Finally My Mama Heart Feels Glimmer Of Hope

Finally.  I feel a glimmer of hope in my weary Mama heart.  Could this brave, articulate, passionate, focused and incredibly heartbroken and traumatized group of teens from Florida and beyond finally elicit change?  With the 24/7 screens that are around us all of the time now, I tearfully watched these students run out of their school on Valentine’s Day, then cry, then attend funerals, then board buses to meet with legislators and then speak so eloquently about the changes they are rightfully demanding.

I was struck.  My Mama heart was struck.  Especially since I am currently the Mama of one teenager and one college student.  My heart is especially tuned into this generation right now.

I am stopped in my tracks to hear their words.  My heart hurts.  And I realize something.  For the first time ever, when it comes to this issue…I finally feel a glimmer of hope in my weary Mama heart.  Could this newfound hope be a real thing?  It finally feels different.  Finally.  Oh please let this glimmer of hope be real.  Real change.

I am sick and I am tired of feeling this way every morning when I see my daughter off to high school and wish my son well with his college classes…


I am even more tired of feeling hopeless and helpless.  I don’t want to get political. I just want my kids to be safe and I don’t think that is wrong to ask.  In fact, as parents we should demand this. And only change will work to keep our kids safer.  Could these brave high school students appearing on our screens finally be the beginning of the agent of change?  I pray.  I cross my fingers.  I place my hand on my heart and wipe tears away from my eyes as I listen to their articulate, thought out, well researched pleas.  I am in awe of their bravery.  Their passion. Their smarts…

…and their broken, but ALSO strong and resilient hearts.

And with that, I take a stand to stand behind them.  These kids, who are our future.  And with many of them about to turn 18, the future has arrived.

Something must change.  Could it be that these kids, these school shooting survivors, these young adults, these future voters…these future parents…are the agent of change that is finally giving this manic managed mom a glimmer of hope?

My heart feels cautious as nothing has changed after Sandy Hook and so many other senseless tragedies.  But my heart also feels hopeful.  I hope that glimmer of hope that I am feeling really becomes real change that make our classrooms safer.

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!

 

AZ Local: Run to See See How They Run at Hale Centre Theatre

I still can’t get over how funny it was! Just goes to prove-a show can be clean AND funny!”  exclaimed theatre patron, Michelle Willis right after she saw See How They Run at Hale Centre Theatre in the cool downtown area of Gilbert. 

Well put!  Fast paced, smart and uproarious, this show pleases all with clever lines, hilarious physical comedy, a variety of spot on accents and top talent! 

Actors:  Justin Howell, Matthew Harris & Alexis Harris  Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Want to laugh?  Laugh hard?  Want to escape from our crazy world for an afternoon or evening at the theatre?  Want to see a comedy that is a bit different from the rest?  Audiences laugh hysterically, clap their hands and actually talk to the actors with comments like, “oh no, don’t go in there!” and “look at them run” in the inviting in-the-round stage!  Want to experience this great fun, too?Then run to see See How They Run before the show closes at Hale Centre Theatre on February 10th.

Show after show has been filled with a packed house of delighted patrons who exclaim “this is really good” and “how does she move like a ragdoll like that” and “I haven’t laughed this hard in quite some time”…all true comments that I have heard for myself since I have attended multiple shows.  Truly one of the funniest productions I’ve seen!

Actors: Ami Porter, Alexis Harris, Vinny Chavez Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

And all I take to see it, come out smiling and exclaiming just how much good ol’ fashioned fun they had seeing this show.  In today’s crazy busy world, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time for fun.  This show provides just that.  Entertaining, laugh out loud, nonstop fun!

And take it from a real theatre critic (which I am obviously not, but I try anyway!)…who says this…

“The entire cast are adept at delivering the lunacy and split-second timing the play requires, along with perfectly played facial expressions, double takes, and well delivered punchlines.” says Gil Benbrook, of Talkin’ Broadway.  See his entire review here.  

The story is set in the 1940s and takes place in a British village. It is a funny farce of mistaken identities and keeps the audience guessing along with the on stage characters of what will happen next.  Zany and fun to observe as the tale unfolds with layers of misunderstandings, cover-ups and more…you just have to see it to get it and experience the fun!

Personally, I have seen the show repeatedly because my 16-year-old daughter plays Penelope Toop, a 25-year-old American actress living in London.  It is a bit special for me to hear audience members exclaim that they can’t believe that she is only 16 years old!

My Alexis in action as Penelope Toop on stage in See How They Run. Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

It is great fun to watch her have the time of her life acting her heart out with a fab 40s accent and funny physical comedy to boot.  So, I am a bit biased.  However the many people who fill the audience, who I slyly observe, are completely objective and exclaim that they are loving every minute of this high energy show that takes twists and turns that folks don’t see coming and leave all laughing in the aisles.

Actors Lindsay Hope, Ami Porter, Jacob Goodman and Alexis Harris. Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Ida the maid (played by Lindsay Hope) has a brilliantly played cockney accent and has moves and lines that bring the house down multiple times.  Her facial expressions and physical movements are as endearing as they are hysterical!

Lindsay Hope as Ida, The Maid Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Lionel (Jacob Goodman) puts a lot of the running in See How They Run and gets lots of laughs with his many antics and side to side swaying of Miss Skillon (Ami Portman), whose ragdoll like physical comedy moves has the audience in stitches.

Jacob Goodman as Reverend Lionel Toop and Ami Porter as Miss Skillon Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Clive (Vinny Chavez) and Penelope (Alexis Harris) team up to do several hilarious high-speed monologues in unison with well choreographed movements that surprise the audience and have them laughing out loud yet again.

Alexis Harris as Penelope Toop and Vinny Chavez as Corporal Clive Winton Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

The Bishop of Lax (Matthew Harris) and Reverend Arthur Humphrey (Justin Howell) both get numerous belly laughs from the audience with clever lines, perfect timing, physical comedy moves and Howell’s imaginary drink scene…both actors so hilarious!

Matthew Harris as The Bishop of Lax with Lindsay Hope Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Justin Howell as Reverend Arthur Humphrey   Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

The Russian intruder (Chuck Green) livens things up with his sneaky entrance, perfect accent and his evil, but vulnerable, character adds to the fun.

Chuck Green (The Intruder) with Jacob Goodman (Reverend Lionel Toop) Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

And just when you think it couldn’t get any funnier, in comes Sergeant Towers (Eric Mitchell) with a spot on British accent whose quick changing voice inflections are effective and super funny!

Eric Mitchell as Sergeant Towers  Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

All brilliantly directed by mutiple award-winning director, Cambrian James!  Hale Centre Theatre is a highly reputable family run organization that has been operating for over 60 years.  This first-rate professional theatre has a huge following, which is one reason why just about every show has been almost sold out.

Photo by this proud Mama. Love this theatre!

A full house at every performance.  The in-the-round stage is charming and truly brings the audience that much closer to the action, storyline and fun!

Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

I truly can’t say enough about this show!  The storyline takes you back in time and provides a refreshing 2-hour (with intermission) escape from today’s hectic life and nonstop stressful headlines!  There are two weeks left of shows that run Wednesdays through Saturdays at Hale Centre Theatre.  The charming venue sits right next door to the delicious and popular Postino Wine Bar and is right across the street from the weekly Farmer’s Market that happens on the weekends.  Many other tasty eateries reside right by Hale including Liberty Market, Pomodoro, Zinburger, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Whiskey Row, Barrio Queen and more. A real treat to spend an afternoon or evening out in this area.  Get your tickets here and get them quickly as this show continues to book up fast.

Truly run to see See How They Run!  I promise you will have great fun, laugh out loud a ton and go home feeling good!

 

 

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! 

 

 

Driving Angel Visor Clip Winners!!!

Thanks to all who entered our drawing for the guardian angel visor clip for new drivers!  It is a special gift to give to that driver for sure.

Through random.org, we drew for two winners since we have one for a girl and one for a boy.  Both of my kids have one in their cars.  My boy is now 20 (how did that happen?!) and my girl is 16, so she is a new driver.  Here are winners….

The girl visor clip goes to….

Sherri Hentz from Phoenix, AZ!!!!

 

And the boy visor clip goes to….

Gail Tabb from Mesa, AZ!!!

 

Congrats to both and thanks so much for entering and for following the blog at managedmoms.com!!

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!

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!