Softlips Lip Balm Winter Flavors – Review – Gift Guide

I may have mentioned a time or two that I like lip balm. I mean, I really, really like it! Softlips has always been one of the brands that I carry with me. When I saw that they were bringing back the Holiday flavors of Sugar Cookie, Winter Mint, Sugar & Spice, and Sugar Plum Berry, I was a pretty happy girl! I bought a set last year, but ended up using it as a gift and didn’t get the chance to try these limited edition flavors.

One of the features I really like is the fact that Softlips is moisturizing without being sticky. I’m also not a fan of heavily-flavored lip balms. These have a hint of flavor, or it may just be scent, I’m not sure. But Softlips doesn’t taste like you have something on your lips, so you’re not always licking it off. I love that! Another feature that is so under-rated – Softlips products have an SPF of 20! Since your lips can’t create moisture to protect themselves, that’s soooo important!

Winter Mint – A fantastic mint flavor. Cool and refreshing.

Sugar Cookie – Slightly buttery and sweet. Just the way sugar cookie dough tastes.

Sugar Plum Berry – A mild berry flavor.

Sugar & Spice – Sweet and subtly spicy, kind of like gingerbread or spice cookies.

During the holidays, you can get selected duos for just $3.99! You can choose from combos such as Winter Mint & Vanilla, Sugar Cookie & Raspberry, or Sugar Cookie and Cherry. The best part is that these are available at your favorite retailer – like Target, CVS, and Rite-Aid! There’s also a special 5-pack of seasonal flavors that’s available exclusively on the Softlips website. That pack includes all of the special winter flavors (Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar Plum Berry, Sugar and Spice) plus Mint with a hint of Vanilla. They come packaged, ready for gift giving. Priced at just $9.99, it’s a fantastic little gift or stocking stuffer!

I received no compensation for this review. I did receive product to review, but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.

PunchTab – What is it?

You may have noticed a small pop-up when you’re making your first visit of the day.  It says something to the effect of “thanks for visiting +100 points.”  That’s the new HWYD loyalty program, {note: we no longer use Punchtab} run through PunchTab.  You can earn points by visiting, commenting, tweeting, +1’ing, and sharing on facebook.  Y’know, things you should be doing anyway!  There’s a maximum payout of 500 points per day.

You can redeem your points for awesome prizes like gift cards to eBay, Groupon, and Zynga.  So don’t fret, it’s nothing spammy, virus-y, or dangerous.  Plus, it doesn’t take that long to earn prizes.  If you maxed out your points every day, you could earn a Groupon (the highest point value) gift card right around Christmas.

Striped Shirt is Really Fun

Admit it. We’ve all had them. The parents that want the family dressed alike – for whatever occasion. Maybe it was Hawaiian shirts. Matching pajamas, perhaps? My grandmother made all the girls in the family wear the same dress for a family portrait. Oh, and it was home-sewn – and not well.

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Check Out Tiny Prints Christmas Cards

Have you seen the amazingly  huge selection of Tiny Prints’ Christmas Cards. Over 400 choices?!?  Oh my!  How can you choose?  These are some of my favorites.
Tree Print:  I love the whimsical and retro combination!
Ornamental Delights: I adore vintage ornaments!

What a Delight: Another great, whimsical card!  Wonderful if you have a lot of pictures or a large family.
Do you have an announcement to make this holiday season.  A new baby?  A new marriage or engagement, perhaps.  Maybe even a new home!   These cards are perfect for that!
Classy Wishes: So classy and elegant! But not froufrou or dated!
Merry and Bright: Very fun and on-trend, but not trendy.
Banner of Dreams: Simple.  Classic.  Understated.  I adore these.   And I like the round die cut option, too!
We’ve always had a wide cross-section of friends in our family.  Some were die-hard Christmas people, while others celebrated Hanukkah or Kwanzaa .  Some didn’t celebrate any winter holiday at all.
Peaceful Woods:  This is a fantastic card that’s not Christmas-specific.  It could almost be non-seasonal.  Almost.
Merry Everything: This has always been one of my favorite sentiments.  All inclusive and expressing the feeling of the season!  Frankly, I think it could.should be a year-round mantra.
Check out Tiny Prints!  I’m sure there’s something that’s perfect for you, too.

Calgary – A Great Place to Live

Calgary is such a delightfully gorgeous town. With the booming economy in Calgary – powered by the Oil sands, strong agriculture, and tourism – housing can be difficult to find. Of course, you’re going to need a place to hang your hat. That’s where Rent Calgary would be useful.

What’s there to do in Calgary, you ask? Lots of stuff, I say! There are Calgary Flames games. Go to the raucous Saddledome. Watch Iggy (Jarome Iginla)  {traded in 2013} and the boys muck and grind it out and have a famous (perhaps infamous?) heroin beer. The world famous Calgary Stampede comes to town in July. Known to many as honky-tonk Mardi Gras, it’s a non-stop party! Are you a football fan? Then catch a Stampeders game!

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