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12 Personalized Gifts to Order Today! {2018 Gift Guide}

A personalized or custom gift is usually much appreciated by the recipient because he or she knows there was forethought given. Why? You have to order well in advance, usually,  any gift emblazoned with someone’s name or favorite saying  or image. Therefore, if you’re looking to give someone that type of present this Holiday season, you have to start plotting and planning now!
I curated a list of very cute, unique, one-of-a-kind-esque gifts to consider:
  1. Williams-Sonoma Personalized Kids’ Apron – ($20)
  2. Personalized Hobby Tumblers ($36+)
  3. Set of 5 personalized monogram socks ($50)
  4. Personalized children’s gift book ($35)
  5. Personalized Starbucks tumblrs ($8+)
  6. Personalized make up bag ($14)
  7. Personalized crayons ($13)
  8. Personalized name necklaces ($32)
  9. Personalized face socks ($21)
  10. Personalized bracelet ($32)
  11. Personalized water bottle ($20)
  12. Personalized wine glass ($12)
Girly Girl

Cyber Week Sales for Girly Girls Who Love to Shop {2018 Gift Guide}

For that Girly Girl who loves to shop, we’ve got your number: Tons of Sales with discounts all Black Friday-Cyber Week long! Whether you’re on the hunt for a perfect gift or gift card, or you’re looking for a gift for yourself, here are the deals to check out this weekend.

Ann Taylor

50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY. Valid 11/22-11/25.

50% off everything with code CYBER2018. Valid 11/25- 11/28.

Ann Taylor LOFT

50% your purchase with code FRIYAY. Valid through 11/24.

Bloomingdales 

Take 25% off site wide + 10% off cosmetics during the Cyber Sale. Valid 11/25-11/27.



Far Fetch 

 Take 20% off sale items with code x20BF. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Kohl’s  Take an extra 20% off site wide with code TAKE20. Valid 11/24-11/28.

Neiman Marcus Last Call 

Black Friday! Shop 40-80% off everything. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Designer Sale! 40% off fall apparel, sport shop and dress collections. Valid 11/19-12/2.

L.L. Bean

20% Off Apparel and Outerwear . Valid 11/21 – 11/27

Lord & Taylor 

Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY. Valid 11/20-11/25.

Net-a-Porter 

Select styles up to 50% off. Valid beginning 11/19. End date TBA.

Neiman Marcus 

Receive $50 off your $200+ regular priced purchase with code THANKFUL. Valid 11/21-11/24.

Nordstrom 

Receive up to 60% off. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Nordstrom Rack

Black Friday Clearance! Receive an extra 30% off. Valid 11/21-11/26.

Urban Outfitters 

BOGO site wide. Valid 11/21-11/23.

Saks

The Thanksgiving Sale! Up to 60% OFF* vast selections. Valid 11/21-11/23.

Saks Off Fifth



Clearance now up to 90% off with code AMAZING.

Sole Society

– Black Friday Weekend: 30% Off All Shoes & Bags. Valid 11/23-11/25.

Nab These Pretty Awesome Toddler Gifts Under $50 {2018 Gift Guide)



Toddlers are so fun to shop for! I’m a big fan of exploratory toys that incorporate learning into play and for this reason, I scoped out some pretty fun, creative, inventive and innovative offerings for your little one in this guide!

To purchase any item on this list click the links (affiliate links included) or use it as inspiration as you’re putting together your list or out and about shopping this holiday season.

  1. V+Tech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower ($34)
  2. 100 First Words for Little Geeks – Since they’re way beyond “milk” and “ball,” teach them words they really need to know: dragon, android, cyborg, wormhole, and other vocab you need to get them into sci-fi and fantasy. ($10)
  3. Baby Alive  speaks to her mini mommy or daddy in either Spanish or English. Baby Alive‘s realistic, adorable phrases include childhood classics like “Time to go potty!” and “Yay, I did it!” ($36)
  4. Construction Plate & Utensil Set  ($15+)
  5. Crayola Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad ($12)
  6. Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom Playset -This feels like wet sand and won’t dry out, even if you leave it out on the table overnight. (But yes, you might have to vacuum it out of the carpet, so invoke your home’s Play-Doh protocol and only allow it on the table.) ($20)
  7. Radio Flyer Busy Buggy ($35)
  8. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set ($20)
  9. Build-A-Bear Gift Card ($25)
  10. Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset ($35)
  11. Foreign Language blocks ($37)
  12. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus ($46)
  13. Hot Diggity Dance & Play Mickey ($39)
  14. Monilon Aqua Magic Water Doodle Mat  ($19)
  15. Explore & Write Activity Desk ($40)

Tech Gadget Deals For Black Friday and Cyber Week {2018 Gift Guide}

Here they are! Our 2018 Gift Guide for Tech Fans including some great deals that are going on today! Black Friday! Get these by clicking the link (afilliate links apply) or as inspiration as you venture out today! Happy Shopping!

Fitbit Versa Fitness Smartwatch for $149 at Walmart (list price $199).

2 Sceptre 55-Inch 4K UHD TV for $240 ($160 off). A great price for a TV with deep blacks and fantastic image detail.

3 Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones for $99. An oldie but goodie with superior sound quality

4 Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $24 at Amazon (list price $49.99).

5 Microsoft Surface 13.5-Inch Laptop for $800 ($200 off).

6  Ring Video Doorbell 2 – 1080p + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $139 at Amazon (list price $248.99)
7  Google Home Hub Smart Display + 6-mo. YouTube Premium + $10 Vudu Credit for $99 at Walmart (list price $149).
8 Fire HD 10 Tablet with Hands-Free Alexa for $100 ($50 off). Amazon’s largest Fire tablet is the most affordable way to own a casual media tablet for $99 ($50 Off)
9 Apple iWatch ($199)
10.Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker  ($129)
11 Apple iPad 32GB (6th Gen) for $249 at Walmart
12. Nike Black Tech Cheyenne Laptop Backpack ($39.95 down from $100)

What To Get That New Mom On Your List {2018 Gift Guide}



When the Turkey is marinating in your belly and  you’re working on your nth piece of pie, and maybe thinking of what to get your sis, co-worker, wife, or friend on  your Holiday shopping gift list, know that anything that makes her feel good, herself again or comforted will do! a

Here is a list of suggestions or inspiration items to consider as well.

  1. Moschino Toy Patch Cotton Interlock Changing Bag ($332)
  2. Red Door Salon Spa Gift Card ($75+)
  3. Inner Mongolia-made Cashmere-Blend Pajamas, Gray$154.50
  4. 24K Gold Rejuvenating Under Eye Mask for Puffy Eyes – Dark Circles Under Eye Bags Treatment ($13.99)
  5. Peruvian-made Pima Modal Robe ($120)
  6. The Emily & Meritt Cozy Slippers ($16.99)
  7. Gym membership ($15 per month+)
  8. Audible Subscription $6.95 per month for first three months
  9. Starbucks Gift Card ($25+)
  10. Naipo’Neck and Back Massager. ($43.99)
  11. Engravable Bar Necklace in 14k Rose Gold or  Silver or Gold) ($295)
  12. 14K White Gold Genuine Aquamarine Stud Earrings  ($149)

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Trendy Gifts Teen Boys Want This Year {2018 Gift Guide}

It is very hard to shop for teens and teen boys especially because they’re often times not as vocal as girls about expressing what they want or sharing their wish list. For the male adolescent in  your household who loves gaming more than chatting, I did some digging, asking around and research to uncover what are the hottest, most talked-about items that are on many kids’ wish list this holiday season, with some commentary on some items below:

 

Happy shopping!

  1. Apple iWatch ($199)
  2. Supreme New York  Half-zip Pull over ($128) (the “it” brand)
  3. Rick & Morty 12 Days of Socks ($19)
  4. Game of Phones ($20) (All his friends can play this digital scavenger hunt/dare like game)
  5. Herschel Retreat Backpack-Raven Crosshatch/Black Rubber ($59) (another “it” brand)
  6. Nintendo 64 Switch ($299)
  7. Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker  ($129)
  8. Pocket DJ Mixer ($100)
  9. Balenciaga Black Speed Skaters ($750) or Yeezy Adidas x Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ($1,099) (Yes, the price is out of this world, I know.)
  10. Travis Scott Astro World Merch Tee ($75)
  11. Spotify Gift Card ($30) or Steam ($30) or Fortnite vBucks ($25)
  12. Supreme Ripple Camp Cap – ‘SS 2017’ – Black A ($150)
  13. “Swing” by Kwame Alexander ($13) (NYT best seller about the times. Relatable characters to boys)
  14. Adidas drawstring pants ($29)

 

16 Non Fiction Books About Fearless Females {2018 Gift Guide}

In case you want to get a gift for a young lady for the holidays, a birthday or any ocassion to expand her mind and show her that girls and women can do anything, then check out this list of 16 non-fiction books about fearless women in history.

Through them, girls (and boys) can learn the incredible achievements and stories of Fearless Females, women who shaped the world.

You can gift a Goddaughter, niece, daughter, young cousin access to all of these books totally FREE for one month with an epic! subscription books  membership 

or click to check them out, read reviews and purchase them individually from Amazon or get them from the library free.

Fearless Females,

  1. Basketball Belles – In April 1896, Agnes Morley led her team to victory in the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game, between Stanford and UC Berkeley. ($6.36)
  2. She Takes a Stand by Michael Elsohn Ross : 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World -Stories of women who dedicated their lives to fight for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, and world peace ($16.80)
  3. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George : This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference. ($7.95)
  4. What’s Your Story, Amelia Earhart? by Jen Barton : Discover how Amelia stood up for other female aviators and the ways she fought for gender equality. ($4.75)
  5. Rosa Parks by Cynthia Amoroso : A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed civil-rights activist Rosa Parks. ($24.65)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, Humanitarian, and World Citizen by Pam Rosenberg : Introduces the life and accomplishments of first lady and humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt. ($28.75)
  7. Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice by Alex Van Tol : Raised by her widowed mother in the housing projects of New York, Sonia Sotomayor has built a life as a jurist and activist. ($12.95)
  8. Condoleezza Rice by Kevin Cunningham : Her intelligence and drive led her to one of the highest-ranking jobs in the White House, secretary of state. ($28.75)
  9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court Justice by James Roland : In June of 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female to serve on the United States Supreme Court. ($31.99)
  10. Sacajawea of the Shoshone by Natasha Yim : From her home to the Missouri River and the waves of the Pacific, Sacajawea traveled farther than any American woman of her time. ($13.90)
  11. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee : Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. ($7.95)
  12. Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures by  Karen Gibson : In Women in Space, author Karen Bush Gibson profiles 23 pioneers, all of whom achieved greatness in orbit. ($17.35)
  13. Engineering: Cool Women Who Design by Vicki V. May , Illustrator – Allison Bruce : Meet three women who are working hard in the engineering field. ($7.95)
  14. Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach : Double Victory tells the stories of African American women who did extraordinary things to help their country during World War II ($7.97)
  15. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna Lewis : Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 determined women who helped build the world we live in. ($16.36)
  16. World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers by Michael Elsohn Ross : A World of Her Own profiles 24 fascinating women from as the 1800s through today who have lived lives of exploration and adventure ($12.50)

A Blogger Boss Babe Wish List {2018 Gift Guide)

Every year, I take an inventory of what I would like to have as a blogger, vlogger and content creator and what I think newbie, rising and even experienced bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and other female online digital entrepreneurs are craving.

I then assemble this wish list together into a gift guide for anyone who has a content creator on their Holiday gift giving list.

Here is my 2018 list of carefully curated items I’m obsessed with right now, and which I would love to receive:

1.Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Body w/4K Video ($599) – This is THE preferred camera of all the Big YouTubers.

2. A High End Fashion subscription box like Zoe Box of Style or Le Tote or plan like Rent the Runway ($89-$159) -Fashion bloggers cannot be caught in the same outfit twice so a more cost efficient way to wear all the latest fashions for less.

3. Nike Black Tech Cheyenne Laptop Backpack ($39.95 down from $100) – For a stylish but practical holder of the laptop, tablet, camera and all the gadgets

4. Fiverr Credit ($100) – For getting all the little data processing, css coding, and other small tech details done without an in-house CTO

5  .Microsoft – Surface Go – 10″ Touch-Screen with 64GB ($349) – This is portable and great for working on the go and it versatile in that it can be used for design, editing and blogging projects

6. Neewer Ring Light Kit ($99) – This is a must have for vlog, tutorials, make up and selfies that separates a blogger/vlogger from the amateurs.

7. KobraTech Cell Phone Tripod  for iPhone or Android with a Bluetooth Remote ($17.99) – For those days when your partner cannot take your pic or for vlogging on the go.

8. Blogger planner sheets ($20) – To keep the editorial calendar organized.

9. Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone with Integrated Rycote Shockmount ($62) or the Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera or 

Microphone and Cable Kit ($68) – For a professional sound quality in videos

10. Old Navy Kindred Goods fragrant set Orange Blossom & Tea; the refreshing, Sea Salt & Fig; and the sweet, Sweet Cream & Honey. ($9+) – A scent is a calling card and leaves an impression.

11. Apple iPhone X ($1099/$43 month with plan Verizon) ($49/month or $1099) -The upgrade video and photo and other features are tops.

12. Anker PowerCore 13000Portable Phone Charger Power Bank  for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy ($35.99) -All that blogging, vlogging, editing, social media networking can drain a battery. This is a no-brainer

13 Apple Gift Card ($25+) – To get all those filter extensions, add ons, watermark removals on the fave app for editing, photo capture, social media promo amd more.

14. Legal and Marketing Tool Kit ($29) -When they’re ready to start treating the blog like a business

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brain Boosters: Give Non-Toy Educational Gifts This Year {2018 Gift Guide}

During the Holiday season, parents often get carried away indulging their children’s wishes and desires for getting the latest video game

or hot toy. But if your budget allows it or if there are family members who will be also purchasing items for the kids, you may want to consider picking up

something for them that will enrich their education and schooling.  Here are 12 gift ideas to consider that could amplify or supplement every subject your child may be learning about in school:

Social Studies: A Globe – Having a globe in the home is an excellent way to teach your children that the world does not consist of the narrow confines of their town or block.  After they receive their new globe, at least once a week, have them spin the globe, cover their eyes and point to a random location. Then head off to Google more about that location, its climate, topography, culture and traditions. It’s a great way to instill a value and interest in travel and keep them focused on doing what they need to do to travel on their own to exotic locations some day.

Try this Amazon best seller, an illuminated 8″ World Globe for Kids with Standd  with build in LED for a Night View ($29) and Colorful, Easy-Read Labels of Continents, Countries, Capitals & Natural Wonders ($30)

Science: A Microscope – Getting a child an age-appropriate microscope is a great way for them to explore the basic molecular elements of various household items.  They can use it to check out everything from a carpet fiber, to a dead beetle to their own eyelash. One of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing job sector is science, technology, engineering and math.  Owning a microscope could enhance an interest in the science field, which will ultimately mean more job prospects for the future.

Amscopes’ 48-piece beginner biological microscope kit offers 120X, 240X, 300X, 480X, 600X and 1200X magnifications and is a better grade than the toy scopes but less costly than professional grade ones. It’s down from $61 to $30 on its website.

Physical Education: A Ball or Bike – One of the reason there is a childhood obesity epidemic in the United States and other regions of

the world is that in this digital age, children spend most of their spare time playing video games or watching TV indoors. Something like a bat and ball,

basketball or bike will give you as a parent and the kid an opportunity to get out and get moving. A gift that encourages physical activity could help combat or delay the onset of childhood obesity.

For a younger child Strider’s 12 sport balance bike is great for an 18 month to 5-year old. ($107) For kids up to 9 years old, try Royalbaby RB14B-6B BMX Freestyle Kids Bike ($93+)

Math:  A math App or annual subscription to an online math enrichment program – If you have an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or

desktop or Library access to a computer, you can find apps or other online programs that are tutorials and created to help children improve their math

skills. Many programs around now include fun games that help kids learn while enjoying their experience. If it’s not so much like school and similar to fun games they already play, you may get them hooked!

For younger kids, I like ABC Mouse for younger kids which right now is $59.95 for a year, a savings of close to half off for the Holiday season and when they got older, we purchased and use and love IXL math for up to 12th grade to keep our kids ahead of the class. It is $13.95 but well worth the investment in a child!

Reading: Books – It is said that each child should have a library consisting of 1,000 books in their bookshelves. These days, some parents are more likely to amass a large collection of DVDs and movies for their kids than books. However, reading teaches children about comprehension and helps them in reading  composition later in life. Also, their vocabulary and grasp of terms and complex concepts improve the more they read.  You can even get  them those silly Diary of a Wimpy Kid or BigNate  comic books, but make sure you try to find a book series with chapters in it too.

I recommend investing in a subscription service like  Epic! and get access to thousands of books each month for $7.99

Art  The often forgotten about part of STEAM education is the Arts. Stimulate a budding artists mind by investing in some pencils, charcoals, and a sketch pad and/or easel so they can create.

For your younger artist, I like Paw Patrol’s Carry Along Art Case ($11)

Music Music education is disappearing from schools as states deal with budget deficits and music lessons can be expensive. Fortunately, there are online programs and apps for free and low cost that can  help guide a child interested in learning an instrument. Invest in an instrument for the Holidays. We rent to owned instruments at the largest US retailer for musical instruments, Music & Arts.

For your singing Nightingales, let them explore their singing skills and have fun with everyone Lucky Voice Blue Mic Karaoke Kit ($80).

Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadaan or whatever holiday celebrated in December can be educational and include gifts that will help better your child in school. And they can be loads of fun too!

On Trend Gifts For That Teen On Your List {2018 Gift Guide}



With trends that come and go, it can be hard to shop for that person on your list, teen or tween who is in tune with what’s hot, on-the-horizon or trending. To ease the burden and pain, we interviewed some teens, did some independent research and came up with a list of some of the hottest on-trend items that a lot of your teens are craving or into this year.

Whether you purchase these particular items or use them as a source for inspiration, you cannot go wrong by nabbing one of these must-haves and checking them off the list! 

  1. KENDALL + KYLIE Isla Slide ($53) (down from $125)
  2. Personalized water bottle ($20)
  3. Graphic sweatshirt by Shein ($12+)
  4. Echo Fuzzy Cable-Knit Pom Pom Hat ($22)
  5. Personalized laptop sleeve ($35.90)
  6. Luckies of London Smartphone Projector ($24.59)
  7. Forever 21 Faux Leather Double-Buckle Hip Belt ($9.90)
  8. La Crosse Technology Color Mood Light Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds ($27.95)
  9. Photive M90 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker  ($49.95)
  10. Fuji film Instant Film Camera mini ($49.9+)
  11. Doc Marten Boots ($69+)
  12. Ulta Brilliantly Beautiful Makeup Collection ($19.99)
  13. GeoSpace Original LED Ski Scooter: Fold-up Snowboard Kick-Scooter for Use on Snow and Grass ($44.99)
  14. Bari LynnGirls’ Quilted Metallic Faux-Leather Backpack ($65.00)
  15. Juniors’ Peace Hooded PJs ($34.99)

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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