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The sun is finally out! Sandal season is here! I went browsing online to try to find fashionable footwear for this warmer weather, and I discovered Plaka Sandals. I knew that I had to have them!
Plaka sandals are everything I was looking for in a sandal, and much more. I fell in love with them because of their unique and fashionable styles. I love them all, and I could not decide on just one pair. I decided to go with three different styles, and three different colors. I could not believe that they were so affordable!
When I received my Plaka Sandals, I was impressed that each pair came in its own little draw-string bag. I tried on each pair, and was even more in love with them. They are even prettier in person! Each pair of my Plaka Sandals is intricately and uniquely made with high quality materials. After wearing them around, I discovered how comfortable they are. I have no doubt that these gorgeous sandals will be my best friend on many of my upcoming summertime adventures.
Below are the styles I have chosen. (Please excuse my not-so-beautiful feet. But then again, Plaka Sandals do add of touch of elegance to them!)
This style is the Palm Leaf- classic black style. Look how gorgeous they are! They go perfectly with jeans, shorts, or even a dress! They are so comfortable.
This pair of flip flops is the Oceanside- Turquoise-gray Aren't they stunning? These will also go with just about anything. They are so pretty, and definitely eye catching!
These are the Plaka Flat Gladiator in taupe. I love them! There are several ways that I can lace these sandals up for different looks. These are a lot of fun.
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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
Does your Mom love mermaids? What could be a better Mother's Day gift than a breathtakingly beautiful Mermaid Pillow?
I have been obsessed with mermaids even since I was a little girl. They are beautiful and magical. I still love them! I was excited to discover the Mermaid Pillow Co.
When I discovered this company online, I was very excited. I am trying to incorporate a beach-theme (which definitely includes mermaids) to my living room decor. The pillows were not only stunning, but also looked like a lot of fun! With a swipe of your finger, you can 'draw' shapes, patterns and words in the pretty (mermaid scale) sequins in back of the pillows.
Imagine the possibilities with the best-selling IMAGINE Mermaid Pillow w/ Reversible Sequins Back. This style is designed for the dreamers, the creators, and the all-around joy seekers. With the front featuring a huggably-soft mermaid design and the back comprised of aqua and purple sequins (which can be moved to produce endless designs), this pillow is a beautiful canvas for creativity! Guaranteed to be Mom's favorite gift!
Watch this adorable video clip of my baby grand daughter, Reylin, discovering the mesmerizing effects of the Mermaid Pillow:
I could sit for hours holding my soft and cuddly Imagine Mermaid pillow. It feels nice to hold while watching a movie, and it is entertaining to draw on while chatting away at someone one the phone. (I have always enjoyed 'doodling' and now I don't need a pen or paper!)
I 'drew' this heart on the back of my pillow!
I really think that the Mermaid Pillow Co. will have the perfect gift for that special woman with Mother's Day!
They have a great assortment of gorgeous pillows, so you are sure to find just the right one for your Mom this year.
Check out all of their pillows here: https://www.mermaidpillowco.com/collections/shop-m...
*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.
Based on The New York Times Best-Selling Novel, Nicholas Sparks' Story of True Love and Tough Decisions
AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL HD
ARRIVING ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD MAY 3, 2016 FROM LIONSGATE
From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories The Notebook and Dear John, the year’s most moving romance, The Choice, became available on DigitalHD April 19 and on Blu-ray™ (plusDigitalHD) and DVD (plus Digital) on May 3 from Lionsgate. Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (Demolition), and directed by RossKatz (Adult Beginners), The Choice stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Maggie Grace (Taken series), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, In the Bedroom, 2001), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.
Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.
Watch the Trailer here:
The home entertainment release of The Choice include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Deleted Scenes
- “Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice” Featurette
- “Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina” Featurette
- “Nicholas Sparks with…” Featurette
- Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs
- Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and Actor Benjamin Walker
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Welling
Directed By: Ross Katz
Screenplay By: Bryan Sipe
Produced By: Nicholas Sparks (Author), Peter Safran, Theresa Park
Edited By: Lucy Donaldson, Joe Klotz
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetimeproduction, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (withFremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbusterHunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise,Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
*Product received in exchange for post. All opinions are my own.
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and ARQUISTE has the perfect gift for mom who’s always on the go! Rather than giving her the typical bouquet this year, ARQUISTE travel kits make the perfect gift. They contain not one but four delicate fragrances that encompass full floral scents all inspired by beautiful places around the world.
Flor y Canto delivers the heat and passion of an Aztec festival in the summer of 1400, featuring intoxicating Mexican Tuberose, Plumeria, and the sacred Marigold.
Fleur de Louis transports the wearer to the Isle of Pheasants on the French-Spanish border in 1660, where young Louis XIV meets his bride for the first time amid a bouquet of Orange Blossom, Florentine Orris, and Jasmine.
Infanta en Flor lets you experience the feel of the 17th century Spanish Court. This fragrance features Bright Orange Flower Water, rich Spanish leather and Immortelle.
Boutonnière No. 7 embodies crisp Gardenia against the scent of Italian Mandarin, Bergamot and French Lavender, all set in the Parisian Opéra-Comique in 1899 .
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