Personality Perfect Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers!

Time to get your holiday shopping wrapped up with only two weeks left until Christmas!  Here are some unique ideas to help you along that I showed in my segments on the Your Life Arizona show. 

Stocking Stuffers from Walgreens!

*Giant sized Grand Ferrero Rocher – for the fancy chocolate lover!  Sells for $2.49 on sale

*Fannie May Mint Meltaways – This popular candy is now sold at Walgreens.  I paid $10.99 for this box of prewrapped yummy chocolates.

*Crazy Cat Lady Coffee Mug – Cat lover on your list? This fun mug holds 16 oz. of a fave hot beverage and has a cute paw print on the bottom of the cup.  $9.99

*Maybelline Travel Brush Kit – For the traveler’s stocking, I love these makeup brushes because they are travel sized!  $14.99 for a set of three brushes.

*Merry & Bright Do Not Disturb Sleep Mask – For the napper, super cute idea and this fun sleep mask sells for only $2.

*Dashing Mason Shot Glasses – Mason jars continue to be all the rage, so how fun to see these in shot glasses.  Only $5 for a set of two!

*Dashing Mini Football Game – For the football lover and this is fun for their desk, too…the fun table top game that comes with one goal post, one launcher and one mini football and all for only $5.

*Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm & Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream Hanging Ornament set – This works for both the gals and guys plus Burt’s Bees is such a good line and it is packaged to hang on the tree, if desired.  $4.99 for both, so this is also a great value!

*Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette – The nude eye shadow trend is still in and looks very nice, so this cool set of eight different shades is packaged for the stocking stuffer and for travel.  $14

*Soap & Glory Travel Sized Body Butters – A great value from Soap & Glory since the recipient gets three of the line’s very nice body butters that include The Righteous Butter, Sugar Crush and Smoothie Star Body Buttercream for all $12.

*Jelly Bean Naughty or Nice Bean Boozled Jelly Beans – This gag gift (or gift for the naughty one on your list) contains jelly beans with odd flavors like lawn clippings, dead fish, spoiled milk and more.  So funny! $6.99

*PetShoppe Customizable Paw Print Ornament – Perfect for the pet lover as this enables them to make a paw print from their pet that is also attached to a dog house frame for the pet’s beloved photo.  $7.99

*I’m Fancy Tumbler – Sparkly and fun and fill it with candy or lip gloss for extra fun gift giving.  $9.99

*Treat Street Holiday Pooper – Another funny gag gift, this wind up gingerbread man poops candy treats as he moves about.  $2.99

*Dog Dazzlers Dog Chews Rawhide Gifting Bag – Cute Christmas bag for the pooch that is filled with yummy rawhide treats that are shaped like candy canes and other holiday shapes.  $6.99 or 2 for $10

*Peppa Pig Lollipop Rings – Just plain yummy, fun and cute.  $3.99

*Haribo Gold-Bears – The mini gummy bears are a fave for kids and adults alike, so this holiday packaged assortment is perfect for a stocking.  $1.99

*Happy Camper Coffee Mug – Perfect oversized mug for the camper on your list as this holds 16 oz. and is camping themed, too.  $9.99

*Be Jolly Christmas Tree Building Blocks Set – For the Lego lovers, but do make sure that this set is only given to older children as the pieces are very small.  The box says for ages 6 and up. The 131-piece set makes a pretty Christmas tree.  $2.99

*L.A. Colors Color Craze Nail Polish and Nail Glitter Set – Cute miniature nail polish gift set with four bottles of polish plus a bottle of glitter to sprinkle on top if desired.  Only $3.00

*Soap & Glory Scent with a Kiss Lip Gloss set – The fun plumping 4-piece Mother Pucker Collection sells for only $15 and would be $23 if sold separately, so this is also a good value.

*A Little Something Fragrance Mist Collection – Four festively named perfumes called Sugared Dreams, Gold Together, So Wonderful and Citrus Pop makes this a nice fragrance set to give.  Only $10 for all four fragrances.

Personality Perfect Presents

*For the beer lover – Get this brew lover the Fizzics Wiretap, a micro-foam technology that dramatically improves the flavor, taste and mouth-feel of any carbonated beer (bottles and cans).   It operates with only 4 AA batteries. Fizzics’ Waytap is lightweight and durable; ideal for the perfect beer at home, outdoor activities, camping, tailgating, etc. Fizzics Waytap sells for $129.99; at www.fizzics.com and is sold nationwide at Target, Best Buy, Brookstone and Amazon.com.  A fun gift!

*For the tween/teen girl – The Sleepover Party Game is perfect for the popular sleepover stage that girls this age are in.  Spin the spinner and attempt to complete one of more than 200 ACT IT, WORK IT or PARTY Challenges. Being silly and having fun is the name of the game, so the friends will sing, laugh, perform and have a blast playing this game together. $21.99 for ages 8 and up.  Sold at www.endlessgames.com and at Walmart stores.

*For the beauty product lover – The Revlon Pro Collection Hair Dryer & Volumizer is perfect for the gal that loves salon style blowouts.  This smart tool combines a hairbrush and blow dryer all in one resulting in less styling time and is frizz-free, too.  Sells for $59.99 at Target.

*For the Charitable Soul – Feed My Starving Children, located in Mesa, is a very special organization that enables individuals and groups alike to volunteer and pack food boxes together in a fun environment.  The boxes are shipped to hungry children around the world.  In addition to the volunteer opportunities, there is also a gift shop called the Marketplace.  The FMSC website explains that the Marketplace purchases handmade goods from hard-working artisans in the communities that receive FMSC meals. The items are then sold in the MarketPlace at FMSC packing sites and the purchases build communities and profits go back into the feeding programs.  Shop for a large variety of these cool gift items that give back here at this link.  So, I bought my mother-in-law a lovely gift that gives back, a 13-inch metal floral angel that was made in Haiti.  The card that is attached to the pretty angel shares that this one purchase provided 100 meals to hungry kids.  Love this gift idea.

*For the beauty queen chocolate lover – A fun candy store in the downtown Gilbert district called Rocket Fizz has all kinds of clever candies, fun treats and items from old days, too like candy cigarettes, Pop Rocks and more. I found Gerrit’s Mini Milk Chocolate Beauty Kit that contains over 3 oz. of chocolate shaped beauty items like a little mirror, lip stick and more. Super cute and sells for $3.49 at Rocket Fizz in Gilbert.

*For the jet set traveler – The Carry On Cocktail Kit Hot Toddy is a small square box that contains everything needed to create an inflight cocktail minus the liquor.  With this fun traveler’s gift, the recipient simply purchases the booze from the inflight crew and then adds the elements provided in the gift kit to make cocktails like a Hot Toddy, Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned and more!  So fun.  Found my kit at Nordstrom or at wandpdesign.com for $24 a kit.

*Wine Lover – Jumbo stemless wine glass that says, “I don’t give a sip!” And this fun glass holds one full bottle of wine!  Pair this with her favorite Vino and you have a winning wine gift!  Purchased this for $16 at Nordstrom’s.

*For the new parents – A super cute JOY photo ornament ($19.99) from CVS at their website, CVSPhoto.com.  I surprised my brother and sister-in-law with one of their new baby and they will hang on the tree and cherish it forever.  CVS also has other photo gifts like photo mugs, a photo puzzle, framed pics and much more.  Be sure to get your CVS photo gift ordered as the items take 7 to 10 days to be delivered.

Did I miss any fun gift ideas?  Share here in the comments section and Happy Holidays!

 

Pumpkin Supreme & Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipes Featured In My 3TV Segment This Week

If you saw my Your Life Arizona morning show segments today, you may want the recipes I quickly showed for two perfect holiday eats. 

First up is the decadent and yummy Pumpkin Supreme recipe.  This decadent dessert is sweeter than pumpkin pie and tastes a bit like pumpkin cheesecake, but is even yummier in my opinion!  My sister-in-law shared this treat with me years ago as it has been passed down for generations from her Texas family.  You will love it and it is a crowd pleaser!  The recipe is here at this link.

And I showed a quick and easy cheat recipe idea for that leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey.  Only six ingredients & done in 30 minutes! 

Here is the recipe for this that is my family’s favorite!

Turkey Pot Pie Using Left Over Thanksgiving Turkey

 

What You Need:

1 can of cream of potato soup

1 can Veg All Veggies, drained

1 cup of leftover turkey (or more if you want more turkey in the pot pie)

3/4 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 frozen pie crusts

What You Do:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

  1. Combine and mix all ingredients except pie crusts and keep the crusts frozen until you are ready to use.

 

  1. Next pour the mixture into one frozen pie crust.  It is very important that you keep your crusts frozen until you are ready to assemble the pot pie.

 

  1. To fake make (since this is not a homemade crust – no time for that!) that perfect top crust, simply pop the other frozen crust right out of the pan and place on top of the pot pie.  This is such a cool and easy trick!  If the crust is truly frozen, it should pop right out after you loosen the edges.

 

  1. Cut a slit in middle of the top crust for venting during baking and bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Susan Vlcek from Avondale, Arizona!!!

(winner selected through random.org)

Susan won….

What’s in the prize bag??  All kinds of goodies, some that she can give as holiday gifts and/or keep for herself!  Cosmetics, a beautiful bling head warmer and more!  Congrats to Susan!

Thank you so much for subscribing to managedmoms.com.  We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered into the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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Freebie Friday Winner!

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did she win?  What is next week’s cool prize?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware, jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!  Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Mechelle Moser from Farmington Hills, Michigan!!!

(winner selected through random.org)

Mechelle won:

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Mechelle! Mechelle wins the awesome Boots No 7 Seven Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit that I showed in my recent 3TV segment about beauty picks that make great gifts!  This cool kit opens one flap a day to unveil a wonderful beauty product!  Some of the surprise items inside include mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, primer, brow stuff and more.  Such a fun gift to give and receive or Mechelle can keep it for herself and enjoy a surprise beauty product 12 days in a row!  Just love this! 

 

Congrats to Mechelle for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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Why Terra’s Kitchen Is My Favorite Home Meal Delivery Kit

Blue Apron.  Plated.  Purple Carrot. I have tried those and several other home delivery meal kits and I have found my #1 favorite.

It is Terra’s Kitchen.  And I can tell you why with five simple reasons that makes Terra’s stand out from the others, in my opinion.

  1.  They have the largest and most extensive weekly selection of all different types of dinner entrees that also include vegetarian options, Paleo and more.
  2. The food arrives in a mini fridge that is sent back right from your front door the next day.  Brilliant, no waste!
  3. The food is cut up for you already and is very fresh.  This cuts prep time extensively and the meal is still cooked from scratch.
  4. Once the mini fridge is emptied, simply take the label off to expose the new label, place it outside and it is picked up the next day.  No wasteful packaging and ice packs to dispose of, making Terra’s the most environmentally responsible, too.  The mini fridge is recycled and used to send out to the next customer.
  5. The food is good.

This is what the mini fridge looks like when it arrives in the box. Terra’s calls it the vessel and my cat also seems happy that it has arrived.

The inside of the vessel with pre-cut fresh foods ready to turn into a home cooked meal. Love this!

The recipe cards. Come with pictures and are easy to follow. Thank you!

I turned these ingredients into this…

Yum!

And the finished dish is delish!

Yep, I am a fan. Happy cook in the kitchen. Happy fed family. Happy mom!

So far my only complaint is sometimes they send skirt steak, which isn’t the best cut of steak in my opinion.  Other than that, I am very pleased with this service.

The meals are quick to cook since the ingredients are pre-cut, which I love!  I have ordered and enjoyed some of the additional salads, sides and a la carte proteins, which make a nice snack or lunch for me when I home doing my freelance work.  I have also tried some of the Paleo, vegetarian and vegan options and all are  very good.
On average, I spend about $75 a week for three Terra’s Kitchen dinners.  I find that reasonable since that aptly feeds myself, my husband and our daughter.  And not having to go to the grocery store as much is another added bonus for we busy multi-tasking gals!  I also love that I am cooking meals from scratch using whole food ingredients while following Terra’s Kitchen simple recipe cards.
With all of these positives listed above, I give Terra’s Kitchen a hearty and hungry thumbs up!
Have you tried Terra’s Kitchen?  Do you like this service and food as much as I do?  Share in the comments section your kudos (or complaints if you have them) as we love this blog to be a discussion forum to help each other to be a bit more managed in our manic world with helpful tips for all.
Bon appetit!

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win? Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Bev Colby!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

Congrats to Bev! Bev wins the awesome Boots No 7 Seven Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit that I showed in my recent 3TV segment about beauty picks that make great gifts!  This cool kit opens one flap a day to unveil a wonderful beauty product!  Some of the surprise items inside include mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, primer, brow stuff and more.  Such a fun gift to give and receive or Bev can keep it for herself and enjoy a surprise beauty product 12 days in a row!  Just love this! 

 

Congrats to Bev for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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My 3TV Segment Beauty Picks Holiday Gifts

How about a 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar beauty kit?  Or a big pink box of Soap & Glory items for only $40 that would cost over $75 sold individually?  A $2 hanging beauty product tree ornament?  Makeup brushes that compare to the more expensive Tarte line and an Olay item that we think performs as well as the much more expensive Clarisonic?  It is all here in my 3TV segment and it is all sold at Walgreens so the price is right and the shopping location is convenient and easy.  Check out my segment that will make shopping for the beauty product lovers on your list easy and festive since a lot of the beauty product packaging is ready for the tree.  Happy holiday beauty shopping!

Beauty Box Winner!

As promised, it is Wednesday so we did the drawing for our winner for the fun beauty box giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered the drawing this week to win the super cool and fabulous Soap & Glory Flatter Me beauty kit!  With seven beautiful beauty products all included in the fun and festive box, the winner can give this as a great holiday gift or keep for her beautiful self! Such a great giveaway.  The winner was drawn through random.org and the winner is….

 

Nancy Bivens from Gilbert, AZ!!!

Congrats Nancy and thank you so much for following managedmoms.com!

We will have more giveaways and drawings as we make our way through the holiday season, so stay tuned everyone!

Enter Drawing For Fabulous Beauty Product Giveaway

If you caught my 3TV segment this week or read my beauty blog article, then you saw the fabulous beauty products I showed that make great holiday gift ideas!  Want a chance to win the Soap & Glory Flatter Box beauty gift kit that is a $52 value?  Then enter today’s drawing!  Here is what is inside the cool Flatter Box…To enter the drawing, simply email us at [email protected]  Please include your name, email address and mailing address of where you want the beauty kit sent if you are the winner.

We will do the drawing through random.org and announce the winner on Hump Day, this Wednesday…a fun way to check in halfway through the week with the announcement of the winner.  So be sure to get your entry in to us by 10pm (Arizona time) this Tuesday night, October 24th to be in the drawing.  We will post the winner on my blog, so enter, stay tuned and good luck!

Mr Margarita Is The Perfect Party Rental Companion!

Manic: Like everyone else, schedules this time of year! I was honored to take my turn hosting my fellow mothers who are part of our local NCL (National Charity League) chapter for our fall meeting/social.  I wanted to make the event fun, unique and productive all in one with a cool theme.  But how could I accomplish that with a limited budget and not a lot of time on my hands for a full prep?

Managed:  Brainstormed and came up with a Margaritaville event theme complete with Jimmy Buffet music playing in the background, games that included guessing how many limes were in the margarita pitcher with prizes that were about the number 5 since it is “5’o clock somewhere” which included a 5 x 7 gift frame, a $5 Starbucks gift card and more.  My NCL GLA partner set up a Sign Up Genius for margaritaville themed food, so all brought grub that made for a nice buffet style dinner.

And then there was the star of the show…Mr. Margarita!

Meet Mr Margarita, a company that I highly recommend!  Here are two of his top performing companions that looked terrific and produced tasty beverages at my event! 

Yep, nothing says……better than welcoming those friends with yummy and festive frozen margarita machines!

Ray DeLeon with Mr Margarita was top notch to work with from start to finish.  When he arrived with the nice looking machines, we had a power overload problem with my backyard circuits, but he was quick and thorough to fix the issues and didn’t leave until all was working well.  And the flavor…absolutely delish!  I chose to serve two flavors of frozen ritas which included lime and strawberry and both were scrumptious.  Not overly sweet and my guests commented that they tasted refreshing like a nice summertime icy lemonade.  I also tried combining the two in my cup and the flavor combo worked great!                                                                                                                                          So how do you go about having Mr Margarita join your celebration?  It is an easy and economical process.  Here is what you do…

  1. Visit MrMargaritaPhoenix (if you are in Arizona) or MrMargarita if you are out of state as they have locations in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia.  For my local Phoenix readers, the phone number is 602-300-6497.  They rent party rental margarita machines in addition to other items like tents, tables, chairs and more.  All can be rented through the website or phone number above.
  2. Ray (or another Mr Margarita expert) will discuss details with you and suggest what and how much works best for your particular event.  They give you the list of beverage items you need to purchase before they arrive with the rentals.  I rented two machines, one lime and one for strawberry ritas, so I only had to purchase 2 to 3 liters of tequila and one liter of Triple Sec premix.  Ray brought everything else that was needed including cups, straws and salt for the rims with the machines.  I also bought limes for those that wanted a lime wedge in their margarita, which was a nice touch.
  3. Provide your credit card and you aren’t charged until the morning of the rental day. I liked this because receiving the charge notification also confirmed that my anticipated rental rita machines were indeed coming that day.  I paid $249 to rent both machines and another $17.50 for delivery and set-up fees (so worth it since Ray did everything for me).  Sales tax brought the grand total to $291.28.  I could have saved on my budget and just rented the one machine, as that would have been plenty for my guest headcount of 20 women, but I wanted to offer two flavors for fun.  Since the ladies brought all the food and Mr Margarita brought the cups and straws, my total party cost wasn’t bad at all.
  4. On party day, the machines are delivered, set up and the drinks are prepped in the machine and for you.  Then do what I did…and taste test.  My quality control taste was perfect!  Soo good!  And look how cool the machines look in my backyard…The machines arrived very clean, looked super nice and were very easy to operate. Simply pull the lever and out flowed a tasty icy margarita slush that all my guests called refreshing and super tasty. I was very pleased and will definitely use Mr Margarita again!  My only regret is that I forgot to snap pictures at night when the machines lit up my yard and made it a party!  And here is a bonus that Ray told me about.  Put any leftovers in a big plastic bag and freeze for your next margarita night.  I was out of plastic bags so I put some of the leftovers that were still in the machine when my party ended in a pitcher.  I stored it in the fridge overnight and it is still slushy and yummy today! Yay!  I think I may have to have a margarita pool day this weekend.  The company picked up the machines then next day.  I didn’t have to empty, clean or wipe anything down.  My only job was to take the leftovers I wanted, turn the machines off and unplug.  If I had wanted to make more batches, a simple instruction card was left for me and the process is simple.

Call Mr Margarita for your next shindig.  I plan to.  From start to finish, the process was as smooth and wonderful as the drinks were!