May 21, 2017

Great Gifts for the Grad from PAPYRUS


Graduation season is upon us. It is such an important milestone in every student’s life. The perfect gift will show just how proud you are of their achievements. You can find an AWESOME selection of products from PAPYRUS to make every graduation celebration more memorable. Celebrate the graduates in your life and express your well wishes for the future with PAPYRUS graduation cards and gifts


Graduation is a milestone that should be commemorated at all levels. Whether the graduate has completed preschool or graduate school, congratulations are definitely in order. PAPYRUS offers a carefully curated inventory of inspiring words and well-dressed cards for many of life's important moments, including graduations. You will even find the best in wrap, ribbon and bows so you can adorn your gift for the grad. Full gift wrapping services are available in stores and online. 


Stunning glitter and bold gold foil text create this graduation card that is perfect for celebrating a truly golden victory. I wish I had glitter vision so you can see all of the sparkles in person. It reads, "Dare to be as amazing as you truly are."


The inside is just as stunning with more gold foil that reads, "Let nothing hold you back. Congratulations." I love the sentiment and beauty of this card. It is the perfect way to inspire any graduate.


Of course it is PAPYRUS, so it comes with a matching gold foil envelope. The Dare To Be with Gold Glitter Card is one of my top picks for graduation gifting done with a bit of glitz and glamour. 


Celebrate her on one of the most important days of her life with this beautiful travel mug that will come in handy on the next adventure to come. It features soft pink hues and an inspirational message that shimmers with gold foil.


The sealable lid is perfect for the on-the-go grad. The shades of white, pale pink, and gold create a perfectly feminine mug. The gold foiled inscription reads, "Whatever she tackles, she conquers." 


Not just for the grad, the She Conquers Travel Mug is perfect for that girl boss or even your bestie. It is made of stoneware, so it is of the highest quality. I love it.


The grad can keep all their necessities organized in this beautiful zippered pouch. Pretty watercolor shades of blue are accented with a darling tassel and a heartfelt message that is sure to go everywhere with them.


The pouch is a generous size at 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 1/4 in. The inside is a lovely blue satin. There is a gold zipper and a matching sky colored tassel. The inscription reads, " No dreamer is ever too small. No dream is ever too big."


It can be wiped clean, but it feels quite soft and squishy. The No Dream Too Big Large Pouch is so lovely, you will want to keep it for yourself. You better pick up two.


Oh yea. Perhaps my favorite of all these gift suggestions from PAPYRUS, is the Do Epic Shit Nameplate. Yep. I said it. Really is there any other way to express this bold statement without using the "s word"?


This fabulous nameplate is sure to be a favorite. Inspire the grad to continue on their journey and do something epic. Like really epic. It measures 8 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 1 1/4 in. making it the perfect size for a desk or home office.


Connect :: Visit papyrusonline.com to discover their fabulous selection of cards, stationery, gifts, and more. Connect with Papyrus via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: Shop for graduation gifts, party supplies, and more at over 200 PAPYRUS locations in the US and Canada. You can also shop online.

May 12, 2017

Tea Lovers Unite


If you love tea like I do, you will love the variety and quality of Adagio Teas. They know tea. It is easy to see why they have become the most popular destination for tea online, and among the highest rated companies on BizRate and Epinions.


As you can see, I placed a big order online and it was delivered right to my door. You will find everything from gourmet teas to green tea to black tea to iced tea to innovative tea-ware to teacups and so much more! Your tea arrived in fresh sealed bags and you can choose from tea bags or loose leaf.


One of my favorite loose leaf teas that I ordered was the lemongrass ginger tea. This uplifting, aromatic tea contains a zesty lemongrass and ginger blend with soothing peppermint and licorice root. Try it with a spoonful of honey for that perfect therapeutic cup. Ginger helps clear your sinuses and calm your cold, peppermint helps to soothe your stomach, lemongrass and peppermint provide uplifting caffeine-free energy, while licorice root coats and calms your sore throat. Mmm ... so good.


I also love the spearmint teabags. A native of the Mediterranean, spearmint was revered by ancient Romans for its ability to 'stir up the mind.' It continues to be savored for its refreshingly clear aroma and soothing qualities. It is rounded, slightly smoother and more grounded taste than peppermint, with warming and cooling notes. I love this one after dinner to cleanse my palette and soothe my stomach.


Then there is is iced tea, my absolute favorite. I love Adagio's peppermint iced tea. Can you tell I love minty teas? Adagio's premium herbal tea comes in convenient cold-brew pouches. I just steep a pouch in hot water for five minutes and add ice. This variety contains premium peppermint leaves from Oregon, USA. It is so delicious and refreshing!


Something else I suggest trying is the white sugar crystals. An ideal tea sweetener, these crystals are sugar in its purest form. If you like your tea sweet, there's no better way to impart savory notes to your favorite cup. Adding a few sugar crystals will sweeten tea without distorting its flavor profile, pleasing both your sweet tooth and taste buds. It is so easy to just add a few to your hot or iced tea.


Connect :: Visit adagio.com to order fresh teas direct from the source. You can also find Adagio Teas on Facebook and Twitter.

May 7, 2017

The May Beauty Edit


May means it is that much closer to summer. School is almost out, Mother's Day is coming, and we will be spending more time outdoors. Flowers are blooming and everything is green and new. Speaking of new, here are some new beauty picks for you to try this month.


Let's start with shampure thermal dry conditioner from Aveda. It instantly conditions, detangles and softens hair in between washes, while a calming aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences naturally refreshes all hair types and textures. To use, shake well. Holding bottle 6-8 inches away, spray lightly onto dry hair, focusing on mid-lengths to ends. Follow with heat device of your choice for a more polished look. It smells so good and works perfectly with the next pick. 

Shampure dry shampoo revives hair with naturally derived powders that absorb excess oil and impurities. The non-aerosol powder mist absorbs excess oil between shampoos. To use, tip bottle upside down. Return upright. Turn cap to expose nozzle. Lightly squeeze bottle to puff powder at roots. (Squeeze bottle very lightly until you see how much comes out with each puff. Tip bottle as needed to increase powder flow.) Massage powder into your scalp and restyle as desired. It can take some getting used to, but once you have mastered it, you can extend a blow dry, revive hair after a workout, refresh hair while traveling, or transform hair before a night out.

Both of these Aveda products calm the senses with an aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.


Pixi Beauty sent me this trio of glycolic glow getters! Used together, they cleanse, tone, and exfoliate to get a beautiful glow. Start with the Glow Mud Cleanser. This deep pore cleansing mud gently exfoliates while purifying for radiant skin. It is enriched with 5% glycolic and soothing botanicals. It provides deep pore cleansing, leaving skin clean and glowing. I love how refreshed it makes my skin feel.


Next, you will want to tone your skin with the Glow Peel Pads. These advanced exfoliating treatment pads reveal a glowing, youthful-looking complexion. They contain 20% glycolic acid to reveal brighter, healthier, more radiant skin over time. Use them to help minimize pores, breakouts, and fine lines while promoting an even skintone. They are also enriched with vitamin E and aloe vera to nourish and soothe. To use, apply to the face, neck, décolleté, and tops of hands and leave on for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse with cool water to neutralize the peel. Don't forget to use SPF when using a product with glycolic acid.

Finally, you will exfoliate with the Overnight Glow Serum. This concentrated exfoliating gel helps to reveal a more even and radiant skintone overnight. It is formulated with 10% glycolic acid and arginine, and can helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time. It is also enriched with cucumber and aloe vera extracts to calm skin, as well as vitamins A, C & E to nourish. To use, massage 2 to 3 drops onto cleansed, toned skin before moisturizer. This trio from Pixi Beauty has made my skin look and feel radiant!


Need a lip liner that combines 24-hour, water-resistant wear and weightless color? Of course you do! Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner comes in 30 shades matched to Kat Von D’s iconic lipsticks. I haven't tried the lipsticks, but the everlasting lip liner is amazing. The comfortable, long wear, matte, high-pigment formula pushes the limits of performance. It truly delivers ultimate pigmentation, immediate dry down, and effortless definition. This liner is so comfortable, it feels like nothing. I received the shade Lolita, and I love it!


Next from Mally Beauty, comes the Ultimate Performance See The Light Concealer and the Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra. If you want to bake your makeup to give skin a lifted look while also concealing dark circles and spots, try this pre-baked, invisible finish concealer. The color correcting formula evens skin tone as the texture blends seamlessly to an invisible finish. Mally has formulated this creamy concealer to melt into your skin upon contact - leaving you with a baked makeup look! 


Mally's Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra's are the queen of multi-tasking and stay looking fierce from the minute you put them on until you decide to take them off! You have 45 seconds of playtime until your eye shadow is smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and crease-proof. The shades are creamy and pigmented. Use the handy stick to apply, then smudge it with your finger. Love these shadow sticks!


Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask is an ultra hydrating mask that envelops skin, resulting in deep moisture. It is formulated with bio-mimetic ingredients which help attract and bind moisture to skin. These help skin's ability to remove toxins and to remain naturally-healthy, by providing long-lasting, locked-in hydration. Just apply a quarter-size amount onto damp face, and gently massage for 60 seconds. Leave on for 3 minutes and rinse with warm water. I have been using it once a week to deliver extra moisture.

The Hydroxatone deep moisture sheet mask is formulated with humectants, some that are found naturally-occurring in skin. These attract water from the environment and bind it to skin, delivering reparative moisture, enhancing and restoring it's supple, radiant beauty. It also contains skin-loving botanicals to help maintain skin's natural beauty and to provide a more luminous complexion and lit-from-within radiance. I love a good sheet mask and these did not disappoint.


Looking for a floral fresh scent perfect for May? JLo JLuxe opens with top notes of bergamot, raspberry and pineapple and leading into a luxurious bouquet of violet, damask rose and ylang-ylang. It is a nice blend of warmth and florals. The scent is cozy and it stays with you for longer than just a few hours.

Mother's Day Gift Guide




Moms deserve the best. What are you going to get your mom to show her how much you care? I am here to help. From luxurious to lovely, these gifts will show her how much you appreciate her.


The Blanc de Blanc scented candle from Voluspa is the perfect size to place in a bedroom or bathroom. It is contained in a decorative tin adorned with a white surface with gold color detailing. The coconut wax is infused with chardonnay fragrance notes, releasing a fruity, vibrant and crisp aroma when illuminated. The scent is very aromatic and has the scent of citrus floral. This is a great gift idea for any fragrance fanatic mom!


Also available via Amara Living, give mom the gift of comfort and style with a stunning pair of women’s Scuffette slippers from UGG. Lined with genuine sheepskin for ultimate warmth, these slippers are perfect to slip on while lounging around the house. Look at that cozy lining in the photo below! My mom is always complaining about cold feet. She will love these UGG Scuffettes!


UGG Scuffette slippers are made with a silkee suede upper and an overlock stitch seam detail. They also feature a cork infused rubber outsole in a beautiful brown color. UGG slippers are a perfectly luxurious gift idea for mom.


Both the Maison Vacation Blanc de Blancs Candle and the UGG Espresso Scuffette Slippers are gifts that can be found at Amara Living. Offering luxurious gifts and homewares. check out all of their Mother's Day gift ideas for more inspiration.


MelodySusie has launched a new makeup mirror lamp. It was designed to provide the ideal lighting for makeup application. The makeup mirror is framed by an LED ring so you have a shadowless light source from every angle. Through extensive testing, they have selected lighting that is comparable to midday sunlight, often considered the best lighting environment for applying makeup accurately.


The primary use of the Narcissus is as a lighted makeup mirror. It's just the right size for up-close makeup application. It is so simple to operate. Just tap the buttons on the side of the lamp to adjust the settings. There is even a circular base that functions as a small organizer tray for your most commonly used cosmetics.


Not just a makeup mirror, just turn the mirror up and you have a touch-control table lamp with reading and nighttime settings. How cool is that? By tilting the mirror 90 degrees, it becomes a table lamp with two lighting settings. One is a bright, warm light for reading, while the other is a soothing, ambient glow for nighttime use. When you are ready to use the mirror again, simply tilt it back down and activate the LED.


Mom will love this next-generation makeup mirror with an LED light ring that mimics natural sunlight. She will also love the accessories tray, as well as the warm, ambient setting for use as a nightlight or reading lamp!


Wake up the way you wash with philosophy's shower gel collection. Philosophy shower gels are more than you would think. They are actually a multitasking shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. They come in luxurious scents like basil cucumber cooler and apricots and cream. They will leave mom feeling soft, smooth, and lusciously revitalized. If anyone deserves a little pampering, it's mom!


The motto at O-Venture is “Carry Only What You Need.” This motto speaks as an encouragement and a challenge to focus on the essentials of life, and to not get distracted by meaningless clutter. They wanted to make women’s lives easier one small detail at a time. Thus came the Big O Key Ring, one of Oprah's Favorite Things, and now mine too.


The lizard embossed Big O Key Ring is four inches in diameter and can fit over your wrist or above your elbow for maximum flexibility and a truly hands free experience. The signature clasp allows for quick removal at the valet and won't break your nails. Stain resistant leather ensures that your purchase stays O-mazing. Mom will love the convenience and quality. I carry my work keys on this and it is so easy to just slip on my wrist as I go about my day. It won't get lost either because of the big ring!


Free yourself from even more unnecessary baggage with the Big Ossential Plus card case. Made of top quality genuine leather, it measures 7 1/2 by 4 inches making it the perfect size to hold your ID, credit cards and cash with a little extra room for your phone (my iPhone 7 plus fits) or a lip gloss. The expandable sides allow for easy access, while the lined exterior pocket provides additional storage.


Now mom can take only what she needs and get rid of that extra baggage. Plus she will look fantastic carrying only what she needs. I love the shamrock lizard green and gold rush combo that I selected. It is gorgeous!


This hydrating and revitalizing exfoliating sugar scrub features 100% Pure Argan Oil and delicate sugar crystals. The delicate sugar granules gently remove dead skin and impurities to leave skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, and brighter. Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub contains a soothing combination of argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter blended together into a nourishing balm to rejuvenate dry skin. Mom can use it on her arms, legs, feet - anywhere she wants smooth and hydrated skin.


Give mom a gift that keeps on giving! Beauty Box 5 delivers a box filled with at least five cosmetic samples every month. Subscribers receive a mixture of luxury, recognizable, niche, and even vegan brands that cater to every skin type. Every box includes a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances, and beauty accessories.


Here is what I received in my April Beauty Box 5 subscription box. Be A Bombshell Blush in Cougar, Did Hair Gold Bobby Pins, BB% Highlight Fan Brush, Jean Pierre Vitamin-C Sheet Mask, and a Sweep Rose Gold Lash Curler! You can subscribe to Beauty Box 5 for $12 a month. Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription, so there are twelve boxes available per year.


Any busy mom would love a Coloring Book Gift Set. This set contains two Hello Angel Adult Coloring books (Relaxing Patterns and Big Blossoms), How to Color ideas, and Colored Pencils with Sharpener. It comes perfectly packaged together in a bright floral patterned gift box. Just bow and go!


The Hello Angel Coloring Books are filled with intricate and intriguing illustrations for mom to color and enjoy. Escape to a world of abstract art, motivating messages, and pretty patterns, all waiting to be filled with every color of the rainbow. Relax and unwind as you color these luxuriant images from breakthrough coloring artist Angel Van Dam, perfect for markers, gel pens, crayons, or colored pencils.


Be sure to also check out the Chalk-Style Simple Life Coloring Book by Deb Strain. Mom can eat fresh and color local with this appetizing coloring book. It offers a cornucopia of hand-drawn designs that celebrate the community spirit of farmers markets with all of the charming imperfections of original chalkboard art. From seasonal veggies and artisanal bread to organic milk and just-picked flowers, these folksy market stands are overflowing with natural delights.


Mom can relax and fill them with color to create her own rustic-chic masterpiece. Each exquisite white line illustration is presented on a black background, just like a real chalkboard. She'll be delighted by the way warm colors, bright colors, neons, and lighter pastel shades really pop from these designs. Guided Coloring Pages make coloring easy for beginners, with beautifully colored examples and ready-to-use color palettes. Each design is printed on one side only of archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper, and perforated pages detach easily for display!



Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post! 
  1. Maison Vacation Blanc de Blancs Candle ($18)
  2. UGG Espresso Scuffette Slippers ($94)
  3. MelodySusie Makeup Mirror Table Lamp ($40)
  4. Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($18)
  5. Embossed Leather Big O Key Ring ($55)
  6. Big Ossential Plus Card Case ($80)
  7. Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub ($38)
  8. Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box ($12)
  9. Hello Angel Coloring Book Gift Set ($25)
  10. Chalk-Style Simple Life Coloring Book ($10)


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