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Friday, December 19, 2014

His and Hers Beauty and Grooming Essentials and a Holiday Giveaway #PGMom

This time of year many of us tend to get a little frazzled.  While it is the most beautiful time of year, it can also be the most tiring and stressful time of year for many moms & dads.

His and Hers Beauty and Grooming Essentials from P&G 

This holiday season keep your cool, thanks to P&G.  It is essential to be well stocked with your favourite go-to products, as we all know there just isn't enough time this time of year.  Try these tips and you'll sure to feel you are showing your best face forward.
Men’s holiday spruce up!

Smell fresh! The new Old Spice Swagger line will be sure to have your man feeling fresh the entire night.  Start with Old Spice Swagger Body Wash paired with Old Spice Antiperspirant to guarantee an irresistible scent from head to toe.  Worried that great scent will fade throughout the night? Call on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray in the event that a touch up is needed.
Styled Hair! Head & Shoulders Advanced Thickening Tonic will provide the necessary kick to get that thick and full haired effect, while Old Spice Spiffy Wax will make sure that perfectly styled look remains in place, looking spot on all night.
Groom up! For those who enjoy the clean shaven look, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology Power will be your new best friend.  Designed to respond to the contours of a man’s face, your man will be feeling extra put together after a fresh shave!

 Women’s beauty blitz!
Now that your man is ready to impress, it’s time to spend some time pampering yourself!

Sleek and Chic! The Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter line will be just what you need to maintain your smooth and collected appearance while your social life heats up with activity.  The serum-infused Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Shampoo will work to smooth the hair and control frizz, while Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Conditioner coats hair strands, keeping them tamed for the entire night! For that extra little bit of insurance, Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Smooth & Creamy Hair Milk can be left in your hair, ensuring you maintain the smooth and conditioned look.
For the final touch, if you are a heat junkie and like to finish off your look by straightening or curling your hair, make sure to use Pantene Pro-V Heat Potion Serum to add a protective layer to shield hair from damage up to 450 degrees.
Fresh Face! We all know that December is a draining month for most, which can result in unwanted under eye bags.  Use Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl and watch as the appearance of dark circles fade! The formula instantly brightens the eye area, making you appear awake and perky.

Don't forget that these P&G products make the BEST stocking stuffers! 

Holiday Giveaway!

Canadian readers, please use the form to enter to win a pretty fabulous holiday giveaway from P&G, valued at $135.  {please refer to the photo posted above for products included in the giveaway}

Good Luck & Happy Holidays...how ever you may celebrate 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Maplelea Girls and Accessories

Country Mouse, City Mouse

For the last few days, my eight year old daughter has been giving Santa a call each morning before heading off to school.  I listen to her shyly tell one of Santa's elves her name, how old she is and what she is going to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.  (It's always chocolate chip cookies and milk)  She also tells the elf that she is asking for a 'Canadian Girl' for Christmas.

Jillian is talking about Maplelea Girls: Canadian Dolls for Canadian Girls.  

A couple of years ago, Jillian got her first Maplelea Girl and has loved her ever since.   This year she is going to be so excited to find Taryn under the Christmas tree.  
From our previous experience with Maplelea dolls, I can attest that these are truly the best dolls available for girls.  They are beautifully made with extra attention to the little details.  The dolls are 18" tall poseable dolls, that are soft and huggable, and will become any young girl's best friend.  Maplelea dolls are as close to life-like as they could possibly be.

The Maplelea line of dolls is manufactured by a Canadian company just for Canadian girls.   Parents, family (or Santa) can choose a doll that is perfectly suited to the recipient.  Each doll has a geographical profile to connect Canadian girls to the doll,  or pick a doll that is most suited to the little girl by hobbies or personality.

Taryn has a passion for painting, wilderness camping, figure skating and above all family.  She lives in Banff.  Three things Taryn can not live without are her hiking boots, clean fresh mountain air,  and butterflies.  Can you tell that Taryn is an environmentalist at heart? 

Taryn is the ideal doll for my daughter Jillian, last year she spent her school year at outdoor school and can relate to this doll perfectly. 

Taryn comes ready for outdoor adventure in her cozy cotton striped turtleneck, her khaki skirt with buckle closure, funky striped tights and her oh-so-comfortable hiking boots. Her long brown hair is held back with a tiny leaf hair clip.

Don't forget the Accessories 

Maplelea has a whole line of accessories for your little girl's new best friend.   Taryn has many different additional items that can be purchased to amp up the fun with the doll.  Taryn has things like outfits, a pop up tent and even a little puppy.    These accessories are great as add on gifts and can be given by aunts, uncles and grandparents who are always asking for gift giving suggestions.  

There is still time to order and receive in time for this Christmas - but hurry.  

Maplelea Girls and Accessories are awesome gifts for girls aged 6+.  The dolls retail for $99.99 and are available for purchase through Maplelea. com, as are the accessories.  We love Maplelea in our home, and I am sure that girls coast to coast to coast would love a Maplelea doll,  as well. 

Hallmark Wraps Up the Holidays #presspausepanel

One of my stops, while out Christmas shopping is the Hallmark Gold Crown store.    When one thinks of Hallmark, I think greeting cards comes to mind first and foremost, but, it should also be remembered for great gifting ideas.  This season, Hallmark has everything needed to find the perfect gift for friends, family, neighbours, teachers.....you get the idea - everyone on your list!

Hallmark moments are about giving an unexpected gift and sharing those warm & fuzzy feelings with those who are special to you.  This Christmas season, our home is full of wonderful Hallmark items that are making the holidays merry and bright for myself and my family.

Some of our Favourite Hallmark Items: 

The North Pole Communicator is a huge hit with my young children.  Every day they get up and give the North Pole a call.  The communicator didn't turn on until December 1st and now each day leading up to Christmas, children can talk to someone at the North Pole.   I love watching the wonderment in my daughter's eyes as she calls.    Her teacher even asked her to bring it in to share the message with the class.

I love Hallmark's Gifts to Go Collection.   This collection includes  a few different Cozy Mugs and the super cute Appetizer Plate Set.  {The mugs are priced at $12.95 & the plate set is $24.95.}  These would make fantastic gifts for co-workers, teachers, party hosts and the school bus driver.

This week, I find myself doing a little last minute scrambling to get my holiday greeting cards in the mail.  I had actually decided I wouldn't worry about sending them out this year, but, upon seeing Hallmark's Home and Native Land Collection I could not resist sending out some holiday cheer through Canada Post.  The Home and Native Land Collection is a Canadian exclusive series that illustrates the beauty and diversity that makes our country unique.  There are 50 different styles in the collection - there is something special for everyone this season.  {Card sets are priced at $9.99 - $13.99 per set.}

I've had the house decorated for Christmas since the beginning of the month, yet, I couldn't help myself and added a string of adorable Felt Snowflake Garland.    It is so pretty, and dainty and add a magical wintery touch to my mantle.

Join in the fun today, December 16th through to December 19th,  with SavvyMom.ca.  Follow along with @SavvyMomDotCa and you may find yourself  a winner of Hallmark Itty Bitty Plush and Collector Sets.  

Here's the details:
  • Follow @savvymomdotca on Twitter
  • Between December 16 and December 19 watch for daily #hallmarkittybittys tweet
  • Retweet any tweets that include #hallmarkittybittys using the retweet button
Good Luck!

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the Hallmark Press Pause Panel and as such, receive special perks.  All opinions expressed are mine.