Holiday Gift Guide: Thoughtful, Healthy, and Organic!

Happy Holidays Sunshines!

December is here and this is the time where people begin to freak out trying to find the perfect gift or like me… I tend to leave it all for last minute which is not good but somehow it always happens to me. This time around as I am planning my own gifts for important people in my life, I figured I’d create a #HolidayGiftGuide that may help you too. Here are some amazing, thoughtful, organic, and healthy gift options for EVERYONE you love within high and low price ranges! If you’re a natural beauty lover or know someone who’s into natural living you’ll find several options here that say, I care about you.

SOMETHING THERAPEUTIC & THOUGHTFUL

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Dr. Mercola’s Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
$49.97
Available only at: Mercola.com
Made from hand cut woven bamboo, with a ceramic top. This diffuser does not use heat so it doesn’t kill the benefits of your essential oils, it conserves essential oils which help it last longer, and it’s therapeutic particles make it easier for your lungs to absorb.

 

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Aqua Farm $49.99 available at Petco
Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. Grow organic produce from the comfort of your own kitchen.

  • Perfect desktop aquarium for the kitchen, office or classroom
  • Sleek and attractive design with 3 gallon capacity
  • Self-cleaning Betta fish tank that grows herbs
  • Fish waste feeds the plants while plants clean the water
  • Includes organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish

 

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MARBLE MAZE Amish Handmade Classic Hand Eye Coordination Wood Game
Available online at: SavingShepherd.com $59.97
Step away from all the technology were surrounded by today and have some clean fun with this classic, wood MARBLE MAZE game. It’s perfect for an office, waiting room, play room, coffee table or just about anywhere! Enhance hand and eye coordination in a fun and simple way as you maneuver the marble around a gorgeous wood block maze. Fun for the young and old. Makes a fantastic gift!

 

 

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This is a Crosely Record Player which I also own and love! Available at Urban Outfitters, Best Buy and Crosely website for $70.00 – $150.00

 

 

Everyone loves hot chocolate and it is most appreciated during Winter/Christmas season. This is a DIY Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift where you can personalize a layered mix with all the necessary ingredients for a wonderful cup of hot chocolate. You chose the ingredients and layer it how ever you like but do not add any liquids. Place a note tied with a ribbon and a sweet message that let’s them know to simply add milk and enjoy!

The Cost will vary on ingredients needed or you may already have them in your kitchen.
Use an 8oz or 16oz Mason Jar: $2-$6
My recipe⇢ Add 1-2 spoons of (unsweetened) cocoa powder, 1-2 spoons Coconut sugar, 1 spoon of cocoa nibs or chocolate chunks and top it off with several marshmallows and many pieces of peppermint candies. ALL DONE!

 

 

FOR THE NATURAL BEAUTY LOVERS

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Tata Harper’s Multi Masking Collection $178.00
This mask trio addresses all skin concerns. The Resurfacing Mask provides instant glow, the Purifying Mask deeply cleanses impurities, and the Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Masks boosts hydration and glow. Anyone who receives this will love it!
Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks fifth avenue, and TataHarperSkinCare.com

  • SET INCLUDES:
    Resurfacing Mask –
    For instant glow
    Purifying Mask – deep cleansing treatment
    Honey Blossom Resurfacing Mask – For instant glow and hydration
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    Another option is this ‘TRY ME’ Kit from Tata Harper for $25.00 which is a 12 piece sample kit for those who who are new to the natural non-toxic beauty world and would like to try it out.

 

 

 

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Eco Tools Brush Sets $7-$20 available at Target, Ulta, Whole Foods, Online and many drugstores. They have affordable sets with high quality results for any beauty lover.

 

 

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RMS Beauty has this beautiful holiday set of 3 nail polishes for $35
Each individual polish cost: $15.

RMS Nail Polishes are free of…
Petrochemicals
Parabens
DPB
Toluene
Camphor
Xylene
Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde Resin
Animal Products

rms-essentials-setRMS Essentials Set $120.00
Ideal for those looking for a simple, go-to starter kit. This set includes everything you need for a quick and easy every day makeup look.

Includes:
– the living luminizer (for a radiant highlight glow)
– your choice of “un” cover-up (use as a foundation or concealer)
– “un” powder (to set your makeup)
– Black Mascara

 

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Here’s a cool stocking stuffer any beauty lover will enjoy: The Jackie Faux Lash Set $38. This Eyelash set is by Thrive Causemetics the brand has developed this get 2 give concept for “Beauty with a purpose” based on the many stories and struggles of women with cancer. For every product purchased, one is donated to a women going through cancer. How cool is that?

Set Includes:
– A latex-free + waterproof lash glue (made without irritating chemicals)
– 1 pair of Jackie Lashes: this lightweight, natural-looking lashes are designed to maintain curl and shape for up to 30 wears.

  • Paraben-Free
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Latex-Free
  • Cruelty-Free

 

 

 

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Lavender & Wild Orchid Trio by: Shea Moisture $25.00
This is my own personal favorite combo to relax and de-stress before bed.
Available at Target and other drugstores

 Key Benefits:
– Helps Repair and prevents hair damage
– Restores hydration and shine
– Reduces hair breakage
This set contains:
– 1 oz Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
– 1.75 oz Don’t Despair, Repair! Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
– 0.33 oz  Don’t Despair, Repair! Gel-to-oil Overnight Repair Treatment

 

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Here’s the perfect addition for a stocking stuffer size gift. This is such a clever simple and efficient gift for any girl! I actually need one myself! I found these through pinterest but after doing some research I saw several different styles and prices. The best price I found is available for $12.00 through Etsy here and here’s the etsy listing of all other styles and prices.

For your man, father, brother, brother-in-law or man friend

Self care items for the man who appreciates high quality:

– Frankincense Best Skin Ever 30ml. This is a cleansing + moisturizing body and face after showering or swimming, or use as an after-shave moisturizer.
– Maverick Face Crème 50ml.  Maverick Face Crème can be used as a moisturizer, healing night crème, or soothing aftershave.
Zen Shave 25ml.  Razor burn begone! This Zen shave crème is perfect for creating a silky-smooth finish on face and body. No need to rinse off when done. Massage directly into skin to sooth and moisturize.
– Maverick Poetic Pits 5ml.  For a fresh, rustic, all-natural rebel, a maverick with his aces in all the right places!
-Organic Hemp Face Cloths for using with the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever for cleansing and exfoliating while also moisturizing.
(All delivered in a vintage towel shaving kit!)

 

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Similar affordable options:
You can pick up these stocking stuffers at whole foods or any other health food store isle.

  • Preserve 5 blades Shaver $12.00
  • Dr. Bronners Tea Tree Shaving Gel $6.00 – $8.00
    (both available at Whole Foods Market)

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Simply Gum is a healthy alternative, tasty chewing gum with organic ingredients. I love this gum! it’s the only gum I buy. It comes in many flavors⇢ mint, ginger, licorice, coffee, cinnamon, and maple. It’s available at many health food stores $2.00-$3.00

 

Speaking of a healthy alternative… Heres an awesome holiday perfect toothpaste for anyone interested in a better route. This is Dr. Bronner’s cinnamon toothpaste $6. (which is my son’s favorite) and the Preserve Toothbrush $3. which is made of recycled yogurt cups! Both items are available at whole Foods and while you’re at it, pick up a jar of coconut oil too! The coconut oil can be used to oil pull for whiter teeth. Also for hair, body and cooking!

 

LAST MINUTE SHOPPING?

Get someone a whole foods gift card and simply place it inside a festive Christmas card so they can experience and enjoy shopping for themselves. You can chose to give at any amount from $25 – $500

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Shoppping!
Alba

Winter Elegance #TheJoyOfGiving

Hello Sunshines,

Although winter brings us cold wind and icy snow it also brings us the joy of dressing up in elegant styles. Winter weather may not be my favorite, but these timeless pieces sure do make me look forward to the holiday events coming up. Today I’d like to share with you this luminescent pearls collection from PANDORA Jewelry because if you don’t indulge in these pieces for yourself, this collection will light up the faces of the women you love as they find these treasures underneath the Christmas tree. #TheJoyOfGiving

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Pearls are known to be a great representative of timeless elegant beauty and this set glows with .925 sterling silver, shimmering cubic zirconia stones and cultured pearls.

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I love how the whites of the pearls glow against any skin complexion. The rings are stackable to your liking and I’m wearing them stacked together within different combinations.

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There are no other words to best describe the timeless beauty and joy this collection will bring to those who wear it. Have a wonderful winter and happy holidays!

Alba

 

 

 

FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry. Our agreement is to feature items I genuinely like and would recommend. As always all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

Autumn Bohemian Street Style

Hi Sunshines!

Autumn is approaching us, and here in New York we’re already experiencing cooler warm weather so I put on my favorite bohemian dress and styled it with some autumn pieces. I hope you enjoy my Bohemian street style!

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Floral dresses are not just for spring and summer. You can transition your dresses into the Autumn season by adding items like booties and a cardigan. Thanks to some inspiration from PANDORA Jewelry’s new campaign #TheLookOfYou which celebrates the unique style of every woman, I am able to incorporate my favorite trends into this look. I’m a huge fan of the mixed metals look and every piece of jewelry I’m wearing here is by PANDORA Jewelry’s new Autumn collection. I love the PANDORA Rose™ pieces included into the mixed metals.

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Here I’m wearing a variety of different PANDORA Rose™ rings. There are so many ways to mix and match these rings within your own style whether you’re dressing up or down. My bracelets are a two-tone metal blend with the PANDORA Rose™ charms for an elegant candle light glow.

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This necklace is one of my favorite pieces to style. I took three light as feather pendants and styled them along a long necklace chain. This necklace concept perfectly matches my rings and goes well with my floral dress.

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To complete this look, I played up my earrings by mixing and matching different studs. I’m wearing the Captured Hearts and Forever PANDORA studs in Rose™.

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Now as for the rest of my outfit, I didn’t realize until writing this post that everything I’m wearing is from Urban Outfitters! I’m wearing an ecote dress, BDG cardigan, black booties and an ecote fringe suede bag.

 

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Thank you for reading sunshine’s! Check out more of PANDORA Jewelry’s Autumn collection here. See you soon!

 

 

FTC DISCLAIMER:
 This post is sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry. Our agreement is to feature items I genuinely like and would recommend. As always all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.