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I had planned to include this item as a part of my Father’s Day round up for 2017, but as many of you know, my father passed away two weeks before Father’s Day and I couldn’t bring myself to write up the post.  As much as I wanted to push past my heartache, I struggled with putting it together so it didn’t make it on the blog this year as I had hoped it would.  This would be the first Father’s Day in quite a while that I didn’t offer a Father’s Day Gift Guide.  Because of this, I would like to apologize to my faithful readers and companies who had hoped I would feature their products.  Because of this, you’ll be seeing me play catch up over the next few weeks and talking about products that I would have loved to include in that specific round up but didn’t get the opportunity to do so.  Today, I would like to talk with all of you about the Wild & Wolf Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool which can be purchased at one of my favorite websites – The Grommet.  Let’s get all the fun and exciting details, shall we?

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The Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool is perfect for any man and offers a great gift idea for any time of year – birthday, Christmas, Holiday or just because.  It retails for $35 at thegrommet.com and is rugged and built to last.  This wrench multi-tool offers five other tools within the entire package, including:  a knife, screwdriver set and even an LED light.  It’s created and engineered to be tough while still looking elegant and encased in gorgeous packaging – sleek and hardcore.  Honestly, I was an instant fan of this because it is something I could easily take with me and keep in my car to use “just in case” or gift to my husband or man in my life as a great gift.

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The Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool is made of 420 stainless steel, plastic, rubber, lithium battery and an LED light element.  It comes with an adjustable wrench, plain edge knife, LED light, bottle opener, saw, flat (standard) and Phillips head magnetized screwdriver set and 6-10 hex wrenches.  It is built with durable steel construction and is made to last.

I have purchased and received many things from The Grommet and everything I’ve gotten off the site, I’ve enjoyed.  This multi-tool from Wild & Wolf is no exception.  With the months blazing by (we are already in August), I know this would make a great gift for anyone this upcoming Holiday season.  I’m loving this tool and while I originally expected to give it to my husband (well, I promised him he could use it), I’m loving it so much that I’ve decided to keep it for myself.  As many of you know, I’m a total car buff and I love to be independent, so this tool gives me the luxury of having the important tools I need, right at my fingertips.

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Overall, I think that this multi-tool (and others from Wild & Wolf on The Grommet) would make a great solution as a gift for anyone, even yourself.  It offers a variety of uses and the price point is great.  I also want to touch on how sturdy this product is.  I’ve hit it around several times over the last few months and I already made use of the bottle opener and LED light on more than one occasion.  Tough and made to hold up to years of use makes this a definite winner in my book.

If you’re interested in picking up one of these for yourself, check out: https://www.thegrommet.com/gentlemens-hardware-wrench-and-torch-multi-tool

 


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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

 

 

 

 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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As a mother of three boys, I’m always looking for fun and interesting items to add to our mix of adventures.  Laser Pointers are fun for us to play with and we especially love to play with them and at night against a dark wall to create fun and interesting designs.  Recently I was sent the Kyasi 3-in-1 Laser Pointer Touch Pen Ball Pen and I was quite impressed with the quality of the product and what it does.

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This interesting gadget retails $24.95 (original price – $39.95) and is the perfect gift for your graduate or a dad in your life.  It’s perfect for everyday use and I love that the Pen/Stylus and Laser comes with batteries so you can easily use your product right out of the box.  This device is build from 100% brass and the pen itself writes nicely, smoothly and has a great feel in your hands, weighted – but not heavy, sturdy!

The laser pointer is bright and has great power behind it.  You can easily see it lit well through out any room and the range is great – offering amazing visibility.  The microfiber mesh tipped stylus works well on any capacitive touch screen – like Apple devices, Samsung, Kindles and tablets.  I use the touch screen on my Note 4 as well as on my Samsung Tablet without any issue.  As I mentioned earlier, the pen also comes with batteries right in the box so you are able to use this product right after you open the box.

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Laser pointers can be a distraction for some and are dangerous to be pointed directly into the eyes, so please be careful with use.  My sons and I love to shine the pointer on the ground for our dog to chase the light around or we shine it at our wall at night to create fun light show displays.  I love that this pen is both functional and an interesting “toy” and offers hours of use.  The laser pointer (CE under 1.0mw and FDA under 5mw) is easy to use as well, just depress the little button on the pen and the ball point pen can be refilled with standard D1 German ink refills.

Stop by Kyasi.com to check out all the colors available as well as other products they offer.

 

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Beautiful flower bouquets at an affordable price?  Raises Hand and screams… “Over here!”  I have been told by people before that they are not fans of receiving flowers or bouquets, for whatever reason.  A few have even compared receiving bouquets to funerals and even death.  I’m sure everyone has their own opinion to whether they enjoy receiving the “smell great” beauties or not but I know I love them.  Receiving flowers to me is a sweet and kind gesture.  As a child, I worked in the garden with my Mom and Grandma and we loved picking the flowers from our Garden and arranging them in a vase to look at and as I got older my Dad and I spent hours photographing florals.  Part of the reason I am a Photographer today is because of these gorgeous creations that God and Mother Nature has gifted to us.  Flowers remind me of my childhood, life and love.

Rose Bouquet

Having received a plethora of different bouquets in my lifetime (thanks to a wonderful husband), I cherish them a lot because I know how costly they can be.   A dozen roses arranged in a vase and delivered to my work place is not cheap and many times if it is on a busy Holiday (i.e. Valentine’s Day), if you are not pre-ordered, you will not make the deadline for delivery.  TheBouqs.com is a site filled with a huge array of bouquets – not just roses but flora of all shapes, sizes and gorgeous colors.  Not a roses type of gal or guy?  Don’t worry… Daisies, lillies… you name it – they have it.  What I love best is the affordable prices and how quick it all gets delivered.

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My bouquet came all the way from Ecuador delivered via Fed-ex.  It was wrapped well and packaged nicely.  Considering it was in transit to Hawaii from Ecuador for a week before it was delivered, the bouquet arrived safe and sound and as fresh and gorgeous as I would expect it to have been if it came from a local Florist.

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The Volcano collection (my roses came from this one) cost $40 and come from South America, the California Collection is $50 and comes from the West Coast.  Securely packaged and ready for delivery.  Of course if you want to have an added touch, you can certainly add your own vase – but considering a bouquet of flowers can cost well over $75 and even over $100 I think the deal you get from theBouqs.com is definitely a great one.

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After opening up my package, I removed the roses nicely and set them on the side.  I filled my vase with room temperature water, added in the little packet of flower food and while that was sitting I began cutting the stems of my new flowers.  My parents both worked in a florist so I learned that you must cut your stems diagonally under cool water – not cold and not hot.  The diagonal cut ensures the flowers are getting enough water to keep them lasting.  You should remove the leaves that are below the water line when the roses or flowers are placed in the vase, but I don’t like how they look – so I tend to leave them in.  Once you are done – admire your flowers.  I add fresh water to the vase every day and change out the water after a week to ensure that the bouquet lasts.  If your bouquet lasts a while, then you can always remove leaves and petals as you need.

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Here’s why I love bouqs.com flowers and bouquets so much.  The first image (at the top) was taken on the day the bouquet arrived.  The picture above was taken 7 days later.  If you take care of flowers, they can last for a few weeks, even if they are a bouquet and technically “not living” because they have been cut.  theBouqs.com takes so many measures to ensure that your flowers are delivered as beautiful as it would be if you had ordered them locally.

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Did I mention I love photographing flowers?  I think they are breathtaking and divine and they certainly remind me of spring.  The close up of these roses are from the same bouquet I received, but these taken on Day 9 – they are still beautiful and smell heavenly.

Pink Roses

The flowers in the above photo have bloomed so nicely.  This photo was taken on Day 13.  As you can see – even with the heat that Hawai’i experiences, with proper care the roses or any of the flowers for that matter will blossom and open up beautifully.  I had the opportunity to enjoy these flowers for over two weeks until they started to wilt completely.  They were a breath-taking addition to my decor in the house and smelled just as nice.

So are you looking for affordable bouquets for Easter, an Anniversary, special occasion?  Definitely check out theBouqs.com and browse through their selection of gorgeous bouquets that will warm any heart.

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