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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gift Guide goodies - Baby Belle Carriers

Carriers have come a long way since I had a baby nearly thirteen years ago. (Wow. That seems weird to write.) Anyway, Baby Belle makes carriers that are great looking and they are a great way for parent and child (or caretaker and child) to bond.

I think the leopard is my favorite. (It's even furry!) It's also easy to use, which is a lot more than I can say for a lot of baby carriers. And both the baby and the person wearing the carrier will enjoy the kind of comfort and support that not all carriers can boast.

And if the leopard's too much for you. They have all kinds of simple solids too. But, the truth is, as pretty as they are, the pattern will be the last thing on your mind, it's all about the structural design when it comes to Baby Belle Carriers.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Guide goodies - Katydid boots

I love my Uggs. But I also love these new boots from Katydid. First of all, much better price point. Second of all, a little glam. And third, they're as comfy as their Australian compadres.

They come with a variety of different embellishments. And they are super snuggly. So many people are sporting the plain variety these days, Katydid's version are a great diversion.

Get them for any girl on your list who likes to turn heads as much as she likes to stay warm and cozy!

Gift Guide goodies - Q Tonic and Q Ginger

Sometimes it seems strange to mix high quality vodka with grocery store tonic water. It seems like a disservice to the poor vodka, you know?

Plus, I am a sucker for great package design. So, Q Tonic and Q Ginger had me at hello. It looks great and tasted even better. And even the best spirits are delighted to share a glass with it.

And it's tasty enough to drink alone too, of course. But I'm not much for tonic when it flies solo. It makes a great gist for anyone who enjoys a little bubble in their glass. 

Gift Guide goodies - Isabelle Grace Jewelry

These are so sweet I just had to share them with you. Isabelle Grace jewelry makes customized pieces that will melt nearly any girl's heart.

Like necklaces with little charms that can be personalized with a name or an initial. And you can add as many as you like, representing your kids or significant other or anyone else you want to carry with you close to your heart.

I especially like the Signature Mini Tags and the sweet little heart charm that they come with. Every time the wearer hears them jingling around her neck, she’ll remember how much you and everyone else loves her. 

Isabelle Grace also does a variety of non-personalized pieces if that's more your speed. But no matter who you are or who's on your gift list, you're likely to find something that will make you smile...

And isn't that exactly what a gift should do?

Gift guide goodies - Revolution foods

If you're looking for a great stocking stuffer for a great little one, you'll want to check out Revolution Foods' Mash Ups, Yo' Drops, Jammy Sammys, and Grammy Sammys. The packaging is so cute and these things are yummy.

And if you think they're not for the grown-up set, think again. In fact, if you're a Weight Watchers fan - I myself am a Lifetimer - the packs of Yo' Drops are zero points. Z-E-R-O. And they are really tasty. Kind of like dehydrated Dippin' Drops.

They melt and your mouth and have a natural zing, which makes sense since they're made of 100% real yogurt and fresh fruit. I didn't try the mash-ups, but the Sammys were delish too. Perfect little snacks to stash in your handbag or desk.

And, of course, the young set dig them too. That is who they're for after all. So, skip the sweets and fill your kid's stocking with something that will satisfy their sweet tooth and your desire to feed them right!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gift Guide goodies - the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men...

So, today is December 7, which should be day 7. Instead it's day 2. Better late than never, right? And this gift idea is definitely worth the wait.

This thing is so cool. It's totally flat until you're ready to use it, and then you pop it up into an arch. It turns on as soon as it takes shape. Then, when you're done using it, you simply pop it back down and off it goes.

It feels great in your hand and is awesome for tucking into your bag. I happen to love the Touch Mouse too. It has a great feel as well. But there's just something so cool and even a little architectural about the Arc.

So, if you're not really a touch pad kind of person or it's getting on your nerves, this would be a great addition to your holiday gift list. And it's perfect to buy for anyone who appreciates form as much as function!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Holiday Gift Countdown

I thought it might be fun to feature one gift a day for the month of December to help you with your holiday shopping and to help you spend whatever holiday cash you may be lucky enough to receive!

For the first gift, I hope you'll pardon the shameless self-promotion, but I'd like to suggest my book. Although it's called, "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage," open marriage is only one part of what the book is really about.

The true focus of the book is love and relationships. All kinds of love and relationships.

So, grab one for yourself. Get it for your friend or spouse or partner. Heck, buy one for your mom. If nothing else, it's sure to spice up any book club or water cooler conversation.

Check in tomorrow for the next gift. (And, don't worry, this will be the only bit of shameless self-promotion you'll have to suffer!)