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Holidays, Products

Gifts for teachers, mom and more @TheYankeeCandle

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

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


Holidays, makeup

Holiday beauty kits: Shop now @ILovePacifica

Ok, I realize that Halloween has not happened yet, but I know from experience that any good, fun make-up kit that is made especially for the holiday season goes in a flash, so when you see them in October you better scoop them up. That is why I was so excited to test out these fun, new products from Pacifica. Their stellar eye trio is a great gift for the holiday season for the gal in your life that likes a little sparkle. The kit includes an eye liner, mascara and eye shadow duo. It’s only $20!

They also have a great new cc cream which is good for those who want a foundation and a bit of moisturizing skincare all in one.  The company says their Ultra Natural CC Cream has won “Best CC Cream of the Year” in the 2014 Natural Health Beauty Awards.  That is why I love Pacifica as they are one of the more natural lines out there. Check out their product line and scoop up any kits you see now!

Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the above products to review. All opinions are my own


Make-up kit must haves for the holiday season

Make-up kit must haves for the holiday season

Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad

8 days to go and it’s Valentine’s day! What do you get dad, the hubby, the man – the significant other male in your life? That is a tough one as I know all too well they go out and buy everything they need!  We gathered a few fun items for Valentine’s day gifts for dad and also have a couple favorite sites we love!

  • If he is into technology and has an ipad you must get him The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (available in romantic red!, black and white) as it is the perfect companion to the iPad. It is super sleek, magnetically connected, reliable (six months of battery life) and practical, giving you smooth and quiet typing. If you purchase it on, you can get a message engraved on the back for your sweetheart – for free! Great for a working dad! ($99.99)
  • I love looking for super cute and unique phone case covers.  I love the selection from as they have a ton of smart phone cases. The baseball one for the iphone 5 is just great at $39.95. offers customizable and unique gifts for everyone in the family. I especially like their t-shirts with fun sayings like the fishing one for dad!
  • If he loves chocolate why not personalize his M&M’s with a photo or a saying!
  • Another favorite site of mine is Red Envelopeand it is easy to navigate through the site whether you are searching for romantic gifts, beer and wine or accessories he may need.

    Gift Ideas for Dad this Valentine’s Day!





Events, Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Gift Round-up @BetterCT

Always love visiting the folks @BetterCT and we gathered some really interesting gift ideas for mom, dad and the kids!

Jewelry is always a nice gift for mom, but why not make it a one of a kind design. From Carved Creations  their doodle pendant is one that mom will cherish.  At $189 you can customize your design – submit a drawing (hint, hint… dad have your kids do this for mom) and Carved Creations will transform it into a necklace.  Check out their Facebook page as people are submitting designs for likes!  I love the material as it is heavy:  It is made from PurLuxium which is Carved Creations fine jewelers grade stainless steel. You can also choose the shape you want from a square, triangle or rectangle and choose the color of the leather cord.  They also have other great gift ideas – rings, bracelets and other necklaces. Check out their site as they have the boldest designs and most contemporary looks in the personalized jewelry industry.

If you are heading out for date night for Valentine’s Day try a fun pink lipstick to brighten up! We love the Hourglass line at sephora or online. Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick comes in several bright pink and red shades, perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Opaque Rouge is renowned for being long-lasting—even The Wall Street Journal identified it as one of the best long-wear lipsticks!  We are always on the lookout for more natural make-up and this line is great. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and lanolin.  Starting at $28.00.

Chocolate is a great idea for a gift and who can resist those truffles from Lindt!  The The LINDOR Truffles Mini Gift Heart is the perfect gift to share– at an affordable price.  The Mini Gift Heart is available in new, limited edition milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center or milk chocolate LINDOR truffles at $4.99. The LINDOR Gift Heart is so cute and every box is filled with smooth melting LINDOR Truffles. The LINDOR Gift Heart is available in a 5.5 oz heart with milk or assorted truffles and in an 8.5 oz heart filled with milk chocolate truffles. Price ranges from $7.99 – $9.99. Their NEW! Gourmet Truffles Heart comes in a romantic heart-shaped box filled with double-dipped gourmet truffles in six luxurious flavors ̶ milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and dark orange. At $9.99 it is affordable.

For the kids I love to bake with them or at least try a new recipe. From the makers of Glee Gum  the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit is $13.95.  Anytime you involve the kids with treat making it’s so much fun! The Make Your Own Chocolate Kit offers a unique, affordable way to make delicious, dark chocolate from scratch, right at home.

A red outfit with matching headbands is a must for the younger kids. We love the adorable headbands and clips for Valentine’s day from Lizzie, Izzie and James   Felt and yarn never looked so cute.

I like to put together a box or bag of goodies with treats, stickers, crafts, and my kids will love it. Shop iparty as they have the best selection of goodies. I put together the treat box, the baking box and the craft box!

Enjoy your Valentine’s day!

Disclosure: The companies sent me the products mentioned above to review. All opinions are my own.

Carved Creations New Doodle Pendant and Hourglass lip gloss

Goodie Bags from iparty!