Don’t Forget Santa’s Milk and Cookies This Christmas

Don't Forget Santa's Milk and Cookies This Christmas

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For as long as I can remember, leaving out milk and cookies for Santa has been the tradition my family has followed. Of course, we leave our Rudolph and his pals carrots as well because who would deliver Santa’s gifts from the North Pole without them?

I have to admit that baking homemade cookies just isn’t my thing. I have tried time and time again to bake them but they NEVER come out like the magazines. Burnt, too hard, undercooked, the wrong shape and about every other worst case scenario is the luck I have when it comes to baking cookies. Now they don’t have to. With Giorgio Cookie Company, I can order my picture perfect cookies ahead of time and avoid the hassle entirely. Santa doesn’t want burnt cookies after all.

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Hands On Toys Your Kids Will Love

Hands On Toys Your Kids Will Love

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Toys, toys and more toys, with four little ones under the age of seven I am always on the lookout for some great hands on toys that I know, will be a hit in our house.  All my children are very hands on learners and love items that will keep them busy. I’ve found a few awesome ideas that I’m sure your child will love too. I feel that alot of learning takes place when you can actually get your hands on it and do it yourselves. I know if that’s the case with me, it will be with my kids too. So hands on toys are so important in our home.

Hands on toys your kids will love! 

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Prevent Holiday Burnouts with This Coffee and Cookie Subscription

Match Made Coffee

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November is almost here which means the countdown until Christmas will be beginning soon, Endless hours will be spent in checkout lines, scouring sales ads, wrapping gifts and hiding them until the big day arrives. Don’t get burnt out with exhaustion when treating yourself is as simple as subscribing to Match Made Cookie, who delivers both coffee and a perfectly matched cookie right to your door. How perfect is that? Not much of a coffee drinker? That’s okay too! Gift this subscription to the coffee lover in your life for the perfect pick me up.

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Detoxify Pores with a Pain-Free Charcoal Mask

Detoxify Pores with a Pain-Free Charcoal Mask

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Lately, there has been an abundance of videos of people applying charcoal masks and then peeling them off; usually screaming from pain. I will admit that it is hilarious to watch and, to be honest, I purchased some of those Facebook Ad famous charcoal masks. Those masks will pull all the junk out of your pores but MAN do they hurt! I wanted an option to detoxify my pores but also not rip off multiple layers of peach fuzz hair and skin.

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Have a Sweet Day with Assorted Swedish Gummies

Have a Sweet Day with Assorted Swedish Gummies

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Snacks disappear quickly in my house. For some reason, it always seems that the gummies are the first to go and more often than not, it’s my big kid (the 30 year old spouse) that snatches them all up. I try to peak my toddler’s interest with name brand gummy snacks but she seems to want fruit roll ups instead. Obviously I want them to eat healthier but that’s not going to happen. Instead, I try to swap their favorites for natural alternatives that have no hard to pronounce chemicals.

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Include Yoga in Your Fitness Goals for the New Year

Include Yoga in Your Fitness Goals for the New Year

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November is here and soon we’ll be treating ourselves to food and snacks for Thanksgiving. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself enjoying Christmas Dinner and all of those lovely homemade candies and snacks. At the end of the year, we find ourselves bloated and maybe even a few pounds heavier. We all make goals for the New Year and then never follow through (or maybe that’s just me?). This year, I have been proactive and started my New Year’s Fitness Resolutions early with an easy to master work out: Yoga!

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Find Your Signature Fragrance

Find Your Signature Fragrance with A.N. Other

 

When I think about all the perfumes I’ve worn over the years, only a few stand out in my memory. Some because of their iconic bottles and others for their iconic scent. I still have my mom’s last perfume bottle. Each time I smell her signature fragrance, it’s like she’s right there with me again. For me, perfumes provide one of those unique sensory experiences that go beyond smell. It’s like hearing your favorite song and remembering exactly where you were the very first time it came on the radio.

A.N Other – perfume reimagined

Recently, I was introduced to an incredible fragrance company known as A.N Other. The brand has a unique concept for how their perfumes are produced. They believe luxury can be accomplished without the “name, mood, gender, designer labels, and inflated price tags.”

A.N. Other Signature Fragrance - WD18 perfumer

To accomplish this, A.N Other gives perfumers complete freedom to create their own signature fragrance. The company invests in eco-friendly, ethically sourced ingredients, which means no animal products, dyes, preservatives or toxins are used at any time during production. And because the perfumes are sold directly to the consumer, A.N. Other is able to keep the costs down, which means you aren’t paying ridiculous mark-ups.

Your signature fragrance

A.N Other was kind enough to offer me a chance to try out their scents. I had the hardest time choosing between Oriental, Floral, Fresh, and Woody, so I asked them to surprise me. They sent me a bottle of WD/18 (Woody) created by Patricia Bilodeau, along with a few samples of the other three fragrances.

Find Your Signature Fragrance - A.N. Other Woody 18

What I like most about Woody is that is a unisex scent. It can be worn by both men and women. Although I don’t know if I would want to share my simple, yet elegant bottle with anyone else.

Perfumer Patricia Bilodeau, the creator of Jo Malone Red Roses, drew inspiration for her WD/18 from a piece of driftwood floating between the East and Hudson Rivers in New York City. She wanted to recreate the experience of seeing the sun setting upon this weathered piece of wood. I would say she captured the moment perfectly. WD/18 is rich, but also light. Musky, but also fruity.

WD/18 is a complex fragrance filled with:

  • Top Notes – pear sparkle, cardamom spice and violet leaves
  • Heart – rich orris, cypress and amyris
  • Base – sandalwood, blonde cedar and vetiver Madagascar

A.N. Other Signature Fragrances -2018

I truly enjoy this new signature fragrance, whether on its own or layered with other A.N Other scents. As I mentioned above, the brand was also kind enough to send me their sample collection. This allowed me to try out all four of the 2018 fragrances.

FR/18 – Fresh by Carlos Vinals

  • Top Notes – melon pop rocks, grapefruit zest, and gin & tonic
  • Heart – juniper, Madagascar ginger, and aromatic lavender
  • Base – chilled amberwood and metallic musk

OR/18 – Oriental created by David Apel

  • Top Notes – blood orange, star anise, and lemon sugar
  • Heart – cannabis accord, myrrh, and night blooming jasmine
  • Base – vanilla crème, tonka, and driftwood

FL/18 – Floral created by Nathalie Benareau

  • Top Notes – cotton candy, elemi, and saffron
  • Heart – Brazilian mate, night blooming jasmine, and ambrette
  • Base – aged leather, cashmere musk, labdanum, and amberwood

I must admit, I want all four A.N Other perfumes to be my signature fragrance for this year and beyond. I’m trying to decide which one I want to add to my collection next. If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for someone on your list, even if that is yourself, I highly recommend A.N Other. Pick up a bottle or two or order their sample collection to see which one will become your signature fragrance. You can apply the $10 cost to a full-size bottle purchase.

What’s your signature fragrance? Are you a woody, floral, fresh or oriental?

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Products You Need In Your Kitchen

Products You Need In Your Kitchen

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As someone who is just starting their adventures in cooking, I’ve found some products you need in your kitchen. I’m not usually the cook in our family as my husband loves to cook, but recently I’ve decided that I want to be more involved. It’s not that I’m bad in the kitchen I just haven’t ever been much for cooking. I love to bake but cooking just really isn’t my thing.

Products You Need In Your Kitchen

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Ghoul Girls Rock With Vampirina

Ghoul Girls Rock With Vampirina

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Vampirina is back! 

Just in time for some Halloween fun, the new Vampirina Ghoul Girls Rock comes out on DVD November 6th.  Having four little ones I’m always looking for a great new show that my children will love to watch. With Disney Juniors Vampirina I’ve got nothing to worry about when it comes to quality tv time.

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Fight Cold Sores this Cold and Flu Season

Fight Cold Sores this Cold and Flu Season

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It’s finally Fall here in the South (North Carolina) and the temperatures are dropping. Once the temps fall below 70 degrees, you can almost guarantee that someone in my house will come down with some kind of illness. This time around, I was the lucky person. In one week, I had tested positive for strep and had a viral cold. I could handle the sore throat, loss of voice, and coughing but what I cannot handle are painful cold sores.

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