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12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb Gift Ideas

by Jennifer Wieland
A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

The holidays are right around the corner. That means my pocketbook is going to be stretched thin. I have a ton of immediate family to buy for and then there’s extended family, friends, co-workers, yada, yada, yada. You get the idea. Money gets tight quickly. I do try to buy gifts when I can throughout the year but that final push the last month or two can really hit hard. I like having gifts that I can make and give out. First of all, I think they are more thoughtful and secondly, you can find some inexpensive ones to make. Bath bombs are all the rage with girls, teens and women. So being able to make some as gifts or stocking stuffers is a perfect go-to DIY gift idea.

A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb

These bath bombs are just the DIY gift you need. This list has the perfect DIY bath bombs whether you have skin issues, a cold, want to unwind from the day or just want some that look pretty and smell good. These bath bombs also has you covered for DIY gifts for everything from Christmas, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s Day, birthdays and even get well soon gifts.

1. Orange Bath Bombs
2. Lavender Bath Bombs
3. Heart Bath Bombs
4. Peppermint Bath Bombs
5. Fizzy Bath Bombs
6. Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
7. Belle’s Bath Bomb
8. Galaxy Bath Bombs
9. Chlorine Blasting Bath Bombs
10. Cupcake Bath Bombs
11. Mason Jar Bath Bombs
12. Unicorn Bath Bombs

Packaging up these bath bombs as gift is simple, easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is place them in cellophane bags and finish a label and some decorative ribbons If you want a more polished idea add them to a mason jar and finish it off with a top and side label, a pretty bow and a tag with instructions. 

 

 

 


Ginger Bark a Deliciously Addictive Holiday Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

While baking for my family Christmas party this the other day I decided to make something new. Everyone knows all about Peppermint Bark. Chocolate and crushed up candy canes combined to make a cool, creamy holiday treat. The problem I have with that though is that it’s been done to death and you don’t want to show up somewhere that already has 5 variations of the stuff. so if you’re over peppermint or it isn’t your holiday flavor of choice and if you’re the one always eating the gingerbread cookies at holiday parties then I have got the perfect holiday treat to make for you! This treat is going to have you standing out in the edible, homemade gift giving department this year! Ginger Bark is going to become one of your favorite go-to holiday treats to make!

I know exactly what you’re thinking, Ginger Bark, what on Earth us that? Ginger Bark is something that is going to put you on the holiday party map and leave the boring old Peppermint Bark in the dust! In Ginger Bark I have taken white chocolate and kicked the peppermint to the curb and replaced it with crushed up gingersnaps. I have to tell you that the pairing is freaking phenomenal! When I made it my daughter and I kept munching on it and when I brought it to my family Christmas party it received rave reviews from everyone. The white chocolate and the crispy ginger cookies are such a perfect pairing.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

It doesn’t get much easier than a recipe with only two ingredients!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions and crush the gingersnaps in a baggie or food processor.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Pour the crushed gingersnaps into the melted chocolate and stir together then spread the mixture into a prepared pan and let cool in the pan.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Once cool, break or cut up the Ginger Bark, eat and enjoy!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

If you are a fan of homemade gifts or if you are in need of a last-minute holiday or hostess gift make a batch of this super easy Ginger Bark candy. It’s sure to be a be a holiday hit!

Ginger Bark
Serves 20
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
123 calories
14 g
5 g
7 g
1 g
4 g
23 g
21 g
13 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
23g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 21mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. white chocolate melting discs
  2. 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Melt the white chocolate discs according to package instructions in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the crushed up gingersnaps.
  3. Pour into a 9"x13" pan lined with wax paper and spread evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.
Notes
  1. If you don't have white chocolate melting discs on hand you can use white chocolate chips.
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Tis the Season to Sparkle with Customizable Engagement Rings from Anjolee

by Jennifer Wieland
Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal
Thanks to Anjolee.com for sponsoring today’s post!
Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal

The holidays are a time for gift giving and one of the most popular gifts that is sometimes given is an engagement ring. Proposing during the holidays is always beautiful because you and your love are surrounded by family and friends and it makes the magical holiday season even that much more special. This season you can find the perfect engagement ring with Anjolee. Anjolee is an online jeweler that offers a beautiful line of customizable engagement rings that will take you beloveds breath away. 

Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal

All of the engagement rings can be customized on Anjolee.com according to your girlfriend’s likes so it’s perfect for her. You can pick which metal the ring is set in and your options are white gold, yellow gold or platinum. The white and yellow gold can also be either 14k or 18k.You get to pick your total carat weight of the diamonds in the ring from a huge selection. You even get to select the quality of the side and center diamond/gemstone. All that’s left after that is to make sure you get the perfect size.

Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal

Anjolee offers other great features like having a replica of the ring made out of silver and cubic zirconia. That way when you travel you can leave the real piece at home and bring the copy so that your special ring stays safe. They also send an Anjolee Certificate of Authenticity which each diamond order and you have the option to get a third party IGI appraisal certificate to your diamond jewelry order so you know you are getting great quality.

Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal

The whole idea of customizing a ring online may seem daunting and leave you a little nervous but I can tell you that it is a piece of cake and Anjolee’s products are gorgeous in person! Anjolee gave me the chance to customize an engagement ring to learn how the whole process works and then sent me a replica of the ring I had created. I picked the Cloud Nine Cushion Bridal Set and I have to tell you that the replica is absolutely beautiful! I was amazed how great it came out. It’s so beautiful and perfect in fact that I have been wearing it in place of my regular wedding ring set.

Tis the season to sparkle with customizable engagement rings from Anjolee.com #engagementring #love #wedding #proposal

To view all of the beautiful ring options available to wow your love with this holiday season head on over to Anjolee.com.

 

 

 


Festive Fun at Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago
Thank you to Fashion Outlets of Chicago for sponsoring today’s post!
Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is always the go to outlet mall for me. It’s packed with high-end and everyday stores and so many delish candy shops that any chocoholic will get their fix. This Christmas Fashion Outlets of Chicago is offering a top of the line Santa experience for you and your family. Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Santa HQ was designed and created by HGTV and just like all HGTV makeovers Santa’s house has been modernized. Visitors can download the Elf-Ray Vision app on their smartphones. You can then locate the gears around Santa’s house and workshop and see what those mischievous little elves are up to in the workshop. You can also get a 3-D view of all of Santa’s toy blueprints.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Kids can also get scanned to find out if they are the naughty or nice list with the big guy. After they are scanned their name will appear on either the naughty or nice list. You’ll have to work hard and hurry to get on the nice list though if you are on the naughty list because Christmas is just around the corner.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

The whole family can also take pictures of themselves with the Elfie Selfie app. The whole family will then be elfed and put into a cute little dance video you can email to yourself. It’s adorable!

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

What’s even better is that all of these fun activities above are free to do at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. You can make reservations for your family in advance at http://santa-hq.com/

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Just like all mall Santas you can have your picture taken with the big guy and purchase a photo package. They have a special right now through December 8th where you can get a photo package for $34.99 now through Dec. 8. This package includes one 5×7, two 4x6s and 8 wallet-sized photos and digital downloads. This package increase to $39.99 from Dec. 9 through Dec. 24.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Be a Christmas elf and help others in need!

Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened toy for Toys For Tots to Fashion Outlets of Chicago this season and help local children in need.

You’ll find the toy drop bin at the Concierge Services to donate your unopened and unwrapped gift benefiting Toys For Tots.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

PLUS as a thank you:

You will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago when you donate a toy!

 

 

 


My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

by Jennifer Wieland
Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

Take a look at the gift collage to see all the amazing giveaways you are about to enter!

Scroll down to see my giveaway up close.

Enter to win My Favorite Things prize package at the bottom of this post.

HOP around to all the other sites, check out their amazing prizes, and enter to win their gifts!

Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

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My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

My favorite things at the holidays are shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I like to think I work really hard at getting everyone I know and love just what they want so I can see a smile on their face when they open up their gifts. Shopping at the holidays can be rough though and you have to go into the stores prepped and ready. To make the perfect shopping day I need several of my favorite things to be able to get my shopping done and fight the crowds.

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

The perfect shopping trip needs a great tote bag to toss smaller purchases into, store your wallet, phone and shopping lists. This Vera Bradley Tote in the Cherry Blossoms print (retail value $48) is an ideal shopping tote. To make holiday shopping easier I like to use a smaller wallet that can hold all of my cards I’ll be using and that has an ID window for you ID. It makes it so much easier to show cashiers when they are tougher on card purchases. This adorable little Vera Bradley Zip ID Case in the Parisian Pom Poms print (retail value $12) is perfect for that. After I’ve made my Christmas shopping lists and checked them twice I can keep them organized along with all of my receipts just in case I was not so great at picking out the perfect present with binder clips. For my prize pack I have some fun ones from Vera Bradley in Midnight Paisley (retail value $8).

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2016

To start out any holiday shopping trip or just a day in my life in general I require caffeine. To give you that energy boost to power through long lines and crowded stores my prize pack includes a $10 Starbucks gift card. Once your out at the stores it’s nice to know that you have plenty of money to spend so I’m including $10 Walmart, $10 Target and $10 Kohl’s gift cards to help make your holiday shopping less hard on your bank account. Of course after a long day of shopping and toting bags around you need to refuel. One of my favorite fast food places is Chick-fil-A because I can grab grilled chicken nuggets and a salad of some sort to keep it healthy but quick and yummy. You’ll be able to do the same with a $10 Chick-fil-A gift card. It’s a good thing you’ll have a new wallet and tote to carry around all of these gift cards if you are my lucky winner of My Favorite Things Giveaway 2016!

 
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Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season

by Jennifer Wieland

 

Beards on men are all the rage again in fashion. Having a beard though means extra care and time grooming. Whether the bearded man in your life is just starting to grow in his facial hair or if he is trying to make a statement with a beard that can be braided you can make the most of your man’s beard grooming with Lovely Beards this holiday season.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

What is Lovely Beards?

Lovely Beards is a brand of beard grooming products designed to bring good smelling TLC to keep your man’s beard looking it’s absolute best. There are two products available, beard balms and beard oils. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Balm is handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Shea Butter and Natural Ingredients. The Organic Beard Balm is ideal for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Oil is also handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Oils and Essential Oils. The 100% Organic Beard Oil is perfect to use for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. There are currently seven delicious, manly scents available.

Available Scents

Gingerbread
Vanilla & Sandalwood
Mandarin & Cedarwood
Bourbon
Nectarine Mint
Unscented
Black Pepper

How do you use Lovely Beards?

Beard Balm – The Beard Balm will help soften, condition, repair and nourish new growth – while at the same time help stop that irritable itching caused by new hair growth. Each day use a small amount of Lovely Beards balm and apply directly to your beard. The beard balm can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

Beard Oil – To make the most of the beard oil, use the dropper to put a small amount of Lovely Beards oil onto your palm and apply directly to your beard. The beard oil can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

Both products smell heavenly and when used daily can help your man achieve his own Lovely Beard!

For more information and to purchase head over to the Lovely Beards website.

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#SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker Cookies This Holiday Season Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.


 

The holiday season is upon us and in my house that means it is time to kick my baking into high gear. This time of year though more than any other is when my kids want to help me bake. I like that my kids enjoy baking with me and want to learn how to do it. It’s a life skill that will serve them well as they become older. For me, it’s a great way to spend time with my kids and make memories together that will all bring us joy and happiness some day. Earlier this week my two youngest wanted to bake some cookies to get into the holiday season so I decided to let them #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker cookies.

While they were at school I printed this valuable coupon for 50¢ off when you buy ONE (1) Betty Crocker™ Cookie Mix. I then headed to the store and picked up some Betty Crocker Cookie Mix pouches for us to get creative with. 

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Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

When they got home from school they were so excited to see that we were going to be baking and making not one but two different types of cookies. I let them take over mixing duty and they took turns adding ingredients and stirring to get the dough mixed up. We mixed up both sugar cookie dough and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

For the sugar cookie dough we divided it up into thirds and used food coloring to make one red and one green and then rolled the green into a log and wrapped the un-colored and red around it. I then rolled it in wax paper and popped it into the refrigerator to chill while we worked on the chocolate chip cookies.

We made our chocolate chip cookies following the package instructions and baked them up. 

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the chocolate chip cookies were cool. I took two and piped frosting onto the bottom of one of the cookies and then placed the other cookie on top to sandwich them together. The kids then got to have lots of fun with sprinkles decorating the sides of the frosting.

Kids and cookies

Once the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches were completed we moved on to our colorfully, festive sugar cookies. I took the log of dough out of the refrigerator and cut we placed so 1/4″ slices. The kids then rolled the edges in sprinkles or dipped the tops into white sugar sprinkles. We then baked them up according to package instructions.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the cookies were all baked up and cooled we packaged some up to deliver to my parents. I had some plain paper boxes and lined them with parchment paper sheets. I then placed the decorated cookies in, closed it up and then wrapped some pretty raffia ribbon around it and attached one of the lovely Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer gift tags that you can download HERE.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Now it’s your turn to #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker and enter for a chance to win $20 Paypal cash!

 
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7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

by Jennifer Wieland
7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

 

 

The holidays are rushing up fast and the bill will soon go up even faster. If you haven’t finished shopping yet who are we kidding if you’re reading this you are NOT done. With a few simple tricks you can get save money on Christmas gifts for kids and still enjoy the holiday season without all of the financial stress. This season is not about the gifts. It is about the family.

7 Tips to Save On Christmas Gifts for Kids

Halloween costumes on clearance make great pretend play / dress up outfits for kids. Grab them in the days following Halloween and put them away for Christmas.

Find cute DIY projects that you can make for your kids. From upcycled lamps to cute bath products the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination (and Pinterest.) Clearance and resale craft supplies can make the cost even lower.

Check the clearance section to save money on Christmas gifts for kids. In the months leading up to the holiday season So much goes on clearance to make room for new sales.

Take some time to hit your local thrift and resale shops or your local yard sale page. This is a great way to find new unopened toys, boxes of Legos, and fun items that would normally not be in budget. Bigger items like bikes, furniture, and games systems are more affordable used.

Team up with friends and family for black Friday/cyber Monday. Getting all of the deals at all of the stores is next to impossible but with the help of friends and family you can get more of the deals. Plan out together with someone you are close too. One of you each take a shop and both lists. When doing cyber Monday shopping gather together with your laptops at your dining table. split orders to take advantage of free shipping with minimum orders.

Get your child basics for Christmas like pjs, socks, and warm winter clothes. While these are not the top of your child’s list they are practical and give the feeling of getting more while providing for needs. This is a great one for parents that feel pressured to give kids more.

Go for quality over quantity. So often we feel the need to keep up with the Jones’. The neighbors go on rattling off long lists of items they have gotten for their kids and you wonder how you can keep up with that. Let me let you in on a secret… You don’t have too. Your kids will be perfectly fine without loads of junk falling apart before the new year. Go for quality items made to last. If you really feel they need MORE see above.


VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX a Fashion Hit Plus Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx
The product has been provided by VTech so you could experience it with your family; however, the thoughts and opinions are all your own.

 

My daughter is a little fashionista! Shopping, clothes, shoes and accessories have always drawn her in. Her first word was shoe (pronounced sue while clapping and pointing at a pair of shoes in a store) and she’s been a slave to fashion since. Having a father in I.T. and a mother who used to work in corporate I.T. too has also made her a tech junkie. So when VTech asked if we wanted to test one of their Kidizoom Smartwatch DXs I knew she would love it for both the fashion and function.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

What is the VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX? 

(Ages 4-9 years; MSRP: $64.99)

  • The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is an even smarter watch for kids with better specs including double the internal memory and improved image quality, plus new features such as exciting motion-activated games, eye-catching 3D clock faces and new tools to hone basic math skills
  • Young photographers can take tons of pictures and videos and get creative with fun photo effects, video camera and voice recorder with voice-changing effects
  • In addition to the alarm, timer and stopwatch, the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX has 2 new tools including a calendar feature and a calculator so your child can work out simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems
  • Little fashionistas will love the new design and trendy colors available, including blue, vivid violet, pink, red and camouflage
  • Digital and analog display comes with more than 50 3D clock face designs and is splash proof for everyday play (splash and sweat proof; do not submerge and not suitable for showering or bathing)
  • Features rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and includes micro USB cable to upload photos/videos as well as recharge the battery
  • More than just a watch, it’s the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX!

My daughter received the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX in vivid violet. She loved the color and that it had pink accents because those are her two favorite colors. Once we opened up the package we took out the contents, the smartwatch, micro USB cable and user’s manual. We downloaded the Learning Lodge software from VTech and connected the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX to get it setup.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

After that my daughter spent hours checking out all of the apps, taking pics, making videos and recording voices. To say that she loved this would be an understatement. For a child who routinely acts like she is on camera talking about her life this was a way to make that into reality for her. It is her absolute favorite fashion accessory!

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

As a parent and a tech junkie I loved it. The pictures and video were surprising better than I would have expected from what is essentially and educational toy. I like that the game apps are educational and that she is learning while she plays. 

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

To learn more about the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX or VTech’s other educational toys checkout their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter

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Make Fun Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop

by Jennifer Wieland
Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #eHolidays #CollectiveBias

 

The holidays are fast approaching and in the mix of holidays I’m sure we all have a birthday, anniversary, wedding, shower or countless other things thrown into the mix too. Sometimes life sneaks up on you and you’re in need of a last-minute rushed gift. While other times you plan way in advance but know that a gift card is the perfect gift. Who wants to just send a dull boring gift card in an envelope or via email? A gift should have some life and personality to it right? That’s why I love that you can make fun personalized gift card gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

My sister has been a little down lately. She has five kids and three of them are ages two and under. She has a 12-year-old daughter, a 9-year-old son, 2-year-old boy, girl twins and a 1-year-old son. Basically, she has been pregnant or in new mom mode for three years straight. She spends all her time running the old kids around while hauling three little ones with her. At home she spends her day chasing down diaper clad bottoms going in three different directions. Her husband is a great guy and helps as much as possible but he works. However, there are always diapers, sleepless nights and days she prays for a shower alone for some me time. 

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I really wanted to send her a pick me up. Something to cheer her up and let her know that someone understands how much she needs a moment to herself to remember that she is not just mommy but Kim too. So I headed to The Gift Card Shop to find an egift card she would love but one that she would also spend only on herself. So she could indulge in some shopping. (I will even babysit.) I picked out a Sephora card because she loves beauty products and I know she’ll enjoy getting to try to pick out new items. 

It was so easy to order and personalize this gift with The Gift Card Shop that I’m going to show you!

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Head to The Gift Card Shop website. Click on the digital tab in the upper right corner.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I then clicked on the eGift Card link at the top of the page and browsed through the huge selection of egift cards.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Once I found the one I wanted, Sephora, I clicked the link for it. There I was able to select a denomination, choose between a digital gift card or a physical one and then I could either add to cart or personalize. I opted for the digital card and to personalize.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I was then taken to a a page where I could select from digital greeting cards, digital photobooks or digital video greetings. All of these would be a perfect option but i kept it simple and selected a digital greeting card.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I was then taken to a selection of beautiful card designs and narrowed it down with the occasions along the left side of the page. I went to the Just Because section of cards to find just what I was looking for. I then clicked on the card I wanted.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I decided to go with this Chin Up Buttercup card for my sister. I loved the beautiful flower background with the bold, silly saying. This is where you begin creating. Once you get the large view of the front you can select Back to pick a different card or Next to start to personalize it. If you select a card with a photo you can upload pictures from your computer, Facebook or Instagram.

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I typed a fun message to my sister and “signed” it. I was able to select different font types, colors, sizes and alignment. When I was happy with it I clicked on the Next button.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

There is so much detail that you can even select the envelope liner and envelope. Once that’s done you click on the Next button again at the top.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Click on the banner that says SWIPE OR CLICK to open your card and it will show you how the whole thing will look to the recipient. If it’s good just click on the Approve button at the top.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

You then let them know who it’s to and from and if you want to Schedule Send or Send Now. If you choose to schedule a date field appears and you decide when you want it to go.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

You’ll then get your total for that card and you can then Add To Cart. After that you can create more gifts or just checkout. 

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

The Gift Card Shop is a no stress, no hassle way to handle your holiday and occasion cards and gifts digitally! That means no lines at the post, no writing out numerous cards and no stamp fees and right now you can even score a hot deal! Through November 22nd when you purchase a $100 eBay gift card on www.thegiftcardshop.com you’ll receive a $5 eBay gift card bonus. (While supplies last. Limit one offer per customer)

 

 


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