reminds me of tinsel. This color is quite bold but would make a wonderful eye lid topper to add a little sparkle and shine or popped right into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes while adding a little sparkle.
There are eight colors to choose from total. A little of this product will go a long way and I definitely suggest applying this product wet or foiled using a synthetic brush or with your finger and utilizing tapping motions when applying the product to the lid or where ever you want to go. This is not your usual mica style pigment where it is finely milled. These pigments are much more glittery so using these as a standalone shadow may pose some challenges. But, they are glittery and gorgeous and I think definitely something fun for anyone to try. Besides… we all love glitter, don’t we ladies?
I love getting nail polish as gifts and these gorgeous polishes from Omega Labs are long wearing lacquers available in a wide array of high fashion shades. Omega Labs lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. I have the color 389 Peek-A-Boo, a gorgeous nude toned soft peach shade is that is perfect for every day wear or a night out on the town. The shade is neutral and gorgeous. Omega Labs Nail Lacquers retail for $7.00 (0.44 fl.oz.)
Now, I obviously couldn’t leave out a little bath and body action, right? I mean come on… nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little body treatment. One of my favorite Bath & Body brands, FarmHouse Fresh released this gorgeous Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set that features the White Velvet Hand and Body Creams, Body Wash and Candle all of which have the irresistible whoopie pie aroma. Let me just say – this is a set that I love and have purchased one for each of my sisters this year. I know they will LOVE it.
Packaged in a “ready to gift” box, this Deluxe Gift Set offers one of my favorite fragrances from FarmHouse Fresh. I am loving the buttercream aroma that wafts through the air when I open any of these products. This gorgeous set includes these wonderfully smelling delectables (do not eat them) amd retao;s fpr $54.00. I can’t rave enough about this set and I loved it so much the last month that I had to pick up a set for each of my sisters (I have two) because I know they would love it. With moisture boosting properties in each of these and a great smelling candle to fill a room with a sweet fragrance, I’m a happy camper.
*I plan to have a review detailing each product in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that.
This this set and so much more at: http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com/
Not everyone is into body care, makeup and jewelry – but house decor is always something fun. That’s why I am recommending a gorgeous Mandala Tapestry from Rajrang. Whether you decide to get a Single, Double or Round tapestry these are just gorgeous pieces of art. I use mine as a throw, but you can definitely use it anyway you please. A few popular ways are to use them as a wall hanging, home decor and in some cases, just like me – some may want to use this as a layout blanket. I have taken it to the park or beach to lay on while reading a book. These are made of a good quality fabric and are absolutely gorgeous. Did I mention these were affordable? I even like using these as backdrops to my videos and photos because they are so easy to work with. Starting at about $10.00+, these beauties would make a great gift for anyone, anytime of the year.
Purchase a gorgeous mandala tapestry for you or someone you love at: https://www.rajrang.com/
Last on my list is some gorgeous fragrances from DefineMe which I think would make an absolutely wonderful gift for any of your gal pals. This is the Girls’ Night Set which includes the Audry and Sofia Isabel fragrances for $74.00. This gorgeous set includes a combination of romantic florals and sweet intoxicating citrus.
Audry’s notes include: jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood
Sofia Isabel’s notes include: mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.
Layered together this set is a wonderful fragrance I absolutely enjoy wearing and I think many of my girlfriends would enjoy this as a gift.
Now that I have shared a few favorites with all of you, I think you’ll have a list of fab items you could share with a loved one or pick up for your best friend or yourself. I often get asked why it is that my lists like these are so odd and often times provide “interesting” items. Here’s the deal… I love sharing a variety of products with all of you and many times I select them based on the fact that they are what I’m liking, enjoying and are favorites at that time or any given moment. These are just suggestions of products I’ve tried, purchased or that I was sent to try and I like. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is something you may want to check out for yourself or to buy as a gift. I also didn’t include many “male friendly” items in this gift collection this time around, mainly because I am just not sure what the hubby would like this year so I’m at a lost as to what to suggest. Remember, like I said before – Valentine’s Day should be considered an “every day” kind of holiday. Love should be celebrated each and every day. Heck, my husband and I do it and it is a part of who we are. No matter what you decide, make your Valentine’s Day something special – even if it means just treating yourself to something you like.
Happy Love Day, Every Day!
Check out some of my previous posts over the years for Valentine’s Day inspiration:
Some of my past Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks / Tutorials: (top to bottom – left to right)
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration while some were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are listed through out.
“the best part of wakin up…”
Haha, I know what you are thinking right now… or most of you are thinking anyway… come on… let’s sing it together…
“the best part of wakin up, is Folgers in your cup!”
As a kid, my grandmother drank Folgers coffee – every day at least once a day and it’s a song that resonates through my memories. This iconic Folgers jingle has become a piece of pop culture and generations have heard the jingle and sing along with the words. This jingle has a rich tradition in American music and brings back the happy memories from my childhood. Te Folgers song is one of those that you will certainly remember. As an adult, I am reminded of how much this song would excite me as a kid – dancing around the living room singing in my fake hair brush microphone to the words. Today, I’m excited to share with you the Folgers Jingle Contest as Folgers is inviting aspiring musicians to embrace their well-known tune and make it all their own.
So how does the Jingle Contest work?
Submit a video of your best version of the jingle on the website from January 30th through February 27th. Your version of the jingle must include the complete melody and complete lyrics of “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup.”
From February 27th to March 19th, Folgers will choose 5 semi-finalists from the entries and each one will have a mentor session with Chris Young before the online vote begins.
From March 27th to April 24th, fans around the country will get a chance to vote daily for their favorite jingle. Every vote will automatically enter you to win prizes up to $10,000. Finally, in May, one winner will be selected to win the grand prize of $25,000. In addition, two first place winners will receive $2,500 and two second place winners will receive $500.
While I can play a bunch of instruments, I can’t hold a tune to save my life, so I won’t be taking part in this contest – but I’ll definitely be voting daily in hopes of winning some of the prizes mentioned. I definitely suggest you checking it out and vote for your favorite too. If you are a singer, check out the contest and enter. Good luck!
You can head on over to the Folgers Jingle Contest website to get all the details, rules and to enter.