Top Travel Sized Toiletries for Guys & Gals

With spring break and summer vacation just around the corner, here are our top travel sized toiletries for both the guys and the girls.  My blog beauty expert, Bianca, also a beauty expert for Walgreens, showed me what’s hot for the travel beauty bag based on quality and customer feedback.  Take a look and don’t pack until you check out our list that I showed in my 3TV Your Life Arizona morning show segment that aired last week.

Did you know that coconut oil comes in a multi-purpose travel size?  Some of your favorite brands are now made travel sized, which is so handy for your next getaway! And most are sold at the drug store, so see below to see the stuff you can conveniently buy at Walgreens and another awesome product for all over (especially for dry heels) called Toe JuiceIt is all below.

But first, note that we will give away some of these goodies this Friday in our Freebie Friday drawing.  If you are a managedmoms.com subscriber, you are automatically entered.  If you haven’t become a subscriber, do so because most Fridays we do a drawing for cool prizes.  And you don’t have to enter as being a subscriber to this blog automatically enters you.  The winner is drawn on Fridays through random.org.

Now let’s get to the good travel sized stuff…

For the Gals

*Soap & Glory She’s A Natural Day & Night Face Palette ($20 at Walgreens) – Perfect for travel because you get six products in one compact easy to pack palette. A creamy blusher & highlighter, a bronzer and three eye shadows are all included in this pretty pack by the very reputable Soap & Glory line.  This palette also works for day and night makeup, so less face makeup to pack for numerous events while traveling.

*Real Techniques Base Mini Expert Face Brush ($5.99 at Walgreens) – Love this mini makeup brush that sports a full-sized brush head for foundation application on the go.

*Soap & Glory Poutstanding Lip Contour Crayon ($6 at Walgreens) – Pack two in one products with this handy beauty tool because one side is matte lip color and the other gives the lips a glossy shine.  So, the matte end is used to line the lips and then simply flip the stick to fill in with the shine side to get full luscious lips. I personally tested this lip crayon and I loved how smoothly and evenly it went on my lips.  Plus, it felt light, but it also gave me full color shapely lips.  I am a fan of the Poutstanding Crayon by Soap & Glory!

*Secret Freshies On-The-Go Deodorant ($5.99 at Walgreens) – Small handy little ball shaped deodorant that fits in a purse, so it takes up less room when packing.  This is one beauty item that you don’t want to leave behind. So handy and we dig the relaxing lavender scent.

*Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner ($3.29 at Walgreens) – My daughter and I tried this line last year and we fell in love with it, so we are thrilled to see that it comes in a travel size.  It is sulfate-free, smells incredible and is organic.  Just look on the side of the bottle to see that this line contains no synthetic dye, no mineral oil, no parabens, among other unwanted ingredients.  It does contain pure coconut water and pure aloe juice.  Such good stuff and travel friendly!

*Batiste Dry Shampoo ($4.29 at Walgreens) – Dry shampoo is the perfect beauty product to have when traveling just in case you need to skip washing your hair due to accommodations or just to take a day off from the daily routine.  This brand has a nice scent that is not overbearing, but is a fragrance you desire when needing to use dry shampoo in the first place.  The coconut tropical scent is perfect for the spring and summer season.

*Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches ($5 at Walgreens) – Bianca tells me that one of her customers places these under her tired eyes in flight while she naps on the trip!  The patches are clear, and she says that placed them under her eyes on a recent flight to Chicago, set her phone alarm for 20 minutes and then removed them.  She had refreshed eyes with no bags when she landed, she tells us!  So cool!  They are lightweight and easy to pack, so for an under-eye pick-me-up on a long trip, throw this in your makeup bag. The price is good, too.

*Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($2.49) – The most travel friendly make-up remover item are the wipes and Neutrogena makes a good one that is gentle while also removing mascara.  This brand is alcohol free, ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested and allergy tested, so we give these travel sized wipes a travel thumbs up.

*Botanical Sunscreen 30 Broad Spectrum SPF ($3.99 at Walgreens) – Made by Australian Gold, which is a reputable company for good sunscreen that is non-chemical and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  Perfect travel size that offers UVA/UVB protection.

*Soap & Glory Hand Food ($4 at Walgreens) – Don’t forget hand lotion when traveling because flying, different climates and excessive hand washing (which you will want to do, especially during travel in cold and flu season) will dry out your hands, so having this stuff on hand (no pun intended) is handy!

For the Guys

*American Crew Fiber Hair Setting Gel ($11.49 at Walgreens) – This is what the pro barbers use and men love this product, so being able to get it in a travel size is a bonus.  It has a nice light scent, sets hair well without being greasy or too stiff.  This also works well as a sort of a dry shampoo for the men, too.

*Men Degree Cool Rush Antiperspirant ($1.69 at Walgreens) – Just for him and the travel size is perfect.

Shared His & Her Travel Toiletries

*Toe Juice ($7.20 at www.toejuice.com) — I have showed this product before and love how it heals my dry heels (no pun intended!), so I am thrilled to share that this is sold in a travel-friendly sizeToe Juice features DermaVine, a healing combination of plant-based extracts like lemon peel oil and willow bark extract, that work to heal all kinds of skin ailments.  Developed by a high school chemistry teacher for his infant son’s cracked feet, this product works beautifully for the extra dry heels I get on my feet when I wear daily flip flops and high heels.  Since that is common foot attire during travel, pack a travel sized Toe Juice and a pumice in your bag to rid those dry heels quickly and efficiently when you shower or bathe at your hotel.  Great product!

*Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play ($5.99 at Walgreens) – This brand is popular for both the girls and guys and it doesn’t leave hair crunchy and tough but is volumizing with a good hold.

*Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer ($6.99 at Walgreens) – Enriched with 100% pure hemp seed oil and paraben free and vegan, this brand is popular for both the guys and gals, so the travel size is a nice option to buy.  Top ingredients like shea butter, ginseng, vitamin A, C and E are also great for the skin.  The scent is light, which is why it appeals to the menfolk.

*VitaCoCo Coconut Oil (2.99 at Walgreens) – This little travel sized jar of the good stuff serves so many purposes for both sexes.

Amazing product that can be used for both gals and guys on cuticles, lips and more. For beards on men, too!

*Well Walgreens Dental Travel Kit ($2.59 at Walgreens) – I am going to buy a stack of these for my own travel and to have handy for guests.

Perfect dental travel kit behind the dry shampoo we like. The dental kit is under $3 at Walgreens. Good buy for products that you don’t want to leave behind!

This little kit is perfect because it contains a mini tooth brush, small mouthwash and little toothpaste.

Did I forget any of your favorite travel sized beauty go to products?  If so, share in the comments section.  I love covering travel related topics.  Happy travels!  Now you can pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole 30 Cookbook Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Whole 30 Cookbook giveaway!  It is definitely a popular and healthy eating plan and the hardback cookbook is beautiful! 

All entries were drawn through random.org and we sure appreciate your entry and that you follow this blog!  Thank you!  Now let’s announce the lucky winner of this super cool cookbook!

A look inside

 

And the winner is…..

Rosanne  Coloccia from Phoenix, AZ!!!!

Congrats to Rosanne!  Stay tuned for more awesome drawings for giveaways, everyone!  Happy healthy cooking, too!

 

Nice Hardback Whole 30 Cookbook Giveaway Drawing!

We love doing drawings for great prize giveaways at managedmoms.com and today we have a good one!  A $30 value, a brand new copy of the Whole 30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig. I was going to keep this for myself, but with my potential gout situation (upcoming blog post coming on that soon), I am not eating red meat and this book has a lot of meat recipes, so I have decided to give away this untouched beautiful cookbook that is packed with 150 delicious recipes that correspond with the Whole 30 eating program.  I know a lot of my friends follow that plan, which concentrates on eating moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. As the Whole 30 website explains, recommended recipes are made with whole ingredients, which are all pronounceable and are unprocessed.  This gorgeous cookbook gives you recipes that follow that yummy and healthy way to eat.

                                                                                 A look inside

                                                         All kinds of cool recipes inside!

The book has a ton of lovely pictures of the finished recipes, which I always appreciate.  Entering the giveaway is simple!  Simply…

  1.  Email your name, email address and address to where you want the book sent in case you are the winner to [email protected]
  2. Do this by 10pm Arizona time next Monday, Feb. 5th and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, Feb. 6th. on this blog.

The winner is drawn through random.org.  Good luck and here’s to healthy cooking and eating!

My Daughter’s Magic Cake, Rose Petal Lasanga & Stuffed Spaghetti Meatball: Best Anniversary Gift Ever

Manic:  My daughter has become the manic managed daughter!

Managed:  She surprised us with a homemade mostly cooked-from-scratch his & hers dinner to wish hubs and me a very Happy 25th (yep, I said 25!) wedding anniversary!  Rose petal turkey lasagna for me, a giant spaghetti stuffed meatball for my hubs and the most magical and yummy chocolate cake that opens up to reveal an ice cream brownie (see the video of this below)!  In between her professional theatre shows with Hale Centre Theatre (she is getting paid…woo hoo) and her intense honors and AP high school classes, she doesn’t have any spare time at the moment.  But somehow, to our huge surprise, she managed to celebrate us with the best anniversary gift ever!  Here are the pics with links to the recipes and check out the video below to see how she made the magic cake open up to reveal more decadent dessert underneath!  So fun and yum! 

The magic cake….

So cool!  The recipe link to this magic cake, or as my girl told us, a choclate ball is here.  Try it!  It is a crowd pleaser and my daughter says it is easy, although I haven’t tried my own hand at this yet.

She also made scrumptious turkey lasanga rose petals for me and a spaghetti stuffed meatball for hubs…a manly meal!  Recipe links are below…

These were stuffed with turkey and cheese and were oh-so-good!  Try it!  Recipe is here from Tasty. 

Her Daddy loved the giant spaghetti stuffed meatball that also had cheese inside.  We also loved the candlelight and wedding picture she perfectly placed at our table for two. So sweet and hubs loved his meatball!  So good.  Try the recipe here, also from Tasty.

What a very special anniversary dinner and one I will never forget!  Back in 1993,  when I must have been imagining my future here, I could not have guessed that such sweet angel babies would be delivered to us.  I am humbled and thankful to have my girl and my boy.  And getting fed such an incredible dinner by our offspring was pretty magical!

 

Sweet 16 Birthday Party Planning Ideas

Since I just received an email from one of my blog readers asking me for sweet 16 birthday party ideas, here is what we did for our daughter’s party. And for my blog readers…please share your sweet 16 bday ideas in the comments section to give our reader even more creative things to do when the sweetest of birthdays rolls around, the 16th one!  We love this blog to be a place where manic managed moms share tips to make our manic lives more managed.  Let me start by saying that my girl asked to plan her own gig.  So these ideas were hers, which is helpful since she is the demographic our reader is planning for!

The birthday girl back in November…

Idea #1Big ballon birthday numbers.  Kids love these giant numbers and the 16 one is especially sweet since it is the sweet 16th birthday.  They come in different colors.  Visit Party City stores for prices and sizes.  They make great decor and are especially fun for party pics, too.

Idea #2 – Make your own photo booth.  Simply make a backdrop with a white sheet and string lights across the top like my girl’s friends did for her.  So much fun!  Sweet 16 themed party decor, paper cups, plates, props and more can also be purchased at Party City hereProps for the photo booth can also be purchased at Party City as shown in this picture from the Party City website below.  Or make your own for creative fun.

Ideas #3 – Use more (like we did for the photo booth) white (or use colors) string lights for added decor.  My funny girl wanted to make her own from-scratch birthday cake! I didn’t argue with her as she is a better baker than I am!  She decorated it with fruit, so no fancy decorationg skills were needed and her pals loved the vanilla bean flavored cake with cream cheese icing.  She placed the cake in the middle of white string party lights laid flat and it looked great!  The white strung party lights can also be found at Party City.

*Idea #4 – Have the birthday girl wear a sweet 16 crown and/or sash, also sold at Party City.  In this picture below, both girls are wearing the fun sweet 16 sashes.  Since one of Lexi’s pals also turned 16, we did a double birthday party and we Mamas also had a great time! 

Idea #5 – Rent a bouncy house!  Yep, our girl and her almost fully grown teenage friends asked for a bouncy house!  I couldn’t believe it, but that is what they wanted and it was a hit!  I think sometimes our teens miss being little kids.  The bouncy house company I rented from told me that they rent to teens all the time.  Who knew?!  We rented from Slide and Bounce Around, Inc. and they were terrific to work with from start to finish.  I do recommend checking with your teenager before renting this, though.  It was cool with my own sweet 16-year-old and her buds, but that may not be true for all teens.  Definitely check with your kid first.

Idea #6 – Let your teen pick the snacks and food that will be served.  My daughter picked the snacks and the main fare, which was spaghetti tacos!  I forgot to take a picture of this crowd pleasing funny fare at the party, but I found a picture on Pinterest to share…Apparently, that was a big hit when ICarly aired when this age group was younger.  So we put out pasta and tacos.  Most of the teen guests did assemble spaghetti tacos and others either had the spaghetti (we ordered from Buca di Beppo and included Ceasar salad) and/or the tacos separately.  Again…who knew?!  The kids loved this party dinner idea!  Another good one is to get sub sandwiches catered from places like Subway or Jersey Mike’s, a favorite eatery of the teens I currenty know around our neighborhood.

Other Ideas – Another friend of mine surprised her sweet 16 daughter with a party bus rental.  Yet another one asked her to daughter if she wanted to invite several friends to stay at a local resort for one night.  Still others had a dinner party at Buca di Beppo, which is a good one to accomodate dinner parties.  And other pals took their newly 16-year-old to a quick trip to California, either San Diego or one of the beaches in LA like Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach.

I hope these ideas answer my blog reader who wrote in and other parents reading this, please feel free to add your sweet 16 party ideas to the comments section below.  16 is a sweet birthday, so happy sweet 16th to any of yours turning that magical number soon!  These two girls had a blast celebrating their milestone birthday a few months ago!  So much fun! 

 

 

A Very Special Giveaway Drawing

If you have a new driver or driver-to-be, this is a special drawing!  I have two sweet inspiring visor clips that say, “Never Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly!” and both of my kids have one in their cars.  It is clipped to their visor, so they are reminded to be as safe as possible every time they see the sweet clip when they get in their car.  Here is what we will do the drawing for…

The first one says daughter and the other one can be for a girl or a boy.

I bought mine years ago and saved them until they each turned 16 and started driving.  I can’t believe how fast that got here.  We will draw for two winners through random.org.  The first one says “daughter” and the second one works for either a boy or a girl.  If you want to have a chance to win one of these to have for your own driver or driver-to-be, simply follow these quick and easy steps to enter…

  1.  Email your name, email address and address where you want your prize sent to [email protected]
  2.  Do this by this Monday, January 22nd by 10pm Phoenix time.  We will announce the winner on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd on this blog.

Good luck and good luck with this exciting new chapter with your kid(s).  You may also want to print out the driving contract my husband created that both of our children agreed to, signed and they keep a copy of the agreement in their glove boxes.  My husband told our kids that the most dangerous thing we will let them do as parents is drive a car.  Not a decision to be made lightly for sure.

Wishing all of you a safe road ahead and good luck in this drawing for a very special visor decor reminder.

 

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:

Kalynn Lowry!!!   

(winner selected through random.org)

Kalynn won….

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.  Love this prize!

Congratulations Kalynn and thank you so much for being a managedmoms.com subscriber!  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…

Do you want a chance to be in the Freebie Friday drawing for next week?  If you are a subscriber, you are automatically entered!

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered into the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prize every Friday.  It is that easy!

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:

Tracy Smith from Phoenix, Arizona!  

(winner selected through random.org)

Tracy won….

 

The super cool Fizzics Draft Beer System!  Such a fun prize!  This awesome beer gadget uses micro-foam technology that dramatically improves the flavor, taste and mouth-feel of any carbonated beer (bottles and cans).  Fizzics’ Waytap is lightweight and durable; ideal for the perfect beer at home, outdoor activities, camping, tailgating, etc.  Love this prize!

Congratulations Tracy and thank you so much for being a managedmoms.com subscriber!  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…

Do you want a chance to be in the Freebie Friday drawing for next week?  If you are a subscriber, you are automatically entered!

If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered into the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prize every Friday.  It is that easy!

False Alarm Smoke Detectors: Smart Solution To Pesky Problem

Not sure if others across the nation have this issue, but here in the desert of Arizona, many of us have smoke detectors that falsely go off, which is both frightening and frustrating.  And smoke detectors are crucial.  I am heartbroken to share that I lost a friend to a housefire in October, so this is another reason why I decided to write this post to share what we do in our home to try to keep us as safe as possible. We have had several false alarms that set our smoke detectors off.  Loud, terrifying and upsetting.  And it seems to always happen to us in the middle of the night!  It turns out that ours fill with dust and must be cleaned out at least once a year.  Two weeks ago it happened again at 1:30am.  To be jolted out of bed to the sounds of “fire, fire, fire” followed by the super loud alarm sounds is not fun and scary for sure.  Once we determined that it was a false alarm, my poor husband had to get the ladder and take every single one off the ceiling.  Since one unit sets all the rest off, this tedious process has to be followed.   But the good news is that I knew what to do next because I know about David’s Professional Fire Systems.  I call him the smoke alarm doctor!

David comes out, inspects your smoke detectors and cleans each one out by vacuuming each one, one at a time.  He will also let you know if your alarms are out of date and if they need to be replaced.  We have Dave come out every year and have now for the last five years.  Several years ago, he recommended that we update our alarms to new ones that would include carbon monoxide warnings as well.  I want that super important option for sure!  I could have gone out and purchased them and installed each one as well.  I chose to have David do that for us and it was nice to know that all are installed correcly and inspected by Dave.

Two weeks ago, when I called the morning after our tiring false alarm night, he came the same day as I requested.  I don’t feel safe going to bed at night with nonworking smoke detectors.  I asked him if our current smoke detectors were still good and he assured me that they should last us the next 8 years since he replaced all of them two years ago.  It is nice that he helps us to keep track of that, too.  I paid $70 for the full check-up and cleaning of each and every one of our detectors and we have a lot of units.  Money well spent for sure.

Note that smoke detectors should be changed out every 10 years.

So, when it comes to protecting your family, your pets and your home, smoke detectors are crucial, but the false alarms are so bothersome.  Put Dave’s contact information in your contacts and have an annual check and cleaning done of your units.  It will give you peace of mind and could be a life saving decision. I highly recommend Dave with David’s Professional Fire Systems, Inc.  Here is his contact information:

David’s Professional Fire Systems, Inc.

Office:  602-677-2941 & Cell:  602-622-7159

Keep your family and home safe and give him a call.  I sleep better at night after his annual smoke detector check-up and cleanings at my home!

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!