Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Clothes & Shoes, Product Reviews


We all want to be warm in the winter months. But, let’s be honest, many hats, gloves, & socks fall short. Let Heat Holders be the difference maker for you & your recipients this year.

What sets them apart from your average store brand? No gizmos or gadgets. Heat Holders advanced insulating yarn traps warm air, made by your body, closer to your skin. This results in keeping you warmer for a longer amount of time.

BSGHH95_Ladies_Gloves_Purple_Large-X_Large_large For this review, we’ll take a look at a ladies’ hat & gloves. Please keep in mind that they offer products for men, women & children. These fabulous gloves (shown here in a stylish purple) look great and are absolutely functional. I’ve always had gloves that didn’t fit quite right & bunched while working or just wouldn’t stay put. With Thermal Gloves from Heat Holders, this is no longer an issue.

I love the Heat Holders Cuff, too. Extendable, it creates a longer ‘sleeve’ that fits snugly around the wrist. They are super comfortable. I didn’t want take them off! Another huge plus is the Heat Weaver Lining. The lining is so soft & plush.

Available in the same purple to match the gloves, Heat Holders’ Thermal Hat also has the Heat Weaver Insulation Liner. The hat has moisture wicking which is very helpful if you’re doing physical work outside this winter. It fits the head exceptionally well thanks to its stretchable material. You’ll have the same comfortable plush inside the hat as you do with the gloves. I appreciate that they have colors to match your hat & gloves.BSHHH95-Ladies-Purple-Hat_large

You’ll also notice on the packaging that there’s a TOG Rating. This was new to me & may be to you as well. TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade. Basically, it’s the measure of textile thermal ability. In other words, the higher the rating, the better the product is at keeping you toasty. The hat is rated a 3.4 & the gloves a 2.3

Slippers, socks, plus the aforementioned items are all available via the website. There is a nice video on how they work as well. These are great for Secret Santa gifts for the office, Hanukah presents, & especially for those who have ‘everything’. Competitively priced, you’ll complete your gift list in no time.

There is something for everyone. Meteorologists are already calling for the same arctic chills we had all over the US last winter. Give Heat Holders for the Holidays. Your recipients will give you some very warm ‘thank yous’. Don’t forget to order some for yourself & your household especially if your Holiday travel plans include some frosty destinations!

I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. (Pics belong to Heat Holders only.)

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Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Clothes & Shoes, Jewelry, Product Reviews

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Presents Our World Boutique

old 002 If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the fashion-savvy ladies on your gift list this year, then you have to visit Our World Boutique! Their buyers know their fashion & they know what women want- fun fashion at great prices.

Located in Utah, Our World Boutique has clothing, jewelry, & accessories galore. For this review, we’ll be showcasing two products that I love: a chevron maxi skirt & a bold, statement necklace.

old 004 Let’s start with the skirt. Trendy & versatile, every woman needs at least one maxi skirt in her wardrobe. With vibrant blue & white stripers & super comfortable fabric, this is a winner all around. Being a polyester, spandex blend, it’s stretchy which just adds to the comfort. Casual enough for a weekend, it can easily be dressed up with a flowing blouse for a night out.

Draw more attention & compliments by adding this 7 flower statement necklace. Accentuated by twinkling centers, it most definitely makes a statement! Choose white, orange (pictured), turquoise, green or yellow. Better yet, get them all & have one for every outfit. These would also be awesome stocking stuffers! Complete with a 21-1/2 inch change, these eye-catching flowers are sizable, but yet, very comfortable to wear.old 003

All you’d need would be a top to go with the skirt & necklace and you’d have the ideal gift for any Fashionista! Best of all, it will appear that you’ve spent a fortune! Our World has items from a low $3.99 to a maximum of $39.99. That beats department store prices hands down.

Inventories for the Boutique is constantly changing so don’t wait. But, on the bright side, you’ll find new items all the time. Their goal is to provide the best possible shopping experience for you. All their items are trendy & after one look, you’ll want it all. Trust me.

Currently, Code: Sparkle1014 will land you a whopping 30% savings on jewelry. Signing up for their newsletter will also net you a 15% off code. Don’t forget to click on the ‘Daily Deal’ to score great items for a steal. Still can’t decide? Opt for a Gift Card. Denominations range from $10 to $100.

I’d be remiss to not mention their fantastic customer service. Not only do they have blazing fast shipping, but their team truly cares. Visit their ‘Team’ page to meet the All Stars that make Our World Boutique truly special.

Make this Holiday Season the most fashionable one ever by purchasing your gifts through Our World Boutique.

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I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.


Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Clothes & Shoes, Product Reviews

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Presents Litographs

persuasion-tee-featured_large  When I first came across Litographs, I have to say, my first thought was that this was one of the coolest concepts I’ve seen in a long time! It’s genius, really. Combining two things I adore, clothing & books, requires two, big thumbs up!

Honestly, how neat is it that they can take our favorite reads & turn it into wearable art? Promote literacy while wearing what is sure to become a conversation piece!hgg 002

Book addicts like me can choose from 100 different books. Simply choose your text & have it printed on a t-shirt, poster, or tote bag. The shirt we received has a print from Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’. As you can see, the words are arranged in the shape of a woman standing on a pier as a ship sails away. This simply amazes me!

Shoppers can pick a very colorful tee such as the one made from Edith Wharton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ or a more subtle color scheme such as Homer’s ‘Odyssey’. Each literary selection is artfully incorporated into a design pertaining to the work.

These tees are super soft, Vapor Brand, &100% spun polyester. The average shirt is comprised of easy-to-read print of up to 40,000 words! Wow! Each is hand-pressed & made here in the US, in Cambridge, MA. They are custom-made. Sizing from S to 3XL are offered in Unisex, Women’s & Men’s.hgg 003

Posters are a beautiful way to pay homage to your favorite literature. Have a print made from a score of selections, pick your color, & pick your size. Every poster is made from long-lasting material & is water & tear resistant. What a fabulous way to spruce up an office or dorm room.

Show off 20,000 words with each Litographs’ tote bag. Carry all your reading selections with this water-resistant tote that includes a 5 inch inner pocket. This would be a fabulous gift for your child’s teacher or school librarian.

Litographs is a company that believes in giving back. Through its collaboration with the IBB (International Book Book), for every product sold, a book is given to a local community. This fact is even printed on the inside label of the t-shirts.hgg 004

Currently, if you enter your email in the sign-up form at the bottom of their website, Litographs will give you $5 every new release. Domestic shipping orders that total $48 or more receive free shipping. If you aren’t sure about a recipient’s favorite book or author, go with a gift certificate. This also helps when you’d have to guess a person’s size.hgg 001

From the ladies at your book club to the person who has it all, Litographs will be a huge Holiday hit!

Visit to view videos about their products & see all the books & designs available.

I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Book Reviews

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Presents: Penguin Christmas Classics

hgg 014                Create new memories for your family by introducing them to classic reads this season. Penguin Christmas Classics provide quality literature with gorgeous, seasonal covers. The following are currently available:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickenshgg 017

First published on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic: Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in days. Its reception was so ecstatic that it is credited with helping to revive interest among the Victorians in Christmas traditions, including caroling and holiday cards, as well as inciting an unexpected wave of charitable giving from Britain’s Industrial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet against exploitative capitalism before taking its current form, it has inspired dozens of theatrical and movie adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are forever inscribed in our hearts and minds.


By Anthony Trollopehgg 018

Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England—and inspired occasionally by missives in the “lost letter” box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran—these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window into a time when carolers filled the streets and each house’s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar.

hgg 019A MERRY CHRISTMAS: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the timeless “What Love Can Do,” wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Nikolai Gogolhgg 015

Translator: Anna Summers

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, which has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakula’s efforts. Zany and mischievous, and drawing inspiration from the folk tales of Gogol’s far-flung village in Ukraine, The Night before Christmas is the basis for many movie and opera adaptations, and is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia.


By E. T. A. Hoffmann

Translator: Joachim Neugroschel

Written in 1816 by one of the leaders of German Romanticism for his children, nephews, and nieces, The Nutcracker captures better than any other story a child’s wonder at Christmas. The gift of a handsomely decorated nutcracker from a mysterious uncle sets the stage for a Christmas Eve like no other for the little girl Marie. That night, Marie’s extraordinary present comes to life, defends her from the taunting Mouse King, and whisks her off to the Kingdom of Dolls. The inspiration for the classic ballet, E. T. A. Hoffmann’s irresistible tale of magic and childhood adventure continues to captivate readers of all ages. Today, many of the most enchanting symbols of Christmas, from nutcrackers to sugar plums to mistletoe, are still imbued with the power of this story.

As you can see, these are the best & brightest in classic literature. Perhaps your family has seen Hollywood or local productions of these done throughout the years. What better way to solidify these memories than by sharing the stories together. Reviewing such fabulous work is easy because they are so well known & so well loved. Each story is timeless & beautiful.

These books would be fantastic stocking stuffers. Also, consider gifting them to your child’s Language Arts teacher for his or her reading corner. Homeschool families may want to purchase them for their own reading areas too.

Penguin is a division of Random House- a trusted & beloved publisher. You can find them at the following:

I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. The synopsis was provided by the publisher.

Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Beauty, Product Reviews


Are you looking for a gift for a woman who has everything? Is your wife or girlfriend a challenge to buy for each year? Save on Scents has the perfect product for you.hgg 001

You simply have to see the Accord Kit – Perfumers Lab: Complete Master Kit. It is so incredible & unique! Honestly, I had no idea anything like this was available. You can literally make your own, signature scent, right in your own home. Create a scent unique to you, made by you & for you. It really is amazing.

Each lab contains:hgg 003

Their most popular notes, scents, tones (Citrus Accord, Leather Accord, Oriental Accord, Green, White Floral, Aquatic etc.)

144 x 1 dram fragrance blending notes in a sturdy wooden rack

10 x BONUS basic essential oils

4 x example pre-blended target compositions for you to try and match

Pyramid Accord reference sheets & Note Definitions

Download Pyramids Here – Download Instructions Here

10 x 1 dram glass mixing vials with glass dropper tops

10 x 1 dram pocket sized glass atomizers for perfumeshgg 007

10 x 1 dram roll-ons for body oils

8 oz. (2 x 4 oz. bottles) DPG for body oils

8 oz. (2 x 4 oz. bottles) Perfumers Alcohol 40B for perfumes

100 x scent strips to test your creations

20 x disposable pipette droppers

2 x glass eye droppers for DPG & Alcohol bases


Formula cards for recording your blends and/or sending in for bulk formulation along with one FREE card to send back to receive your FREE 1/2 oz. roll-on or 1 oz. atomizer of your favorite self-made creation!hgg 022

You can honestly call it the gift that keeps on giving. Change your scent for the seasons or occasions. When people ask what you’re wearing, you can tell them that you’re doing you! Mixing is simple. Every kit comes with full instructions so you don’t need to fret about messing anything up.

Not only is this the ideal gift for the hard to buy for recipient, but it is downright fun! There’s no need for cumbersome beakers or a PhD. All you really need is some creativity & a clear workspace. Invite a few girlfriends over & treat everyone to a new scent. Maybe you want to be extra creative & create scents for all the women in your life. What a treat for them! Blend a scent based on their likes & what you already know about them.hgg 013

hgg 020   There are just too many fragrance options to list, but to name a few, there are nutmeg, cilantro, thyme, & buttered popcorn! The lab is simply ingenious. Even my husband & sons were completely blown away with how cool it is. My husband wanted to try it immediately.

Although this would be a great present for under the tree, it would also be awesome for a bridal shower, Valentine’s Day gift, or several gifts. Save on Scents even suggests utilizing it for a fundraising idea. That’s neat. Craft a number of small vials of different scents to use to raise money for schools & organizations. I love it.hgg 021

Save on Scents offers products in over 2000 fragrances including oils & other supplies. As a wholesale supplier, they also offer other DIY kits & even incense.

Orders are processed in 1 to 2 business days. They take extraordinary care in packing. When my lab arrived, it was delicately packaged. They are pros! Customer service is definitely a priority & they are willing to help at every turn. Over 800 products qualify for free shipping.

You simply must visit them!

I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Food, Product Reviews


hgg 008What is YOUR coffee doing to make the world a better place? Let’s be honest. When you buy coffee at your local store, the money benefits someone wearing a suit, living in a nice house, eating regular meals.

With so many of us starting our day with coffee, wouldn’t it be a better day to know that each cup was making someone’s life better? Rest assured there are companies who are willing to do that. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Blue Jazz Java! Blue Jazz is putting the needs of others above their bottom line.

By offering a product that consumers want (or need), combined with a greater good, Blue Jazz has set the bar a little higher. For this review, we’ll take a look at three specific coffees that they offer. Each is unique in its own way. Delivered in festive, silver bags, these whole bean coffees are sure to become the best part of your day.

Using only Arabica coffee beans, you’ll be singing the praises of Blue Jazz. First up, take a look at some flavored seasonal coffees. Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Flavored Coffee will send you on a nostalgic trip to Christmas morning with Grandma. Although we always aim to grind our own coffee, Blue gives you the choice between whole bean and ground. Serve this at your holiday brunch & you’ll definitely be crowned #1 Holiday Hostess.

hgg 002Keep the flavor profiles going with Pumpkin Harvest. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. What could go better with your pumpkin pie? The aroma it provides while brewing is exceptional. There’s no need to stop for a latte with this in your coffee pot. Flavored coffees are from Central America. The beans are flavor coated.

If you’re a traditional coffee connoisseur, opt for the ‘Our House Band’ Blend. Providing the rich coffee flavor that coffee addicts crave, you’ll keep this tune on repeat. This blend will keep you mellow & focused while those presents get wrapped or you’re shopping around town. Fill up your travel mug & avoid those crowded coffee shops that get you waylaid when your to-do list is full.hgg 009



This season is also the time when local schools & organizations do their fundraising. Instead of chocolate & wrapping paper, why not peddle coffee? Stand out from the crowd this year. Working on a very thin margin, kids can sell Blue Jazz  and double their money.  This program has been used to fund church youth trips, Young Life (coming in November), missions trips, etc. etc.  This program is available nationally.

Best of all, 20% of any order total on our website that comes through with the promo code TMP goes to Trash Mountain. The Trash Mountain Project goes into trash dump communities and essentially helps build a small town there with a church, school, aquaponics to feed them, and more.  Its Christ centered, and God’s hands are all over what they do. Two people from my Church, Jon & Elaine DeMeo, are heavily-involved in this phenomenal work. This is a perfect way to give back, enrich lives, & put God first.

Blue Jazz  Java is a remarkable company that knows what is really important in life. I can’t encourage you enough to give them your time & your business. Purchase some for your Church office, clergy, teachers, you name it & let them know that along with a great cup of coffee, they’ve also made a huge difference! What better gift could you give them?

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I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.










Posted in 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Jewelry, Product Reviews

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Presents: Kennebug Boutique

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After we pass the age of attending elementary school, we all tackle the same holiday issue: what do I get for my mom? Any proud momma loves things that proudly proclaim her children & her love for them. Kennebug Boutique understands this love.
A wonderful Michigan-based business, Kennebug has been providing gorgeous personalized jewelry & gifts since 2002. One example of their beautiful products is this necklace, personalized for me by Kennebug. I adore it! All three of my boys’ names & birthstones are brilliantly displayed on this hand stamped piece.
P1015434_239x180The ‘Greatest Love Personalized Hand Stamped Mothers Grandmas Necklace’ is available for $45.99. Swarovski crystals are used to represent each name. Each includes sterling silver ball chain necklace & is a 1” sterling silver disc. Chain length can be chosen from 16 to 20 inches based on mom’s preference. Then you can choose your names, birthstones, & even the word to go in between the brackets. On mine, we have a ‘T’ for our last name. I’m so pleased that our necklace is even featured on Kennebug’s page!
As a mom, this is one of the most beautiful gifts that I could receive. Plus, the kids felt great to see their names on jewelry for me. These gifts are ones you treasure as your kids grow up. With one grown & one graduating this year, I will especially cherish this piece.
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Kennebug Boutique has pieces for everyone you can imagine. Pet parents, rejoice! Kennebug has jewelry to celebrate your kiddos too. I think that’s so sweet. Do you have a Pandora fan on your gift list? Kennebug has sensational Pandora & Camila charms in array of styles & designs. Did your family adopt this year? Celebrate your first holiday together by commemorating it with adoption themed jewelry. Specific Christmas gifts & religious observations like baptisms are also available. They have literally something for every occasion!
Not only am I impressed with their products, but I am thrilled with their service.

Kennebug takes exceptional care when packaging & shipping. In an incredible act of generosity, they’ve offered an exclusive coupon code for my readers! Use coupon code DEVOTED to get 20% off!!
Be sure to visit to see these incredible products.


I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. The pic in the middle belongs to Kennebug.