November 23, 2014

Kohl's Gifts Under $25 for Him or Her

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Kohl’s offers so many great ideas for holiday gifts for the whole family! From on-trend seasonal fashion to festive holiday home décor. I recently went to my local Kohl's to shop for gifts under $25. There were so many options to choose from! Here were some of my favorites.


There were some great choices for gifts for her under $25. I found some of the best items in the center aisles all over the store. From lip balm to socks to gloves to candles, there was something for every kind of girl.


I love eos lip balm, so this was an obvious choice for me! Pucker up, smooth on and smile! This eos Rachel Roy inspired lip balm gift set glides on your lips for a moist, soft and sensationally smooth finish. It is only $12! The yummy flavors include strawberry kiwi, pink grapefruit, and orange blossom.


Socks are always a safe choice because everyone needs them. Renew her sock drawer with these crew socks from SONOMA life + style which feature a mixed-up melange design. They are so soft and cuddly. The regular price is $14 for three pairs.


I had no idea that Kohl's offered Yankee Candles! I found these Yankee Candle simply home Car Vent Clips and thought they were so cute! Bring fresh smells like the beach to your car without the pesky sand with this Sandcastle car vent clip. They are only $5.99 each. What a great stocking stuffer idea!
Of course I checked out the beauty section and I found some wonderful ideas for under $25. I love this LORAC The Royal Eye Duo for $22, or the LORAC The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set for $25. I also stopped to try the be Delectable from Cake Beauty 5-pc. Body Lotion Gift Set for $18. These smell so delicious, you almost want to eat them!


I found several sections of the men's department dedicated to gifts for him under $25. They are so hard to buy for sometimes. For example, I loved the Wembly man cave and bar items. But I almost freaked when I saw the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation gift items! My husband and I love watching that movie over the holidays (maybe a few times). I knew I had to get something for the hubster from the fun selection!


These are so fun. I chose the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation boxers for my first pick. They come in this adorable lunchbox tin for only $20. My husband will truly channel his inner Clark Griswold with these men's "Christmas Vacation" boxers. I also could not resist the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Lounge Pants and Koozie. The original price on this one is $30, but I got them on sale for $18. Now we can sit back and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with our favorite beverage with this lounge pants and koozie set.


I got such a fantastic deal on this next gift. This IZOD Solid Sueded-Fleece Crew is originally $50, but I found it on sale for $19.99! Classically cool. With its sueded-fleece construction, this men's crewneck sweater from IZOD makes a stylish statement.


Finally, I found some great men's pajama sets on sale. I chose the Chaps Waffle-Weave Henley & Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants Set which is originally $50, but I found it for $24.99. Easy living. When it's time to wind down, this men's Chaps henley and plaid flannel lounge pants set makes the perfect choice.


Between the great selection and the fantastic sales, your holiday shopping can go very far when you shop at Kohl's. I have already seen some of the Black Friday preview prices and they are even better than what I paid! Check kohls.com or your local Kohl's for the sale prices in your area.

Kohl's is featured in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Connect :: Shop the Kohl's Holiday Gift Shop for gifts ideas for everyone on your list. You can also find Kohl's on Facebook and Twitter.


Give the Gift of a Star :: Review and Giveaway


Do you have someone on your gift list that has everything? I bet they don't have this. There are few gifts as unique and timeless as naming a star. Yes, you can literally name a star for someone on your gift list! Since 1979 International Star Registry has been naming stars for people all over the world. The star names and their coordinates are permanently recorded in the book Your Place in the Cosmos to be registered at the Copyright Office of the United States of America. To date 9 volumes of this book have been published containing over 2 million star names. How cool is that?!


It is much easier than you think! I worked with International Star Registry on naming a star for my husband and I. All I had to do was choose the name for the star, as well as a star date. They did the rest. In just a few days, I received my Custom Star Naming Kit with the all new Photographic Sky Chart. The Photographic Sky Chart is a collaborative effort between a team of German photographers and International Star Registry. The location of the named star is digitally indicated and circled. I have to say, this is one my favorite packages I have ever received.


Your gift recipient will be just as thrilled. The Photographic Sky Chart is beautiful! You can add this to your Custom Star Kit for only $14.95. It is a 12” X 16” customized sky map indicating the location of the star you named. You can also choose to have it framed, like I did. The pricing for the frame depends on which frame you choose. I love the black frame, which is what I received. Definitely a must have for any star owner, like myself. To have a star named after you is just so cool. I am a teacher, so of course I told my students, who just stared at me in disbelief. It is such a special gift because it seems like something that would be so unattainable, but it's not!


When you purchase a Star Naming Kit, you will receive:
  • A beautiful 16" X 12" full color parchment certificate personalized with the star name, date and coordinates.
  • A Personalized 16" X 12" sky chart containing the star name, star date, the constellation and the location circled in red where the star is in the sky.
  • A booklet on astronomy written by a professional astronomer with additional sky charts.
  • A letter of congratulations/memorial for the recipient.
Each star is unique and is only named once. Using the Hubble Guide Star Catalog database of stars, the International Star Registry selects a star in the constellation of choice.



When you buy a star for someone you love, you will receive a complete package to present as a gift to a loved one or to keep as a memorial for yourself. This custom package includes a beautiful 16" x 12" parchment certificate containing the name of your star, the dedication date, and the coordinates where you can find it in the sky. My husband was just blown away when I showed him his early Christmas present. Naming a star for someone is so special, and really makes the most unique gift.


International Star Registry is giving TWO of my lucky readers a chance to win a Custom Star Naming Kit with a Photographic Sky Chart! This is the perfect gift for someone you love, or you can choose to name your own star!


November 22, 2014

Custom Coozies for Your Next Event



What’s the best way to turn an ordinary get-together into an event that your guests will always remember? Giving out custom coozies and can coolers. It doesn't matter whether you’re holding a company outing, a family reunion, a graduation party or an informal reception for clients. Coozies are attractive, customized drink sleeves will liven up the look of your event and give guests a keepsake to remind them of the great time they had.


If you are looking for a great selection of coozies, with no minimum quantity, check out Express Imprint. They offer coozies that are durable, stylish and functional. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. I love the coozie in the center above for a wedding. How lovely! I went to a wedding last year that featured the bride and groom's name and wedding date! They can also be personalized with company logos, images or your own text so your guests will carry your message home with them.

It is easy to use Express Imprint to create the special design for your event. They come in 14 different colors that can be printed in many different ink colors on 1 side. You can match the coozies to your event's theme. It wasn’t that long ago that can coozies were only seen occasionally, at backyard barbeques or tailgating parties. Now, they’ve become a must-have item for just about any informal gathering: they look great and they’re the ideal way to send a brand, logo or message home with guests. What was once just a “cool idea” is now an important ingredient in just about every marketing campaign. People will use their personalized koozies regularly, and every time they do they’ll see a reminder of your company or event.

November 20, 2014

14 Ideas for the Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

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by Lesli at Foodie.com
I always look forward to that wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Who doesn't!? The turkey, the stuffing, the pies, oh my! Here are 14 ideas to create your own Perfect Thanksgiving Feast!

Perfect Turkey :: A perfect recipe for a moist, flavorful roast turkey. It always comes out incredibly juicy and succulent!

Perfect Turkey Gravy :: The Perfect Turkey needs Perfect Turkey Gravy! All you need is butter, flour, black pepper, chicken or turkey stock and/or drippings.

Best Ever Stuffing :: Costs no more to make it from scratch!

Very Best Mashed Potatoes :: My personal favorite side dish. Find out what makes these the very best!

Glazed Sweet Potatoes :: Glazed sweet potatoes are a big hit with my family.

Cheesy Baked Corn :: A simple, cheesy corn dish that is a breeze to make and a perfect side dish for your holiday party.

Green Bean Casserole :: A classic side dish, made from scratch.


Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce :: This twist on a Thanksgiving classic will kick your holiday up a notch!

Garlic Cheese Pull Apart Bread :: Perhaps substitute classic dinner rolls for this delicious-ness!

Classic Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping :: Think of it as a "choose your own adventure" type of pie.

Chocolate Pecan Pie :: Two of my favorite flavors in one pie!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies :: Mini pumpkin pie cookies are too cute!

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider Recipe :: Perfect for kids and adults.

Turkey Pilgrim Cookies :: These darling little gobblers are fun to make and will make all your Turkey Day guests smile.

From the turkey to the turkey cookies, I have you covered with these great recipes to make your Thanksgiving Feast unforgettable!

This Thanksgiving Feast post is brought to you by Foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

My Winter Morning Beauty Routine

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin. The opinions and text are all mine.



Winter mornings can be rough - literally. Not only am I NOT a morning person, I hate waking up and combating dry winter skin. After waking up, I brush my teeth and start my skincare routine. I like to use the microdelivery exfoliating wash from philosophy along with my clairsonic in the morning. The mild, exfoliating facial cleanser really helps with removing excess dry skin.


Then I get into the shower. Tip: If you didn't get 8 hours of sleep and it shows, try taking a cold shower. Cold water stimulates circulation and can make you feel more awake! Also, water can strip skin of natural oils that help keep it soft. Shorten your shower to help prevent dryness. While in the shower I use philosophy's fresh cream scent shower gel. I love how the rich, foaming lather cleanses and conditions my skin. After showering, I apply AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream while my skin is still wet (pat the skin dry, then apply). This helps to lock in moisture. This ultimate recovery therapy is especially helpful for healing severely dry areas like elbows and feet. Finally, I apply a light moisturizer with SPF to my face. Just because it is winter, don't forget your SPF! I finish up with smashbox photo finish hydrating primer. Now I am ready for makeup, hair, and wardrobe!



AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream is the ultimate recovery therapy that is especially helpful for healing severely dry areas in the winter. Thanks to clinically proven, patented, triple action ULTRAPLEX, this moisturizing formula with rich humectants and creamy emollients gently exfoliates and intensely hydrates for long-lasting moisture and serious relief. I love the rich and creamy texture. It makes my skin so silky! It is the perfect for solution for dry winter skin!



People everywhere are talking about AmLactin alpha-hydroxy skin care. And for good reason – it does what it's supposed to do. No overpromises or puffery. Their formulas with clinically proven alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliate and intensely hydrate dry skin to help it return to a healthy, natural state. For long-lasting moisture and serious relief. Get serious care for softer skin.​



Every week, AmLactin is hosting a giveaway on their Facebook page. See their Facebook page for more details.

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Connect :: Visit the AmLactin to discover more about serious care for softer skin. You can also connect with AmLactin via Facebook and Twitter.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin. The opinions and text are all mine.

November 19, 2014

Enter to Win $750 Cash!

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My blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you another fun giveaway! One lucky winner will win a $750 Cash prize (via PayPal) and it just might be you!

If you want a chance to be the lucky winner, here’s what you need to do - bookmark this page and come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media.

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November 17, 2014

JBL Charge 2 Portable Speakers Make the Perfect Gift for the Music Lover + Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Wireless, Bluetooth, Portable, Speakerphone, Battery Life, #GiftingAudio #CollectiveBias

My brother and I love music. In fact, my brother has introduced me to many of my now favorite artists. The perfect gift for him? Well, he is a music lover, and I know he love to use wireless technology. I instantly thought of the new portable speakers with Bluetooth technology that I have heard so many great things about. Luckily, JBL makes it easy to shop for the perfect portable speaker for the music lover on your gift list!

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While you are doing your online shopping for audio gifts, JBL makes it simple with an easy to use gift guide. Just choose from who you are shopping for or from your price range. I found some fantastic deals on JBL.com that were just too good to pass up. I love that they offer free ground shipping and free extended returns! Not to mention, they also offer online support. The JBL Charge 2 is currently only sold on JBL.com. You can feel confident when you are #GiftingAudio by shopping with JBL.

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Thanks to my relationship with #CollectiveBias, I found the perfect gift for my brother. I wanted to give him something very special that would show him how much I appreciate all of the playlists that he has made for me over the years. He has spectacular taste in music, so I am sure he will appreciate all of the awesome features of the JBL Charge 2 Speakers.

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The JBL Charge 2 is a portable stereo speaker offering best-in-class sound with dual drivers and twin passive radiators that deliver deep, accurate bass so powerful that you can actually see them trembling – even as their sound hits your ears. Oh yea. That is just perfect for my brother. I can't wait to give him this amazing gift of music! Check out some of the features!
  • Social Mode: Lets up to three people take turns playing their respective mobile phone, tablet, and laptop play-lists on the same portable speaker.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Features a rechargeable battery for convenient portability and extended playback time.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: Allows you to wirelessly stream music through any Bluetooth enabled device.
  • Built-in Speakerphone: The built-in microphone allows you to answer calls without skipping a beat.
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This portable wireless speaker cannot be gifted without the perfect playlist. This mix is a compilation of some of the best songs that my brother has put on my playlists throughout the years. I hope he likes this collection of 17 of my favorites.

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My brother is a graphic designer and he works from home much of the time. I am sure he will put the JBL Charge 2 in his office, so he can enjoy it while he works.

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Is the JBL Charge 2 Speaker perfect for a music lover on your gift list? Enter to win 1 of 15 Charge 2 Wireless Speakers OR 1 of 15 Flip 2 Wireless Speakers by using the entry form below! Happy Holidays!

November 16, 2014

WEN Fall Tuscan Pear Styling Creme and Nourishing Mousse :: Review


Chaz Dean, founder and creator of WEN Hair and Body Care has lunched his new seasonal hair and body care scent for fall. WEN Fall Tuscan Pear nourishes your hair with Honey and Four Tea complexes, along with extracts of pear and rhubarb. This seasonal scent is available in WEN Cleansing Conditioner, WEN Replenishing Treatment Mist, WEN Styling Crème, WEN Nourishing Mousse, and WEN Treatment Oil. I had the chance to try the WEN Styling Creme and WEN Nourishing Mousse.


This scent is just amazing. It is the perfect scent of pear with a hint of something else I can't put my finger on. Is it the honey? The tea? I am not sure. But, not only does it smell fantastic, these products also do amazing things for your hair. The WEN Fall Tuscan Pear Styling Creme combines the benefits of a heat protectant, frizz fighter and shine booster while providing lightweight, touchable hold to all hair types and textures. With Fall Tuscan Pear, the addition of amino acids, peptides, pear and rhubarb extracts make this a superb hair protector and frizz fighter, while our exclusive Four Tea Infusion helps restore strength and hydration to even the most trouble prone hair. I have been using 1-2 pumps on wet hair before styling for about a month now. I am super impressed with the lightweight formula. There is no sticky feeling at all. It is leaves hair soft and frizz free!


I also tried the WEN Fall Tuscan Pear Nourishing Mousse. It is designed to add volume, body and shine to all hair types. From short hair to long, WEN Nourishing Mousse will give you lightweight hold without the sticky residue of traditional styling products. It also helps restore strength and add moisture with our exclusive Honey complex and Four Tea infusion and may be used in combination with any other WEN styling product. I use this right after the WEN Fall Tuscan Pear Styling Creme. They are a perfect combination. The styling creme protects from heat and fights frizz. The nourishing mousse provides lightweight hold without a sticky residue. I usually wear my long hair wavy and it gives me the perfect amount of hold.


As you can see, the creme is nice and creamy and the mousse is nice and foamy. You get everything you want in styling products without the things that you don't. Chaz believes in a natural, healthy lifestyle, so it’s no wonder his approach to hairstyling, products and techniques are equally as healthy. WEN Hair and Body Care is made with natural ingredients. I would absolutely recommend trying WEN Hair Care if you haven't before. I love both of these products and I plan on continuing to use them.

Karin Herzog Oxygen Body :: Review


Karin Herzog is the worldwide leader in oxygen skin care. The brand helps women all over the world restore their own youthful glow and radiance through the transformative effects of active oxygen. I was invited to discover these unique qualities of the Karin Herzog skincare philosophy. I loved trying Oxygen Sun, and now I had the chance to try Oxygen Body.



How does it work? This dual action body moisturizer contains 1% active oxygen and mild fruit acids to effectively remove dull skin cells while dehydrating, softening and toning the skin.



Oxygen Body is enhanced with natural fruit oils. This body moisturizer is a mild antiseptic, helping to combat bacteria below the surface of the skin and reducing breakouts.



To use Karin Herzog’s Oxygen Body, apply a thin film to the body without massaging it into the skin and allow to penetrate fully or, if preferred, remove after five minutes with a tissue or in the shower. Apply daily, before or after a shower/ bath.  For best results, apply with a brush in order to avoid absorption of active ingredients through the fingertips.



Oxygen Body is a great option for the cold months because it leaves skin smooth and soft with long lasting hydration. I was very surprised to discover that due to the antiseptic properties of the oxygen, the product can be used as a hand sanitizer and as a spot treatment to prevent breakouts in areas of the body prone to impurities! Bonus!



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