It is getting down to the wire as there are only nine more days to go to Christmas. I do love shopping at TJ Maxx, Homegoods and Marshalls as they really have the best selection of gifts. You can find some unique gift ideas, especially if you are on a budget. I found the most adorable items that would make a great gift for a friend, co-worker or tween. Here are some tips for last minute shoppers.

Look in the jewelry isle – That is where I found this jewelry box for $12.99. This season they seemed to have a lot of unique pieces from diamond like earrings to bracelets and more. A perfect selection for any girl you have to buy for.

Look in the accessory isle – They have cute scarfs and mittens there and some are on sale.

Don’t overlook the check-out line.  You know I am always a sucker for grabbing a few items in that check-out line.  But that is where someone must have decided at the last minute that they did not need this adorable Santa scarf. This is a great alternative to wear instead of that ugly sweater.  It is cute and was only $5.99.

For the fashionista on your list – Faux Fur is still trendy and if a coat or vest is too much this season try a clutch bag. I found this one for $9.99 at Homegoods! Yes, in line at the register. They do put some very cute items up front (so make sure to check here for last minute stocking stuffers)

Fun fur accessory bag from @HomeGoods

Fun fur accessory bag from @HomeGoods

Santa scarf is so cute from @tjmaxx

Santa scarf is so cute from @tjmaxx

Jewelry box from @tjmaxx

Jewelry box from @tjmaxx

 

Ahhhh the holidays and shopping – it can be fun if you have a spot that has nice stores, shops to eat and a little coffee too. A few blogger friends and I were invited to check out the shops at Linden Square in Wellesley and what a fun time we had.

From Bella Sante to Pure Barre there are great holiday gift idea at this hot spot of shops and more called Linden Square.

Our first stop at the shop, sip and stroll was Salon Maleah - at this location they have a holiday blow dry bundle on sale as well as great products to choose from. Grab a bag of products and a gift card to make a perfect stocking stuffer.

Our next stop was Pure Barre. The girls at the desk were so happy and fit and now I know why this was on my list to check out – I want to be in shape and happy too!  For new clients the special is $75 a month, regularly $100.

Tobey Grey has a lot to offer -nice denim, nice sweaters, overall a very nice clothing store for women! Not comfortable choosing a size for your significant other? Get a gift card here and it will be the best gift she will get.

We stopped at Ceri and here is where the personal stylist comes in. They can help you put together a look from head to toe with clothes and jewelry to handbags and even more accessories. They have the most adorable clutches and necklaces here.

Bonsoir is where we learned the art of napkin folding. Here is the store to get the hostess a gift this season. They have the finest linens, candles, a bit of jewelry and more.

Of course with our group of whom many were mom bloggers, we had to check out Magic Beans and find out more about all the toys on the must have list. They have wonderful creative toys for boys and girls and creative toys tops our list including my favorite playmobile!

Kenzie & Tiny Hanger is where the youngest fashionistas get their clothing. Kenzie also has a women’s line now too so moms can be just as fashionable. My favorites were the donut pillows but they also have a nice selection of purses, kids jewelry and shoes.  This is the must stop if you are looking for a unique holiday dress for your tween girl!

Bella Sante is one of my favorite spots and I did just get a facial there last month with my teen (her first facial!) They also have a very nice display of all great products from lip balms, hair ties and skin creams which are perfect for stocking stuffers for her!

Our day of shopping ended at The Cottage. If you have not been to this beautiful restaurant you have to try it. Their luncheon specials of 1/2 salad and sandwich is just perfect! But wait, we did have a bit of desert at the fine jewelry location IMPULSE and we were able to choose a beautiful Sisco Berluti bracelet. These would make the perfect gift for mom and tween as they are shinny and stackable!

Disclosure: This event was hosted and we were treated to a lunch at The Cottage in addition to receiving a gift bag with goodies and a few gift cards. All opinions in this blog post are my own!

@Ceri where necklaces rule!

@Ceri where necklaces rule!

Toys, Toys and Toys @MagicBeans!

Toys, Toys and Toys @MagicBeans!

Happiness @PureBarre

Happiness @PureBarre

 

We are getting down to the wire  – 18 days to Christmas What is on your list of items for Dad? A belt? A pair of socks? A gift card? Men can be so difficult to purchase clothes for. lol!  Here are some ideas that might be good for his stocking this year.

A massage – Even dads need a bit of pampering this holiday season. A gift certificate is just the right gift for the hard to buy for dad. Massage Envy Spa offers affordable massage services and who doesn’t love a massage!

Technology – Of course if your dad or husband does not have a smart phone – get him one!  If he has one already this case is a must have. The Pong Case is the best radiation deflector case for your phone! What is that you ask? A case that not only protects your device, but also redirect harmful radiation away from you. According to their web site the Pong cases contain a micro-thin, gold antenna that redirects radiation away from you. This redirection reduces your exposure to mobile device radiation by up to five times below the FCC Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limit without compromising your device’s ability to communicate. A gift that helps your health!

Clothes – although for some men purchasing clothing can be tricky who doesn’t love a nice sweater or socks or a scarf! Again, there are gift cards to his favorite store  – that is always an option!

Accessories – a nice watch or cufflinks are always a nice gift and we love anything from Tiffany & Co.

pong case

pong case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure:  I received a gift card from Massage Envy and a case from Pong. All opinions in this blog post are my own

I really have no idea what to get the teens this holiday season! lol!  Well, they are a hard bunch to buy a gift for.  It is nice to be able to open a present on Christmas but since this age group is very picky I tend to go with a gift card — which of course they do love. Here are my suggestions:

Yes a gift card – some may say they are not personal but teens do love them. What I do is wrap up a gift with it. My go to gift is a gift card to the movies and then wrap up some chocolate and treats with it! Simple and you are done!

QVC – they really are my go to site (or you can catch them on TV) – nice gifts, nicely wrapped and affordable. From hats to scarfs and more they really have a good selection for teens.  I love the jewelry they have too – like these Honora 8.0mm Cultured Pearl Sterling Stud Earrings (Item #J294066) For approximately $22.00 you have a really nice pair of earrings and a cute matching jewelry bag to go with it.

Tech and Teens – For girls I think it is much easier as you can purchase accessories, jewelry, handbags and I am sure they will appreciate any type of technology! Same for teen boys – it can be tricky but a gift card, any electronics or brand name sweatshirt – think North Face or UnderArmour and your shopping for teens can be complete in a flash.

Happy Shopping!

Jewelry from @QVC

Jewelry from @QVC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: QVC sent me the earrings to review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

 

 

 

You know I frequent CVS a lot! This time of year is my favorite as they line the isles with lots of goodies that make the perfect gifts ideas that are small, practical and affordable. From lip balms, like the ones below, to stacking bowls and bobbles you can find just about anything at CVS!

New at CVS is a great line from Hallmark. I picked up these cozy bowls – you can fill them with chocolate or give them as is as they are wrapped and ready to go. The Hallmark line includes plates, accessories and even adorable aprons for mom and child. When it comes to stuffing the stocking I am a traditionalist, meaning growing up that is where Santa gave us the essentials – like mittens, socks, toiletries, lip balm, etc. Of course CVS has those and more including a little book light that is sure to please the teens! Pick up all the essentials there.

Disclosure: CVS sent me a gift card to purchase a few items. All opinions are my own.

Lip Balms and more @CVS

Lip Balms and more @CVS

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You know you need them..@CVS

You know you need them..@CVS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always on the lookout for make-up that works and a line that is natural. Especially as the holiday season is here you may want to know about Jane Iredale Cosmetics as they have a great selection of holiday kits and a great selection of lip sticks that are perfect as stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Here are my favorites:

Lip Fixation – This is a lip stain and gloss in one easy to use tube. With avocado oil and jojoba oil it is one of those rare finds in a stain that actually moisturizes. This line is great for tween/teen girls if you are a mom looking for a healthy alternative to chemical based lip sticks.

Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream – This mineral-based formula not only nourishes but helps protect skin from UV and free radical damage. It smells nice (a bit like orange) and is non-comedogencic, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. It is also wheat-free and vegan!

The best of all are these little compact eye shadow kits called Eye Steppes – Each compact opens up like a staircase to reveal all five shades and a mirror. Perfect for the mom on the go it has coordinated colors in each kit. They are long wearing, crease-proof, hypoallergenic and and dermatologist tested.

Check out the line and let me know what you think!

 

Make-up oh my from @Janeiredale

Make-up oh my from @Janeiredale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

 

Well, the winter weather is here in New England and for many that means dry skin and chapped lips. My favorite line of cosmetics has a great, must-have lip soother. It’s like a balm, gloss and stick in one. LipSurgence Lip Tint By Tarte Cosmetics is perfect for this time of year. It is a three in one lip tint that glides on with the benefits of a lipstick, lip gloss and a balm and keeps your lips hydrated all day. It is very nourishing as it has vitamin C & E. There are so many colors to choose from.  I also like that they are compact. In fact there is a kit for the holidays with several mini ones so you can share with friends. The LipSurgence lip tint makes the perfect stocking stuffer for mom or the teens!

Disclosure: The company sent me a few LipSurgence products to test out. All opinions are my own.

Lip Surgence for hydrated lips

Lip Surgence for hydrated lips

 

It is not too early to start your holiday shopping. For teachers I love to send in a small gift card, a candle or something homemade from your child. When you are having a hard time trying to figure out what to get as a nice gift for someone on your list, think about purchasing a Yankee Candle. I just love their fragrances and there really is something for everyone (you know they have man candles too). Prices range from $1.99 to $27.99, so there really is something for everyone on your list.

My two new favorites are Luscious Plum which is an exquisitely rich and festive scent of sugar-coated plums is a Christmas fantasy come true and Christmas Candy™ a sentimental holiday favorite, bright and festive with sweet and spicy notes! I love during the holiday season when the house is filled with wonderfully warm fragrances. I also really like the car jars and their candle accessories including their candle trays!

Check it out online at Yankee Candle.com.

Disclosure: The company sent me the above items to review and test out. All opinions are my own.

New fragrances for holiday 2014 from Yankee Candle

New fragrances for holiday 2014 from Yankee Candle

 

Yes, I know it’s early but I have started my Christmas shopping. Everywhere I went I heard holiday music in the stores this weekend. While some believe we need to celebrate one holiday at a time I am all for getting a head start.  Even Santa is at the mall already!

However, this year as my kids get older they are more about celebrating experiences. Of course gifts are nice too they say, but my older daughter requested a trip to Florida instead of presents! During the busy time of year we do have our favorite things to do – a trip to NYC, Festival of Trees (in my town I grew up in) and I would like to add a few things on my to do list for the kids. They would like to go back to Great Wolf Lodge and I would like to go back to a fun hotel we stayed at a year ago Cranwell Resort I would also like to venture to New Hampshire as well. Some things like spending time with family on a fun adventure cannot be wrapped up in a gift box or bag but the memories will last and that is on my list of holiday gifts to give this year.

Some gifts cannot be wrapped

Some gifts cannot be wrapped

No idea what to wear to the office when you have an evening gathering after work? What about what to wear for a fun shopping trip with the girls? QVC to the rescue. I don’t normally shop via the television but every once in a while I will be channel surfing and have noticed lately, they have some really nice items (plus you can go online to shop too)

Every year right before the holidays I head out with my two grade school friends for a shopping trip. I need something fun, fashionable and comfy to wear and here it is! These pieces from @QVC are really nice. I have worn the leather leggings on a number of occasions and get complements every time I wear them. Plus there are the most comfortable (not sticky) faux leather ones I have seen!

I am petite so I usually wear a heal anywhere I go and that is why the Sole Society Keyla Leather Hidden Wedge Ankle Boots is perfect. They are comfortable but the wedge gives me a bit of height! Top off the outfit with the Nicole Richie Collection Chiffon Top w Neckline Embellishment and it is an outfit for a day of shopping or an evening out. What I like about the top is the neckline detail as it is essentially a built in necklace. Simply add a pair of gold hoops and that is all you need to head out the door. Check QVC out online or the next time you are channel surfing! Prices on the items are below! Ignore all items in my messy closet… Maybe I need a closet organizer to help me out? lol!

Disclosure: QVC sent me the items to wear and test out. All opinions are my own.

 

Nicole Richie Collection Chiffon Top w Neckline Embellishment
QVC Item #A257594
Approximately $89.75
SA by Seth Aaron Faux Leather Slim Legging with Seaming Detail
QVC Item #A258748
Approximately $56.00
Sole Society Keyla Leather Hidden Wedge Ankle Boots
QVC Item #A258083
Approximately $100.00

 

Clothing items from @QVC

Clothing items from @QVC

 

 

 

 

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