Monday, November 23, 2009

Men's gift guide

I hope that the ladies gift guide was helpful to some of you because now it is the men's turn for gifting suggestions. Again, all gifts are painfully close to $50 so that we can give a great gift without breaking the bank. (I am having some trouble with the formatting of photos, so sorry, click the link to see the full photo...sorry)

The first gift for the guys honors those brainiac boys in our life. So he can't throw a football 50 yards or maybe not even 10 yards. But he is a pro at helping the kids learn long division and can tally the total of the grocery list in his head so let's honor that!
This cute shirt is available here for $14.95

We all know the first rule about Fight Club is that we never speak of it, but I just have to share this soap with you. If you know a guy that is a fan of Fight Club he will definitely get a kick out of receiving his own piece of the movie.
You can get it here and purchase it for $4.50
If your guy loves to quench his thirst with some beer, soda, or heck, even juice he will love doing so in these pint glasses. You can pick out the perfect design for your guy. (My personal favorite is the mustache).
You can buy it here for $15.00

This gift is over $50, but it is the only one to do so. If you have a gamer in your household they have more likely than not been pining away for the release of Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2. It the highly anticipated follow up to Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare. If you know a guy with either an XBox 360 or Playstation 3, they are sure to enjoy finding this under the tree.
Price: $59.99 and can be found here.

If you are lucky enough to have a handy guy in your life he will LOVE the the Leatherman Skeletool. It is light weight so he can carry it with him at all times and the number of things that this baby can do is amazing. Check it out here (it is on sale for $56.00!)

If you know a man that takes pride in his grooming he will totally appreciate this shaving brush and soap kit. And as a plus, the nice wood handle and soap container will look charming on the bathroom counter. You can buy it here

Many guys at one point in there life have a love affair with working out. This kettle bell makes it so that your guy can pump some iron from home. It may seem like a simple little thing but the kettle bell can really result in a really exhausting work out! It can be bought here
Midas Touch Beer is has got the beer connoisseur's name written all over it. The recipe for this beer is that of the actual oldest known fermented drink! I have actually tried this beer and it has a nice fruity, robust, unique flavor. This definitely enhances the experience of drinking beer. I mean how cool is it to say that you have had beer that was also made thousands of years ago!?
It can be bought here for $14.71

It's no secret that Theodore Roosevelt was one of the toughest Presidents that ever was. In "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" it chronicles this bad ass President's rise to greatness. It's a history book that reads like a novel.
It can be purchased here for $14.36
I might be a little biased on this next item on the list because my boyfriend has this aftershave. Every time he kisses me goodbye in the morning I get a great whiff of his aftershave and it starts my day off with a smile. It has a wonderful, non overbearing smell-I hate when guys have waaay to much aftershave on. And better yet, my boyfriend says it really works! A win win situation!
You can buy it here for $6.99

Holiday Gift Guide For The Ladies

It is the time of year again where we look for that special something for those special someones in our life. But the landscape of gift giving looks a little different since we are all operating with a little less money. (And if you aren't having that problem, good on you! You can still look at this list...just buy multiples of the items haha!)

These items are for the ladies and I have tried to stay under or veeery close to $50!

The first item on the list is the only one to go over $50 but I just had to include these jeans. I was given the jeans at a Born To Fit Party and ever since I have been literally attached at the hip with the Always Skinny cut. They are comfortable and flattering to any woman. I know it sounds too good to be true but I have seen many different shapes and sizes in these jeans and they all looked great! If a lady you know is in need of new denim treat her to these!
Price: $69.50 They can be found here.
I was browsing etsy the other day and stumbled upon these adorable soaps! Yes, the picture below features real soap. The seller has so many other awesome, realistic looking, vegan, soaps. Check out their shop here.
Price: $10 for this whole s'mores set!

My wristlet is one of my most favorite purchases that I have made for myself. The wristlet is so perfect for evenings out when a whole purse will prove to be too cumbesome. I am able to fit my phone, cash and i.d. in it. And at $48 this snazzy coach wristlet is hard to resist! You can find it here!
The next item is Nars blush in Orgasm (giggle giggle). I reviewed this blush way back in the day. I loved it then and I still love it today, in fact I still use it to this day. Nars blush in orgasm is a color that really compliments maaaany different skin tones during many different seasons. Whether this is a gift for someone like myself that doesn't know much about make up or a seasoned pro, any girl would benefit from having this shade of blush in her make up bag.
Price: $25 and can be found here
The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a cook book by Ree Drummond, most widely known for her website, Each recipe includes step by step instructions with photos which makes it very easy to make creative meals for the whole family. The Pioneer Woman Cooks includes a peek into what life is like for a family on a cattle ranch too. If a long time cook needs a little oomph in her kitchen routine or a novice cook needs some really easy meal ideas this is the book for either of them!
Price: $16.50 and can be found here
The Help is one of the best books I have read in a very long time and for an avid reader like myself, that is a title you don't just throw around. The Help follows the story of women living amidst the turmoil of strained race relations of the 1960's. It is a page turner that leaves you wondering what happens next after each chapter. I absolutley recommend this book for any book lover.
Price: $16.21 and can be found here
Jewelry is one of my favorite gifts to give and receive. Rachel Eva's jewelry line is a wonderful collection of simply stunning accessories with affordable price tags. The earrings below are a personal favorite of mine and they are available for only $28! Rachel Eva has an Etsy shop and a website where you can pick out the perfect piece of jewelry.

I love Nail Lacquer by OPI, check out my review here. I have quite a few of their shades but this one in Big Apple Red is a classic must have and it's seasonal to boot! Great stocking stuffer indeed.
Price: $8.50 and can be purchased here

Fragonard solid perfumes are another item on the list that I personally own (You can read my review of them here). These scents are great to throw your purse so you can refresh as often as you need without worrying about a bottle breaking in your bag. The scents of all six solid perfumes are classic and a great tester to see if you want to sample them before buying a larger spray perfume.
Price: $40 and you can find them here

These undies are the best! They are called Hanky Panky Panties and they are so comfortable. I guarantee a thong loving lady will be over the moon for these lacey wonders. A very exciting stocking stuffer for your lady friend!
Price $18 and can be purchased here with free shipping!
Hope this list inspired the little gift elf in you! Stay tuned for my gift guide for men!

P.S. And what kind of granddaughter would I be if I didn't mention my nani's (grandma's) etsy shop. She is selling her home made slippers and will do custom orders if you like :) Check it out here

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Olay Thermal Pedicure

I have dancer's feet, tried and true. If you don't know what dancers feet are just picture toes bent over from being crammed in tiny little pointe shoes and calluses trying to defend the formerly soft skin of the foot. Scary picture huh? Well sadly my feet are dancer's feet and within the last couple months I have developed (deep breath) cracks in my heels. Noooooo!

I decided to poke around in my drawer of numerous products. I came across Olay Thermal Pedicure that my mom had put in my stocking for Christmas last year. Well I was so distraught from my new development of cracked heels that I whipped the cap off of the container.

Olay Thermal Pedicure claims to get rid of rough icky skin while a heated sensation makes your feet feel downright delicious (so maybe those aren't the words printed on the package). But guess what you guys? IT WORKS! I rubbed the lotion on my feet and was caught off guard by how well the heating agent works. It feels so good I could drool! And what is even better is that it got rid of my heel cracks!

Now I keep this secret weapon in my shower and use it any time my feet feel like a little spruce up is in order. I totally recommend this product!

-This Is NOT a paid review

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Trident Layers Gum

When Trident contacted me and asked me to review their new Trident Layers gum I said "well why not?!", especially since they were going to be sending me free gum!

Who doesn't love free gum?

Well I eagerly awaited the arrival of my free gum and when it finally reached my mouth I was more than pleased.
Here are the top five reasons this gum tickled my taste buds:
1. You can chew it for a long while and it doesn't get hard or putty like.
2. The flavor is unique because of the creative flavor blends of orange and strawberry and pineapple and green apple. And you guys, "unique" is not code for gross, this stuff is gooood!
3. I feel like with gum you have to choose fresh breath or good flavor-you get both with Trident Layers!
4. The package has 14 pieces of gum...don't you feel like you never get enough of the yummy gum and too many of the junky, chemical tasting gums?
5. You can blow some pretty snappy bubbles with this sassy little gum.

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