Christmas Gift Ideas … Holiday Love Shared with Purpose and Passion

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! A mother, father and their d

As much as I love to be on the go, for the first week or more after finishing up my last out of-the-house work gig with the hubby, I did pretty much nothing … except watch the Hallmark Christmas Movie Chanel. All day. Every day. You know the one ….

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Anyhooo …. the reason I bring up the Hallmark Channel is because there was one movie in particular I saw that I could totally relate to in a way. It’s called “Marry Me at Christmas”. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It was cute, in a sappy, sugary way.

But the thing that struck me was when one of the characters kept saying he had “a guy for that”. He was this rich, handsome, leading man actor, from L.A. currently visiting small town USA, so he had a slew of minions to do this Christmas chores, shopping, decorating, whatever. You know what I mean? He had a connection for everything he needed.

It occurred to me right then that I do too!! Well, not someone to do my chores, lol. But I do have a “girl” (I consider them Boss Babes & Momtrepreneurs  🙂 ) for just about everything I could want or need. Annndddd … seeing as it’s the season to be merry and share, I want to celebrate all of these inedible small business owners with you!!

If your’e looking for the perfect gift idea for that special someone, or maybe even a treat or two for yourself, I can’t think of a better way to make a purchase than supporting someone’s small business – a.k.a. their dream for a brighter future with more freedom to do the things that make their lives complete.

Still not sure what I mean?

Check out my list of elves who keep my smiling all year long …

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Take the Guesswork Out of Accessories  – “Stellaaaaa” shouted in my best Marlon Brando in “A Street Car Named Desire” impersonation. LoL Sorry, I can’t help myself with that one! But here’s the thing, if you’re anything like I am and have no idea how to mix and match your jewelry to get a fashionable look, Marisa, a Stella & Dot stylist, can do it for you. Whether you’re looking for something elegant for a celebration out on the town or to wear with your favorite jeans and comfy sweater Marisa can get you the look you’re going for. You can see what I mean by visiting Marisa in her virtual Stella & Dot Boutique

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Unique Handcrafted Home Goods and More – If you’re looking for an accent piece for the holidays, an earthy addition to bring the outdoors into your office, planning a special event, or even if you need help decorating a new home or office space, Sarah Loize-Nibarger has the design sense and attention to detail to handle the task with style and grace. They sometimes say your home is your pallet for the crafty and creative. I can tell you first-hand, Sarah’s house could be the inspiration for the pages of  a Home & Design magazine issue, and the energy flow is warm and welcoming at the same time. The gift and decorating ideas she has are endless, not even kidding. For more information visit her online studio at Loize Design 

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Essential Oils – I met Resa a few years ago in an online group. I was blown away by her yoga practice an how earthy and natural she was. It’s no surprise that she has taken her passion for harmony in every aspect of life into her essential oil business. Need a way to heal or simply make yourself, your home, or your office a healthier, more balanced environment? Check out my friend Resa’s doTERRA site and follow Resa on Instagram for inspiration and wonderful essential oil ideas.

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A Beautiful Age-Defiant Complexion – This one might seem a little strange for a gift but I think it’s a great idea for the woman who has everything, and simply never thinks to spend any money on herself for things like this. Seriously, Rodan and Fields has been a game changer for me! I had no idea how much I needed a quality skin care line until I reconnected with Caitlyn, an old (well, I’m old, she’s still a youngin’ LoL) friend from my Mystic Pizza days back in CT. She introduced me to the Redefine Line and the new Amp MD Roller with Renewing Serum among other things and I have to tell you … The stuff is amazeballs!! Not sure which line is right for you? Let Caitlyn help you get the perfect match.

Pop on over to Caitlyn’s R&F Page to see how Rodan &Fields can work for you.

Oh, and on a side note – if you’re looking for custom butcher blocks, cheese boards, and other fine wood-crafted items check out Pullins Woodworking!

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In keeping with the custom theme, how about a gemstone wrap bracelet handmade by fellow nomad & gypsy soul, my friend, Shelly? Shelly is an artist at heart, and it totally shows in her paintings (a new hobby for her) as well as her established jewelry collection. You can see the love and eye she has for design in each of the one of a kind pieces in her Red Cactus Design studio. She can also do made to order items if you have something in mind. Stop by her Red Cactus Design Boutique to take a look around.

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What would Christmas be without comfy clothes? LoL I am new to the Agnes & Dora craze, but I have to tell you, the leggings are the bomb! They are super soft and fit true to size. I think the coolest thing is that they are actually long enough! The line-up includes way more than leggings, there’s dressier stuff too and Molly can help you find just the right outfit. For me, finding leggings can be tough so finding these was great! Also, sometimes finding an A&D piece you’ve seen online can be a challenge. But Molly is probably the best Agnes & Dora tracker out there. If you want it, chances are pretty darn good she can find it for you! You can see the Agnes & Dora selection by visiting  Style By Molly.

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Finally, the last but certainly not least gift idea is very near and dear to my heart. To say I’m a fan would be a total understatement. I use at least one of these incredible products Every. Single. Day.

I’m talking about something everyone could use in some form or another.

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Health & Fitness Made Simple – You guys have seen my posts about how the BeachBody Community has changed my life, so you know it’s not just a fad. I hope you noticed I said made “simple” not easy. There is a difference! But what worth having ever came easy??

Here’s the deal, whether you’re looking to help someone else live a happier, healthier, more energetic life or you need to get back on track yourself  – I can help you find the right program for you. No B.S. – just a straight forward combination of simple to follow workouts, clean eating plans, creative tasty recipes, a daily meal/snack replacement smoothie that tastes like dessert, and support from me and my team of life-changers along every step of the way.

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Here’s why it works …

And guess what?

The cool thing is, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home and you don’t have to wait until the 1st of the year to start your new journey!! I mean seriously, why wait. You can start today by taking baby steps to get you on your way.

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Remember,

Stay Classy, Sassy and a Bit Bad-Assy!

 

Once You Go M.A.C. You Won’t Go Back!

Do you guys remember the Drew Carry Show? You know, the one with Mimi the wise-cracking, crazy make-up lady … ???

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Yes, her!!

Well, that was 100% my fear about trying to wear make-up. I was so afraid that I would look like Mimi and not realize it. LoL Scary, right?

But turning 50-something has me wanting to smooth out the little lines and unevenness to my complexion and maybe add a little glow. I didn’t want anything dramatic, just a little touch-up. The thing was, I didn’t even really know where to start. Heck, I have a hard time picking out lip gloss, forget about finding the right color match for my skin tone. So, I went on a mission to the mecca to find divine inspiration … a.k.a. the mall.

I do have to tell you though, I had second thoughts about actually asking the advice of the professionals. After all, it had only been a few weeks since my hair catastrophe at ULTA in this same mall. But that’s another story all together. Today it’s all about the face.

I mustered up as much courage as I could without alcohol involved and walked into the mall. I had heard about MAC cosmetics and thought I would check them out first. But as I approached the store entrance instead of slowing I actually sped up my pace and walked right on by. My first thought was that this place was wayyyy to edgy for me. Purple lipstick, gold eye shadow?? I mean, I just want a little something, ya know? Not a dramatic fashion show look. So, I kept on walking.

Next I decided to peruse the cosmetic counters at the anchor stores, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, etc. I have to tell you, although these women were probably closer to my age, it seemed like they were sort of stuck in the 80’s. Think big, frosted hair and lots of gold jewelry. They reminded me of the TV show Dynasty. Plus they seemed poised and ready to spritz me with this year’s hot holiday perfume special. No thanks.

Hmmm … what about Sephora? That’s a name I’ve heard tossed about before. I thought I’d check them out too. But here’s the thing, if the women at the other counters looked “dated” then these young ladies looked … well like babies trying to look older. Again, no thanks.

At this point I did think about just aborting the mission. But if there’s one thing I’m not it’s a quitter, just ask my liver, LoL. So, I sucked it up, picked up my pace and headed back to the MAC store …

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And walked right by again … saying to myself I think I can, I think I can …

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Then finally, I said “F it”! I took a deep, cleansing breath and walked right back and into the store and before I could walk out Issac walked up to my with a big warm smile and asked me one simple question … “How can I help you today?” And with those simple words I started my journey with MAC cosmetics.

He was genuinely interested in what I was looking for and totally treated me with kid gloves when I explained to him that I really had ZERO experience with using makeup. He took the time to show me different items and how they worked, how to pick the right color for my skin tone, and more importantly, he didn’t try and sell me things I didn’t need. (i.e. skin care/moisturizing products. I love my Rodan & Fields!)

So, all the angst and feelings of not belonging in a store like that were for naught. Sure they have the latest in high, dramatic and glamorous fashion if that’s what you’re looking for. And hey, it might be fun to go back one day and really get glammed up one day!! But for my first attempt at trying to find a simple clean, yet updated look I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Here’s Isaac here, he was such a sweetie!

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It’s been a couple weeks since I went in and I’ve been using most of what I bought that day. I love the primer, concealer and bronzing powder. They all feel light and like they allow my skin to breathe, if that makes any sense. I’m sure I’ll use the eye shadow and lipstick for other occasions, but it’s not something I feel like I need for everyday.

 

The goody bag …

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The goodies …

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So, I guess this just goes to prove, you’re never too old to add some new tricks to your Fighting Frumpy arsenal!!

Special thanks to Isaac for opening my eyes (ha, ha, see what i did there??) to a wonderful line of cosmetics AND to my friend Amy for the awesome title to this post. LoL

That’s all for now, remember –

Stay Classy, Sassy & a Bit Badassy!