Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year Necessities

January's the perfect time to relax, refresh, and renew. We rounded up a few items to help you do just that and included some "must-haves" and even a few items to keep you safe and organized. We invite you to browse the websites below and then enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet.

I practically live in yoga pants. Gaiam's new Organic Cotton Bootcut Pants are perfect for everything from working out to shopping, running errands and lounging around the house. Features include a relaxed leg and smooth front for a slimming, leg lengthening look. Made in the USA from 94% organic cotton and 6% spandex. Soft and comfy you'll want to live in them too. $64 at

Tote your tablet in style while keeping it protected in the Tabee Purse Organizer by Pouchee. A padded interior pocket with snap closure accommodates a kindle, iPad or tablet. Also includes a large interior with three slip pockets for phone, keys, lipgloss, exterior slip pocket and zippered compartment. Lots of fun, fashionable designs to choose from, the Wild Rings pictured here has a cherry red interior. Measures 13.5x12x5". $44 at

This set of three Banana Leaf Baskets in from Honey Can Do. First of all, how cute is that name?! Keep your office, a play room or craft room, neat and organized with these chic and sturdy baskets that look great on a shelf. Great for a dorm or apartment too. The set of 3 retails for $39.99 at

Turquoise Solid Colored Pashmina from is a fashion must have at this time of year. Can be worn as a scarf or shawl. Available in a spectrum of bright and beautiful colors to suit every mood. 68"L x 29"W, $12.95 at

Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask is a luxurious cream mask made of Purified Bee Venom, Royal Jelly, Honey, Rosehip and Blackcurrant Oils. I was a little squeamish about trying it when I heard bee venom, but then I remembered what Royal Jelly did for my energy level when I first tried it, and felt better about trying the mask. Glad I did. Skin is left spa-facial-soft and super hydrated.It quickly absorbs into skin and any remaining product can be easily wiped off after 15-30 minutes. It can also be left on overnight for an added moisture boost during dry winter months. A 1.69 oz. jar retails for $84.50 at

Take some of that Christmas cash and treat yourself to a new bra. The Custom Genie Bra can be worn as a conventional bra, halter, crisscross front or back, racerback, one shoulder. Free of underwires and back hooks. Constructed with Genie Bra's Everlast comfort stretch fabric, it conforms to your shape. Available in Black, White or Nude for sizes Sm - 3X. $14.95 at

Light a candle for good luck in the New Yearl. This turquoise candle by Sage is highly fragrant and poured in a turquoise glass container accented with Sage's logo in matte gold, and comes with a luxuriously embossed keepsake box. A unique combination of blue chamomile, cassis, grapefruit, flowery musk and sandalwood to enliven the senses. The 8-oz. candle has a 60-hour burn time and is GMO-, paraben, sulphate, phathalates-free. $56 at

Just what the doctor ordered after the busy holidays. Apply Relax Body Lotion by erbaviva after a hot bath and right before bedtime to smooth away the stresses of the day. Made with organic almond oil and a blend of lavender, rose and neroli essential oils to help calm, restore and relax. It has a lovely light scent, is non-greasy and hydrating. A 6-fl. oz. pump bottle retails for $18 at

Start the year off with a grateful heart with Compendium's A Year of Gratitude Kit. Designed to inspire 52 weeks of giving thanks, it includes 52 blank thank you cards and envelopes, and a beautiful journal and a keepsake box. It suggests sending a handwritten card to a different person in your life each week. The more we give thanks, the more we'll have to be thankful for. $29.95 at

Stay safe in the snow and ice with Yaktrax Walk. A lightweight and easy to use ice traction device that slips over shoes. Reduces the risk of falling on ice. Available in Black, Clear or Glow for $20 at

From Capistrano Soap Company's Acequia line, their Natural Castile Hand Soap in Fresco is a definite necessity. The handcrafted soap is made with an olive oil base and all natural ingredients to help soften dry, chapped hands. The sweet scent of almonds is combined with bergamot and freshly ground ginger ~ delightful! A 8.45 fl. oz. pump bottle is $16 at

For those who prefer bar soap, Whole Foods 85% Organic Triple French Milled Soap in Lemon Verbena is like a breath of sunshine in the morning. A light fresh scent with a great lather. $6.99 at all Whole Foods stores.

If you have a sliding glass door and want extra security, this handy safety bar from Master Lock fits right on the track and prevents the sliding door from opening. Also can be used with hinged doors when placed under the doorknob. Made of 20 gauge steel construction with a padded foot for a sure grip without scratching. SRP: $25.70. A store locator can be found at

And for the guys, Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Styler 3-in-1 Body Groomer with Beard Trimmer has thin, fine blades for a close comfortable shave. The power trimmer is water tight and three exchangeable combs adapt to contours. Trim, Shave, or Edge in or out of the shower. Suggested retail is $19.99. Available at mass drug, grocery, and retails stores.

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    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 


    1. This is a great prize package. Thanks for the chance

    2. I would love the candle.

    3. This is so awesome! Such cool prizes! Thank you for the opportunity! xo

    4. ♥.•:*¨♥.•:*¨So many ☆GREAT☆ items PLUS something for my •♥•MAN•♥• just ⊰✿PERFECT✿⊱

    5. I LIKED the following on Facebook: Gaiam, Pouchee, Honey Can Do, Manuka Doctor (page wouldn't load- try 'em later), Genie Bra, The Sage Lifestyle, erbaviva, Compendium, Yaktrax, Capistrano Soap Company, Whole Foods, 800Razors, & Gillette

    6. email sent thanks for the chance

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    8. Very interesting gift ideas. After completing these beauty courses, I try to make gifts for skin care. We were given a lot of interesting information on this topic during the courses.

    9. Great gift set. I can say that I tried the creamy face mask during the procedures in this spa salon. The salon has many skin care products for sale.