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This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps. These delightfully aromatic soaps are kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe. They producs a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized.
You can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.
I received samples of South of France products to review, and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful packaging. These products look extremely elegant in my bathroom. Next, I noticed the fragrances. I am completely smitten by the delicious cherry blossom as well as the glazed apricot scents. I also love the aromatic violet bouquet. These soaps make a lovely addition to my bathroom decor, plus they smell heavenly and lather up beautifully! I love how moisturizing the hand wash is!
The bar soaps are luxurious as well, and are perfect for shaving my legs in the shower.
South of France products are available at retailers nationwide as well as Amazon.
IT’S ALMOST MOTHER’S DAY
Give the gift of fragrance this Mother’s Day with one of these beautiful scents from Goutal Paris
Goutal Paris Chat Perche EDT
Chat Perché Eau de Toilette evokes the emotional relationship between a mother and her child and is something they can share and enjoy together. Safe to use on children 3 years and older, the delicate yet playful herbaceous fragrance is bottled up inside a timeless, tender and pure design.
Notes include: Lemon Tree Flower, Capucine (Nasturtium), Sweet Peas and Iris
Goutal Paris Etoile D’Une Nuit EDP
The latest fragrance in Goutal Paris Night Bird Collection, Etoile D’Une Nuit, will give your mother a beautiful contrasting experience of comfort and confidence. It is an enveloping, reassuring and powdery scent. The fragrance captures the delicate smell of powder in all its depth, richness, comfort and velvetiness, yet it is still sensual and attractive, perfect for all mother’s this holiday!
Notes include: Iris, rose and raspberry
Goutal Paris Rose Pompon Alcohol-Free Water
A versatile spring staple because of its long-lasting and alcohol-free formula, this fragrance won’t be affected by the sun’s powerful rays and will keep mom feeling fresh and beautiful all day long. Created to represent a mischievous glance, charming smile, burst of laughter – the Rose Pompon woman exudes joie de vivre. An addictive freshness, femininity manifesto, this fragrance reflects Annick Goutal olfactory creations, with a bold and modern twist.
Notes include: Bulgarian Rose Essence, Peony, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Pink Pepper, Woody Cedar, Patchouli and White Musks
These fragrances are available at: Usgoutalparis.com
Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re searching for something for a new mom, mother-in-law, grandma or dog mom, Amazon is here to help. Today, Amazon launched its new curated Mother’s Day storefront to help customers find the perfect gifts to celebrate mom this year (and all year round). The storefront offers an incredible selection of quality, top-rated items for moms – with top picks across beauty, fashion, home, electronics, sports and more. Check out some of our favorite gift ideas below, and amazon.com/mothersday for even more!
Seeking additional inspiration to celebrate mom this year?
- Inspired gifts for everyone in your life. Amazon’s Gift Finder is the easiest way to find mom a gift she’ll love. Encourage mom to put together her own Amazon Wish List to ensure she gets exactly what she wants this year.
- Shop fashion designer and television personality Whitney Port’s favorite handcrafted gifts for mom, on Amazon Handmade.
- Give mom the gift of a sparkling-clean house with help from Amazon Home Services
- Plan the perfect breakfast-in-bed for mom, build your shopping list, order with your voice through Alexa Shopping and get all the goods delivered to your doorstep with Whole Foods Market on Prime Now.
- Give mom the gift of entertainment on-the-go with an Audible membership.
- Prime makes every mom’s life easier, so what better gift is there this Mother’s Day? Visit amazon.com/giftprime to get your loved one three months ($39) or one year ($119) of Prime. In addition to unlimited fast, free shipping, Prime members enjoy: unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists with Prime Music, unlimited access to Prime Reading, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more!
- Support a local small business and shop for mom on Amazon Storefronts.
- For even more great Mother’s Day options, check out Amazon Home’s gift guide, which offers inspiring gift ideas for every mom including the mom who loves to cook, the entertainer, the gardener, and more. Also shop favorite picks from Martha Stewart, Giada DeLaurentiis and Cortney Novogratz at www.amazon.com/mothersdaygiftguide.
- Want to show your mom how much you care with music? Amazon Music customers can simply ask, “Alexa, play the ‘Dear Mama’ playlist” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, or on all Alexa-enabled devices. Or, if you’re looking for a soundtrack to stream while making a nice breakfast for mom, try “Alexa, play music for Mother’s Day Brunch,” to hear hits by Dua Lipa, Khalid & Normani, Shawn Mendes, and many more.
A Few of Our Favorite Gift Suggestions for the ….
- Woof Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
- Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack
- Sojos Good Dog Crunchy Natural Dog Treats
- PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
- Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy
- Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
- Bissell BARKBATH QT – QuietTone Portable Dog Bath and Grooming System
- iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs
- Stream these favorites included with Prime Video: 20th Century Women, Wonder, Lady Bird and Book Club.
Book Loving Mom
- The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
- A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport by Kate Stewart
- Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition), written and performed by Rachel Hollis
- Slay Like a Mother, written and performed by Katherine Wintsch
- Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
- A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
- Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
- Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Mother's Day is a few days away, and if you still need an idea for the perfect gift for Mom, think SHOES! A woman can never have too many pairs of shoes.
As a woman, we all want to wear beautiful shoes, but sometimes after the day is through, we can’t wait to kick them off. When it comes to dress shoes, I will usually pass and wear something a bit more comfortable and plain instead. But now I don’t have to! Thanks to Rockport shoes comfortable styles, I can wear that eye-catching pair of heels without the painful consequences!
That’s why I am more than relieved to be wearing these beautiful Total Motion Kalila Pumps.These pumps are available in a large spectrum of hues and colors. The color I am wearing is Blue Snake Patent and I absolutely love how they look and feel. Aside from Rockport shoes head-turning styles, they are so comfortable.
I never imagined that style could feel that way. Inside, they have a thick foam lining that cradles your foot like a glove. This retention foam footbed lets you take each step of the day with guaranteed comfort. These are perfect to wear to really any dressy event, and even better to enjoy a date night out.
Now, style doesn’t have to be such a pain! Rockport has such a wonderful variety of shoes from casual, active, dress and more!
Rockport shoes ensure comfort all day through. In the reviews and comments found on their page, you can easily make a decision with all the highly rated reviews which makes picking that pair even easier. You are sure to find the perfect pair of shoes (or two, or three for yourself and/or for Mom for Mother's Day!
For more information about Rockport or to check out their huge selection of shoes and other gift ideas, go to: http://www.rockport.com/rockport/all-womens-shoes
Product received. All opinions are my own.
Mother's Day is almost here! One of the most perfect gift ideas for Mom this year is the PLUGGY Essential Oil USB Diffuser, created by one of my favorite essential oils companies, GuruNanda.
GuruNanda, the maker of a line of premium, 100% pure essential oils, is now introducing a novel diffuser — the Pluggy — is the USB powered plug-in essential oil diffuser on the market - and, it has nebulizing technology! It simply plugs right into the wall, disseminating refreshing, natural and therapeutic mist into the air directly from the bottle, with no need for water.
Pluggy USB Wall Plug-In Diffuser retails for only $16.99. It’s a great trade-up from commercial air fresheners that typically contain loads of chemicals and just mask odors without providing any health or wellness perks. You can use it with any 15 ml. bottle of GuruNanda Essential Oil (think peppermint, lavender, tea tree…) depending on the aromatherapy benefits desired.
I definitely believe that this amazing diffuser is the best I have ever owned! It has kept my home smelling beautiful for over a month now. I love how it emits uplifting and delightful bursts of scent every ten or twenty minutes depending on what setting I have chosen. I have been using my lavender oil, but I cannot wait to give other fragrances a try. My next choice will definitely be mandarin or tangerine!
For more information or to place an order go to: https://www.gurunanda.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
This year for Mother's Day, give Mom a gift that keeps on giving. One unique gift idea that I think is perfect is a DIY Gardening Kit! Back to the Roots has a wonderful collection of Indoor Gardening Kits that make it easy for Mom to grow her own vegetables and herbs right in her kitchen!
These DIY Gardening kits are 100% Guaranteed to Grow — no backyard, green thumb, or extra tools required. Just add water & watch them grow!
My own mother loves tomatoes, but is not much of a gardener. (Neither am I.) There is nothing quite like the fresh taste of freshly grown tomatoes. In fact, when I smell the vines, I am transported back to warm, sunny summer days as a child, running trough the sprinklers next to my dad's vegetable garden. I decided to order my mom the Back to the Roots Tomato Self-Watering Planter so she can grow her own cherry tomatoes!
My dad still plants his wonderful garden each May, but it isn't as easy for my mother to go out to the garden to pick tomatoes for her salads or just to snack on. With the amazing Back to the Roots Gardening kit, she will have her fresh tomatoes at her fingertips all throughout the year. Grow cherry tomatoes indoors by watering just once a week!
The Back to the Roots Tomato Self-Watering Planter is the easiest way to grow your organic tomatoes indoors and at home. The planter uses ancient watering technology in the form of an olla pot that you can fill just once a week and watch it grow!
Plus, the biochar technology in the soil lets you grow right out of the planter, on your windowsill or tabletop, with no draining needed. No chemicals, no transplanting, and no messy drainage holes.
I have been wanting one myself, so I just might be ordering two! (Or three?) You can never have too many cherry tomatoes!
For more information or to place an order go to: https://backtotheroots.com/
Mother's Day is around the corner. Treat your mom to something to help make her look and feel beautiful! Beauty products are always something that Mom will appreciate, especially if the products are unique, just like she is. Rahua Beauty has the perfect gifts for her.
Rahua (pronounced “Ra-wa”) is Rainforest Grown Beauty, founded with a passion to preserve the Amazon Rainforest. Using the power of Mother Nature, Rahua has grown to become the luxury standard for clean, sustainable beauty. What more could Mom want when it comes to beauty products?
Rahua® products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous economies. Amazon Beauty® is dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous people that live there. In the process of bringing the Amazon’s greatest products to you, Amazon Beauty® Inc. has committed itself to building sustainable communities and creating learning centers within the Amazon rainforest.
Here's a video clip that explains a bit about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty:
Rahua Classic Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Gel are the perfect gift for mom from Mother Earth! I received samples of these products to review.
Rahua Classic Shampoo~ This luxurious shampoo leaves locks luminous and soft by imparting omega-9 packed rahua oil and other all-natural, plant-derived nutrients. I love the rich lather, and the uplifting fragrance. After washing and rinsing, my hair is left perfectly clean and has incredible volume.
Rahua Classic Conditioner~ This rich and ultra-hydrating conditioner delivers lustrous, healthy locks and detangles with powerful omega-9 rich rahua oil and exotic extracts that maintain strong hair and manageability. My color-treated hair tends to be extremely dry. After just one use of this amazing conditioner, it felt as if my hair had been transformed. It was shiny, smooth, silky and perfectly hydrated.
Rahua Body Shower Gel~ This energizing plant-powered shower gel gently cleanses and nourishes skin. It awakens the senses with the invigorating scent of palo santo “holy wood”, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla. I love this richly lathering formula. It is perfect for shaving my legs in the shower, and makes my skin so very soft!
To learn more about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty, or to place an order, go to: https://rahua.com/us/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
GIFTSFORYOUNOW.COM ANNOUNCES NEW HOLIDAY MUST-HAVE GIFTS; UNIQUE ITEMS WITH A PERSONALIZED TOUCH AT AFFORDABLE PRICES
The sleigh bells are already ringing! The holiday season is upon us, and if you are needing a gift idea for someone special, look no further than GiftsForYouNow.
I believe that the bests gifts come from the heart. There's nothing more wonderful than a personalized gift. GiftsForYouNow .com has the perfect new must-have gifts for the holiday season. From customized apparel to personalized picture frames, each product is one-of-a-kind and is sure to exceed your loved ones expectations. Here are the best 2017 holiday gifts for you to consider:
- Personalized Sherpa Blankets - cozy blankets available in a multitude of colors or themes (sports!) Prices start at $49.99.
- Fun Kid Gifts - A chalkboard notebook set or pencil pouch customized with his/her name or even a fun apron or gym bag! Prices as low as $10.
- Pet Presents – Customized food mats, bowls and more for Fido with many under $25.
- Canvas & Wall Décor - Add a personalized touch to your home with custom wall hangings and picture frames with prices starting at $22.
- Holiday Themed Gifts – Great for teachers, family or friends, personalized ornaments, stockings and décor.
- Kitchen & Home Décor - From custom baskets to picture frames, hand towels and glassware, these are great gifts to bring to a party or for the Martha Stewart in your life.
“Everyone loves giving a personalized gift for the holidays, but most tend to think it’s out of their price range and/or it takes too long to order. At GiftsForYouNow.com we make affordable, high-quality items with a personal touch and can deliver them quickly,” said Jim Tuchler, founder of GiftsforYouNow.com.
I absolutely love the idea of personalized gifts. I was given the chance to review a gift from GiftsForYouNow. Since my family is growing lately (I have two new son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and a soon-to-be new grand daughter!) I decided to gift myself with this beautiful personalized 'family tree' shown below. This beautiful is work of art is called the Personalized Family Tree Word-Art Canvas.
It is such a treasure to have. It features all of the names of my husband and I, our children, their spouses and even the name of my soon-to-be grand daughter who is due in January. I was able to submit as many names as I wanted to personalize it with. As you can see in the picture, each name is used more than once, but in different font. I think this is done to fill up space, but I think it looks perfect! At the rate that my family seems to be growing, I think that in a few years I should be able to fill up this family tree with each name only written once!
GiftsForYouNow is a family business based in the western Chicago suburbs, providing thoughtful personalized gifts for all occasions to terrific gift-givers year round. Opened in 1999, GiftsForYouNow is a mid-sized business with the goal of helping you add your personal touch to terrific personalized gifts for baby showers and weddings to pets and even memorial items.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Give The Gift Of Good Health With
This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and get your mom something she really needs – the gift of good health! There’s no shortage of great health and fitness ideas for mom, but with the DYLN Alkaline Living Water Bottle, you can revitalize your water in just 15-20 minutes! The brilliant bottle gives you the ability to transform your ordinary water into alkaline antioxidant water thanks to it’s VitaBead Diffuser. This unique feature sits in the bottom of your bottle and turns your lifeless water into a liquid rich in antioxidants!
Take the stress out of last minute shopping for the lady in your life – fill up a DYLN Living Alkaline Water Bottle for mom! Whether she’s headed to yoga in the morning, or just out for a walk on the beach, this bottle keeps you hydrated and will restore balance to the body. Perfect for the eco-friendly momma, this water bottle helps to minimize plastic waste. Instead of going to the store and buying expensive, premium alkaline water in individual plastic bottles, you can use the DYLN Bottle and turn your everyday water into a healthy alkaline wherever, whenever.
Help Mom achieve better health with the DYLN Living Alkaline Water Bottle:
- Increases the pH up to 9+ to restore balance in the body
- Reduces the ORP (oxidation reduction potential) to less than -150 to create antioxidant water to neutralize free radicals
- Microclusters the water molecules for enhanced hydration
- Removable silicone sleeve grip available in DYLN Blue, Charcoal, Lime Green, Tango Orange and Neon Pink
- Water never touches plastic because the cap is even made of stainless steel.
- 100% paint free
- Bamboo cap with convenient carrying handle
- Made with 316 surgical-grade stainless steel, unlike competitors who only use 304 food-grade steel
- Patented 750 mL bottle design
- The ability to track your usage so DYLN can automatically update you when it’s time to replace your Diffuser
- BPA and toxic free
Show Mom how much you care with a gift that will keep her healthy, happy, fit and feeling good – the DYLN Living Alkaline Water Bottle!
The Matte DYLN Bottle costs $46.00 and the Chrome DYLN Bottle costs $52.00 with options to buy additional diffusers.
For more information please visit: https://www.dyln.co/
ABOUT DYLN INSPIRED
Offering innovative products that enliven the body, DYLN Inspired makes it easy to experience the energy of nature. For the yoga and wellness enthusiast, the athlete, and the health-conscious, DYLN Inspired creates products designed to cultivate your healthiest potential. The DYLN Inspired mission is to bridge the gap between convenience and wellness while inspiring others to raise the bar when it comes to the quality of their life.
Bonne Maman, the leading premium preserve brand in the US and Le Creuset, the premier cookware brand, have paired up for a one of a kind Mother’s Day Sweepstakes!
What: Bonne Maman, maker of premium preserves, jellies and spreads, and beloved cookware brand Le Creuset are teaming up this Mother’s Day to dish out over 1,000 prizes perfect for the moms in your life. Beginning this week, enter your information on bonnemaman.us for a chance to win delicious Bonne Maman products, tools from Le Creuset and the grand prize of a 12-piece Le Creuset cookware set. Make sweet memories with Bonne Maman and Le Creuset to make this Mother’s Day one she never forgets!
When: Enter before August 31, 2017!
Good luck and Happy Mother's Day!