If it’s Time to shop for that Foodie on your holiday shopping list, this is the gift guide for you!
Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who is a connoisseiur of cuisine and who appreciates food of all cultures, the shapes, the textures, the flavor, the plating?
Then, it’s likely that you might have to shop for a foodie.
Foodies enjoy food as an art not just for eating and foodies are usually adventurous when it comes to trying out different dishes, eateries, and restaurants.
This passion also extends to drinks as well.
Shopping for a foodie requires you to be adventurous and seek out the best in kitchenware.
Here is my list of top gifts for Foodies.
WOOD AND MARBLE BEVELED CHEESE BOARD, SMALL, RECTANGLE
Everyone is into charcuterie boards this year. They are usually wooden or porecelin and used to display range of different cured meats, these platters go beyond salami and prosciutto, typically featuring various cheeses, crackers, spreads and produce.
Foodies prefer the freshest of ingredients and can usually tell the difference between taragon, oregano, chive, basil, thyme and other delicate fresh seasoning. It would be a delight to a foodie to get to grow his or her own fresh ingredients even if s/he doesn’t have a large yard.
You know those family recipes tacked on the fridge, in a tin canister on a kitchen ledge, in Aunt Josie’s head? Pen them all down in this one spot, a family cook book that you and the family customize.
Also, foodies are always looking for new dishes to create. Here’s a way for them to organize all the different recipes they discover or wrangle from folks and chefs.
Bring the elegance of Bordeaux to a friend or family member’s doorstop with this special trio. The experts at Wine Insiders have selected three beautiful red blends from one of the world’s premier wine regions, representing the exquisite terroir and craftsmanship that Bordeaux is known for.
Savory and food-friendly, these remarkable reds are perfect for pairing with roasts, lasagna, charcuterie, and delicious holiday dishes. Featuring two award-winning bottles, this impressive collection is sure to impress fans of French reds and makes a thoughtful gift.
Everything Avocado is hot now, and what better way to mash up fresh guacamole or any spice, paste or rub for a dish than with a molcajete?
Among the world’s oldest culinary tools, volcanic rock mortars and pestles like these have been used by great cooks for thousands of years. Williams-Sonoma makes a molcajete (mortar) and tejolete (pestle) that are hand carved from a single piece of basalt rock, so every piece is unique.
In addition to being a great prep tool, the molcajete makes an impressive serving dish for guacamole and other party favorites.
Perfect for crushing whole spices and making spice blends.
Ideal for blending and serving guacamole – or for making pesto and other rustic sauces.
Just because your foodie enjoys carefully prepared meals that take time to whip up does not mean he or she isn’t down with fast-cooked foods.
Your foodie will enjoy the taste and crunch of his or her favorite deep-fried foods by cooking with super-heated air instead of hot cooking oil in the Instant Vortex 6-qt. air fryer. Air fried food is cleaner, healthier, and less expensive than cooking in oil, making this appliance a must-have in every modern kitchen.
The Bath and Body Works Annual Sale reminds us of another opportunity to support black-owned candle and bath essentials companies
If you were near a Bath and Body Works this weekend, you might have seen the super long lines with holiday shoppers taking advantage of its amazing annual Holiday sale featuring $10 candles that normally sell for close to $30.
Actually, you might have been in that line.
According to reports, the beauty, skin and body essentials company sold out of its online offerings forcing customers to have to visit the retail stores to get the deal.
Because we are still in the year of the death of George Floyd which triggered a renewed interest in elevating, promoting and recognizing, finally, black-owned businesses, the sold out situation presents an excellent opportuntiy to once again consider candle brands and companies that are among the group of biz owners that are traditionally undercapitalized, under appreciated, under represented.
As such, I compiled a list of over 48 black-owned candle makers for you to consider patronizing this year.
Some of these brands overlap with companies that Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Cosmo, NY Mag, The Zoe Report, 21 NinetyandEllemagazines put in their profiles of Black-Owned Candle makers this Summer and Early Fall back when it was quite fashionable and en vogue to spotlight Black makers in the US, Canada, the UK and globally.
Let’s keep up the energy.
About the Candle Makers
I did take a cursory review of many of the companies. I only shared an image from their Instagram page for convenience and to quickly put this post together.
However, you can access a link to their websites to purchase and you will see who makes their candles in their homes in small batches, who actually delivers locally, who sells at upcoming craft fairs, virtual and in person, and who delivers beyond their country’s borders.
Some, like the ones featured in the major fashion magazines this past Summer and Fall, have appeared on Oprah’s annual Favorite things list.
More Reasons to Support
And don’t think because they are small that the candles will be expensive. Some start at just $5 and others are luxury priced but worth it.
Also, for people who are mindful of essential oils that can be toxic to burn, and allergies to materials in many candles, quite a few of these brands are careful about using toxic dyes, perfumes and other allergenic materials.
They hand pour.
Here is a compilation of Black-owned candle makers in the US and Canada for you to consider patronizing this year.
They come recommended by some of the 38K members of Arsha Jones’ Build, Brand and Launch Facebook group.
I’ll add more as I discover them and I will update this post with local cities where this makers are currently located.
The companies are listed in random order and not by order of rank and I have reviewed none personally yet but did not want that to stop this list from getting out there especially this weekend.
Tina and Benjamin Gibson also have a 3-year-old daughter who was born from a 24-year-old donated embryo in 2017.
A Tennessee couple once again broke the record for having the longest-frozen embryo to be birthed when they welcomed their daughter Molly this October.
Tina and Ben Gibson used a process called embryo-adoption, which allows hopeful parents to receive donated embryos, they told NBC News on Wednesday. Molly is the couple’s second successful embryo adoption with the National Embryo Donation Center; daughter Emma was born in 2017 from a 24-year-old embryo.
Though it’s not the path she expected when seeking to start a family, Tina Gibson said that being a mother to her two girls is “such a miracle.” The process was a “leap of faith” for her after a struggle with infertility.
“I was so scared to open up my heart to the potential of having a pregnancy,” Tina Gibson said. “I was so scared it wouldn’t work. And then it would just be ripped away from me again.”
She also said that her experience made her more grateful for her children.
The clinic staff is “thrilled” for the Gibsons, National Embryo Donation Center President Dr. Jeffrey Keenan said.
“Embryo adoption is a fantastic option for so many couples,” Kennan said. “It’s an exceptionally successful and very cost-effective option, and it’s sometimes really the only option for couples where the mother can actually experience a pregnancy and the birth of a child.”
Molly’s embryo, which was frozen in 1992, is the oldest known embryo to result in a birth, according to the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library.
The fact that Molly was born from such an old embryo, frozen with less reliable technology than what’s available now, is a good sign that there might be “no real time limit” on how long frozen embryos remain viable, Keenan said.
This Year, athleisure and loungewear will be big but there are other options to Lululemon
It’s official. With rising cases of the novel coronavirus, a lot of us will not be going anywhere this Winter to stay safe. In fact, everyone may be holed up at home.
The new normal for the season
As a consequence of the ongoing pandemic, a lot of restaurants, entertainment and other activities have been canceled, postponed or suspended. This shift will leave little opportunity for people to dress up. Alternatively, this opens up a market for the leisure wear industry.
Therefore, people will be trading in their club wear for sweats. If you’re considering getting clothing for a significant other, sister, teacher, nanny or sitter, friend or any other woman on your holiday shopping list this year, I’ve got the run down on the top brands in this sector of the fashion industry.
Lululemon isn’t the only game in town
Arguably, Lululemon is the most well known brand of athleisure, yoga and lounge wear but it is quite costly. It has a problematic history but still remains the go-to source.
But there are other options. Here are 9
ADAY adopts a ‘less-is-more’ approach and a design ethos based on seasonless pieces and sustainability to offer everyday, athleisure-inspired clothes that are both performance-driven and stylish.
Every ADAY piece of clothing features novel technical material properties (sweat-wicking, quick-drying, UV- and chlorine-protected and wrinkle-free).
Ivy Park offers high-fashion meets high-tech performance wear by Beyonce. The collection of activewear is effortlessly cool and includes everything from sports bras to leggings, crop and oversized sweatshirts, bodysuits and more. She recently partnered with Adidas on a collection.
The Ivory Lane Collective, or IVL Collective for short, is fastly becoming a leader in women’s athleisure wear. Their activewear collection includes everything from cute leggings to tanks, tees, and jackets.
Nike One of the most successful and recognisable sportswear brands in the world, Nike offers everything from quality shorts and t-shirts to shoes and socks that are both fashionable and functional. The brand also sells a lot of high-quality gym gear for your home..
Under Armour The American sportswear label Under Armour launched in 2016 Under Armour Sportswear (UAS), a premium athleisure range designed by Belgian designer Tim Coppens. UAS fuses high-performance sportswear designs with an elevated sartorial touch. They have really cute and sexy gym clothes on their website.
Adidas is a sportswear powerhouse that combines quality and style to create modern, street-savvy active wear. The active wear brand’s signature three-stripe motif has gained iconic status in popular culture.
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Here are all the best beauty and fashion Cyber Monday deals I have my eye on:
Dyson Air Wrap
The Dyson Airwrap Complete styler is engineered for multiple hair types and styles. Featuring Coanda air styling and propelled by the Dyson digital motor, users can curl, wave, smooth and dry with no extreme heat.
Relax into the soothing yet stimulating heat of the Infrared Sauna Blanket V3 from Higher Dose. This premium, non-toxic sauna blanket detoxifies the body, delivers nutrients to muscles, and boosts metabolic rate. Designed for home use or while traveling, it’s constructed with a layer of healing amethyst and tourmaline to deepen the benefits of infrared, a clay layer to generate negative ions, and a charcoal layer to amplify detoxification.
Smallable isn’t having a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale but it’s always a good place to shop to support smaller, rising, fair trade merchants that sell organic, eco-friendly and sustainable baby clothes and furniture and women’s fashion and accessories.
I purchased the Under Armour sports mask for my athelete sons and myself as we all ventured back onto practice and training fields this fall. It hasn’t been a disappointment and keeps us safe and secure. It also looks quite fashionable.
The mask is on sale as part of Under Armour’s Cyber Monday Sale today!
Treat her with a collection of exquisite chocolate from New Hampshire-based L.A. Burdick Chocolatiers Burdick Critters Collection. All the critters are made individually by hand, meaning each is unique and no two are alike. Includes wood box of 16 Chocolate Mice, wood box of 9 Chocolate Snowmen, wood box of 6 Chocolate Pigs, wood box of 9 Chocolate Penguins, and 1/4 lb. Everyday Chocolate Assortment.
Go up in budget with the Epicurious Collection for $350
The performance jogger by Vuori is slim but relaxed fit with a slightly cropped leg, side pockets and a drawstring. Designed with their softest premium stretch fabric, they’re your new go-to. Great for traveling, yoga, training and chilling. It comes in a variety of colors and shades and in sizes XXS to XXL.
If your rich misses is like a lot of women who enjoy fragrant homes, then she will thoroughly enjoy filling her abode in this intoxicating signature scent behind NEST New York’s iconic fragrance which is a blend of pink pomelo grapefruit with watery green notes, lily of the valley and coriander blossom. The Classic Candle is meticulously crafted with a proprietary premium wax formulated to burn cleanly and evenly, while the Reed Diffuser is made with the highest quality oils to release continuous fragrance for 90 days, uninterrupted.
Your receipient will love to lay her head down and protect her crown with a silk pillow covering. It is a brand of silk cases recommended by dermatologists, hairstylists & beauty experts and is made of the highest grade (6A) long fibre mulberry silk, and without the use of dyes.
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The eco-conscious beauty buyer is wary of essential oils, chemical perfumes, dyes, fragrants and alcohol that are all horrible for the skin and so she is drawn to lines like Drunk Elephant which has combined sample sizes of all its best sellers into one kit it calls The Littles.
Any dress in any print from Boden could be worn at a variety of events, openings, meetings, formal or informal outings. This Mila Midi Dress with its colorful and attractive stripes would do perfectly!
It’s practically half off down from $198 right now but not sure how long this will last.
The Yeti ramblem with the megslider lid is the perfect gift for a coffee or tea drinker or anyone who loves to sip slowly because it keeps hot drinks very hot and cold drinks super cold for long periods of time. It’s a winner that I’ve personally enjoyed and highly recommend.
In addition to being a lifestyle and business content creator, a Pinterest and Digital Content Marketing Youtuber and one-on-one business coach, I am also a small business owner who sells digital products!
Using my legal and marketing PR firm background, I’ve created legal templates for families and small business owners that I sell on my Etsy Shop.
I am also incubating an inclusive stock photography company called Picnoi and currently sell downloads of the entire database.
Small Business Offer
For Small Business Saturday, I’m offering a package of my most popular family and business templates for half off.
I normally sell my package of family estate templates for $197.
I recently reduced it to $97 for my loyal email subscribers and am cutting that price in half for a limited quantity of buyers. It’s now just $47.
Nowhere else online will you be able to get a package of legal documents to protect your family for that low a price.
Similarly, for those who have side gigs and rising small businesses but who cannot yet afford to hire an attorney to draft custom documents, my package of legal templates for fleddling startups and hustlpreneurs is also half of half and just $47.00 as well.
Finally, I’m offering limited downloads of the image database at half off, down from $59.99 down to $29.99.
Sale ends December 15th or until the limited downloads run out!
I’d appreciate it if you could support the work I do here and the information I share freely in various different platform and forums by purchasing one of my products and/or sharing this post with anyone you know who may be in the market for these items.
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Created by an attorney, this template toolkit includes three family estate planning document every parent should have including:
1) A will is legal document that spells out your wishes regarding care of your children, as well as distribution of your assets after your death. Failure to prepare a will typically leaves decisions about your estate in the hands of judges or state officials, and may also cause family strife.
(Before filling out the will, sit down and fill out the worksheet which can be printed out and is in pdf format)
2) A trust is legal arrangement in writing that spells out how third party, named the trustee, is to hold, keep track of and distribut assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries, the people who will get the assets in the trust.
a) Lifetime access: You may also, for example, set up a revocable trust so that the trust assets remain accessible to you during your lifetime while designating to whom the remaining assets will pass
b) Control your assets and money: You can determine the terms of the trust, and control when and to whom the distributions may be made.
c) Protect Your Legacy from Creditors: A properly constructed trust can help protect your estate from your heirs’ creditors or from beneficiaries who are not good at managing money.
d) Keep Your Affairs Private: Unlike Probate whichi is a public record and proces; assets in a trust can pass on to your beneficiaries outside of probate and stay private.
e) Saves Taxes and Fees: Because trusts don’t go through probate, you’ll save court fees and taxes in the process.
3)Power of Attorney is a document that allows a third party to control a person’s assets, access to codes, banks, A durable power of attorney simply means that the document stays in effect if you become incapacitated and unable to handle matters on your own. To cover all of the issues that matter to you, you’ll probably need two separate documents: one that addresses health care issues and another to take care of your finances.
4) A Quit Claim Deed is a short legal document that transfers the ownership of real property like a home or land to another person. This document can be used when there are no complex aspects or no dispute as to ownership or rights between the person transferring the property and the receiver.
Small or Micro Biz/Content Creator Legal Start Up Template Kit
Running an ecommerce shop or creating content as a business as a blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, podcaster, Instagrammer or other infuencer part time or full time and earning money from these ventures require you to get a handle of the legal obligations and be able to manage your blog, protect it legally, and promote it. Having legal templates, content management documents and other forms are essential. Use the documents in this kit to keep you organized and growing. Customize them, print them out and keep them in an organized binder. It will be a God send come tax time as well.
A Sample Work for Hire Agreement
Use this document when contracting work from web site builders to logo developers or anyone helping you build your presence visually where you intent that the final product be owned by you outright
A Sample Joint Venture Agreement
Use this agreement when you decide to partner with another person, business, group or organization on an ongoing basis or for a long term project or partnership.
A Sample Copyright Infringement Cease and Desist Letter
Use this letter to alert someone or an entity you discover is using your content without prior authorization. This letter lets the infringer know you are aware of their violation and your rights and should help get the infringer to remove your intellectual property or start discussions on future possible legal action from you.
A Sample Non Dislosure Agreement
Use this agreement when you are sharing an idea, concept, business plan that you do not want the receiver of the information to share with others or develop on his/her own without your involvement. Note that a lot of companies or orgs that are large and influential may not sign or may have you sign a version prepared by their attorney
A Sample Sponsorship Pitch Letter
Use this the solicit a brand or company to sponsor your blog, YouTube channel, podcast, event or website.
A DMCA/Trademark Violation Take Down Request Letter
Use this letter to request that someoned using your trademark or other digital content online without your approval and/or prior authorizationn to take it down.
ABOUT CREATOR OF THIS TOOL KIT
I am a veteran attorney and I currently manage my own Digital Publishing company and online learning platform called the Digital Publishing Academy where I train transitioning professionals who want to create online content or to launch, grow and scale their new digital ventures, whether a blog, YouTube channel, podcast, eCommerce store and more. I also run several blogs and co-own a stock photography company.
This tooklit helps content creators searching for help and assistance with getting organized and staying on track as they go from hobby to professional content creator.
This shop is for the lean entrepreneur who cannot yet afford to hire a team of lawyers, a marketing manager, a social media manager and digital strategist and have to do-it-themselves.
The temperatureis rapidly dipping and with pandemic restrictions back in place in many parts of the world, it’s time to think of digging out the layers, sweaters and boots out of storage and getting your winter wardrobe situated.
And if it’s in your budget to get new pieces to add to your collection, I’ve selected the top 8 items that I own or plan to get that will have me set for spending the winters at home working, lounging, reading, scrolling through social media or catching up on my fave Netflix series.
Check them out:
Long Grey Cardigan
Whether you’re going out for a quick trip to the grocery store, lounging in the house or curled up in your fave chair, you’d love to have this comfy cardigan to cover you up.
Get a pullover sweatshirt that’s one size larger that’s comfy enought to throw on when you have to go pick up your kid from school or when you just want to get lost in a corner and be warm and snuggly. I’m a mama bear so this one spoke to me.
Being eco-conscious means relying on reusable bags for grocery shopping. For quick sprints for a few items, carry this stylish tote with you and leave the plastic at the counter. It comes in other colors
Layers are essential for staying cool and comfortable when it’s chilly outside. When an actual parka or oversized coat is not in order because it’s not that cold out yet, a fleece lined jacket like this one will work
$69.99 (will be under $50 if you use a 40% off Coupon Code at RetailMe Not)
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