Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Christmas everyone! I won't be posting tomorrow obviously, but if you get a chance-please watch the video below. One of the most beautiful Christmas songs ever, in my opinion.

Gift Ideas From ENJOY Hair Care! #Giveaway

Still looking for last minute gift ideas? I have a great idea for you-ENJOY Hair Care! ENJOY is one of my favorite hair care companies; I love their Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner! Recently they released a new product that has also been added to my list of favorites. 

I received the Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil for review. While I only use this for my hair, it is actually recommended for moisturizing your skin as well! I love the fact that this oil comes in a spray bottle. Most oils come in a bottle that you have to squeeze a drop out, and apply. With this, I can lightly spritz the nourishing oil right onto my hair. It took a couple tries to realize I was holding the bottle too close to my head (my hair was slightly greasy-looking the first time because I kept the bottle too close). I quickly realized that if you follow instructions :) and hold the bottle about 12 inches away, it gives the perfect results! My hair is moisturized and has a lovely shine, without a greasy look or feel! 

This oil is especially handy for the winter months; my hair tends to dry out easily, and this winter I am already noticing more frizz and bad hair days than normal. When I apply just a tiny bit of the ENJOY Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil though, my hair behaves and looks great! This would definitely be a welcome gift for any lady on your shopping list. You can use ENJOY's Salon Locator to find and purchase ENJOY products near you.

One of my readers will receive a bottle of ENJOY's Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil!!

Rickshaw Bagworks=The Perfect Gift! #Giveaway

Here is an honestly great gift idea if you're still looking for that last-minute gift! Rickshaw Bagworks is a unique company that offers bags, sleeves (for mobile devices such as iPad), folios and more in a variety of sizes, designs and colors-and they're customizable too!

Rickshaw Bagworks sent me their Small Zero Messenger Bag in the Performance Tweed style to check out, and then offer as a giveaway prize. Don't worry, I didn't actually use the bag, just looked at it. So you will be receiving a brand new bag with the tags still attached! I just wanted the chance to actually see the item, since I don't like promoting a product I haven't seen for myself. After "inspecting" the Zero Messenger Bag from Rickshaw Bags, I am convinced that this is a great product! The bag is extremely well made, and looks very sturdy. It has a larger pocket that will hold an iPad or tablet safely, and 2 smaller pockets for carrying your wallet, keys, digital camera, etc. You could also probably fit a water bottle and/or gloves in the bag-it seems to expand quite well to hold all your necessities!

The bag is made of performance tweed and cordura nylon, which makes it very durable and long-lasting. It features a front flap that closes over and stays in place thanks to a strip of velcro. It comes with an adjustable extra-wide strap. Which, by the way, I absolutely love-wide straps stay up on your shoulder so much better! It also has D-rings attached so you can add cross-body straps if desired, or just to clip on a keyring or flashlight. In addition to being handy and sturdy, this bag is also fashionable-the tan tweed is highlighted with a coral-colored trim, and it looks gorgeous! This bag's design and style will gain compliments everywhere you go!

 Large main compartment and 2 front pockets
• Quick-adjust shoulder strap and D-rings
• Lightweight and forms to your body
• Velcro strips for accessory system
• Made to order in our SF factory
• Our own exclusive Performance Tweed™
• Dimensions 10" H x 10" W base x 13" W top x 4.5"D

Our Small Zero Messenger Bag is great for exploring the urban oasis while carrying a sweater, packed lunch, and Kindle or favorite novel you just can’t put down. Made in the USA, especially for you, in our own San Francisco factory.

This is the color the winner will receive
One of my readers will receive the Small Zero Messenger Bag in Tweed/Coral!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cookbooks Make Great Gifts!!

What would be the perfect gift? That questions has endless answers obviously, depending on who you're shopping for. Personally, I think one of the best gift options are cookbooks! Over the past year I have come to really enjoy Robert Rose Publishing Company, and the enormous selection of cookbooks they have. 

I received a few cookbooks for review from Robert Rose. They sent me: 250 Best Cookie Recipes; 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares; 200 Best Panini Recipes; and Easy Everyday Gluten Free Cooking. 

I really enjoyed looking through all of these cookbooks to find recipes. In fact, one of the recipes from 250 Best Cookie Recipes has already become a favorite! We made the Hanukkah Cookies, which is basically a cut-out sugar cookie recipe. We used holiday cookie cutters instead of hanukkah-themed cutters, and have already made several batches! I love the extra flavor the nutmeg adds; just a hint of that spice really amps up the flavor from your typical sugar cookie! We frosted them with the vanilla icing recipe also found in the book, and this has also become a favorite-it is sooo delicious, and very easy to make!
We even made some TaeKwonDo cookies!
The recipe that caught my eye first in the 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares is the Gooey Caramel Pecan Chocolate Bars. I love the "turtle" flavor combination, and will be making these very soon-maybe for the holidays?!

While I haven't tried any recipes from Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking yet, I am looking forward to making some. This is so handy for when we have friends visiting who are on a gluten-free diet. I will really enjoy being able to make a meal or dessert for them from now on!

If you have a chef on your holiday list this year, be sure to check out Robert Rose. They have cookbooks for literally every food, style of food, and diet imaginable!

Friday, December 20, 2013

It's Almost Christmas!!

Wow, can you believe Christmas is only 5 days away? I still have one person on my shopping list that I need to find a gift for. One of those people that you just can't find that *perfect* gift for! Otherwise, I am all done shopping, wrapping and shipping my gifts. So, with Christmas literally right around the corner, and everyone busy shopping, baking (my favorite) and decorating, here's some amazing Christmas music to keep you in the holiday spirit!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Give The Gift Of Tea with Art Of Tea! #Giveaway

This is honestly one of my favorite gift ideas we've had for the gift guide this year. Over the past 2 years, I have become more and more of a hot tea drinker. It started with my first sip of Earl Grey Tea, and now I love enjoying a hot cup of tea at night while I'm writing a post or reading a book, or in the morning when I'm headed out to run errands. Of course, that means using a travel mug to bring my tea along, and I recently found the BEST tea travel tumbler ever!

Art Of Tea sent me their Travel Gift Set for review. This includes a Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler, and you can choose from 3 different tea sampler flavors; I received the Holiday Berry and Aztec Spice flavors. The products come attractively packaged in a box, all ready for gifting if desired. I love the tins the tea is stored in, they're airtight and perfect for keeping the tea fresh. 

The Stainless Steel Tumbler is perfect for any tea lover. It features a double-walled construction, which keeps the tea hot for a good length of time. I was honestly surprised how long my tea stayed hot! I also like the removable filter, so you can brew your loose-leaf tea right in the tumbler! If you enjoy tea, and want the ease of brewing and sipping from the same travel tumbler-this is what you need!
Holiday Berry

The flavored teas were both new to me. I enjoy different flavors, especially fruity, so I knew the Holiday Berry was one I would like. This is a green tea fusion, with flavors of strawberry and raspberry. It has a very slightly spicy hint as well, which makes for a fun holiday beverage! The Aztec Spice was, quite honestly, something I wasn't real sure about trying. Cinnamon, chocolate and chili flakes combine in this Pu-erh tea fusion. I was quite surprised at my first sip though; yes it's unique, but it is good! The chili flakes give it a small kick, and the chocolate and cinnamon give this tea a very distinct taste. 

Aztec Spice

Be sure to check out Art of Tea for the tea-lover on your shopping list this holiday season. They have several gift sets available, as well as numerous tea flavors!

One of my readers will receive a Travel Gift Set from Art of Tea!!

Participate In A Literary Theme With Whitewater Rafting

One of the most basic themes in all of literature is man versus nature. It can be found in classics like Moby Dick, The Call of the Wild, and even Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. Long before people were tucked away safe in suburbia or city homes that were built for them, they had to confront wild animals, terrible weather, and other human beings who would take what had been built. While modern day humans in the first world no longer have to confront nature in the same way, people still miss the achievement that comes from conquering or surviving something that was greater than the person or the family. If you want to feel what it is like to confront nature, virtual reality is not going to cut it. You need to book a white water rafting trip through some place like royalgorgerafting.net.

Safety and Feeling Safe
The thing about confronting nature in all of her glory is that she is unforgiving. If you make a mistake, chances are that you will get hurt or die. While the feeling of overcoming something that could have killed you is indescribable, you can see it on the faces of those who survive earthquakes in the United States. After the Bay Area World Series earthquake people were shouting their joy in the streets that they had survived, even though some people had died.

Feeling Danger
In order to get the same adrenaline rush, you need to feel like you are not in control. A good white water rafting trip is safe, but not to the point that you feel like there is nothing to it. You will need to work to guarantee the safety of everyone on the raft, and your guides will pick up the slack. All you really need to do is find a company like royalgorgerafting.net to take you out on the water. It is in this safe confrontation that you can find the essence of who you might have been if you did not live in a world that took the danger out of almost everything.

Create Magical Memories With The Right Transportation

The web is a wonderful thing when you are looking for extraordinary services to take advantage of, especially if you are unfamiliar with the place that you are going. You can find restaurants, sporting events, concert information, and how to get there all with a few clicks of a button. Websites like www.premierlimoinc.com can provide you not only with limo services, but with other services as well.
Concierge Services
It doesn’t do you a whole lot of good to get someplace and not be able to go in because you don’t have a reservation or a ticket. You could stand outside in the hopes that you will get seated, but it is so much better to be able to go in right away.
There are experienced limo rental companies that understand this and can help you get the information and tickets that you need in order to enjoy the city you are visiting fully. Otherwise, you might want to find a concierge service in addition to renting the limo. If you are going to go, you might as well go all in.
A Special Evening
Chances are that you will have a couple of evenings in your life that will be magical all on their own. They won’t need any planning or help to make them happen. They just will. However, there will be other times when you will want to make the evening magical. For those evenings, there are limo services, posh restaurants, and musical trios with stringed instruments. (Don’t underestimate the power of the right music.)
In Style
If you want to get there in style, you will want to enlist the services of a company like the one at www.premierlimoinc.com. Once you have the transportation figured out and you know whether or not they can help you with reservations, everything else becomes easy. You and those you are with get to relax in comfort as you go from place to place making special memories that can last a lifetime. The days and evenings that are made special are the ones that help bind you together for lifelong friendships and love.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Enter to win a $50.00 Gift Card!!

Hey, just wanted to remind y'all (are my southern roots showing?!) about the $50.00 gift card giveaway I have going on. This giveaway ends in 5 days, and currently has no entries-so you've got a great chance of winning! You can find the giveaway on my current giveaways page, or just click this link.

Fun Protection For Mobile Devices from Big Grips! #Giveaway

Okay, I know there are cases and protective covers galore out there for mobile devices. If you Google "iPad case" or "iPad protector" you will pull up hundreds of results. However, I doubt any protective case could be more fun than Big Grips! 

Big Grips has protection for various devices including iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. I received the Big Grips Tweener for iPad Mini in Blue, and a matching Big Grips Wedge. When these arrived, I immediately understood the "fun" aspect! The Tweener is made of a squishy, comfortable material that just feels fun! Add in the bright colors (I received blue, also available in red, green, orange and black), and this is "seriously fun protection"! The case is extremely handy in that it gives you a much better grip on your device. When I use my device with the Big Grips Tweener on, I don't have to worry about my iPad sliding out of my hands, or losing my grip. Instead of this tiny, slip-prone device, now I'm holding on to a comfortable, squishy, rubbery case!

The Tweener has "portholes" for all your ports, controls, and camera, so you don't need to worry about losing access to any important features. And it's very lightweight, so even though it adds "grippability" (I just made that word up by the way) it doesn't add weight!

The Wedge is another useful yet fun tool for your devices. Basically a stand, that provides a very sturdy, stable and safe option for standing your iPad Mini upright. I don't believe I've ever seen a stand that was so stable before!

Big Grips is offering one of my readers a Big Grips Tweener and Wedge in their choice of color!! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gift Ideas For Girls from Luna Star Naturals Makeup!!

Hey all, I just learned about a really great gift idea for girls this holiday season! How many of you have daughters or granddaughters that want to try on some makeup? Probably every girl has, at some point, begged to use some of mommy's makeup! But, how many of you worry about the chemicals and ingredients in the makeup? If you raised your hand, then keep reading, because this is the perfect gift for that little girl in your life! 

Luna Star Naturals just released 2 lines of natural, non-toxic makeup for girls, all made in the USA! The Luna Star Naturals line is for girls ages 3 and up, and is basically pretend makeup, for little girls who like to dress up and play princess. 

The 2nd line, Klee Girls, is for girls ages 8-14 who are ready to start wearing some makeup, but you still want the non-toxic, safer alternative to traditional makeup. 

The Luna Star Naturals line is available online, and while the Klee Girls aren't added to their online store yet, you can still order-in time for Christmas-by calling 888-992-4332! The Klee Girls products are sold separately, and in 4-piece and 7-piece kits, so whether you'd like a stocking stuffer, or a complete kit for your little girl, you can find what you need. I haven't tried these prducts yet, but I will be receiving a Klee Girls 7-piece Kit in the next couple weeks. I am excited about it, and I'll be sure to share my thoughts, and what M (who is 13), thinks about the Klee Girls makeup line, so be sure to check back! I seriously think this is a wonderful gift idea for the holidays, because what girl wouldn't love to unwrap her own makeup kit on Christmas morning?!

Stylish, Modest Women's Wear From Apostolic Clothing

Finding modest clothing that is still stylish and flattering, can be very difficult. Especially when you add in the fact that I'm a little above average height, and like most of my skirts to come to the ankle, or at least pretty close. Needless to say, some of the top items on my holiday wish list are various long, pretty skirts! I thought I was familiar with all the "modest clothing" companies online, until a couple weeks ago when I discovered Apostolic Clothing-a company that I had somehow missed, but several of their items have already made it on to my wish list!

Apostolic Clothing graciously sent me the Yurika Skirt for review. This is a very pretty, very feminine skirt that will be flattering for any woman! The skirt measures 38" long, and has a lovely triple-tiered style. The fabric is very soft and comfortable, and while it's light enough to be worn even during the summer, it's still cozy enough to be comfortable in the winter! The waist is slightly stretchy for a comfy fit, and you can actually fold over the waistband some for a shorter length if needed.

I am sure I will be wearing this skirt to many functions and events this winter, as well as for Church and even some casual wear. It's versatile enough that it works for dressy or casual! I love how comfortable it is, and I can have a stylish, fashionable, modest look!

Apostolic Clothing has many other items that would be perfect for holiday gifts. You can shop for skirts, tops, dresses, outerwear, and even activewear on their website! They also have a men's selection of shirts and jackets that I'm sure the man in your life would love!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Taking The First Step With Addiction Rehabilitation Centers

Why do people celebrate when their children take their first steps? In a manner of days the child will have taken hundreds of steps and walking will become a regular occurrence. Why is that first step so important? The reason may be that parents are programmed to love every small thing that their child does. However, there is something to be said for the visualization of progress. Yes that first step signifies that this child has a limitless future. This future has great potential; not just because they learned how to walk. Learning alone is what signifies great possibilities and potential for the child. The child learned how to walk, so he or she must be able to learn to do other things that will be more complicated. A child’s first step is the first step on their personal journey through life. Every journey begins with a small step, and sometimes it is important to remember the determination of infants. They go from being completely helpless and immobile to running amok and causing havoc in about one year. They fall down, but they always get back up and try again. This is something anyone can do, even if they aren’t an infant. 
Recovery Is Possible for Anyone

Addiction can cause a person to be just as helpless as a baby. Like many illnesses, it takes a harsh toll on the body and mind. Sadly, relationships suffer much more from addiction than from other illnesses. Without relationships, life can become sad and depressing. This only adds to the power of the addiction over the addict. Thankfully there are people out there who want to help. Any addict can take the first step towards recovery by looking into addiction rehabilitation centers. 
When Hope Overcomes Fear
The road to recovery might seem like a long and dangerous path to a person addicted to drugs or alcohol. Even if the road is long and full of danger, the first step is the most important. Fear of the unknown and fear of discomfort has stopped many a journey before the first step was ever taken. Thankfully, when hope overcomes fear, an addicted person has the option to look into addiction rehabilitation centers

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Goodies For The Gift Box!!

Hey all, here are our final goodies to be added to the holiday gift box giveaway (unless I find something awesome in the next few days :) which ends Saturday, so be sure to get your entries in! We're adding several new items:

4-Tongue Twister Pencils
Holiday Tea Sample
Gerber Gear GDC Zip Light
Reindeer Radz
Colors of Africa Earrings

This box is getting quite full! So, for the last bonus entry, leave a comment on this post answering the question, "What is one of your family's holiday traditions?". We'll pick a winner on the 15th, and get this box shipped out right away so hopefully it arrives before Christmas!

Pre-Arrangements To Make With a Funeral Home

Everyone will eventually be laid to rest, and if you want to make all the arrangements ahead of time, you can make an appointment with a company like the Pace funeral home. There you will meet with one of their consultants and they will go over the options available and help you customize the way you want things to be when you are gone. Pre-planning will ease the burden for those that are left behind after your passing.

Burial Plots

The consultant will need to know the budget parameters you will need to work within so they can recommend the services that they can provide. If you choose to have a traditional in-ground burial, you will have to pick the burial plot and the coffin or casket. You might be looking for two burial plots if you have a loved one that you want to be interred alongside. Depending on where you wish to be buried, you may have plenty of sites available to choose from in the cemetery. 

Coffins and Caskets

Historically, coffins were six- or eight-sided and were shaped to resemble the body contained inside. The term “casket” has become linked to coffins and has become synonymous with them. Caskets are described as a four-sided box in a rectangular shape used to bury people in. They commonly have a split lid that can be used for viewing purposes if the deceased and their loved ones wish it. When a coffin is being transported from the funeral to the burial site, it is called a pall. Pallbearers are those that actually carry the coffin during transport. 

Some people are choosing cremation over embalming and a burial in the ground. It costs less and takes up much less space. When someone decides to be cremated, they can opt to have a traditional viewing and then be cremated. Coffins or caskets that a body is cremated in can be made of simple cardboard, wood, or other flammable materials, which the deceased or their loved ones choose. The professionals at a company like Pace funeral home will be able to answer all of your questions and help you make the arrangements you desire. 

Deciding If You Want To Buy Latisse

What is Latisse? Latisse is a kind of prescription that is prescribed to people with hypotrichosis, a condition which prevents that person from growing healthy eyelashes. Latisse helps people with hypotrichosis by helping them grow longer, thicker, darker, and fuller lashes. This prescription not only enhances the appearance of eyelashes, but it also can help protect a person’s eyes from harsh light, dust, etc. This assistance can mean a lot to a person who is afflicted with hypotrichosis, as it can help them feel more confident in their appearance and make their eyes feel more comfortable on a daily basis. If you are looking to buy Latisse, here are some of the facts on how this prescription works to help you make the decision.
How the Prescription Works

Latisse is a prescription which uses the active ingredient bimatoprost. This is an ingredient that works to increase the percentage of hairs in each hair follicle and the length of each hair follicle’s growth phase. Extending the duration of the hair follicle growth phase gives your lashes more time to grow, allowing them to get much longer than they would in a normal-time growth phase. Also, bimatoprost increases the percent of hairs in each hair follicle, which makes your eyelashes grow a lot thicker than they would normally. In addition to making your lashes grow longer and thicker, Latisse also deepens the color of your eyelashes, making them naturally appear darker and more visible. In these many different ways, Latisse works to enhance your natural lashes.

The Safety of Latisse

If you are looking to buy Latisse, you may also be concerned with the safety of this prescription. Latisse has undergone extensive tests and studies to confirm both its safety for patients and its effectiveness in helping those patients increase their eyelash growth. In the 32 clinical trials that have been performed with Latisse, this prescription has developed a proven track record for effectively enhancing appearance in the majority of patients tested. These patients not only maintained their healthy eyelash growth in the long-term, but they also did not have side effects to their health, making Latisse a safe and effective option for natural eyelash growth.

The Benefits Of A Drug Treatment Center

When it comes to addiction, it can be difficult to ask for help. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or even be afraid that others will judge you. Though it is difficult at times, seeking help may be the only way to recover from your addictions and lead a sober life. Addiction isn’t easily conquered. This is why people have created places like the Palm Beach Institute Drug Treatment Center. Places like this provide treatment, detoxification care, therapy, and more. Treatment centers provide support and care that you need while going through this hard but necessary journey towards sobriety. Here are a few benefits to using a treatment center.

Genuine Care and Concern
When you participate in a treatment facility, you will be surrounded by staff and other patients. The staff members that work at these types of centers are there because they genuinely want to help you. They wouldn’t work there if they felt you were not worth helping. The other patients can also provide you with genuine care and concern. These people have been through what you have been through. They are going through what you are currently going through. They can give you real advice, feedback, and support. These things are vital to your success in treatment.

Another benefit of treatment is that you get regular therapy. Therapy can help you deal with the inner demons. It can help you figure out why you began using drugs or alcohol in the first place. It can help you focus on changing your current thoughts and behaviors in order to be able to have a more successful future. You will likely participate in individual, group, and family therapy. They are all beneficial in their own ways but won’t do much good unless you are open and willing to work in therapy.

A benefit you experience from going to inpatient treatment is distance: distance from your temptations, trials, negative friends, everyday stresses, etc. It gives you a fresh start to your life. You will be able to work on sobriety without being bombarded with everything else in life. When you go to a place like the Palm Beach Institute Drug Treatment Center, you will find that you are able to think more clearly, and you will have a better chance to succeed.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lee Jeans Make Great Gifts! #HolidayGiftGuide

Is your holiday shopping done yet? I actually think I am completely finished gift shopping! I like to get started early, and generally keep an eye out for gift ideas all year long, but I don't know that I've ever been done this early. Needless to say, I am excited! One item that made it into my "cart" (make that a virtual shopping cart, since I did a lot of shopping online this year) while shopping is some new jeans for my brother. 

E loves jeans, and if it wasn't for his job, I believe he would be content to wear jeans the rest of his life-unfortunately he has to wear a suit at work, but when he's not at work-you're sure to find him sporting jeans! So, when I received the opportunity to review a pair of Lee Jeans, I knew this would be the perfect gift idea for anyone who has someone like E in their life. I was seriously stunned at the variety of jeans Lee has available; different cuts, colors, and styles make it possible to find the perfect fit for any guy. I chose the Men's Regular Fit Straight Leg Jeans for my review, in the Dark Stonewash color. When they arrived, the first thing I noticed was how soft the material is. I have seriously never felt jeans that are so soft and comfortable-feeling. I believe E will love his jeans! 

Lee Jeans also allowed me to choose an item for myself for review, and I received the Women's Basic Denim Jacket. I seriously live in denim skirts (much like E with the jeans), and love denim jackets as well. I have a few already, but as soon as I tried this jacket on-it immediately became my favorite! Again, the denim is sooo soft! I love denim, but I never knew that it could actually be so soft. The Basic Denim Jacket comes in a couple different colors; I received the Vintage Light which is a lighter colored denim. The fit is just perfect; loose enough to allow freedom of movement, but tailored enough for a stylish look. I love that I can pair this with my denim skirts for casual days, or wear it over a church outfit and it still looks great! The Lee Basic Denim Jacket is a must-have for any woman who wants to look and feel great!

Be sure to check out Lee Jeans for more great gift ideas; they have quite a few items on sale right now, and offer free shipping on all orders!

Holiday Fun with Snapverse! On-The-Go Movie Maker! #Giveaway

Okay, so I'm not a total app-addict (like some of my friends) but I do love learning about fun and useful apps. I literally just yesterday heard about an app called Snapverse that sounded like a lot of fun, and when I tried it out today-it really is! Snapverse is teaming up with me for a great giveaway, but first-let me tell you about this amazing app.

Snapverse runs on the premise that music makes everything better. I could not agree more. I love music...couldn't imagine life without it. And on occasion when I create slideshows or videos, I always add music-it just adds so much to an otherwise (possibly) boring video! Snapverse is a way to make videos and add music on the go from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It's FREE to download/install, and you will have a ton of fun with this program, I know. After installing, you can get started right away creating "Snaps". These are videos up to 20 seconds long, and after you've filmed whatever you'd like in your video-you can add music! Snapverse has a complete list of songs by artist or theme, and of course with the holidays upon us-what better use for Snapverse than some fun holiday videos?! 

I created a "Snap" featuring our family favorite holiday cookie recipe. It's a tradition in our family, for all the girls to get together and bake these fun cookies. Using holiday cookie cutters and adding some red and green icing puts everyone in the holiday spirit! Check out my snap:

Now, for the giveaway!! Snapverse is giving one of my readers a $50.00 Gift Card, and the winner will also be entered in the $500.00 VISA Gift Card grand prize contest! (You can find information about this contest at the Snapverse blog here). This is a tad more complicated than our traditional giveaways, but lots of fun-so keep reading! To enter, you must create your own "Snap" on Snapverse, with a holiday theme. Use one of the holiday songs available on Snapverse, and share a recipe, create a unique holiday greeting card, show us a winter landscape...the possibilities are endless with Snapverse! Share your Snap with your Facebook and/or Twitter friends using the hashtag #SnapGreeting, and also be sure to include a link to your snap in the comments below, so I can find it. Sounds like fun, right? So let's get started!!

One of my readers will receive a $50.00 Gift Card!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Books Make Great Gifts!!

In our family, books are some of the most popular gifts for everyone to give and receive. Each one of us loves reading, and everyone has a favorite genre or type of book. Lately, martial arts books have been at the top of our reading list, so when I discovered Ulysses Press, I was thrilled to see that they had a whole section on martial arts!

I received The Anatomy Of Martial Arts by Lily Chou, and The Secret Art of Pressure Point Fighting by Vince Morris for review. Both of these are top-notch books that have really helped with our martial arts training! 

The Pressure Point Fighting book has a couple chapters on where vital organs are located, what type of strikes to use, and how these will help stop or disarm an attacker. This is just the type of information we get during the Defensive Tactics training at TaeKwonDo, but it is helpful to have a book to reference at home. And, the rest of the book is devoted to drills and exercises to practice for pressure point fighting. As our instructor always tells us, if you can get one good technique to a vital point, you don't need to throw punches all day!

The Anatomy Of Martial Arts is a very unique book; I've never seen one that covers this topic. The authors (Lily Chou and Norman G Link) demonstrate various martial arts kicks, punches, throws, etc. and give detailed illustrations and descriptions of the muscles used in each of the moves. What I found most helpful though, is the exercises they demonstrate, to help develop and strengthen the muscles needed for the moves. This is super helpful, and I love incorporating the exercises into my daily routine.

Ulysses Press has books available on many different subjects, including health and fitness, healthy eating, and trivia, so be sure to check them out!

One of my readers will receive their own copy of Anatomy of Martial Arts and Guide To Pressure Point Fighting from Ulysses Press!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Printing Services from PrintKEG! #Giveaway

How many of my readers ever have need of printing services? While at first you may not think this is for you, I assure you-everybody can use printKEG.com! They offer low-cost services for items such as t-shirts, stickers, photo canvases, posters and postcards. Of course, they also print items for businesses, such as brochures/flyers, cd artwork, etc. I was impressed when I saw their low prices, and very excited when they offered a giveaway for my readers!!

I have to say, custom t-shirts are one of my favorite gifts to give people. I love being able to design a shirt to perfectly fit someone's personality or interests, and they always love receiving such a gift! I tried out the PrintKEG designer, and it is super easy to use. You can upload your own photos or designs, utilize the PrintKEG clip art, and add text. Shirts can be printed on front, back, or both, offering fully personalized options! These would be perfect for holiday gifts, or design a family shirt for all the get-togethers during the holiday season!

Designing a shirt is easy!

3 of my readers will receive a $50.00 credit to PrintKEG!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stay Warm In Style With Scala Hats!

I know fall is my favorite season, but I think fall and winter both are my favorite seasons when it comes to fashion. There are just so many options and accessories that I love! Boots and jackets are some of my favorite pieces to wear, and while I can pull off boots sometimes in the summer-jackets are pretty much put away for that season. Now I have a new favorite accessory for the colder seasons; a Cadet Silhouette Hat from Dorfman Pacific's Scala Collezione Collection!

I receive the Cadet Silhouette Hat in black from Lipton Publicity. This hat is made with boiled wool, which gives it a comfortable feel, unlike most wool products. That's not the only benefit though; boiled wool also provides a natural  barrier between the cold and your head, so it is both stylish and useful! This hat is available in many colors, but I chose the black because it will match just about any outfit-and believe me, this is a hat you will want to wear as often as possible! Yes, it is that comfortable, and that chic! (I love the military look, that still has a feminine touch as well).

M asked to wear the Cadet Silhouette Hat during one of our family photo shoots recently, and she was very disappointed when I reclaimed my hat afterwards. Needless to say, she often asks to borrow it, so you can be sure that women and girls alike will love this stylish hat!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a hat in exchange for this review. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company. All thoughts and opinions are mine.