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Cozy Finds for Winter

"I Am Grateful" Sweater

You will want to live in the "I Am Grateful" Sweater from Believe I Am all winter long. Aside from it being beautiful, it's the absolute softest sweatshirt ever made. Made of eco-friendly fleece, it hangs slightly off-the-shoulder has a front pocket sleeve. It's in a gorgeous bright lavender color delicately stenciled in white. Look carefully and you will find the word GRATEFUL within the rose stenciling. Runs small, be sure to order a size up. $49.99 at believeiam.com



Energizer TPS1DL050 LED Flameless Wax Candle; 3x6 Frosted Pillar in Taupe, Honey Vanilla Scent

If you love candles but worry about having an open flame around children and pets, try Energizer's Pillar Flamelesss Wax Candle with Realistic Flicker. The warm white LED light never needs replacing and a convenient timer turns the candle on at the same time each day to run for 4, 6 or 8 hours. Available in Pomegranate, Vanilla, Honey Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice and Driftwood. Uses 4 AA batteries. We found the 3x6" pillar on amazon for $21.99.




School of Wash makes a line of bath and body products for men, women and children in your choice of over 200 scents! Products include lotion bars, liquid body scrub, dusting powder, body butter and more. We tried the Liquid Body Scrub in Oatmeal, Milk and Honey. It is a delightful mix of nutty almond, creamy french vanilla and honey. Made with finely ground pumice, jojoba beads and natural luffa, it gently exfoliates and polishes. All products are made fresh to order and can even be personalized. A 4-oz. bottle retails for $10.50 at schoolofwash.com


Cuppa Chocolate Tea® Sampler Cube

For a sweet chocolate indulgence without the calories, try the Cuppa Chocolate Tea Sampler Cube from The Republic of Tea. Low or no-caffeine flavors include Red Velvet Chocolate, Coconut Cocoa, Banana Chocolate, Peppermint Chocolate and Strawberry Chocolate. A box of 24 individually-wrapped assorted tea bags retails for $12.50 at republicoftea.com.



A great snack to have on hand for weekend game days are these delicious Pistachio Nuts from Basket Box. Whether at home, tailgating or at a friend's, everyone will enjoy these roasted salted pistachios. Basket Box also carries cashews, pecans, chocolate macadmia nuts, almonds, walnuts and dried fruit. Gift packaging also available. The pistachio nuts retail for $9.36 at basketbox.com.



You won't be able to wait to take a bath with this Bath Brittle from Beau Bain that smells so delicious you'll be tempted to take a bite. Available in Dark Chocolate, Peppermint, Birthday Cake and our personal fav Oatmeal, Milk and Honey. Soothes and moisturizes skin while providing a relaxing fragrant bath experience. A one-lb.tin retails for $14.95 at rosiemade.com.




Many thanks to Believe I Am, Energizer, Basket Box, Rosie Made, The Republic of Tea, School of Wash for providing the products for this feature. 




Gifts



Dreaming of the Sea Necklace and Earrings Set


Starfish and Pearl Clip Earrings



Silver Starfish Necklace Set




Toes in the Sand Necklace



Label.m Oval Hair Brush



Guide to Gluten-Free Eating



Microwave Convection Oven Cookbook



Coobie Bra with Removeable Pads, Brown, Size Large

Kavu Visor


Coobie Bralette w/ Removeable Pads, Pink, 
One Size fits most



Knockout Lace Brief Panties, Lilac XL

Fizz & Bubble White Tea & Ginger Bath Fizzies + Ankle Socks


Boyds Bears Teaberry Resin Figurine




We are closed for the holidays. Prize winners will be announced when we reopen in 2013. Wishing all of our readers, PR friends and brands a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. xox

26 Acts of Kindness


Thanks to Ann Curry's inspirational idea, the true spirit of Christmas is being felt everywhere. The idea is to commit 26 random acts of kindness to pay tribute to each of the precious lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. It's amazing how your entire outlook on life improves when you spend your day thinking of what you can do to pay it forward through an act of kindness, big or small.

I heard about this on Facebook and immediately picked up the phone and called Helping Hands Mission to donate some of the larger items I was planning to sell in my moving sale. The driver called for directions. After a few minutes of our going back and forth and not understanding each other very well, he finally asked "Is your Mother home?". Normally, my Mom would be home as she lived with me for the last seven years, before passing away a few months ago. Still, the driver and I had a good laugh when he arrived and realized I was just a few years older than I sound {I'm 52!}. ☺

The following day driving through Starbucks, the guy at the window said "It's your lucky day! The lady who was just in bought a $10 gift card and told us to give it to the next customer". Tears filled my eyes as I told him about #26Acts. As corny as it sounds, I felt an instant connection to so many ~ Ann and all those participating in the movement, the woman who bought the card, the families in Newtown and the 26 precious souls now in Heaven. I remembered the question the driver asked me the day before, and looking up to the sky, couldn't help but think, "Yep, my Mother is home". 

Thank you, Ann Curry, for reminding us all of the reason for the season.Thank you also to the woman in the Fuquay Starbucks who left a $10 giftcard for the next customer, ♥ It was one of the best gifts I've ever received and made my Christmas! Praying for peace and comfort for the families in Newtown and for all those dealing with the loss of a loved one this holiday season. #26Acts Pass it on!
For those interested, here's a check sheet you can use:

Beautiful Finds for Guys and Gals



This beautiful Aurorae Synergy Yoga Mat is also a yoga towel! The bottom surface is Aurorae's 5mm PER yoga mat and the top surface is their ultra-absorbent plush microfiber towel. The pieces are bonded together to create a thick, cushiony slip-free yoga mat which is completely machine washable. Available in beautiful tranquil colors, it measures 72" and is odor free. Eco-friendly, it is free from latex, silicone, and phthalates. Aurorae's logo provides a focal point for concentration during balancing positions. $59.95 at AuroraeYoga.com




Can a cookbook be beautiful? When it's inpsired by the hit television show, Mad Men, we think so! Guys and Gals of all ages will enjoy this Cookbook with over 70 recipes from the kitchens, bars and restaurants seen on Mad Men. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook includes tips on planning a successful Mad Men cocktail party and gives a glimpse inside the legendary NYC bars and restaurants of the Mad Men era. Fans of the show will love it! List price is $16.95, we found it on Amazon for $11.53. 


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Colorado Aromatics handcrafts all-natural soaps using herbs grown on their Longmont farm. We are in love with the clean, fresh scent of their Lemon Sage soap ~ guys, you'll love it too! Made with shea butter, organic oils, lemon peel and ground sage and scented with pure essential oils of lemongrass, lemon and sage. Cut from a loaf, bars are wrapped in eco-friendly brown paper with ends exposed to reveal the natural beauty and scent of the soap. Pick up a few and keep one in a draw or linen closet to delicately scent fabrics, $5.25 at ColoradoAromatics.com





Who says a men's fragrance can't be beautiful? The bold new scent, Atmysphere, combines the beautiful notes of bergamot, cashmere musks, vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine and plus ~ just to name a few! A complex mix as exciting as the men who wear it. We hear the ladies love it so much they are wearing it too. A 3.3-oz. bottle with beautiful packaging retails for $65 at atmyspherescents.com.


Signature Selection Chocolate Truffles | Socola Chocolatier

Socola's Signature Selection Chocolate Truffles are oh-so-decadent. The box of 12 artistically beautiful chocolates includes 4 different truffle varieties. Our fav is Burnt Baby Burnt which is a sweet and salty combination of creamy burnt caramel and red Hawaiian sea salt. Crafted by hand in California, a box of 12 sweet indulgences retails for $24.95 at socolachocolatier.com



We think saving the planet from plastic bottles is a beautiful thing and this glass water bottle by bottlesUp scores high marks. Made from 75% recycled glass and food-grade silicone, its chic design and colorful rings make it a work of art. What's more because it's glass, there is no transfer of taste or odors. A wide mouth makes it easy to fill and clean. The company donates 5% of its pink bottle sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Additional brightly-colored rings and caps are available for purchase. The bottle holds 22 oz. and retails for $29.95 at bottlesupglass.com.







Many thanks to the folks at Aurorae Yoga, Atmysphere Scents, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Colorado Aromatics, bottlesUp and Socola Chocolatier for providing the products and images for this feature. 



 

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