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Uncommon Goods {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I remember my mom telling me when I was in high school that it was incredibly difficult to find gifts for me, which surprised me!  I’ve always looked forward to all holidays and special occasions and haven’t ever been disappointed in gifts that I had received.  Thinking more about it, though, I don’t think that it’s because I have incredibly high expectations for gifts or because there’s just one gift that I have to have — rather, I’m pretty practical when I purchase items and I’m not very sentimental.  I suppose that that combination had made it difficult to find something that I would appreciate or would even keep for very long.

I realize now that one of the reasons that I had never really thought about it before was because my mom has always been such a good gift-giver!   She does the most amazing job of putting together fun, small packages to send to my boys every holiday, and she’s the aunt/sister/cousin/visiting teacher who not only remembers your birthday but also has a card and thoughtful gift in your mailbox or on your doorstep just in time for your special day.  I, unfortunately, did not inherit that innate ability to show my love and appreciation through thoughtful gifts, so it has taken me a little longer to learn the ropes.

On Mother’s Day this year, I woke up to find the sweetest letters written to me by my husband and my two boys, and they did such a great job of showering me with their love that I knew I wanted to make Father’s Day just as special for my husband and father/father-in-law.  If you’re like me and need a little extra help in the gift-giving department, then I would highly recommend starting your search at Uncommon Goods!

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Uncommon Goods features a variety of items for gifting for all ages, all price ranges, and all reasons!  You can search through their large inventory by category, but my favorite search link is the “Occasions” tab that will open up a number of choices ranging from more common gift-giving ones (birthday, baby shower, anniversary) to ones that my mom thinks of ahead of time and I don’t think about until after the fact when it’s too late (graduation and housewarming).

And then, if you still need more help finding that perfect gift, each of the Occasions is split further into more specific categories!  Since Father’s Day is on my mind, I spent most of my time there — they split it further into Gifts for Dad, Gifts for Grandfather, and Gifts for New Dad.  Here are some of my favorites from their Father’s Day gift selection:

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World Scratch Map

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Guitar Pick Punch

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Working Man’s Hygiene Kit

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Dad Infinite Joy Personalized Art

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Travel Chef BBQ Set

Enter below to win a $50 Gift Certificate to use at Uncommon Goods for your next gift-giving occasion!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the  morning of June 7th and will be emailed within  24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a  new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Lumnique Personalized Scented Candles {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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“Charlie” is taking the CFA level III in two weeks.  For anyone out there familiar with this test, you know the loneliness that the wife can experience in never EVER seeing her husband for several months while he studies!  The study material comes in stack of books that measure well over a foot thick, and the passing rate is usually around 40% even among test-takers who study for 500+ hours.
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Lately, the best way I can support him in his study efforts are to just clear up all nights and weekends and let him study his heart out.  However, when I came across Lumnique, a customizable candle gift company, I thought this might be a perfect way to lift spirits, show my thoughtfulness, and encourage enlightenment!
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The deluxe box was delivered quickly and the clean, crisp, and dark black box is very impressive.  Very sturdy, and one that I will definitely be using again to store other things.  What a lovely gift to behold!  These candles come in high-quality heavy glass jars, with resealable lids–I love being able to seal up the yummy scent when it is not in use.
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Typically, ordinary candles are made in a scent paired with a specific color.  You know, red Christmas candles and smell like peppermint, green candles that smell like pine, etc.  Lumnique allows you to create any combination of intent, color, and scent to really create a one-of-a-kind gift!
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With “Charlie” in mind, I started with the intent: GOOD LUCK
Next I chose his favorite color: SKY BLUE
And then I picked a scent I knew he loved: CEDAR
Completely unique, right?  The candle comes with a descriptive card explaining how the candle was custom made, and what each of the choices represent.  As in, the Good Luck intention is meant to remind you that impossible situations can become attainable miracles.  The sky color can symbolize patience, intuition, intelligence, practicality, etc.  The cedar scent can awaken the senses with its invigorating capabilities.  The detailed certificate is a really nice touch, and it makes the gift definitely more personal and intentional.
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I was beaming as I handed over Charlie’s gift!  I’ve made sure to light it for him every night when he sits down to study 🙂 Soak in all those “good luck” aromas.
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Now if you’re debating between the regular and the deluxe box, choose the deluxe because the matches alone make it worth it!  They are top-notch, high quality, very long and thick matches that strike effortlessly and burst into a strong flame.  Charlie, the Eagle Scout, was very impressed and mentioned that they might be his favorite part.
There must be someone in your life who you’d love to give a customized candle to!  From anniversaries, apologies, romance, friendship, celebration and “just because”, there is guaranteed to be a perfect candle for you to create!

One lucky winner will receive a Deluxe customized candle set from Lumnique!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Lumnique, but all opinions are strictly my own

Butterfly Gap Part 2 {Review}

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Remember how Audi and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary at Butterfly Gap?  Well, I still have dreams about that place.  Probably more so now because it’s fall and I’m sure that the change of season is gorgeous in that part of the country!   Butterfly Gap is honestly this magical haven tucked away in the Smoky Mountains.  There are many things that make Butterfly Gap a unique, romantic destination.  But by far the scenic views have got to be at the top of the list.  Can you just imagine what the fall colors must look like there now?

The lookout was the perfect place to watch the sunset.

Audi and I waiting to watch the sunset.

 All of the rentals at Butterfly Gap are either hidden in the woods or at the edge of the lake:

 Our’s was in the woods with the most adorable screened in porch:

 

Another great view at Butterfly Gap?  The homemade ice cream that was in the freezer of rental when we checked in:

 

It was just as yummy as it looks!  However did they know that mint chocolate chip is my favorite???

We miss you Butterfly Gap!

This posting was sponsored by Butterfly Gap, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Flying Wish Paper from LBM Gifts {Review}

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I am smack dab in the middle of a lot of gift-buying for a lot of different occasions right now!  I have four friends who will be having babies within the next month, family members of all ages will be celebrating birthdays, a sweet couple we knew from our last duty station just bought a new home, and then, of course, Christmas is right around the corner!  I like to give thoughtful, unique gifts, but my favorite thing is being able to give thoughtful, unique gifts that I can buy online (in my pajamas…in the middle of the night…while I eat a second bowl of chocolate ice cream…) and ship directly to the receiver.  **I’m on the East coast and most of my family/close friends live on the West coast, and, unfortunately, I have yet to master the art of going to the post office.  🙁

Enter Lou, Babs, and Moogs Gifts!

They have amazing gifts for almost any occasion, and their prices are incredibly reasonable!

 Beautiful One of a Kind Personalized Baby Pillow

You Are Loved Latte Mug

 Beaded Multi Wrap Bracelet

LBM Gifts sent me one of their new products to try, and we loved our experience with Flying Wish Paper!

Flying Wish Paper

 “The Flying Wish Paper is a whimsical kit to make wishes come true.  It contains everything you need to engage in this delightful experience!  Everyone will love the irresistable chance to take part in this little piece of magic!  Think of a special wish – then write it, roll it, light it and watch it fly into the heavens!”

We used this paper with our little family one evening, and my boys loved watching the paper fly away after we lit it.  It was such a fun experience, and I could see this gift being the perfect fit for so many special occasions — baby showers, birthdays, New Years’ Eve, youth activities, the list goes on.

There are three different designs, and each of the kits come 15 sheets of Flying Wish Paper, 5 Wish Platforms, Matches, Pencil and easy to follow instructions.

Head on over to LBM Gifts and pick up a couple of these Flying Wish Paper kits — their versatility make them the perfect gift to have on hand for any occasion!

This posting was sponsored by LBM Gifts, but all opinions are strictly my own

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