Saturday, 5 December 2020

Donate to a good cause - All Hands and Hearts - long-term recovery for people in need

Hi There..... Have you ever considered giving to a good cause, to people in need? Have you ever heard about the All Hands and Hearts organization?

Don't you think a little kindness could go a long way even in these trying times? I know many people have suffered financially from this Corona crisis, but I hope you still have some love to give to a good cause, to people in need. The last thing you need right now is someone like me that says there are far worse things. 😘

That is something I really hate myself when I tell them about my illness 'Some people have it worse'. It makes my hair stand up. 😒

Still, it doesn't mean we should be ignorant of people that suffer from natural disasters. Last year I wrote 2 posts about good causes and I have to admit that I was hesitant to do this again this year but as you can see I ignored myself. Why? 😲

Well, even though my mom passed away 2 years ago, she still had her say in this. I can still remember what she often said 'what have you got to lose. You already have a no so go for a yes'. 😄

And maybe this is not the best time for you, but who knows in a few months you may think about my blog when times are getting better. If I do not write this post, you may be lost completely and might have to Google to find a trustworthy good cause. 😫

What if you get a virus on your computer by doing this search or maybe you go completely crazy because you can't find one and you fall from the stairs not having your head in the right place? Oh yes, I am saving you from all those problems just because I am a good soul. 😁


With record numbers of hurricanes hitting the US in 2020, there is an urgent need for a thoughtful approach to disaster relief. The organization All Hands and Hearts arrives early and they stay late to assist with long-term recovery. 

Currently, they are running programs in Texas, Florida, CA, and The Bahamas. All Hands and Hearts has quickly adapted to open a new initiative, a 12-week service commitment to communities impacted by natural disasters with health and safety measures in the time of COVID19. It’s called DM-12. 

96 cents of every dollar donated is spent on their programs, which is one reason they’re rated in the top 9% of U.S. charities evaluated by Charity Navigator, the most trusted charity assessment organization.

I love that I found this Charity Navigator. I used it to choose which charities I wanted to share with you. Imagine that I would tell you about a charity and it would be a hoax. I wouldn't want that to happen to me, so definitely not to my followers either. 😊

They have a lot of programs running, but some of them had to be suspended because of the Corona crisis. I picked out a few to give you a sense of what they are doing.


Florida Hurricane Relief

Disaster Profile
On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael slammed into Mexico Beach, Florida as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 160 mph. With record-breaking wind speeds, Michael was both the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental US (since Hurricane Andrew in 1992) and to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. Tracking across the Southeastern United States, winds plunged 1.4 million residents into complete darkness in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Communities across the region were devastated, with full towns in the Panhandle demolished beyond recognition.

Program Work
Thanks to the support of partners, donors, the local community, and volunteers they have committed to carrying out critical home repairs on 40 homes in Jackson County between October 2020 and April 2021. Their first DM12 cohort began work last month and are focusing their efforts on mucking and gutting, mold sanitation, home repairs, and renewal projects.

Program History
Phase I: Panama City, Florida (October 2018 to December 2019)
Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, their Rapid Response team jumped into action immediately after the storm’s landfall. Identifying a great need in Bay and Calhoun counties, the majority of their work focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. Their initial efforts were chainsawing, debris removal, and residential flood cleanup; they then worked on mucking and gutting homes, as well as performing mold sanitations.

Their Hurricane Michael program officially transitioned to the recovery phase in June 2019 and began with the rebuilding work on affected homes; they worked in tandem with local community partners to effectively support recovery and helped more than 800 people.

Louisiana 2020 Hurricane Relief

Disaster Profile
Louisiana has been hit by four storms this year, the two largest of which have caused significant damage. On August 27th, Hurricane Laura pounded the Louisiana and Texas coasts, making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with 150 m.p.h. winds. Hurricane Laura tied the Last Island Hurricane (1856) for the strongest land-falling hurricane in Louisiana on record.

Just six weeks later, on October 9th, Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Creole, Louisiana. It followed a similar path to Hurricane Laura and compounded the damages already left by previous storms, as well as causing a lot more rainfall accumulation, with several places reporting up to 18” within a few hours. Flood emergencies and wind damage were reported across large areas, and many communities got significant damage to their properties.

Their Work
Their team is assisting families impacted by both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, and with the support of AmeriCorps NCCC members, has been focusing on response activities to date (chainsawing, roof tarping, debris removal, and mucking and gutting). They committed to staying in Louisiana into 2021 and will be transitioning to recovery activities in December 2020, starting with a resilient roof repair program.

Los Angeles COVID-19 Relief

Crisis Overview
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause a significant impact on the Los Angeles (LA), California county area. To date, there are more than 310,000 confirmed cases, 7,000 deaths in LA County and the threat level remains high — signifying that COVID-19 could overwhelm the community and health care system if not controlled.

Program Work
As they investigated the idea of leveraging their volunteer model to support other NGOs providing COVID-19 assistance to their communities, Los Angeles County was identified as one potential place they could help address critical needs for the community. They learned from NGO partners, with local affiliates in the area, that demands for services were at an all-time high and local volunteer availability was significantly constrained.

Their team has been in Los Angeles, since early July, working with new and existing partners to identify how they can be most effective in supporting the Los Angeles community. Through their current program, they are working to increase the capacity of partner organizations, LA Food Bank, and CORE. With up to 30 volunteers, on a weekly basis, they aim to assemble 35,000 emergency meal kits, distribute 55,000 meals to families in need, and orchestrate 30,000 COVID-19 tests.

I just got a message today (09.12.2020) that there are a few program changes that were just updated yesterday. Currently, All Hands and Hearts is only accepting the DM-12 volunteer applications in The Bahamas, Mexico, and California: The applications are not open in Louisiana and Florida. 

Be sure to visit their website if you want to know more. 😍

Hope you like my blog post. Until next time. Have a nice day.    
Renata (Seadbeady) 



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Friday, 4 December 2020

The best Face Cleanser - Gorgeous rx Rejuvenating Cleanser

Hi There..... Would you like to know more about skincare products? How about I tell you more about my new face cleanser?

Unless you are still a spring chicken, I bet you do. I wasn’t looking for that fountain of youth either before I got in my 30s. Maybe nobody gave you the heads-up yet, but I can tell you, girl, wrinkles are no fun. 😝

At this same moment, I am thinking, what if I make it to 70 or 80? The thought of that makes me shiver. I have always been a huge fan of scary movies, but I don’t want to end up looking at myself in the mirror and thinking I am watching Frankenstein’s monster or something similar. 😨

Maybe that would be a great time though to do an audition for the next big Horror story. The headline would be 80-year-old woman stars in the world’s first genuine Monster movie. Or maybe better, Monster of Loch ness finally surfaced. Just like they used freaks to star in shows in the circus around the 1800-1900s. 😁

Beg your pardon, madam, what did you say? Oh, you are 80, and not looking like a monster. I am so sorry for all those sweet old ladies I have offended. 😏

Maybe it is like a vicious cycle. You get wrinkles because you worry about getting too many wrinkles. The more you worry about it, the more wrinkles. Could be that the solution lies in the problem and all I need to do is stop worrying. 😂

If I could do that, there is just one thing left to do, and that’s get rid of the lines I already have. Seems pretty straightforward to me. I could start by trying out this new face cleanser from Gorgeous rx I received just a few days ago. 😊


Let's have a look at what their website says about this skincare product.

It's a gentle, sulfate-free Revitalizing Cleanser that removes makeup, oil, and impurities, while conditioning and soothing sensitive skin with rich botanical extracts.

The benefits are that it contains a rich, anti-aging peptide complex with 11 botanical essential oils and extracts, including Clary Sage, Galanga, and Aloe. It cleanses, conditions, and invigorates sensitive skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and visibly younger-looking. It hydrates the skin with essential anti-aging nutrients, including Vitamin C and E. It protects the skin’s natural barrier through light lathering, preventing it from being overly dry. It cleanses dirt and impurities without irritation.

Gorgeous RxTM says that their products are for everyone, but they do something different that makes them more special. They target their formulations for diverse skin types and their skin conditions backed by 20 years of dermatological experience in diverse skincare by an expert in the industry, Dr. Sonya Johnson.

Everyone’s skin is unique, and everyone’s skincare routine differs. They have 20 years of experience in taking care of different skin types and conditions to back this. They specifically curated their products with the same research and feedback from their clients. 

Picture by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay 

That sounds perfect to me and who knows, maybe they will take my feedback into account too. 😎

However, that may be a bit of a problem since I only have positive feedback. This morning I had dumping because I put sugar into my oatmeal mix that I made. You may think, what on earth is dumping? It is because of the Gastric Bypass surgery I underwent almost 3 years ago. I lost about 40 kilo's but I have a problem when I take in too much sugar. Dumping makes me feel as if I ate tons and it makes me nauseous and sweaty. 😓

You can read about my Gastric Bypass in this blog post if you like if you have finished reading this blog post. 

Safe to say I did not feel good at all, but I still wanted to test this rejuvenating cleanser and I am so glad I did. It was so refreshing that it made me feel a lot better. Probably also because of the citrus scent. It also cooled down the sweaty feeling because it felt as if I had been walking in the wind for a short while. I have to say that this is by far the best face cleanser I ever used. All subjective, of course, but if you like the citrus scent of fresh oranges, I can only recommend this product. 😍

And another positive thing is that you don't really need much. The bottle I received will probably last me for a long time. Oh yes, I almost forgot to say that without using my day cream, my face felt soft as a baby. 😃

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 



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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Holiday Gift Guide - Travel Gifts and Book Gifts and Staples Gift for Her - 20 items maximum $50

Hi There..... Are you in for my last Holiday Gift Guide for this year? Would you like some Book gifts or Staples or maybe you would rather find a Travel gift for her?

I love to travel and would do it a lot more if it weren’t so expensive. I know, it’s our own fault because when we go on a holiday we want to enjoy it to the fullest. 😊

We prefer to stay in a hotel and never go on camping trips. We love to go to dinner, so we sometimes skip a meal in the hotel to go to a restaurant and what’s not to like about shopping in a city you have never been to before. 😏

That reminds me of a story about one of our Holidays. We had planned a trip to Quimper in Bretagne, France. Maybe planned is not the best word choice in this case. 😎

None of my sisters owned a car then, just me and my mum. That’s why we agreed that both my sisters and the eldest kids would go to Quimper by train. I and my hubby together with our youngest and my sister’s youngest would go there in our car. My sister’s hubby would accompany my mom, and they would take a large part of the luggage too. 😄

We would take the lead, and my mom would follow. At our last break, we had been joking around and my sister’s hubby said we were driving too slow and they would take point if we wouldn’t drive better. Before we went on, we checked the map (there was no GPS back in 1994) to estimate the time we would arrive. 😊

At a certain moment, we took an exit on the highway and thought that my mom would surely follow. What we didn’t notice was that she had been passing another car and couldn’t take the exit. The first thing my hubby said was that they probably went their own way. That’s when I realized I only knew the name of the place where we would go, but I didn’t have an exact address. 😨

I bet you are thinking, no problem, you just call each other on your cell phones. Wrong, hardly anyone owned a cell phone in those days. We had no clue how we were going to find each other again. In the car, we were constantly debating on what we would do once we would get to Quimper. 😦

According to my hubby, the best idea would be to drive down the streets until we would spot my mom’s car. I didn’t agree, but at first still did it, anyway. At a certain moment I said no, we have to stop and wait in the center of the town. We waited for half an hour and there she was, my mom. I had never been so happy to see her again. 😍

I know you are waiting for me to show you a cool gift for her. Are you getting a little impatient right now? No worries, here they are. 😁


Clipa2 Polished Copper/Rose Gold Bag Hanger $15.95


The Clipa 2 is a bracelet that automatically opens into a bag hanger: it extends bag life while preventing contact with viruses, bacteria, germs, water, and dirt Simply open either end of this sleek, elegant ring and instantly hold up to 33 lbs in just a half an inch of space from just about any vertical or horizontal space. 

Great for grocery carts and hanging restaurant takeout from a car’s passenger seat headrest, the Clipa also works on bathroom sinks, stall walls, and doors missing a coat hook. Even works on rails!
 
Useful in resorts, spas, cubicles, restaurants, bars. Ideal for airplane lavatories, tray tables, cruise ship gaming tables, salons, shopping, and more. It’s been tested to last 10 years, won’t tarnish, and it's backed with a satisfaction guarantee.

Great for pink and blush bags and backpacks, this limited edition copper/rose gold finish will stand up to years of wear and tear. Opens into a hook then closes back into a ring when finished. Holds bags up to 33 lbs. yet it weighs just 1.6 oz.


Sidekick Crossbody $39


Adventurist Backpack Co. design mid-priced and high-quality minimalist backpacks for travel, with a cause. 

For every backpack sold, they provide 25 meals to families in need across the U.S. - through their partnership with non-profit Feeding America. Since their launch just over 2 years ago, they've been able to provide over 150,000 meals to families across the country. 

The brand's new Sidekick Crossbody bag is a great gift for women that love to travel, spend time outdoors, or that want a high-quality and fashionable bag for shopping, errands, and daily life (that gives back). The Sidekick is water-resistant, made with 1000D polyester and vegan leather. It has padding front/back for increased protection for phone/electronics. 

Adventurist designs, minimalist backpacks, and other travel essentials.

Like all of their backpacks, the Sidekick Crossbody is made with an ultra-durable, water-resistant 1000D polyester and synthetic leather details. It is designed with dual front + back padding to ensure protection for all of your belongings.

Everyone needs a good Sidekick. This crossbody bag is perfect for hiking, camping, travel, passports, festivals, BBQs, running errands, or anywhere your day (or night) might take you.

SIDEKICK FEATURES

Ultra-Durable 1000D Polyester

Water-Resistant

Front/Back Padding for Increased Protection and Shape Hold

Synthetic Leather Details

Premium YKK Zippers

Adjustable Cross Body Strap

2 Front Sleeves

Inside Zippered Pocket for Valuables

8.5 x 6.5 x 2 in.


Awakening the Soul of Power $29.20

Award-winning author Christian de la Huerta is an acclaimed speaker at various settings, including universities, conferences, corporate training, spiritual communities, and the TedX stage. 

Audiences find Christian's message particularly relevant in these times. Christian also practices as a spiritual coach and a leadership development consultant whose work ranges from individuals and couples in private practice to major corporations and non-profit groups.

Are You Ready to Reclaim Your Power and Release the Hero Inside You?

Tired of giving away your power? Had enough of saying yes when inside you feel no? Do you have an ambivalent relationship to power-you want it but are afraid of it?

Awakening the Soul of Power, the first book in the Calling All Heroes series, rethinks what heroism means in the 21st century and reveals practical tools to help you embark on a journey to personal freedom. It focuses on personal empowerment because the way you embody, express, and relate to power impacts every area of your life. 

If you long for healthier relationships and a life filled with meaning and purpose, this book holds the keys to getting what you want. 

Awakening the Soul of Power will help you: 

- Heal toxic relationship patterns
- Negotiate power struggles successfully
- Stop cheating yourself and playing small
- Conquer insecurity and unworthiness

Unlock the secrets of personal empowerment and unleash your inner hero . . . starting today!


Weekly Routine Planner Inserts $13.00


Goldmine and CoCo is an online stationery and lifestyle brand that “sprinkles” planners, stickers, and accessories with Black Girl Magic so women and girls can make a powerful statement and plan for success. 

Their stickers, in particular, would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who loves planners and stickers. Their range includes doll stickers (where you can pick your doll and skin tone), functional stickers, Miss Peyton stickers (she’s part of the Planner Squad), a collection of trunk piece decorative stickers, and Penny stickers (small black doll set), among others.

Come alive in the night time? Their vertical weekly routine inserts allow you the space to knowledge transfer and prioritize your to-do list and create a nightly routine.

Things to Know:

Undated

16 sheets (8 sheets from and back)

Front to back design

Punched and Printed on premium opaque paper stock with a smooth, heavy finish

Can be used in conjunction with the 2020 Aug Dec Monthly Calendar


Cabin Life (Card) $4.00


Nancy Murphy is an acrylic painter living in Austin, Texas. She attributes her discovery of painting to the “Corona Virus.” Prior to that, she didn't know she was artistic. 

Boredom drove her to sign up for a 2-hour Facebook painting class. A passion was ignited when she discovered a hidden talent she didn't know existed. It's been non-stop since. What started as a time filler turned into a blessing.

When she's having a good painting day, her whole world improves, including her ability to beat her husband in tennis. 

She started using a yellow dot in her signature to signify her painting was finished, like a period at the end of a sentence. She loved the way it dressed it up and added a touch of whimsy. 

Come on in and sit by the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Greeting Card Size: Cards measure 5" X 7” and are printed on high-quality paper stock. Card interior is blank, leaving room for a custom greeting for the Halloween holiday. Envelop included. Packaged in an individual cellophane bag.

ART: All greetings cards come from her original acrylic paintings. This one was inspired by a pumpkin patch she went to in Santa Barbara, California.


Black Makeup Train Case $45.95


Ellis James Design makes luxuriously glamorous bags, organizers, and travel essentials to fit any mobile lifestyle.

The Ellis James Designs Makeup Train Case fits everything your beauty regime needs, including your hair straightener! This dual-purpose travel and organizer bag has enough space for your favorite cosmetics and more. Classic in design and functional in purpose, it's a beautiful addition to any vanity. Whether for adventures or for home organization, it's the perfect gift for the special woman in your life this season.

Makeup Case Details

12 Multi-sized brush compartments and tool slots

Large size for storage with 4 removable velcro dividers

A removable zip pouch for all your on-the-go essentials

About this Makeup Organizer Bag

Dimensions: 8.7 W x 12 L x 4 D (inches)

Materials: Soft Touch Quilted Nylon

Wipe Clean Interior and Padded for Protection


Tru Earth Eco-strips Laundry Detergent
(Fresh Linen) - 64 Loads €25.95


Each Tru Earth eco-strip packs ultra-concentrated, convenient, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of detergent that you just toss in the wash.

New zero-waste compostable packaging
No measuring & no mess
Dissolves completely in Hot or Cold Water.
Works in all washing machines, including HE. Front loads or top loads.
Helps keep 700,000,000 plastic jugs out of landfills per year
Tru Earth Certifications

Paraben-free
Phosphate-free
Readily biodegradable in accordance with OECD 310D
Vegan: no animal-based ingredients or testing on animals by us or our ingredient suppliers

Tru Earth Eco-Strips is the smartest way to clean laundry, period.

The smart formulation effectively seeks out and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, keeping them in suspension until they are rinsed away. It makes your laundry washing chore easier, healthier, more economical, and much kinder to our planet.

Clean, green, and simple! 

The laundry detergent you use should be as sensitive to your skin as the environment.

It is their mission to put your family first and that is why their eco-strips are paraben free.

When you use Tru Earth Eco-Strips, you will feel confident that you are taking care of your family, and their future on this planet. 

Not only are Tru Earth Eco-Strips incredibly convenient, but they also pride themselves on safety and health. Tru Earth Eco-Strips are vegan, friendly, and Paraben-free and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.


Scratch Off World Map - Personalised Travel Tracker Poster $19.97


RELIVE AND SHARE YOUR ADVENTURES - While you wait for your next holidays, our map will remind you of all the distant places you’ve been to and will help you find exciting new destinations when the travel bug hits you hard. It will also help you to subtly brag about your geographical conquests every time someone comes over!

GET A SECOND MAP, GO EXPLORE LOCALLY – Most of the time, the best things are just around the corner. We hope that the BONUS A4 sized scratchable map of the United States will encourage you to explore your own country.

LIVEN UP THAT BORING WALL – Is your room looking a little dull? Hang their map and add some vacation pictures for some instant ‘wow’ factor and a conversation piece that will surely get many compliments! Designed in 2 color variations with a classy premium feel to find a place in any interior. It will surely look great at your home!

PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR FRIENDS – inspire others to explore the world and turn your homebody buddies into enthusiastic travelers! Even for the least adventurous, it will work great as a stylish poster or a semi-educational tool for children. Comes in a beautiful gift-ready and eco-friendly recycled cardboard box, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping!


Happily Altered After $27.95


Maya Holihan puts her wealth of experience and knowledge to good use helping today’s bride take the stress out of that all-important purchase—the wedding gown. 

For over a decade she was a hands-on owner of multiple bridal businesses in the Greater Norfolk Virginia area. Finding the gown is the prized planning detail for most brides. 

Maya shares plenty of inside secrets and do’s and don’ts to guide the bride down the path to wedded bliss. Her valuable commentary equips a bride with the knowledge and mindset she needs to prepare for this momentous time in her life. 

Happily Altered After is filled with helpful anecdotes and stunning photos from brides who’ve said, “I do,” and wedding planners who’ve masterfully dodged wedding gown mishaps. 

It’s an essential read for brides, mothers, and maids-of-honor, and even fathers will enjoy the useful guidance this book offers. Let Happily Altered After be your compass on the road to Happily Ever After.


USA Mug £19.95


TROUVAILLE is a shop from a young couple from Europe who have been traveling together since 2008. They lived in different countries, took the most of their opportunities to travel, and always brought a cool mug as a souvenir from every trip. 

Who doesn’t love reminiscing about past trips over a nice cup of tea? They certainly do. Perhaps too much, as the kitchen of their flat in London soon became too small to fit all the mugs They bought as a souvenir from every place they visited! 

‘What if we could enjoy our tea in one mug that reminded us of all our adventures?’ Within a year of asking themselves this question, they had left their jobs, founded Trouvaille, and were enjoying all the benefits of a location-independent lifestyle which has allowed them to travel all over the world. 

Trouvaille, which means “A chance encounter with something wonderful; a lucky find” was born out of our firm belief that it is possible to do business with a minimal impact on the environment and that travel really makes you richer.

Sustainability is one of Trouvaille’s core values. In their travels, they have seen first-hand the impact humans are having on the environment. They have seen melting ice in Antarctica, dead corals in the Great Barrier Reef, and sea lion pups playing with plastic bottles in the Galapagos. 

Therefore, all their products are sustainably produced in Europe and come in plastic-free packaging. They also donate part of our profits to a UK environmental and social charity. 


This USA mug is the perfect gift for that lover of US road trips in your life! Let them brag about how many states they've been to during the coffee break and make them daydream every time they take a sip. It's about the small things, right?

This mug is designed and made in Europe with high-quality ceramic.

Features:

• Made in the EU

• Mug capacity: 500 ml/16.9 oz.

• Microwave and dishwasher safe

• Green ceramic brush pen included

Make the mug more colorful with a Set of 4 pens!

How it works*:

• Colour in the places you have visited

• Let the ink dry for about 15 minutes

• Bake at 160°C / 320°F in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool in the oven.

• Your mug is now personalized! You can put it in the microwave and the dishwasher and the colors won't fade.

• Repeat the process every time you visit a new place

Steeped Miir Octopus Mug $30.00


Steeped Coffee is an innovative startup committed to premium coffee, convenience, and environmental stewardship in equal measure. So when you introduce the coffee lovers in your life to Steeped, it’s a win-win for them and the planet.
 
What sets Steeped Coffee apart is its proprietary brewing method that does not require machines or brewing equipment, made much like tea. The coffee comes in single-serve bags that are nitro-sealed to ensure absolute freshness. 

It’s a uniquely “unplugged” coffee experience, from the award-winning packaging made using compostable and renewable materials to the non-GMO filters. All it takes to brew a perfect cup is hot water and a few minutes, and at the end of the day, there are no wasteful plastic pods accumulating in waterways or landfills. 
 
Best of all, each Steeped Pack contains hand-roasted, ethically sourced, Direct Trade coffee that’s precision ground to showcase the distinctive flavor profile of every crafted blend. Whether you’re looking for a light, medium, dark, French roast, or even decaf, there’s something for you. 
 
So instead of racking your brain for the perfect gift, visit the Steeped website and make someone’s day while also being eco-conscious! With plenty of one-of-a-kind items, it’s the simplest way to give friends, family, and coworkers the gift of Coffee Without Compromise this holiday season.

Make your campfire memories a little warmer with a modern take on Grandpa's old camp cup. The 12 oz custom Steeped Coffee Miir Mug is vacuum insulated so you won't burn your hands when you are at work, home, or camping. Featuring a press-fit lid to prevent spilling and a convenient handle to make picking up your coffee mug a little easier.

Thermo 3D ™ Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Technology

Keeps cold, stays hot

Does not sweat

The lid and cup are BPA free. Press-on lid prevents splashes and keeps drinks warm longer.

18/8 Medical grade stainless steel doesn't transfer flavor or metal aftertaste


One Week Story $22.99


Tellinga (like telling a story) illustrates personalized stories as unique gifts and sends them through traditional mail. They have been interviewed and featured on National Public Radio (NPR), AP News, and CBS.

We live in such a digital world these days as we are always emailing, text messaging and following each other’s social media accounts.  Some things, such as traditional mail (mailbox), have been forgotten.  

Tellinga offers a way to tap back into the tangible and traditional by providing a product that you can touch and feel on a deeper level rather than staring at another screen.  This the anti-social media company!

HOW IT WORKS:

1. First, select your story length

2. Next, upload a photo and add a description of your desired story (reminisce a memory or create a brand new story)

3. After receiving your request, our team of professional artists will start working on your story     

4. 24 hours later, the designated recipient of the story will start receiving unique hand-drawn greeting cards sized images every other day in their mailbox until the package ends

The One Week Story consists of three personalized hand-drawn greeting card-sized illustrations sent by mail every other day over one week.

Greeting card stories are shipped through traditional snail mail. Each image is hand-drawn by a talented Tellinga artist on a 5.5" x 8.5" greeting card-sized postcard. It is then placed in a 6" x 9" brown grocery bag style envelope with the customer's address used as the return address. 

Before your card is shipped to its desired location, a Tellinga stamp, and custom wax seal are applied. Afterward, the digital copies of your epistolary are uploaded in the "Download Your Story" section of the website and also sent to your email to share online with family and friends. 

Every card shipped helps raise funds to fight Alzheimer's disease, support breast cancer research, or helps treat those impacted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Create your own story or reminisce a memory from your past. Make your own story as unique and as creative as you desire. 


Encourage yourself $9.95




BEST GIFT IDEAS | A JOURNAL FOR SELF-EXPLORATION | MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION | COLORING BOOKS FOR GROWN-UPS

A STRESS-RELIEF HOW-TO GUIDE TO HELP YOU GET FROM STUCK TO THRIVING IN 30 DAYS

Ever wish you had your own cheerleader? Somebody who would give you a positive nudge right when you need it the most? Someone who is a rock you can always count on? Well, the great news is that you’ve got you!

This is not just another coloring book, it’s also an invitation for you to delve deeper into who you are so you can find out what makes you come alive. With that in mind, I invite you inside these pages on a creative self-help adventure.

You’ll unleash your artistic side with 60 calming designs & patterns to color while you do daily small-sized activities aimed at:

helping you heal yourself & inspiring you to create a life you love.


Shelli's hope is that you’ll use these pages to ignite your imagination, discard your limitations, & free your inner creator.

Images of mandalas and patterns, animals, flowers, and landscapes

60 images for all skill levels

Journal pages included

Use your favorite coloring tools (pens, markers, crayons, pencils)


FakeFacts $14.99


Rue Cler Games was founded in 2020 by husband-and-wife team Stephen and Charell Chiger and specializes in building fun interactive games for people who want to play together. Made here in the US, FakeFacts is sold online through The Game Crafter. The game is family-friendly, appropriate for ages 12+..

FakeFacts is the perfect present for people who love weird, hard-to-believe trivia, fast-paced social games, or just fooling their friends. Players can expect to learn (and fabricate!) bizarre, surprising, and totally unpredictable trivia -- and the game’s structure makes it easy to play over video conferences.

A game of trivia, lies, and the fine art of BS.
FakeFacts is easy to learn but hard to win. To get started, gather some scraps of paper, a few pens/pencils, and at least one other person. Find the rules and FAQ cards, read them out loud, and you’ll be playing in minutes! Ages 12+.

The gameplay is simple: the dealer shares a category, and each player creates a "fake fact" on the topic. (Think categories like: Terrible Things That Famous Scientists Did, Surprising History of Household Objects, or Curious Athletic Competitions.) The fake trivia get shuffled with a truth, and everyone votes to spot what's real amidst the lies!

If you're good at crafting BS, spotting BS, or if you just love bizarre trivia, this is the game for you!

Easily playable in person or by video conference, this ain't no trivial pursuit.


Take 3: A Daily Journal of Gratitude & Affirmation $12.97

Take 3 is a guided gratitude and affirmations journal that was designed to connect you with your inner-self, so you gain a new perspective about your life, your mindset, and who you are as an individual.

Achieve inner peace and generate a positive outcome effect in your outer world with this simple, balanced, and enjoyable daily practice that takes just 3 minutes a day. Own Take 3 and experience the life-changing benefits this journal can have!

2020 turned out to be a trying time for everyone around the world, and many are left feeling lost or hopeless about the times ahead.
They created this journal to be the very antidote to these negative feelings and promise that everyone who uses it daily will have a more positive outlook on life and a better self-image overall.
It only takes 3 minutes a day to make this practice a daily habit, making it the perfect journal for anyone hustling or working hard to build their dream life. 


Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson $16.99



Miss Read Books. We specialize in YA/Adult titles (romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and thriller/horror) written by and featuring women of color.

Winner of the 2002 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection: In Skin folk, with fifteen works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best spinning tales like "Precious," in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing.

In "A Habit of Waste," a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she's shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In "The Glass Bottle Trick," the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband's superstitions--to horrifying consequences.
Hopkinson's unique and vibrant sense of pacing and dialogue sets a steady beat for stories that illustrate why she received the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Entertaining, challenging, and alluring, Skin Folk is not to be missed.

Biographical Note:
Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian whose taproots extend to Trinidad and Guyana. She has published numerous novels and short stories and occasionally edits anthologies.

Her writing has received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Andre Norton Award.

Hopkinson is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She has taught numerous times at both the Clarion Writers' Workshop and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Hopkinson's short story collection Falling in Love With Hominids will appear in 2015.
Paperback. 220 pages.

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle $29.95



The uniquely versatile Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle makes portable hydration incredibly convenient and sustainable. Made of flexible BPA-free silicone, the Nomader rolls-up or collapses flat to save space between use. Yet it’s as comfortable to drink from as a conventional bottle thanks to its ergonomic grip-sleeve and sturdy design.

Its patented leak-proof twist cap eliminates spills while protecting the spout from germs, and the wide mouth underneath the cap allows for adding ice and easy cleaning with a bottle brush.

Lightweight with a 25oz capacity, this innovative water bottle includes a durable carry strap, handles hot and cold drinks, is dishwasher safe, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Uniquely portable and incredibly versatile, the Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle keeps you hydrated NOMADer where you go.

No more spills in your bag. The patented screw cap and lid design ensure a secure airtight seal.

100% health safe materials, free of BPA, BPS, phthalates, and other harmful leaching chemicals.

Made of flexible, shatterproof silicone, Nomader bottles are tough enough to survive those accidental drops.

Designed with unique features and vibrant colors, the Nomader bottle was crafted to look as good as it performs.

In between sips, the hinged cap doubles as a hygienic spout cover, preventing germs from getting onto the mouthpiece.

Full-feature bottle: lightweight, collapsible, freezable, heat resistant, tough carry strap, wide-mouth, large capacity, dishwasher safe

Conveniently folds up or squishes down for compact travel, yet maintains its sturdy shape for comfortable drinking.

As rare as they may be, any and all defects are fully covered under our lifetime warranty.


Vampire Saga Paperback $49.95



YourNovel produces personalized romance/adventure novels for adults where any couple can become the main characters in their own book.

Yes, a real printed book or ebook.

Personalized, yes, with 26 bits of info about the starring couple. She becomes the heroine, he the hero. Paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks. You can even get their photo printed on the cover.

We have two books specific to the holidays - The Magic Snow Globes and Season's Greetings, Season's Love. There are 50+ titles to choose from, set all over the world.

Vampire saga is a personalized collection of three vampire stories by Gail Gibbs.
Vampires walk among us in this trilogy of romantic paranormal adventures, complete with jealousy, intrigue, and danger. The starring couple must learn to cope with the hidden world of vampires when they encounter a couple whose fiery love has spanned the centuries.
Set among the wild and majestic Rocky Mountains, the couple soon finds themselves drawn into a world of blood lust and supernatural powers and discover that associating with vampires can be both exciting and deadly.
Passion abounds, and not just among the vampires. Love’s eternal power is put to the test as the couple must draw on every ounce of their guile, courage, and devotion to see them through.
Included in this book are Gibbs' three vampire novellas: Vampire Rhapsody, Fresh Blood, and Blood Starved, all of which are still available for individual purchase as eBooks.


Self Care Bucket List $49.99



The Couple's Bucket List is filled with new, fun, and exciting ways to assure your love doesn't fizzle. No phones, no streaming services, just reconnecting (maybe with a bottle of wine) and giggling ‘til your sides hurt. The memories and fun you'll share will create memories for a lifetime!

Make personal healing and growth a daily priority with this card deck filled with 100 helpful, self-love suggestions.

A thoughtful gift to bring out the best in us and practices that will stick with you + your loved ones for a lifetime.

Height: 5.9 inches
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Weight: 1.6 lbs
Cards: 100
Artos Collections, a brand that aims to make travel convenient and organized for all. Everything in one place with Artostravel.

Have you ever spent hours in the hotel room, rummaging through your luggage to find that T-shirt that you wanted to wear?
Those wasted hours could be put into better use, like going out into the city to enjoy the scenic views, which would make your trip a much more enjoyable one.

At ArtosTravel, they have found the exact solution for you with their new portable cube organizer! A hybrid of an organized cube and a unique shelving system that makes packing and unpacking a breeze like never before!

MAKES PACKING & UNPACKING YOUR CLOTHES A BREEZE
Pack your essentials by organizing them into the zippered compartments. To unpack…wait, you don’t even need to unpack, simply use our hanging hooks to hang it in the closet or over the door, transforming it into a shelving system.

KEEP YOUR ESSENTIALS ORGANIZED
Zippered compartments help to organize your essentials, be it clothes, underwear or toiletries. There’s even a bottom expandable compartment to hold your shoes or dirty laundry! Say no more to wasted hours rummaging through your bags!

STURDY HOOKS AND RIPSTOP DURABLE CANVAS MATERIAL
The pride that we put into our products only lets us use the highest quality and sturdiest materials!


And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friends, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way

Do you remember the song - My Way sung by Frank Sinatra? This means the end of the Holiday Gift Guides for this year. You can always send me a message if you want a feature in next year's Holiday Gift Guides.

You also might want to look at my previous Gift Guides

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