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Holiday Gift Guide (5th Edition)

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

The clock is ticking, folks!!  Its crunch time, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, but haven’t found it, let me share with you my next five recommendations for some of my favorite products that would make EXCELLENT holiday gifts!

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FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER, your DAUGHTER, your BFF, or anyone who loves PERSONALIZED GIFTS:

#1 R2C Couture

untitledThese. necklaces. are. gorgeous.  You start with a floating charm locket that is beautiful even by itself, then customize it by filling it with your favorite signature charms!  There are dozens of darling charms to choose from, like anchors, birthday cake, butterflies, princess crowns, birthstone jewels, handbags, etc.  I can think of a dozen of my friends who I’d love to give one of these to!

Customize your own necklace HERE.

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FOR YOUR HUSBAND, BOYFRIEND, BROTHER, or BEAU:

#2 Real Mens Wallets

320wThese wallets from Real Mens Wallets are SO COOL, and pretty sexy if you ask me.  All of their skins are 100% genuine.  They hand pick skins directly from tanneries and oversee every step of the process in producing their wallets.  Nothing is “factory mass produced”, and each skin has undergone as little processing as possible.  Each is so unique and retains the natural character of the leather, “warts and all”.  Are these not incredible, and manly manly manly?!

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR your KIDS, TODDLERS, or GRANDCHILDREN who LOVE THINGS THAT GO:

#3 Shirts that Go

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Shirts That Go is a store of t-shirts for kids and toddlers with the most detailed and exciting prints of anything with wheels, wings, or sails!  They currently carry over 30 designs!  The owner and founder, Nick, created the company with his own little boys in mind as far as what they might like, but wasn’t available in stores.   More than a year later, my boy’s train shirt is his FAVORITE shirt!!
Also check out Nick’s site about intermittent fasting and calorie tracking: Calorie Pilot.
Read my full review HERE.
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FOR YOUR BABY, YOUR GRANDCHILD, or even the MOMMY TO BE:

#4 Bazzle Baby

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Bazzle Baby is a shop of cute baby necessities like their famous Banda Bibs, Big Bibs, Bitsy Bibs, burpers, socks, hats, leggings, etc.!  I’ve loved our Banda Bibs so much that gave some away as baby shower gifts for my best friend.  Everything is this shop is darling, useful, unique, and extremely affordable.  Every Bazzle Baby item we own has withheld the test of time and made me one of their biggest fans!

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR ANYONE who LOVES NATURAL SKINCARE and FRAGRANCES:

#5 Astrida Naturals

untitled copyAstrida Naturals is a store of indie skin care, body care, and fragrances, all made naturally using vegetable based oils, butters, essences, active botanical extracts, and other naturally derived ingredients.  Nothing is mass-produced.  Everything is made in small batches and crafted by hand.  My favorite products are their custom “made to order” options.  I’d love to try their Orange Mint lip balm and Carrot Seed & Geranium Toning Raspberry Leaf Moisturizer!

Read my full review HERE.
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Keep up the good work, shoppers!  Just a couple more gift guides to go, and then you’re on your own!  Take our advice!!

Astrida Naturals {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

My little sister is in college, and that is so weird!!  Over the last month, I have really loved reading her facebook status’ and hearing about all the familiar misadventures of the freshman dorms, auditions and performances, that gosh-awful Nutrition class taught by the same professor I had, and all of the excitement that comes from living on your own and making huge decisions.  I wanted to get her something useful that she could use every day with a little boost of positive and encouragement!  I came across a make-your-own-lotion product from Astrida Naturals, and I knew this would be perfect!

untitled copyI’m really a fan of natural products lately.  They seem to react really well with my skin without any inflammation or break-outs, while still being just as effective.  Astrida Naturals is a store of indie skin care, body care, and fragrances, all made naturally using vegetable based oils, butters, essences, active botanical extracts, and other naturally derived ingredients.  Nothing is mass-produced.  Everything is made in small batches and crafted by hand.  Look at how appealing these are!

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So as I mentioned, Astrida Naturals has two really cool products where you get to create your own custom face mask or custom body lotion.  You get to choose from all sorts of options like “lightweight” or “very emolient”, and then add a rejuvenating, moisturizing, or soothing boost.  There are five scents to choose from, and you can even make a custom label from the front!

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Here’s what I created for Sister-Lister:

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And here’s what she had to say about it:

Having lived in humidity my whole life, I’m used to constant moisture in the air to keep my skin from cracking and scaling. However, college adventures bring me to a dry desert where lotion is much-needed.  As a child I had the bad habit of chewing my nails. To this day I pay for what I did to my fingers with hang-nails and dried nail beds.  I am constantly applying lotion to keep my skin from drying out.

That’s where Astrida Naturals lotion comes into play.  This lotion is a wonderful blend of all natural ingredients that soothes skin and brings it to a new, fresh feel.  I was able to create my very own creation.  I love summer strawberries, fresh pineapples, and sweet lemonade.  My body lotion was customized with rejuvenating flower extract boost and lemon verbena scent.  Any time I apply the lotion the wonderful lemon aroma graces my senses with the smell of a sweet lemon bar.  I’m a definite fan.

In order for this wonderful smooth feel and scent, only a little squirt is needed.  This 8 fluid ounce bottle will surely last me all throughout my time in college.  I can’t wait to use it up! What a great product!

closeI really got a kick out of the label I created for her :)  Wishing you all the success you deserve in college, Janae!

One of you lucky ducks is going to get to create their own custom lotion!  Customized to your preferences in texture, results, and scent!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 21st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

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