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Looking for the perfect gift to spiritually uplift your Christian friends and family members? Freely would be a great gift idea!
Freely is a monthly Christian lifestyle subscription box for Christian women featuring spiritual content coupled with on-trend active lifestyle products. Freely believes in giving back, and $5 from every box subscription each month is donated to The A21 Campaign, a non-profit fighting against human trafficking. Each December box includes products hand-picked by Duck Dynasty’s Korie and Sadie Robertson.
I received a sample box of FREELY for the month of December. It included some amazing, faith inspired goodies.
There is a copy of Korie Robertson's best selling book, "Strong and Kind" as well as "Scripture Sharables" scripture cards.
Look at this pretty necklace that came in this month's box! I love it!
And then there is this adorable journal and the very inspiring wall plaque. Both gifts that will keep on giving!
And as if feeding your soul isn't enough, Freely includes a tasty and healthy treat to nourish your body as well!
In a world of endless products and choices for women that focus solely on appearance, Freely is taking a holistic approach by promoting spiritual, mental, and physical health. Each month, Freely boxes will be meaningful and on-trend, meeting women at the intersection of real life and their purpose. The Freely box program launched nationwide June 2015 at the Dolby Theater as a title sponsor of GodChicks, the first Christian event ever held in the iconic Hollywood theater. Freely has since collaborated with celebrity partners including Candace Cameron Bure and Michelle Williams.
To learn more or to get started on your monthly subscription, go to www.freely.com
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Dedicated to creating the most effective, organic product on the market, Jeffrey James fashioned a sophisticated, natural skincare line that adapts to every skin type and concern. Jeffrey James Botanicals combines modern skincare with science and natural actives to create a truly luxurious, organic experience. Below are the descriptions of the products.
A rich blend of organic essential oils and ocean minerals create a therapeutic facial cleanser to nourish and repair dry, blemish-prone and rough, damaged skin. Vitamin E and Rose Hip Oil diminish discoloration and repair scarring. Botanicals soothe and renew skin cells and stimulate cellular regeneration.
Bamboo heals and energizes skin, while Aloe Vera, essential oils and raspberry extract draw out toxins. High in antioxidants and bio-flavonoids, this scrub nourishes and protects skin while gently exfoliating for accelerated cell regeneration.
Rejuvenate skin with Glycolic and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids that boost cell renewal and collagen production. Bee propolis and royal jelly restore proteins and enzymes to reveal healthier, more supple skin.
Hyaluronic Acid makes up 50% of this formulation to draw moisture from the environment to skin. This serum penetrates deeply to activate collagen production for a fresh, youthful complexion.
Intensive antioxidant repair serum defies aging by restoring skin’s elasticity. Argan stem cells accelerate skin’s natural repair process to rejuvenate tired complexions. Vitamin C brightens and boosts collagen production while hyaluronic acid deeply nourishes to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
For more information go to: www.jeffreyjamesbotanicals.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Champ Youth is an online company which publishes, promotes and sells the Sally Loves children's series by author/illustrator Jody Mackey. Mackey’s vision is to inspire and encourage young children to gain confidence and have the will to follow their dreams.
Sally Loves books motivate kids to seek out activities they love and enjoy. Explore, Play and have Fun!
In addition to the books, Champyouth.com has companion Coloring, Activity and Sticker Books, Tee Shirts, Print & Play Coloring Pages, Games, Contests, and more. Champyouth.com is the Official Source for all things—Sally Loves.
I really think that Sally Loves books would be the perfect gift for young girls. I received copies of Sally Loves books to review and they are listed below.
Sally Loves . . . to Swim! is a charming story about an active young girl. Sally swims, bikes, runs and dreams about doing a triathlon like her mom. As the story unfolds, in addition to important lessons about following one’s dreams, Mackey always finds a way to illustrate the rewards of determination and the joys of friendship and family. The illustrations are adorable. A great picture book for young children and early readers!
Sally dances ballet, tap, jazz, and more, but she dreams about hula dancing in a luau with her best friend. Sally loves to Dance! is about dreaming and encouragement, family, friendship and being able to achieve one’s goals. It is impossible not to feel the joy and accomplishment as Sally finishes a performance on stage with one of her best friends.
Softcover Perfect Bound Activity Book with Coloring pages, Puzzle and Game pages, Drawing pages & Re-Usable Sticker pages.
For more information, go to: http://www.champyouth.com/
Disclaimer: I received copies of these books to review. All opinions are my own.
With Christmas almost here, baking is on the brain! Thanks to Curious Chef – which provides real cooking tools designed just for kids – little ones can be more involved in the baking and cooking process as they aspire to be the next Cake Boss or Top Chef!
These cooking tools are specifically designed for kids 4+ with safety and smaller hands in mind, helping inspire curiosity in the kitchen (easy-to-grip, less spillage, colors to help with measurement, etc.). They are fully functional cooking tools (not toys!) provide a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and help reinforce academic knowledge of math, measurement, science and much more.
Curious Chef has many children's cooking tools as well as cooking gift sets to choose from. There are some great stocking stuffer ideas as well!
I received a Curious Chef 3 Piece Nylon Knife Set for my son, Braxton, who loves to help me in the kitchen. I love this knife set because they are so much safer than metal blades. Braxton always insists on cutting up his own fruits and veggies, and I feel much better when he is using his own knives that are designed for his small hands. They have really come in handy! Best of all, Braxton is very proud to own his own kitchen tools.
For more information go to: http://curiouschef.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Still looking for the perfect gift for the expectant mother on your list? This year, give the gift that can be used throughout all stages of Mommyhood. Remember, the weather is getting colder, how about a very stylish and warm coat? The Cozy Joey is the gift that will keep on giving! The Cozy Joey is a 3-in-1 trench coat that takes you from Maternity to Mommy & Baby to Just Mommy!
Flattering and feminine, this classic trench coat style reminds us moms that we can still look great while trekking along our little ones. It’s the perfect coat for “mom-to-be” all throughout her pregnancy, an essential wardrobe piece for keeping your most precious gift close and warm with your unconditional love and attention, and a fashionable yet flexible statement that’s great for a mom on the go without baby.
This coat is all about living simply while maintaining comfort, fashion and function. There are no extra pieces or panels to worry about storing or losing. If you’re pregnant or need to run a few errands without baby, just wrap the coat, tie it up and off you go. For an even better and more secure fit with baby, button up your coat and add the belt for your desired look.
The fit and form of this must-have piece is designed to last from pregnancy through your baby’s toddler years.
- Maternity: This is the perfect coat for mom-to-be. Whether it’s your first or third pregnancy, this coat will take you all the way. With a wrap belt closure, you can easily adjust the garment’s fit as you progress in your nine months.
- Mommy&Me: This coat is the perfect complement to babywearing needs. The button-up closure offers a more secure fit to keep your most precious baby close, warm and nurtured with your unconditional love and attention.
- Just Mommy: Sometimes you need to be out and about without the baby. This versatile piece allows you to just slip it on, wrap it up and tie it closed with the classic belt. And think of the space you’ll save in your closet by having just one coat for all of your needs!
- Fall and Spring – The outer shell of the cozy joey is made from a water-resistant, lightweight fabric perfect for the climate and temperatures of these two seasons. Bring on the wind and the rain!
- Winter – Winterize your coat with a button-on quilted liner. Between the weight of this double sided quilt, your body heat and that of your baby … you won’t feel the cold with this add on!
Watch this video:
I love my Cozy Joey coat! I certainly wish I had this coat when I was pregnant because nothing fit me. I had my second daughter during the winter and I was freezing to death because nothing fit when I was pregnant with her. I couldn't get my coat buttoned up. I also would have loved to have had the Cozy Joey to fit my babies in, too, because I always carried them around and hardly put them down.
It still looks stylish on me now, however. It is really warm and waterproof. I am so glad it is keeping me dry during this horrible rainy weather. It feels like a cozy blanket to me. (I didn't look in the mirror before my daughter took this picture of me, but I usually have the coat flaps closed.)
For more information or to place an order go to: http://muliernyc.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
I keep a lot of my makeup and beauty products in my purse for quick touch-ups and beauty fixes. (I never know when I am going to be stuck outside in the rain, especially with the crazy rain storms we have been having. Just running into a store to Christmas shop can leave me looking like a drowned rat.)
I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beauty products that are perfect for carrying in your purse for beauty emergencies, or for traveling. With these products, you will look holiday party-ready in minutes! Here they are (in the photo) with more information below.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
GIVE YOURSELF & OTHERS SOME LOVE THIS HOLIDAY FROM LOVE, COOKIE & BAKER MAID
What sweeter way to celebrate the holiday season than by gifting and indulging in treats from the Love, Cookie brand. Handmade in small batches by Baker Maid, a fourth generation, family owned New Orleans-based confection company known for its cookies and cakes.
The Love, Cookie collection comes in eight varieties of melt-in-your-mouth flavors made from only the finest ingredients available. Almond Toffee Crunch, Espresso Chocolate Chip, Midnight Almond, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Cooler, Butter Pecan Praline, Dark Chocolate Orange and Dark Chocolate Mint round out the offerings of delectable cookies that are so good, they can pass for homemade.
I received samples of each Love, Cookie flavor. I honestly could have eaten them all myself, because they were that delicious! I am completely obsessed with the lemon cookies. I also love the almond toffee crunch and the expresso. Usually, packaged cookies taste a little stale to me, but Love, Cookies are amazingly fresh and very delicious! My entire family loved them and they disappeared fast.
Affordably priced at $3.99 Love, Cookie is conveniently available throughout the Gulf South region in supermarkets like Rouses, Robert’s Market, Breaux Mart, Dorignac’s, Langenstein’s and Maxwell’s, as well as many other fine grocery chains.
You can also buy online at http://lovecookie.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Ah, the holidays are upon us! It is an exciting time of the year, especially for our little ones. NCircle Entertainment is helping my family to get into the holiday spirit with two holiday –themed DVDs: the brand new DVD, "Naya’s Arctic Adventures: Meet Naya" and a holiday favorite double feature, "The Snowman" and "The Snowman and The Snowdog."
These festive and seasonal DVDs are perfect for the family to enjoy over the holidays! Below are descriptions of each DVD.
Naya’s Arctic Adventures: Meet Naya!
Join Naya and her friends as they embrace numerous quests in the Arctic. One might think that a young girl would get bored living in the Arctic but not Naya! Every day is an adventure with her and her friends. Each story starts with the sea washing ashore an item and then throughout the story, Naya and friends learn the purpose of the item. Your little one is sure to enjoy these heart-warming adventures that teach children fundamental human values all while enjoying a good laugh!
Snowman Double Feature:
Enjoy twice the magical enchantment in this double feature of The Snowman and The Snowman & the Snowdog!
Relive Raymond Brigg’s holiday classic, The Snowman! One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy’s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person.
Then, embark on a new adventure in the charming sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog! When a young boy and his mother move to a new house, the boy discovers a secret box hidden under the floorboards of his bedroom. In the box, he finds a hat, scarf, some lumps of coal and a shriveled tangerine - it's a snowman-making kit! Later that day it starts to snow and the boy builds a Snowman and with the little spare snow leftover, a Snowdog. That night they come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed a magical surprise awaits him...
Enter to win! One winner will recieve the following DVDs from NCircle Entertainment: "Naya’s Arctic Adventures: Meet Naya" and a holiday favorite double feature, "The Snowman" and "The Snowman and The Snowdog."
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://www.ncircleentertainment.com/
Disclaimer: I received copies of these DVDs to review. Any opinions are my own.
With the holidays right around the corner (literally!) it’s time to start thinking about what essentials you need to bring for your holiday travel needs.
Pack light by bringing only the most important essentials.
Your 6 Holiday Travel Essentials
1. The Refresher: During this crazy time, you want to clean and refresh your face AM and PM. For one that refreshes skin and foams away makeup and impurities -
Lumene’s Bright Tough Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99, CVS)
2. The Best Face Base: You want to look airbrushed, who doesn’t? For an optical line and pore minimizer with instantly beautifying effect -
Lumene’s Bright Now Line & Pore Minimizer ($19.99, CVS)
3. The Perfect Brows: For easy shaping and filling go to the all-in-1 helper -
Smashbox Brow Tech To Go ($28, Sephora)
4. The Winter Glow: Get the perfect rush of color with a silky powder blush -
Smashbox Blush Rush ($24, Sephora)
5. The Perfect Red Lip: Pucker up with the perfect pout in your favorite holiday shade -
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick ($20, Sephora)
6. The Secret Weapon: Through all the highs and lows of the holiday season, make sure you have a spot treatment on-hand to fight against any surprise breakouts -
DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46, DDFSkincare.com)
Disclaimer: I will receive samples of these products. Any opinions are mine.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the musician or photographer on your list, (I have both in my family) you need to check out Capturing Couture!
Capturing Couture has created high quality camera straps and guitar straps that are stylish and uniquely eye-catching. You will find the perfect gift for someone on your list from their impressive variety of designs and colors.
My daughter, Kendallyn, is a blogger at ShopwithKendallyn.com and she is always carrying around her Cannon camera to take photos for her blog. For an early Christmas gift, I got her a beautiful camera strap from Capturing Couture. It is the Bouquet Navy 1.5" Camera Strap.
Kendallyn recently photographed my niece's wedding, and is very pleased that the strap is very comfortable to wear on her neck. Plus, it is unique and stylish. Isn't is pretty? (See it below.) Kendallyn loves it!
My oldest son, Jonathan, is the lead singer and guitarist in his band, Harken. I ordered him a really nice guitar strap called "The Reaper." I am giving it to him for Christmas. (He is not getting his gift early, and I didn't want to take it out of the cute box it came in, so I didn't take my own picture of it.) See it below! I know Jonathan will love it. It is awesome.
This guitar strap has a subtle black on black checked make this strap super cool.
- Comfortable plush velvet lined surface
- Customized metal logo rivets
- Premium nylon webbing for ultimate durability
- Adjustable features for preferred positioning
- Neoprene shoulder pad
- Custom embossed leather ends
Look at the perfectly stylish gift box that the camera strap and the guitar strap came in! I love the packaging! Jonathan will be very pleased.
To learn more about Capturing Couture or to place an order, go to: http://www.capturingcouture.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.