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Do you have an adventurer, hiker or nature-walk enthusiast on your holiday give-list this year? This year, I wanted to do something special for my sweet Dad. He turned eighty- years old in July, but has not given up his passion for getting out in the great outdoors. He has always been a very active man (he has pretty much had to be active to keep up with his seven children, and now 22 grandchildren.) My Dad loves fishing, camping and hiking. Since he has slowed down a bit, due to age, he now settles for nature walks.
I was wondering how I could incorporate my father's passion for his outdoor activities with a gift that would be useful, yet sentimental to him. That perfect gift is a Brazos Walking Stick.
My Dad has never owned a walking stick, or even used one when he went on his hikes, but since he is getting older, I feel safer with him having one! Even for going on his nature walks, a walking stick is a wonderful idea because it can help keep him from stumbling, and he can protect himself from dangerous wild animals.
“The occasional stumble is part of any hike,” according to the American Hiking Society (AHS), which is also an advocate of trekking poles. “Poles provide two additional points of contact with the ground and enhance stability,” the AHS adds. Trekking poles offering by Brazos, for example, use non-slip grips, a lightweight aluminum shaft construction and an anti-shock system to enhance comfort and durability.
What elements can be added to a domestically-produced walking stick and why should avid hikers upgrade from the basic stick they may currently own?
~A freeform walking stick made from hickory wood is a rugged tool with rustic appeal. From start to finish, craftsmen ensure the strength of the stick itself so that it can stand up to twist and turns Mother Nature throws your way.
~Add-ons aren’t just for show. While custom engraving and other personalized emblems can be added by walking stick manufacturers, Brazos points to accessories that serve a vital purpose in nature. This means having a compass, whistle, thermometer, tip or spike installed on your walking stick. For the shutterbugs, Brazos’ twisted hickory photo stick is essentially a monopod that offers a mounting screw in the handle so that a camera can be spun into place.
~The AHS recommends that hikers opt for rubber tips on their hiking sticks as to prevent scarring of rocks, increasing erosion and widening of trails. To that end, Brazos, as a manufacturer of hiking sticks that should suit the needs of every explorer, offers rubber ferrules in a variety of sizes and designs. Those who’d like to use trekking poles instead can seek out offerings that use a rubber tip to cover the carbide tip for use on asphalt or cement.
If you want to honor someone's special service, such as military, police, firefighters, EMTs and others, you can choose a unique walking stick, walking staff or walking cane that can be personalized with the details of their service.
You can customize this thoughtful gift in four easy steps: choose your style (walking stick or walking cane), your wood, a medallion, and text. you can choose a medallion from their branch of service, and include a nickname, their dates of service, or any other message you choose.
I ordered a beautiful walnut Legacy Staff Walking Stick for my Dad for Christmas. My Dad served in the Army as Sargent First Class for 32 years. I wanted to have something special engraved for him in honor of his service, but I also wanted to add a sentimental message. I love my Dad so much, and there is so much I wanted to say, but space is limited. Since I would need a novel to express my love and gratitude for my Dad, I settled on his name and these words: “World’s Greatest Dad & Grandpa”
I chose to have a United States Army emblem placed on it to acknowledge his service in the Army.
I think it looks really nice. I am sure my Dad will love it.
It is hard to get the entire walking stick in the picture, but I wanted to show the beautiful detailing, so below is what the middle and end of this handsome walking stick looks like.
Choosing a Brazos Walking Stick for a gift for your loved one this year is a very easy process, and is a very affordable way to give a gift that will keep on giving. The recipient will feel honored to be remembered with such a thoughtful gift that they can put to good use for many years to come.
A Brazos Walking stick can become a cherished family heirloom as well! I know that my Dad will be touched by this unique gift, and I am pretty certain that it will be one of his favorite Christmas gifts this year.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a customized Brazos Walking Stick of their choice.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
To learn more about Brazos Walking Sticks or to place an order, go to: https://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Beauty gifts are so much fun for beauty addicts like me! It’s always exciting to get a clean palette of eye shadows as a gift…but excitement is short lived for those of us who struggle to apply it with ease. Enter Kiss My Lash mirror, the perfect addition to a beauty lover’s collection of beauty MUST -HAVES!
Whether you’re a makeup newbie or guru, the Kiss My Lash mirror and stand is ideal for any level of beauty skills. The patented triangulated mirror lets you see your upper and lower lashes from all angles for the most accurate placement when applying lashes, liner, and mascara.
Take it to the next level with the Kiss My Lash stand to help you work hands-free.
I love my Kiss My Lash mirror and stand! It makes putting on my eye makeup such a breeze! I never realized how much this mirror helps to make my makeup application easier!
I love the fact that the mirror is magnetic and attaches to the stand so that I can put on my makeup without having to hold it. But, since the mirror is removable from the stand, I can bring it with me wherever I go.
The Kiss My Lash Mirror is my new best friend! I bring it along on long car trips (when my husband is driving, of course) and it helps me to see my face from every angle. I am able to spot flaws that I may not have otherwise seen, and stray hairs that need plucking!
Holiday Special Pricing!
From now through January 1, 2019, Kiss My Lash will be $19.99, and can be bundled with this hands-free magnetic stand for $29.99.
For more information, go to: https://goodjanes.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I love holiday shopping! Well, not the crowded malls and shops. I will happily skip those. But buying thoughtful gifts for those I love? That is the part I love! And if I can find unique gifts that I can buy, in which my purchase helps out somebody in need? That is such a plus!
MarketlPlace Africa has amazing gift ideas! Shipping giant DHL partnered with e-commerce powerhouse Mall for Africa to create an online platform where Africans can sell their one-of-a-kind handmade goods and sell them to the US, UK and global market. Now customers seeking to purchase a unique gift this holiday season can feel good as they are buying directly from the source in Africa which in turn helps boost the economy. The site offers fabulous products in fashion, jewelry, handbags, body care, and select home décor items.
When I discovered MarketPlace Africa, I was excited to look through all of the gift items to see if I could find something I liked. And guess what? I love everything on their site! I was amazed at the huge selection of amazing gift ideas! I found a shirt that I just had to have, and I ordered it for myself. (I couldn't help it! Besides, my birthday is two days before Christmas, and most everyone forgets my birthday, so I figured why not?)
The shirt I selected is a multi-color Adire T-shirt in a size medium. It is a form fitting shirt, and each one of these shirts is hand-dyed and no two are the same, so it is pretty unique. I love the colors and the pattern!
To find one-of-a-kind gifts, or for more information on Marketplace Africa visit www.marketplaceafrica.com
I truly believe that you cannot go wrong giving books as holiday gifts to children. Activity books are a bonus, because they are just so much fun! Rockport Publishers has a huge variety of some amazing books that any child would love to receive. A few of my favorites are their super fun Scratch and Create books!
Scratch & Create books allow your child to scratch of the dark coating on the pages of the book (with the special scratching tool provided) to reveal a fun, magical illustration underneath! These Scratch & Create books are designed for children about six years old and up. I love the idea of giving gifts that encourage a child to tap into their creativity, and does not include anything electronic!
I was given the chance to review the Scratch & Create Magical Tarot Book. (I don't believe in Tarot cards or readings, but the book is still a lot of fun.) I love the cool process of scratching away until I see a really mesmerizing design.
Scratch & Create Magical Tarot provides a complete 78-card tarot deck—just gently separate the cards by their perforation, then let your mind wander as you scratch off the dark coating to reveal the images of the Major and Minor Arcana in rich, colorful detail.
For centuries, tarot cards have guided those seeking hope, answers, and reassurance as they navigate the twists and turns of life. Meditate on these quests as you uncover the magical illustrations of this unique deck. Each page of this Scratch & Create book includes four perforated removable cards, as well as brief details about each one. The notes include alternative names for each card, the element(s) it represents, and its key meanings.
After you separate the cards, relax and be inspired as you use the specially designed tool to scratch off the dark coating to reveal the surface of each card. Relax as you watch the beautiful Tarot cards come to life, each an individually designed work of art by the illustrator Marenthe.
Use this magical deck like any other, to reflect on your life as you gain insights and inspirations in matters of love, health, wealth, home life, and more.
Rockport Publishers has several really fun Scratch & Create books to choose from, such as: The Wild Garden, Amazing Endangered Animals, Enchanted Forest and Folk Art Flowers to name a few. Which one do you think you would choose?
Check out all of the Scratch& Create books here!
Enter to win! One winner will recieve a Magical Tarot SCRATCH & CREATE Book from Rockport Publishing (ARV: $19.99)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway form below. Good luck!
For additional information, or to discover some amazing book gift ideas for someone on your list, go to: https://www.quartoknows.com
Do you ever use up all of the space on your phone from photos? I sure do. I always intend to do something with my special photos, such as getting them printed up into a photo book or onto my wall, but never seem to get around to it. No matter what, I cherish every photo, and if I ever lost any one of them, my heart would be broken! My family has gone through many milestones in the past three years with three weddings, four tropical vacations and the birth of my grand daughter. Needless to say, I have countless precious photos!
If you are like me, and have an overload of precious photos on your phone or other devices, you need a Kwilt! The Kwilt would truly be the best holiday gift for yourself or anyone else who could use a storage back-up system to protect keepsake photos!
The perfect gift for teens and adults alike, Kwilt Shoebox Mini ($59) and Kwilt Shoebox Plus ($119) enable consumers to backup photos and videos from their mobile devices, social media profiles (i.e. Facebook, Instagram) and commercial cloud storage (i.e. Google, Dropbox) to the privacy of their own home storage device for anytime, anywhere access through one streamlined interface on their mobile devices.
The Kwilt Shoebox Mini is the one that I have. (An early Christmas gift to myself!)
It has been so easy to use, and is something that I wish I would have had a long time ago, because I have lost many precious family photos that I will never get back because I have had phones break or get lost without saving my pictures. (I never knew how to do it!)
Both of these devices have unlimited personal storage for your Android, iPhone and iPad. Seamlessly offload your mobile photos & videos to the privacy of your home and access them from anywhere. No monthly fee.
- Offload and backup your phone’s photos and videos seamlessly on the go
- Enjoy unlimited mobile storage sitting safe at home
- Keep original full resolution photos and videos
- Access your photos and videos from anywhere, on any platform
- Free Android and iOS apps
- Store and access any file type
- Easy photo and video sharing
- Rich mobile photo editing
- Play your photos and videos on your TV (via Kwilt Shoebox HDMI port)
- Directly order custom photo prints from your phone
- Web, Windows and Mac compatibility
- Supports multiple Shoeboxes per account and multiple users per Shoebox
Enter to win! One winner will receive 1 Kwilt Shoebox Plus (ARV: $119), and one second-place winner will receive 1 Kwilt Shoebox Mini (ARV: $59)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For additional information go to: https://www.kwiltshoebox.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Endorsed by the Department of Effective Parenting and the Society for Creative Solutions, this collection of Very Official Forms offers a delightfully original way to help kids communicate their deepest feelings, desires, and secrets.
It’s hard to apologize. It’s hard to say thank you. Sometimes it’s even hard to invite someone over for a birthday party. Sign Here is a cleverly designed, slyly bureaucratic collection of “forms” makes dealing with these childhood issues a great deal less awkward and a whole lot more fun.
Issued in impressively official script and language by the Department of Regret, Remorse, and Reconciliation, the Union of Childhood Revenue, the Ministry of Dreams, and other indispensable offices, these forms help kids say some of the hard stuff: “I’ve eaten the last piece of...,” “You’re the best sister in the world,” “Thank you for buying me stuff I need,” “Thank you for buying me stuff I don’t need.” And, because it’s important to record even your most private feelings, there are forms to verify that one’s parents are, indeed, aliens; that the surprise birthday gift was not actually a surprise; that you had a really scary dream; and other conundrums not easily expressed in person.
Highly adaptable to meet the needs and desires of any boy or girl, these forms can be endlessly photocopied—and of course filed away by parents and grandparents for future reminiscences and chuckles. This book is the perfect gift for children ages 6-10, but I think teenagers would love it too!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a copy of Sign Here: Twenty-Two Unofficially Official Pull-out Forms book. (ARV: $12)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win!
GABRIELLE DJANOGLY is a milliner and writer of children’s books. ADÈLE MILDRED is an illustrator, designer and milliner.
You can purchase SIGN HERE on AMAZON
It is never too early to be shopping for the holidays! I always try to start in late September/early October! (But even then, sometimes I am not even close to being done in time for Christmas. I am always on the lookout for unique gifts to buy for my loved ones, and I was excited to come across this really cool home decor site called Axent Home Goods.
Axent Home Goods brings you beautiful, affordable home accents from around the world. From the modern to the exotic, from the locally-produced to the globally-sourced, they carry an eclectic array of décor pieces, each with a distinct sense of place.
Their selection is constantly changing, so please visit their website often for the latest décor finds. (And if you see something you really like, you must grab it fast. Many items are rare or one-of-a-kind!) Fill your home with gorgeous creations from Brooklyn artists, Chinese potters, Turkish weavers, Haitian metalworkers, Danish designers, and much more.
You are sure to find that perfect gift for someone special! Take a look at this gorgeous vase (below). Can you imagine the look of pure delight on your loved one's face when they receive this elegant and tasteful piece?
Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase
This traditional Chinese vase, this lightweight classic piece features a happy scene of maidens playing musical instruments at a picnic. Great holiday gift idea! Made in Jingdezhen. Ceramic. 10″ height. You can enter to win it below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase! (ARV: $50)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win!
Axent Home Goods founder Eva Dilmanian brings you her favorite home decor discoveries from travels around the world. Follow her on Instagram @axenthomegoods.
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.
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I am completely excited to share with you that two of my very favorite brands are having EXCELLENT deals! Time to stock up!
Starting at Midnight on October 12th Celebrity Hair Stylist, Franco Della Grazia will be back on HSN for a Today’s Special offering two Keranique kits for an amazing limited time value.
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On October 13th and 14th the entire Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare collection will be 40% at all Kohl’s Department Stores, and on Kohls.com (Excluding Kits).
Introducing Chamilia, A Swarovski Company, Introduces NEW PAISLEY MOTIF Jewelry
It is never too early to begin making that holiday gift list. I know that I am starting mine. I want to share with you the following gift idea (whether it be for her birthday, a holiday or just because) for any special lady in your life. I absolutely adore their new paisley design. I have always loved paisley. This new collection of paisley motif jewelry is gorgeous, elegant, and very affordable
Chamilia (www.chamilia.com), a Swarovski company, is introducing a new “Paisley” motif for F/W 2017. The entire Chamilia line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Zirconia. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.
“The paisley is an international symbol in design that also has become an iconic part of bohemian culture, and that is why this motif was chosen to represent this collection that was inspired by creative wanderers,” said Chamilia Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Catherine Ottaviano. “Chamilia appeals to a global community of women who choose to express their lives through meaningful jewelry. We’re a part of her journey.”
The new Chamilia Paisley motif was executed in several variations that tie into all aspects of the F/W 2017 collections. The motif will be included this year in the Chamilia collections as:
Paisley Dangle Ring—This sterling silver ring with bright polish features a tiny representation of Chamilia's new paisley motif as a charm that dangles from a traditional rope band (MSRP $25 U.S.).
Smooth Paisley Ring—This sterling silver ring with bright polish features alternating paisley shapes that connect end-to-end along a band (MSRP $45 U.S.).
Petite Paisley Charm—This petite sterling silver charm with bright polish features a representation from Chamilia's new paisley motif lined in the brand's signature millegrain detailing (MSRP $25 U.S.).
Paisley Flower Charm—This sterling silver bead with lightly oxidized finish features Golden Shadow, Amethyst and Siam Swarovski Crystals in an intricate Paisley pattern (MSRP $45 U.S.).
Paisley Treasure Charm—This sterling silver bead with lightly oxidized finish features a Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal embedded in a stylized Paisley flower (MSRP $60 U.S.).
Look at this beautiful Paisley Dangle Ring I am wearing in the photo below. It is so elegant. I receive many compliments on it. I adore the lovely paisley charm that it has on it. This ring would be the perfect gift for someone special because it is unique and classy. I do not own a lot of jewelry, but this gorgeous paisley ring is just enough to make a statement. The new Paisley motif pieces are also very affordable, too.
Based in Cranston, RI, Chamilia is an American company that was established in 2002. Since its purchase in 2013, it has been owned in full by Swarovski, a world leader in quality and innovation. Each of the more than 400 exclusive charms and wide selection of fine jewelry available from the brand are made from .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold and feature genuine Swarovski Crystals or Zirconia, or Italian Murano Glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic excellence. For more information, please go to www.chamilia.com.
Swarovski delivers a diverse product portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski Crystal Business designs, manufactures and markets crystals, natural and created gemstones, finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The company’s film division, Swarovski Entertainment, produces artistically accomplished feature films with global box-office appeal. The Swarovski Foundation was set up to honor the philanthropic spirit of the company by supporting creativity and culture, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries and more than 25,000 employees, www.swarovskigroup.com.
Items featuring Chamilia’s Paisley motif are now available and will be sold at the brand’s more than 1,000 retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website. For more information about the Chamilia brand, please go to www.chamilia.com.