Our Favorite Gift Picks! 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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1. Loved Jewelry Dish, $14.00, 2. Bond No. 9 Mini Bon Bon Box, $155.00, 3. Drybar Peace on Earth Good Hair To All, $199.00, 4. You’re Pretty Cosmetic Bag, $20.00, 5. Mark & Graham Travel Jewelry Case, $59.00, 6. Belkin Lighting to USB Leather Tassel, $34.99, 7. The North Face Illuminated Reversible Jacket, $200.00, 8. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Rampling, $375.00, 9. Aster Market Handmade Goods Subscription Box, $46.95, 10. ED by Ellen Joy Polka Dot Pieced And Chambray Lined Tote, $55.00

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1. Green Plaid Cuff Infinity Scarf, $25.00, 2. Ten Toes Inflatable Standup Paddleboard, $479.99, 3. Jimmy Fallon for J. Crew Limited Edition Pocket Dial for iPhone 6/6s, $48.00, 4. Amazon Echo, $179.99, 5. Bourbon Bundle, $59.00, 6. Studio Manhattan Art + Design San Francisco, CA + Golden Gate, $32.00, 7. Loot Crate Subscription Box, $19.95, 8. Yoga Ultra (Large), $88.00, 9. DIGITSOLE Heated Insoles, $199.00, 10. Sense with Sleep Pill, $129.002015_TGE_Holiday_Gift_Guide_Teens

1. Pizza Slice BFF Necklaces, $16.99 (each), 2. Quadcopter with HD Camera, $48.80, 3. The Emergency Cash Stash, $24.95, 4. Music City Miracle Quote Shirt, $28.00, 5. Personalized Acrylic Jewelry Case, $90.00, 6. Hair Tie Bracelet by Bittersweet, $45.00, 7. Outside the Lines Adult Coloring Book, $18.00, 8. Happy Socks Billionaire Boys Club Sock Set, $40.00, 9. Under-The-Jack Pack, $68.00, 10. More Issues Than Vogue Oversized Sweatshirt, $26.002015_TGE_Holiday_Gift_Guide_Kids

1. Play All Day Elmo, $59.99, 2. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, $39.99, 3. View Master Virtual Reality, $29.99, 4. Scribbler 3D Pen, $99.99, 5. Jurassic World T-Rex Figure, $29.99, 6. ChronoBomb, $29.99, 7. Tanabata Star Dominoes Set, $49.00, 8. Fur Real Friends Unicorn, $129.00, 9. PlayScapes 32″ Portable Building Brick 2-Sided Play Mat – Compatible with Lego & Duplo, $38.25, 10. My Adventures with Disney Frozen Personalized Book, $24.98

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1. Infanteenie Beanie (Monogrammed), $28.99, 2. WubbaNub® Reindeer Pacifier, $12.99, 3. Organic Baby Gowns by Electrik Kidz, $40.00, 4. DockATot™, $185.00, (featured on Baby Cubby) 5. Jellycat Bashful Bunny Candy Stripe Small, $15.00, 6. Plaid bandana bib 3-pack gift set (reversible), $54.00, 7. The Little Who Lost His Name (also available in girl), $29.99, 8. Sideplus Mesh Baby Carrier, $119.99, 9. Happy Mat, $24.99, 10. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space, $49.99

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1. Pawslife™ Ugly Holiday Pet Sweater, $14,99 (each), The Cat Exercise Wheel, $249.00, 3. Tigrito Cat Bowl, $68.00, 4. Majestic Pet Suede Bagel Dog Bed, $64.00+, 5. Funny Poop Bags, $6.99, 6. Dog Treat Jar (Made to Order), $50.00+, 7. Under the Mistletoe Dog Collar, $23.57+, 8. Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher Toy, $11.83, GoPro Fetch™ Dog Harness, $59.99, KONG Rubber Flyer Red, $10.77

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You Will Never Have to Iron Again Thanks to Freedom Wrinkle Releaser!

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say you would rather do anything than be stuck behind an iron and a pile of clothes. I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to ironing and I bet I’m not the only one!

I’ve tried many things to get around ironing but the spray remedy seems to the be the easiest way to get those wrinkles out. Although name brand sprays work, the amount of ingredients and chemicals are nauseating. I was recently given the opportunity to try Freedom Wrinkle Releaser and I’m happy to report, I’ve found a natural ironing spray that works!

Freedom Wrinkle Releaser is fragrance free and only has 5 ingredients! You simply spray your wrinkled garment, smooth the fabric and wait a few minutes for the spray to evaporate and do it’s magic! Just look at the before and after pictures!

Visit NaturalCitizen.com to see and purchase their complete line of products including natural beard oil, bug spray and more!

Tips:

  • Spray closer to the fabric for deep wrinkles. The solution will soak into the fabric when you are smoothing the garment.
  • Spraying farther away from the garment for minor wrinkles will decrease drying time.
  • If you are in a hurry and garment still feels damp from the spray, toss in the dryer with a couple of towels for a quick fix.
  • If you are using the product on silk or rayon, test an area first before applying to entire garment.

This is a great gift for Mom, men, jet setters, recent graduates and more!

I received free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review.

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Accessorize Your Fall Wardrobe with Benevolence LA Water Droplet Y Necklace

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We were recently given the chance to test drive a new jewelry piece by Benevolence LA. This necklace has so much meaning once your read their charity mission statement “Your purchase of this “Water Droplet” necklace will contribute 10 dollars toward a sustainable water system in Africa through our charity partner, H4O (Hands4others). Benevolence will take no profits from this necklace until the first village is funded.” How cool is that?!

The quality is worth the price (currently $39.99 on Amazon Prime) and the packaging is perfect for gifting (see pic). The adjustable size is perfect for different tops and occasions. Don’t hesitate to purchase, even if it’s your 1st “y” necklace. You’ll love it!

  • CHARITABLE: Your purchase of this “Water Droplet” necklace will contribute 10 dollars toward a sustainable water system in Africa through our charity partner, H4O (Hands4others). Benevolence will take no profits from this necklace until the first village is funded.
  • STYLISH: Hand Wrapped Glass Pendant – Looks like a real drop of water – Delicate but will not break – 3 inch extender for your perfect fit – You can wear it tighter toward your neck or let it hang lower – Perfect for layering
  • LATEST TREND: Los Angeles Fashion Necklace, Specific Celebrity partnerships to be announced soon
  • HIGHEST QUALITY: 14k Gold Plated – Recycled Gift Box – Eco-friendly – Dainty 1mm width 18″ Cable Chain Y Necklace with 4 inch drop – featuring a glass water “droplet” pendant
  • PERFECT GIFT: Best choice for birthday, anniversary, holidays, stocking stuffers, graduation, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and any other occasion.

I received free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review.

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Aster Market September Box… Getting Ready for Fall!

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 aster_market_september_box_2015_review The September Aster Market Box is here! Aster Market prides itself on small batch made products that inspire a positive outlook on life. The finds are so contagious, you’ll have a hard time not sharing them with friends!Aster Market loves to give back too! Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds are sent to a non-profit of your choice from their selected charities.Our September box included a beautifully bold Frankie & Coco PDX (frankieandcocopdx.com) canvas bag. The size is perfect to house your makeup or art supplies. The bag is handmade from start to finish in Portland, fully lined with solid cotton and styled with a hint of vintage.

Next in the box is a lovely catch-all dish by Be Free Designs (etsy.com/shop/beFREEdesigns). This little white dish packs a punch. Hand stamped with the word “LOVED” in shiny gold, it is the perfect addition to your nightstand or entryway as a daily inspirational reminder.

Stephanie Martin Co. (etsy.com/shop/StephanieMartinCo) included a bracelet trio that will become a staple for your jewelry collection. Beautifully handmade with stretchy cord, it fits a variety of wrist sizes and creates an effortless fashion statement.

Last but not least is a fun notepad by Quill & Fox (quillandfox.com). Run by a very creative husband and wife team, they use vintage art, fashion and old children’s books to inspire their stationery designs.

Aster Market is a monthly subscription box with prices starting at $39.95. Use code FIRSTBOX10 for 10% off your order.

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Our Most Popular Project Pin! Graduation Rainy Day Cash Gift with FREE Printable!

graduation_umbrella_rainy_day_cash_giftIf you have a graduate that deserves a little something extra, we’ve got an easy creative cash gift that will be the talk of the party.

Start with the materials shown at left: wrapping paper (graduation print or try a solid in the school’s colors), shreds (great time to recycle paper from the shredder!), long narrow box (that will fit your umbrella), million dollar mints or similar money themed candy, umbrella (cheap ones can be found at dollar stores), cash (we used $50 total — (1) $20, (1) $10, (2) $5, (10) $1), fishing line or string, paper clips and our FREE printable “A little something for Rainy days” gift tag.

Fold the flaps of the box inward so you are left with a secure box with no top. Wrap the box with your selected wrapping paper (wrapping so paper can be taped to the bottom of the inside of the box). Fill the box with shreds. Remove any tags and packaging from your umbrella. Carefully open the umbrella in a large open space. Attach paper clips to each paper bill (on the short side of each bill). Cut small lengths of fishing line and tie a few knots around the paper clip and then do the same around the supports of the umbrella. Repeat step until all cash is attached. Tip: You’ll want to keep the strings fairly short so that you can close up the umbrella without strings getting too tangled.

Close umbrella with cash inside and secure with Velcro strap. Cut out our FREE printable “A little something for Rainy days” gift tag and attach to umbrella. Place umbrella inside box on top of shreds. Place money candy around umbrella. Leave box open or cover with clear cellophane for a finished look.

This is also a great birthday, wedding or holiday gift!

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Wish List Wednesdays: A Bluetooth Keyboard that Supports All Your Devices

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Logitech has recently released a versatile bluetooth keyboard that works seamlessly with your phone, tablet and computer (both Mac and PC). Phones and tablets fit securely in the top cradle of the keyboard for a laptop like feel. Turn the dial to easily switch between devices. The keyboard is available in both black/yellow and white/gray. At just under 12″ x 8″ and under 2 pounds, the keyboard is travel friendly. The 2 AAA installed batteries last about 2 years so your new accessory won’t be a drain on power either. At just under $50, this is a great gift for a student, tech lover or frequent flier.

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Mindful Mondays: Give a Memorable Personalized Gift with SpeakSake

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, look no further! SpeakSake is a unique service that creates an amazing memorable gift that is easy and affordable! Simply e-mail invites to all of the family and friends of your recipients you can come up with. The invite provides details on how to leave an audio message for your recipent’s birthday, get well messages, etc. SpeakSake takes the messages and combines them on an audio cd so the recipient can replay them as many times as they want! At under $40, this is a great gift for kids, grandparents, teachers and more!

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