Novelty Items worth Remembering: The Rack Trap and Jack Cards Divorce / Breakup Cards

Do you ever shop online, looking for novelty items to purchase as a birthday gifts, anniversary presents, etc.? I always have so much fun looking for odds and ends. Things that would normally not be considered, I find, just because I’m “that person.” I’m the gal that has the cool and “un-thought-of” gifts at every party. I’m the gal that hunts high and low for something fun, quirky, and out of the norm… yep, that’s me.

I had an especially fun time reviewing the following two products. They are great novelty items that I’m sure you’ll find interesting too.

THE RACK TRAP – that’s right, The Rack Trap… it’s an item you’ll wish you had encountered a long time ago. It’s an interesting little number that you place in your bra and it holds anything from cash to credit cards and your license/ID to pictures. Practically anything you’d like to carry with you “on the go” without having to lug around anything else. It’s convenient, practical and so simple you can’t help but smile. The Rack Trap is definitely an ingenious idea and I give props to the makers!

Editor’s Note: The Rack Trap is an especially great fit for padded bras or supportive bras, but it can also work with decorative and delicate lace bras. If you plan to wear a more decorative bra, such as a delicate lace bra, proceed with caution so your shirt doesn’t reveal your secret pocket, or be sure to get yourself one of the lace style Rack Traps for a more delicate fit.

ARP: sold individually or in a set of four. Gold Version is $7.95 w/free shipping and the four packs are sold at $19.95 w/free shipping.

Available at: www.theracktrap.com

Next we have Jack Cards. Jack Cards is an amazing online Card store that has the funniest, cutest, most outrageous cards I’ve ever seen. Example: they have cards for any imaginable situation a person can fall into.

So you have a friend who’s just gone through a divorce; you so badly want to cheer your friend up because after all, we all know how tough that must be, right? Well, break the ice, fears, and sorrow with an amusingly fun card from Jack Cards. These cards will make anyone smile (even if only for a moment).

Let’s say there’s an occasion where a sincere card is more appropriate. Jack Cards can help. There are sections for birthdays and parties to humor and sincerity; romantic love to funny jokes and baby showers to giving thanks. In fact, there is not one occasion or situation Jack Cards won’t supply. The prices are exceptional and well worth the time to check them out; and with any purchase above $50.00, they are offering free shipping, too. Perhaps the nicest feature of all, Jack Cards will send your selected cards to you prior to the event or for you, addressed to your recipient. You still have the option to hand-sign each card with a personal message, while still enjoying the convenience of not having to visit the card shop.

ARP: As with any card, prices vary

Available at: www.jackcards.com

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Sample products were provided in order to gather enough of an opinion based on my experiences with use. The thoughts and opinions within this article are my own and therefore I claim no responsibility for anyone who feels differently. For more information on the products listed in this review; please take a moment and visit the official websites provided. Thank you.

Sonoma Soap Company Collection Product Review

I love, love, love the fall and winter months. One of my favorite things to do during this time of the year (aside Sonoma Soap Company product reviewsfrom visiting family and vegging out on the couch next to a cozy fire) is shopping for products that are themed for the season.

This product review features a collection of beauty products brought to you by Sonoma Soap Company. Sonoma is a brand that offers wonderfully fragranced natural products for the body and hair. Each one of their products is made with you and the environment in mind.

For my review, I received not one product, but six from Sonoma that were used over the course of the two weeks (happily). In the box was a bottle of their shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, hand and body lotion, bubble bath, and body gel. Each product was amazing and left me feeling soft, clean, and smelling fresh. I was actually very impressed with the smells, the results, and I would recommend Sonoma Soap Company to all.

Sonoma Soap Company Products:
Sonoma Soap Company Citrus Medley Shampoo Product ReviewCitrus Medley Shampoo – A beautiful aroma of fresh Sonoma citrus grove that will leave you wanting more…. The shampoo has so many wonderfully combined scents of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, green tangerine, spearmint, bucchu, and certified organic extracts; all in this gentle Citrus Medley Shampoo. As well as the ingredients above, each shampoo features nut shell extract, which is a traditional Indian hair remedy that provides added moisturization.
SIZE: 12 oz.
PRICE: $9.95
IDEAL FOR: All hair types

Sonoma Soap Company Natural Daily Conditioner First Crush Product ReviewNatural Daily Conditioner (First Crush) – Amazing results after the first use…. My hair felt so nice, soft, vibrant, and healthy looking. I loved the smell and it blended so nicely with the Citrus Medley Shampoo. Natural Daily Conditioner First Crush savors the 100% natural aroma of freshly crushed certified organic grape seed, red raspberry, and green apple extracts. Each formula is also pH balanced with precision and formulated with a natural vitamin complex to promote shine (and that it does).
SIZE: 12 oz.
PRICE: $9.95
IDEAL FOR: daily use for all hair types

Sonoma Soap Company Foaming Hand Soap Product ReviewSonoma Natural Foaming Hand SoapCitrus Medley foaming hand soap will leave you feeling wowed by the extra softness your hands exhibit. Enjoy the fresh aroma, as with the shampoo, of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, green tangerine, spearmint, bucchu, and certified organic extracts. Each bottle is enriched with therapeutic botanicals and natural aromas reminiscent of Sonoma Valley that will naturally soothe your hands and your senses.
SIZE: 8.4 oz.
PRICE: $8.95
USE: wash slowly; savor the pure fragrance and deep luxury of the orange grove

Sonoma Soap Company product reviewsNow these are just three of the six items I received (also received: Bubble Bath, Lotion, and Bath Gel), but I can assure you that, if tried, it will be loved. I’m just delighted to know that the Sun Harvest here in Corpus sells them (yea!!!). I know that I am going to be purchasing some products in the Citrus Medley and First Crush scents again. I love the way each and every product made my skin, hair, and hands shine. Now, if you’re wondering just what my favorite product out of the whole bunch was, I couldn’t answer you; the reason, I love them all equally. Sorry all — I just can’t see making a choice between any of them. You’ll just have to try them out for yourselves to see.

If you’d like to check out more of what Sonoma Soap Company has to offer, please feel free to visit www.sonomasoapcompany.com. If you’d prefer to purchase your products locally, please visit the Sonoma Soap Company’s store locator page for more details.

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: this review was made possible by Sonoma Soap Company. I was given the opportunity to receive free products in order to give you my straight and honest opinion. Results may vary therefore; I hold no responsibility for those who disagree with my opinions.

Demeter Fragrance Collection Product Review

I’m really very excited about sharing some thoughts on a very cool collection. It’s something we all use, want Demeter fall harvest fragrance reviewsand need to make us feel and smell better… you guessed it — FRAGRANCES!

Demeter Fragrances are, by far, the most nature enhanced fragrances you’ll ever hear about or know about; I’ll tell you why. They have 250 fragrances inspired by real life objects. They have found use of those not so common smells and turned them into unique fragrances for the world to wear.

I was so impressed with the fragrances I received that I will no longer be buying “the norm.” Seriously — they have scents like: Laundromat, Sex on the Beach, Blueberry Muffin (for the kids), Patchouli, and more-more-more! I actually received Chai Tea (WOW!!!! My absolute favorite), Mulled Cider, and Cedar… the smells took me someplace back in time where the fragrance was strong in my memory. The fragrances really are that pleasant.

Demeter fragrance collection product reviewsOf the many good things I can say about Demeter fragrances; the one thing I’d like to mention is how perfectly practical this line is in terms of use. It’s practical in the sense that these fragrances can be worn every day. Forget having a special fragrance that only gets used on “special occasions”; use them daily, use them everywhere, use them in combination — they’re just perfect for everything!

As you just read, yes, you can use them in combination. With Demeter fragrances, you can actually combine scents to create your own. Because they have so many unique smells, you can splash any number of scents together and create a whole new, one-of-a-kind scent (all your own). I have been spraying and splashing the Mulled Cider and Chai Tea together and I love it… not to mention, I’m getting an awful lot of compliments about how great I smell throughout the day. Even people I’ve never met have come up to me and asked the “who Demeter Chai Tea fragrance product reviewmakes it” and “where’d you buy it” questions. After a quick Thank you, I tell them all about Demeter. This is usually about the time they start pulling out the pen and paper to jot down the Web address… it’s pretty funny but very enlightening at the same time.

You can’t forget the kids either. Demeter also has yummy smells that are perfect for the little princess in your home. So you say she likes Blueberry Muffins — great, you’ll find that fragrance on their site. Or how about Hot fudge Sunday? Now who wouldn’t want to smell like hot fudge Sunday? I know I would… yum! Think of all the followers you’d get with that smell (LOL). To put it simply, if you can imagine it, I’m sure they provide it! If not, I’m sure a little nudge to the home office about a particular smell can be requested. The possibilities are endless with Demeter Fragrances!

Demeter Mulled Cider fragrance product reviewIf you’re still considering what to get for those last minute stocking stuffers, Valentine gifts, birthday presents, and other gifts, you really should check out the official Web site (that’s www.demeterfragrance.com), shop around and purchase a few bottles yourself. Who knows what smells might excite you? But I can tell you this, with 250 fragrances to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something you want (or something you know a friend would drool over).

For more information on Demeter fragrances, please visit the Web site. You can also become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Please note that I received product samples, for free, via Demeter Fragrances for the purpose of my review. This review is based on my experiences and may differ from others; therefore, I take no responsibility for anyone who feels differently. Please be aware that results may vary. Thank you.

Harvest Themed Products: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

Here’s yet another great harvest themed product worthy of sharing…

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewThe Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, out of Portland Oregon, is something to be desired as the products whisk you away to unforeseen territories of sanctuaries unknown. I deem this the perfect harvest themed product for those that crave their “spa time.”

From moisturizers to massage oils and therapy treatments to spa packages, you are sure to find something for that perfect someone this holiday season (or year around). The products may be a little pricy, but if you’ll take a moment to visit The Dragontree, you’ll see why.


Dragontree Day Spa pumpkin pro-enzyme face mask product reviewI received the Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque… SOLD! My skin is still enjoying the effects and it’s been about seven days since my last application. Let me first say, I have never been one to use specific products when it came to cleaning my face; soap and water was always good enough, but now, well, let’s just say —  I’m spoiled and will not go back to the old soap and water bit again.

The scent is actually the first thing you’ll notice. It’s strong, yet pleasantly breathtaking. I actually had to tell myself to stop sniffing the bottle… I just couldn’t help it. The sweet smell of pumpkins lingered around my nose. Like a cartoon character, I was dragged to the bathroom, led by a string of fragrances pulling me at the nose. I was forced to try it.

Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque has a retail price of $67.25 (plus applicable taxes and shipping). It has ingredients that will resurface even the most complex skin types and will nourish your skin down to the core; the deep layers of skin where the environment has plagued the vibrant textures that once were.

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewI did receive another product and, needless to say, I am thrilled to be recommending this to you. Using this masque has given me something that I hadn’t felt in a long time, long ago when I was younger… back when my skin was young; that vibrant, radiant looking skin I once had!

There are so many other products to choose from at The Dragontree that I can’t even begin to list them all. But the important thing to remember is that the products are well worth the look (and possible purchase).

For more information, visit The Dragontree online at http://thedragontree.com.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: I was gifted with a few product samples, FREE, via The Dragontree for the purpose of this review. My opinions will always be my own and, sometimes, may not be the same as others therefore I claim no responsibility if there are those that disagree. Thank you.

Valentine Gift Ideas for Girls (Daughters, Nieces, etc.)

Little girls, much like their mommies, can be very easy to shop for… Sometimes all we need, as parents, is a little nudge in the right direction.

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are a safe and delicious Valentine gift option.If your girls are anything like mine, they love frilly bows and hair ties; they love dolls and pets and tea parties, clothes and perfumes and nail polish. Girls love just about anything, as long as it’s pink and pretty. If that’s the case for the beautiful girls in your life, we’ve got you covered.

Life Love Beauty has teamed up with some wonderfully willing companies, to provide a gift guide, with suggestions, that can help make shopping for your little Valentine a synch – HAVE a WONDERFUL VALENTINES DAY!

Gifts under $30.00

Try a Hello Kitty yoga mat and Wii Fit carrying case as an exciting Valentine's gift for your daughter.Hello Kitty Yoga Mat and Carry Case for Wii Fit is an awesome find. It’s perfect for any girl who is fascinated with Hello Kitty and has a Wii fit. It’s really cute and the mat has a huge picture of Hello Kitty on it. It’s all pink and totally worthy of gifting it as an add-on to their Wii collection.

Though we don’t own a Wii right now, I do work out daily and my kids enjoy working out with me. I recently purchased a yoga mat for my daily exercising regimen, but it isn’t half as pretty and cutesy as this Hello Kitty one. I’m kinda jealous. Over all, it’s a really cute gift that would delight any girl.

ARP: $24.96
Available at: www.walmart.com and Amazon.com

Gifts under $20.00

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are a safe and delicious Valentine gift option.Vermont Nut Free Chocolates – now what child wouldn’t want chocolates – especially if its luscious milk & dark chocolate shaped like little bite sized hearts (wrapped in beautifully decorated foil)? It makes for a great gift for any man, woman, or child. You’ll find more than your heart can handle at Vermont Chocolates. There’s butter crunch, cookies, truffles, and more.

I received an assortment of chocolates (and a bag of Jelly beans) to try. The girls were more than thrilled to sink their teeth into the heart shaped chocolate-pops. After those were demolished, it was onto the bite sized heart candies. The jelly beans (in our home, we call them jelly bellies) were a huge hit for the whole family. We sat together at the table and munched away, chatting about all the flavors and trading for favorites.

ARP: Prices vary depending on the quantity
Available at: http://www.vermontnutfree.com

Demeter Fragrances are a unique Valentine gift option for kids.Demeter Fragrances will change the way you think about perfumes, body sprays, and home sprays. From ice cream cones to chocolate covered cherries and Sweethearts to Hershey’s, kids (and grown-ups alike) will have a hard time deciding just what fragrance they’d like to call their very own.

Getting hooked on fragrances from Demeter is not hard to do. The prices are very affordable and the products make for a very unique and desired gift to those mad about sweets. Even if candy’s not your thing, they offer such a broad variety of smells that it’s virtually impossible to resist the temptations of purchasing a collection, or two. If a unique gift is what you’re looking for, Demeter has just what you need.

ARP: prices vary according to single and/or collection sets
Available at: http://www.demeterfragrance.com and Amazon.com

Gifts under $10.00

Consider the Core Headphones Organizer as a great gift option for music lovers.Cable Organizer is the place to go online for ear phones, cables, connectors and other such accessories. Cable Organizer specializes in helping make those unsightly cords, cables, and connectors not so unsightly. Organization, after all, is the key to a happy place.

Pink cable earphones are also a lovely Valentine gift.I received a beautiful pink set of ear phones by iLuv along with The CORE headphone cord manager by Handstands. I would have never thought that a cord manager could make such a difference in someone’s mobility (on the move). After seeing the two gifts together, combining the cord manager with this cute pink pair of ear phones could get you a few unexpected kisses from your little music lover. My cheeks are still being rewarded.

Each is priced at: ARP $4.99
Available at: www.cableorganizer.com or by visiting the brand’s official Web site

Popular Hello Kitty is a great theme for your Valentine's gifts, especially with this cute Hello Kitty heart speaker.Hello Kitty Mini Heart Speakers are an amazingly cute Valentine gift idea for girls. This mini speaker fits into anything that plays sound or has an earphone connection. The sound that comes from this single speaker is amazing. It’s not muffled nor is the sound distorted in any way. It’s a gift that can be not only useful for them, but cute too.

My girls loved it, but, they couldn’t help it. They love, love, love Hello Kitty and boy, how they love their music. It has definitely been used more times than I can count. What’s funny is, I’ve even bought single speakers similar to this in the past, but they never got the same use or reaction that the Hello Kitty Mini Heart speaker got. In saying this, I can pretty much bet that it’ll be a big hit in your home, too.

ARP: $9.99
Available at: www.toysrus.com

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Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and, from all of us here at Life Love Beauty, thanks for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift, so don’t stress too much.

Products provided free to writer for review

Disclosure: Each company listed above provided product(s) as a sample of what they have to offer. With these products; I was able to form an opinion based on my use. I claim no liability for anyone who feels differently. Results may vary. Please go to sponsors’ official website for more information on the products of interest. Thank you.

Valentine’s Gifts for Dad and Son

As much as we’d like to think that Valentine’s Day is geared towards moms and daughters alike, the fact is that dads, husbands, ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones are an excellent Valentine gift for any man in your life.and sons are very much worthy of some special treatment, too. To celebrate our love for the men in our lives, we’ve come together, along with some very willing companies, to offer you some great gift ideas that may not have been considered….

Dads – We appreciate all that you do for us and to celebrate, here are some great products worthy of your honor! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gifts over $100.00:
Shred Sled Casterboard Skateboard is a great gift for boys and men of many ages.The Shred Sled has got to be the most absolute, must-have perfect Valentine Gift for Boys ages 9 and into their 40’s even. The Shred Sled Casterboard Skateboard is by far, the coolest thing my son says you can get a kid. It’s like riding a skateboard, but better.

The Shred Sled combines skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and even rollerblading Shred Sled is a great Valentine gift for kids to give their dads or for parents to give their sons.into one slick board. It’s composited with Caster Aluminum alloy with polyurethane wheels (4) and comes in three colors (Black, Blue, or Red). These babies are virtually indestructible and offer increased foot control — better than any “board” I’ve ever seen!!!

ARP: $119.99
Available at: www.shredsled.com or by visiting your local toys R us and also at Amazon.com

 

Gifts under $100.00:

ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones would make any man fall to his knees. With exceptional noise canceling technology, your husband, son, dad (or anyone) will hear speech clarity and sound quality like he’s never heard before. They’re even compatible with iPod, iPhone, MP3 players, and Airline Audio Systems.

ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones are an excellent Valentine gift for any man in your life.The minute I opened the box, my husband stood beside me, eagerly looking over my shoulders. Much like a kid in a candy store, every move I made, he was right there, waiting to pounce. Once he was given the “okay” to use them, it was all over for me. I think he forgot I was even home. Not one word rang out for me nor was he even aware that my music was blared in the other room (what? I had to test its quality too – LOL). I give this gift an A+ for quality and performance (and because they offer a lifetime warranty).

ARP: $99.99
Available at: Costco, Staples, www.target.com, www.AblePlanet.com or www.amazon.com

Gifts under $20.00:

Jovan Satisfaction for men is an affordable option for Valentine's Day.Jovan Satisfaction for Men is a wonderful idea if you’re on a budget for men’s fragrances, but don’t want to slack on the quality. Impressed? Yes, I was thoroughly impressed by the wonderful smell this cologne had. It fit well with his body chemistry and made for a wonderful day of “sniffing” his neck. The fragrance wasn’t overpowering nor was it too understated. It was perfect and lasts even when they’re working outdoors.

I hate to say it, but I never did care for the traditional smells of Jovan. I can’t say that anymore because my husband and I have, 9 out of 10 times, chosen Jovan over our regular colognes and perfumes. The smells complement each other and definitely prove to be “satisfactory.” I’m pleased to say that Jovan is now our favorite fragrance collection, without a doubt.

ARP:
•    0.5 oz Eau De toilette Spray: $12.00
•    1.0 oz Eau De toilette Spray: $18.00
Available at: Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Kmart and at www.jovansatisfaction.com

Surya Brasil Cosmetics has just introduced its first men’s line, called SAPIEN, and what a wonderful line it is. My husband tried it last night when he took his evening shower and liked it. He said it didn’t feel soapy like other body washes he’d used before. He also said he didn’t know what it was about the products that he liked, but that he liked them. The smells were nice and made him feel clean, like there was no residue left behind.

Surya Brasil Cosmetics has just introduced its first men’s line, called SAPIEN....The reason my husband wasn’t feeling the residue after washing is due to Surya Brasil products being beneficial to society and the environment. These products are 100% plant-based and do not contain any synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives, or any other by-products. The products are purely organic and natural. If your husband, son, or father has wanted an alternative to the norm when it comes to men’s products, I can assure you that Surya Brasil will be a great replacement to any product used in the home now. My husband received a tube of shower gel, shave cream, and styling gel, all of which will be used in his daily washing regimen.

ARP: Vary according to product, but average around $13.00 to $20.00
Available at: www.suryabrasilproducts.com

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Consider a team grill as the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man if price is no option.Now, we’d also like to mention, if price is no object in your shopping this Valentine’s Day, let us turn your head to this kick-butt, to-die-for, gotta-have-it product for dads that is sure to make every man, woman, and child jealous of your backyard grilling machine. Yes ladies, I’m talking about something that every man wishes they had (besides beer and football). This Valentine’s day, get him a TEAM GRILL! And ladies (gentlemen), these are no ordinary grills; these are “Team” Grills. That’s right, every sports team imaginable can be painted on these beautiful grills to make it custom to his likings. The paint is made of a special material that will resist stripping with high heat levels.

I know that, after visiting teamgrills.com I’m one jealous woman. Just imagining the excitement on my husband’s face brings me to tears because I know how much he’d grill for us each week and how I’m totally missing out on it already.

ARP: Vary according to size and model, but the one I drooled over was priced at $1499.00
Available at: www.teamgrill.com

Disclosure: Each company listed above provided product(s) as a sample of what they have to offer. With these products, I was able to form an opinion based on my use. I claim no liability for anyone who feels differently. Results may vary. Please go to sponsor’s official Web site for more information on the products of interest. Thank you.

Valentine Gifts for Mom

Jer's Gourmet Chocolates make a tasty Valentine's Day gift for mom or anyone at all!Brought to you by a number of different and very willing companies, we have put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide that is sure to help ease the stress of finding that “perfect” gift for Mom (Grandmother, Aunt, wife, etc.). All gifts would be perfect as a standalone or as fillers with other small gifts (presented in a beautiful wicker gift basket).

Valentine Gifts for Mom under $40.00:
Pretty Snapfish photo necklaces are great keepsake gifts for special women in your life.Snapfish photo necklaces are perfect gifts for practically any occasion. They’re totally customizable and have been a sought after gift for many years. Mothers and grandmothers alike enjoy gifts that not only come from the heart, but make it easy to share their treasured memories with others. Gifts that include pictures are always a hit!

Snapfish launched in April of 2000 and then acquired by HP on April 15, 2005. They’ve been helping people preserve, enjoy, and share their most valuable memories with their ability to offer home video services, wireless imaging services, along with their more than 100 uniquely customizable, high-quality personal publishing products. With Snapfish, you’re sure to find what you want for that special someone, anytime.

ARP: $39.99
Available at: www.snapfish.com

Warm your home atmosphere with a unique home fragrance product by Scentsy.Scentsy is a brilliant way to not only make any room in your home feel warm and inviting, but it’s also perfectly safe and wick-free. You see, Scentsy candles don’t have a wick nor do they use a flame. Scentsy offers an array of beautiful warmers along with over 80 “Scentsy Bars” of wax that simply work together to make your home smell lovely. Using just a 15, 20 or 25 watt light bulb, the fragranced wax is melted softly (never burned) to fill your home with delightfully inviting smells.

Thanks to Scentsy and their wonderful products, I have enjoyed my home a little more these days. Quite honestly, I don’t think a traditional candle has ever made me feel this nice. After visiting their Web site, I also learned that they offer more than wickless candles for the home; they have car candles, travel tins, and room sprays galore. I received a beautiful Valentine themed warmer along with three beautiful fragrances (ARP: $40.00).

ARP: range from $3.00 to $100.00+
** based on single or multi-pack orders. Enjoy FREE shipping with any order over $150.00.
Available at: www.scentsy.com

Enjoy Scharffen Berger chocolates as a great Valentine's Day gift for mom or daughter.SCHARFFEN BERGER: America’s Finest Dark Chocolate has got to be one of the most sought-after chocolates around. One sniff of the box and you’ll find yourself in heaven. The aroma of this artesian chocolate, when baking, is remarkable — no other chocolate has made me want to eat my baked goods while their still in the oven. With these, I plead the fifth.

If you’re looking to impress your mother, mother-in-law, or daughter, these are the chocolates to get. I was thoroughly impressed and, well, I’d give my right arm for another batch of Scharffen Berger chocolates — YUMMY! I was sent a few sets of baking chocolates, a wonderful cookbook (The Essence of Chocolate), a bag of baking chunks, cocoa powder, and a gift box of Folio chocolates; every type of chocolate needed to make a few awesome recipes from the cookbook. Oh, and the taste — the taste was divine.

ARP: Range from $7.00 to $200.00+, depending on quantity
Available at: www.scharffenberger.com and Amazon.com

Keep Reading: Valentine Gifts for Mom under $30.00…

Last minute Gift Idea for the Kids: Girl Gourmet Delectable Sweets Product Line

I can’t tell you enough how much fun this was – sitting with the girls, watching them create jewelry and cakes, and then eating all the goodies afterwards – YUM!!

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

I was given the wonderfully fun opportunity to try – not one, but two Girl Gourmet products from JAKKS PACIFIC. Every moment the girls and I spent creating these delicious yummies were priceless. They thanked me for being a “reviewer” and then sent out a huge THANK YOU to Janis (JAKKS PACIFIC) and Kate (Life Love Beauty) for the wonderful products the girls were able to take part in reviewing.

The girls, for years, have been asking me to get them the typical “kid bakery” kit that you can normally buy at the local super store, but unfortunately it never happened.  So needless to say, Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Reviewwhen they received the Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery and the Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Bead Studio in the mail, it was all they could do to stay calm and “grown up” about it. I literally had to tell them to stop screaming a time or two because their voices were SO LOUD. I was honestly afraid the neighbors would think I was beating my kids or something.

Yes, they were filled with tears of joy, screams, and laughs. I swear it took me forever to set everything out. I even think the most agonizing moment of the “review”, for the girls, was sitting there waiting for me to set out the kits and take the pictures – I couldn’t help but laugh inside a few times.

So, without further adieu…

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Let me begin by sharing my thoughts on the Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Bead Studio, since this was the kit we tried first.

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product Review

Where to begin… candy, candy, and more candy, that’s where! This kit is filled to the brim with candy galore. From the necklace string (candy) to the beads (candy) and the glitter & markers (candy) to the “glue” (candy) – everything is completely edible and considered a must-see! I should know, my girls made tons of great jewelry pieces and there was still a ton left over for my son and friend to make something special, not to mention all the candy that was eaten in between.

Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Bead Studio comes complete with every candy imaginable (for making the perfect bracelet or necklace… 24 uniquely created ones at that), as well as the licorice rope, frosting glue tube, edible-ink markers, sprinkles, gummies, the instructional booklet (to help give ideas on what to create) and more. The suggested retail price is $19.99 and is recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Girl Gourmet Bead Kit Product ReviewThe Candy Bead Studio was a blast and a huge hit in my home, and I’m not just talking about the little ones. My sixteen-year-old son made his girlfriend a necklace filled, from one end to the other, with candy and a dear friend of mine (30 years old) made a beautiful “I love you” necklace for her hubby. Everyone agreed that this was a must have, as a gift, for anyone at all, even grownups! So, if you’re having a problem trying to find that perfect gift for your kids, a sweet Valentine gift, a secret Santa Party, or just because… this is the product you need. It will bring tons of laughs and unimaginable fun to any party.

I can’t stress how much fun this kit is for the whole family – no matter what your age, you’re going to LOVE the Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Bead Studio!

Next up we have the Girl Gourmet Cake Bakery…


Valentine Gifts for Kids – Demeter Product Review

Consider Demeter Fragrances as Valentine's gifts for your kids.Kids are such a blessing! From the minute they come into our lives, they gift us with so many priceless moments. They are the apple of our eyes, the beat in our hearts, and the spunk in our steps. In a nutshell, kids are miraculous balls of happiness rolled into one little being.

This Valentine’s Day, go a step further; give your child sugars and spice with everything nice. And no, I’m not talking candy here (although that wouldn’t hurt either). I’m talking fragrances with your child’s favorite candy in mind.

Demeter has one of the widest, largest, and most unique fragrance collections I’ve ever seen. I can’t even begin to tell you the countless number of intriguing smells they have to offer. I can only say that you’ll go crazy with the array of choices you’ll have.

Consider Demeter Fragrances as Valentine's gifts for your kids.Some of the cool (candy) fragrance collections include (but not limited too): Hershey’s, Jelly Belly, Tootsie Roll, Sweethearts, Sweet Delights, and more. I’m telling you – it’s a virtual gold mine for fragrances.

The wonderful people at Demeter sent me not one, not two, but six awesome “kid-geared” smells to try out. The girls were more than ecstatic about receiving their very own bottles; regrettably, they were not as eager to share them.  I was happy to be appointed “neck smeller”; otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to sniff a single scent.

Demeter is a Bath & Body Home fragrance company that is proud to be unique, simple, subtle, fun, easy and affordable – they are 100%. You simply cannot resist smiling every time you open the cap to one of the fragrances. The smells will either draw you to a memory from the past or whisk you away to new and unforeseen territories. The only CON to the whole experience with Demeter is not being able to decide on which fragrance you want to try first. There’s far too many to choose from (and I say this in the most appreciative way possible) and not enough days in a year to try them all. I have literally spent hours going through Demeter’s fragrances only to be stuck with no less than 10 items in my shopping cart. This includes home sprays too.

If you’re looking for something unique, fun, and affordable this Valentine’s Day, please consider taking a peak at Demeter’s online store. You’ll be amazed with the wide array of fragrances to choose from as well as the unbeatable prices offered; not to mention the ongoing sales – I love sales. The girls and I totally recommend this to everyone… doesn’t matter how young or old you are – we guarantee you’ll love the way you smell.

Disclosure: As stated in this review, I received six fragrance samples, for free, via Demeter. In return, I give you, the reader, thoughts I’ve gathered on Demeter’s products (through personal experiences). The opinions within this post are mine, therefore I claim no responsibility for anyone who may (or may not) agree. Thank you.

Harvest Themed Products: OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers “Crisp Apple” Review

I am having so much fun trying all the latest harvest themed products out there this holiday season. Avojuice Crisp Apple Skin Quenchers LotionToday will be no different as I’ll be sharing my thoughts on O.P.I.’s Avojuice skin quenchers. Let’s just say that if you’re already a fan of OPI – you’re going to love this stuff.

I received a sample of Avojuice – (Crisp Apple) Skin Quencher lotion from OPI a few weeks ago and was blown away by the similarities between the scent of a real crisp (green) apple and that of the lotion. From the second this lotion touched my skin, I knew I was going to fall head over heels for this stuff. It’s true; I’m in love and I know you’ll feel the same way once you try it.

We all know OPI for having top-of-the-line nail products. Their shades last for, sometimes, weeks at a time without chipping. Now imagine trying their new skin quenchers; they’ve got that irresistible blend of fruity smells along with the goodness of healing extracts and moisturizers your body needs to maintain elasticity and softness.  You can’t help but know you’re getting your money’s worth.

Avojuice skin quenchers come in eight different scents that are sure to be the highlight of your lotion collection. Think of it as drink for your skin. It’s nourishing, great smelling, and enriched with the good stuff your skin needs to maintain its healthy feel. The cool-cool thing about the skin quenchers, as I mentioned earlier, is that they’re jam packed with moisturizers and nourishing avocados. They’re also loaded with aloe extracts (aloe, by the way, is known for its healing agents). When you use Avojuice from OPI, you know you’re getting everything you need for your skin plus the really great fruitful smells you want in a lotion.

If you’re interested in purchasing any OPI products for those last minute gifts, visit www.opi.com. Also, take a moment to click on the “where to buy” tab to find the closest retailer in your area. I just know that whomever you decide to buy these for, whether for yourself or as a gift, you’re going to be glad you did.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Please note that a product sample of OPI’s Avojuice Skin Quencher was sent to me, for FREE, via OPI for the purpose of my review. Because this review is based on my opinions, I bare no responsibility for anyone who may feel differently. Thank you.

Harvest Themed Products: Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask

Yes, we’ve got another themed product for you folks. This time we’re focused on Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask because who wouldn’t want to experience fresh, energized looking skin with only a few uses?

I received this product about four weeks ago (maybe a short time longer), and although I should have written this review a while back, I wanted to make sure it worked.

I read about how this exfoliating mask gives drastic changes to the overall appearance of your skin. Well, I can now confirm – it does work. Four weeks and a few uses later (twice a week) I can honestly say that it works. The impurities in my face seem to have diminished and the feel of my skin is so much nicer. As for people noticing the change, yes – they do. I’ve had a few people ask me if I’m happier because my face is glowing. I’ve also had a few others ask if I’ve “changed” something in my diet because my face looks so much clearer; not that I’ve ever had any real issues with acne, I have however, had issues with blackheads and it’s been an eyesore a time or two in my adult age.

Murad is one of those online stores that I like to frequent. They have great products (that work) and the prices seem to stay in my budget. They also have sales and offer free samples and at times, you can find them gifting customers with free products with a purchase. Plus, they always have a 60-day money back guarantee (which is always nice in my book).

About the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask: it comes in a box of six treatments and has an ARP of $22.50 (with free shipping). That’s (if you only use it twice a week) 6 to 12 weeks worth of product use. How do I come up with that? Well, each little packet is enough to use two times (maybe three, depending on how much you use). I have a paper clip on the folded lid of each pack to ensure its freshness until the next time. It just works for me that way.

Each time I use Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask I feel better. I know it is working because I’m already getting the results I was hoping for and people notice – that’s a big deal to me.

Would I recommend this? ABOSLUTELY! The stuff works and gives you that fresh feeling each time. The smoothness of your skin is apparent even after the first use and, overtime, others see the difference, too. For what you’re getting, the price is great.

Well, think about it. To go to a spa and get some sort of facial treatment done would cost you a fortune. IF you use the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask twice a week for six weeks, that’s twelve treatments. That equals $1.88 per treatment for a great one at that. Now, where can you go and spend less than two dollars on a facial?

I highly recommend trying out this product. With a few treatments, you too can be noticing a difference in your skin.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: This product was sent, FREE, via Murad for the purpose of my review. The opinions in this post are mine and I shared them based on my experiences. I do not claim any responsibility or liability for anyone who feels differently or who receives different results. Thank you.

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Design Nail Kits & Extras all under $10

paintingnailsThere’s but a few shopping days left before Christmas; if you’re not done shopping, may I make some suggestions? This season, give the gift of glamour with beautiful, limited edition holiday design nail kits. Better yet, combine the holiday design nail kits with a professional manicure or pedicure set. Oh, and don’t forget the little princesses… I have something special listed for them too.

The perfect last minute stocking stuffers would have to be, for me and I’m sure an awful lot of women, the following products: cool Holiday design nail kits from Kiss and Dashing Diva and awesome manicure and pedicure sets from Kiss. They’re beautiful, festive and such a great gift (especially when given together, making it a perfect gift duo).

I have so many products to show you today, that I think it’d be best to make my review quick. In just one word, I can describe each product as AWESOME! A must have for any girl (of any age).  I know that I, and my girls, were more than thrilled to try these products out. But then again, spa time is always a special time in our home. It’s a time when the girls and I can spend an hour or two together, making ourselves “pretty”.

Holiday Design Nail Kits from KISS
You might as well get every one of these nail kits from Kiss since you’ll probably have a hard time choosing just one. Valued at an ARP of $6.99, each kit contains 28 nails in 14 different sizes, 2g glue, mini-file, and a manicure stick. The French manicure look is perfect, as each nail is splashed with color – from poinsettias to flowers and glitter to elegant designs of simplicity. These are sure to make the perfect gift returned with endless smiles.

Product provided free to writer for review

You can find these Limited Edition Holiday Design Nails at all major drug stores nationwide, including RiteAid, CVS, Duane Reade, and Kmart. You can also see the full collection by going to www.kissusa.com.

Holiday Nails From Dashing Diva
Dashing Diva is another favorite for beauty nail products and this holiday season they have four Holiday Design Nail on the GO kits worth the purchase. Dashing Diva nails have great features for those gals that are always on the go. There’s no messy polish or drying time to worry about. They’re fun and trendy and last for days (if that’s what you’re wanting). They’re quick and easy to apply (even in the car on the way to a party) since the adhesive is already on the nails. All you have to do is find the size that fits your nails and press on.  In seconds, you’ll be set for that holiday gathering without all the mess.

The ARP for this product is $8.00 and these nail kits are available at all Dashing Diva locations from November 23rd-Dec. 31st. Head over to www.dashingdiva.com and locate your nearest retailer.

Kiss Manicure and Pedicure Kits
Back to Kiss: let me show you a few of these must-have mani and pedicure sets (ARP: $9.99). Whether you decide to put them under the tree or as fillers in their stockings, the recipient will be so happy to get these beauties. It qualifies as a very practical, yet very wanted gift this year.

Each of the manicure and pedicure sets comes complete with all the tools you need to get the job done. These are quality tools too; they spared no expense putting these false nail sets together. From toenail clippers to cuticle nippers and files to separators, everything you need will be at the tips of your fingers, stored neatly in its own travel pouch.

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