Christmas Gift Idea Sites

The Illinoisan

Not done with your Christmas shopping yet? Let me help you out with that. I have quality products for as low as $1.00 and I also have some great stocking stuffers. Have fun looking through my sites and shopping for the upcoming holiday season.

*10% of all sales I make between now and Dec 25th will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society since I have MS.

For breast cancer awareness jewelry, knitted ponytail beanies and more go to:

For candles, tarts, warmers, cute animals (for aroma beads), aromatherapy items, chalk paints and gel wax go to:

For makeup erasers, cellu-cups, bath bombs, skin care, eyes, lips, face and more go to:

For blankets, sheets, kitchen items, bath & beauty items, cleaning and organization go to:

For bath fizzy disks, kids leggings, unicorn canvases, bags & purses, candles, essential oils, DESIGN YOUR OWN ITEMS SHOPPE, Inspirational…

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So far, this year I have read 126 books. I know this because I have a spreadsheet and mark up when I download, read, review and post. It might seem a bit %^%%^ retentive, but it’s the only way I can keep track. When you get on a bit, it’s easy to pick up a book and be into the second chapter before you realize you’ve read it before. Usually the Big A will tell you if you’ve already bought one, but DH’s friend passes on stacks of paperbacks and occasionally I read one of those as well.

The books I’m including in my Best Reads of 2017 include traditionally, and indie published but this last group probably makes up the bulk of my reads.

You are not likely to see any romance, fantasy or erotica on the list, as they are not my personal preferred genres. I like action…

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I Tried It: Home Chef Meal Delivery Product Review


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Would it surprise you if I told you that in 2015-2016, Americans spent more money eating in restaurants than on groceries? (1) That’s right, for the first time in history, Americans spent more in…

Review – “Live Longer Feel Better”

Being Lydia!

The tagline for this video series is “Seven Days To A Longer, Healthier Life.” It is a sequel of sorts to “That Vitamin Movie” which I reviewed back in May.

This is a seven-part series that goes beyond just what vitamins can do for us and demonstrates how our society has taken many steps backwards regarding our longevity and quality of life. It states that there is an increase in chronic illnesses and those that are chronically ill.

I have only watched the first video; however, I am interested to see what suggestions they give for living longer and feeling better!

The series is offered free from now until December 6th.


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The fish who loved a bird


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It’s just like any other rainy day but cold and windy. The kind of day you wish to be indoors, wrapped by soft duvet, sipping on hot chocolate and marshmallows, watching your favourite movie. But with the clapping thunders, no one ought to be out in that rain. Yet Ariyike is out. She has the usual Saturday errands to run – grocery shopping, dropping off clothes to be laundered, picking up fresh ones, coming back home to cook for the week and then off to the salon before Saturday is done. But on this Saturday, just by choice, she decides to do the salon before heading home once and for all to finish off with the cooking. Just as she steps out from the salon, the clouds gave way so suddenly, no one saw it coming. Ariyike hurries to her car but before she walks the distance, her freshly made…

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It’s TODAY | Multiple experienceS


oh my God it’s today, we close on the condo. We all meet at 10 o’clock this morning and by 11 o’clock, I will have the keys to my new place. It’s so surreal. I was there yesterday to do the walk-through and it was basically clean but there was still some stuff laying around. Today when I come in will be my…

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Sshhh…The Soul is Speaking Kindness Challenge, Week 3 – Unbreakable Joy


The image of Glinda the Good Witch from my Week 2 post, I’ll Get You My Pretty! Not. and Lionel Ritchie’s song Sweet Love, from the Week 1 post All You Need Is Love, Sweet Love guided me throughout those weeks of the Kindness Challenge. This week they created room for an iconic flower image that…

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What’s Your Favorite…. 12/8/17

Reclaiming HOPE

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope you’ve all had a great week!

We didn’t get a lot of suggestions for staying on our healthy eating plan last week, so we may have to put on our stretchy pants and hope for the best. :o)

This week, I was thinking about how we can make things a little easier on ourselves when we have limited energy and lots to do. With that in mind, your question for this week is…..

What’s your favorite cleaning “hack”?

Do you have a tip for making cleaning faster and easier? Please share!

I hope you have a great weekend!



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Santa Claus is Coming to Town



A few nights ago, I was feverishly writing down my wish list for Santa. I had already listed comfortable, white, Fruit of the Loom underwear, warm socks, a new snow shovel, a knit ski hat, and a heating pad, when I paused for a moment to reminisce about being a child, and the anticipation of a visit form Santa Claus. My family had a tradition of reading the poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” in front of a roaring fire, as we all sipped hot chocolate, and stared in wonder at a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and colorful stockings hung above the fireplace. I’m not sure, if I’ve ever experienced that feeling of wonder and magic since. I still have memories of lying in bed on Christmas Eve, hearing a noise, looking out the window, seeing snow fall from our rooftop, and envisioning Santa Claus disembarking from his sleigh with an…

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Just an Odd Job Girl

The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Trail

I finished Just an Odd Job Girl  by Sally Georgina Cronin over the weekend and find it to be hilariously funny in many parts and encouraging in others. It’s an uplifting story of how one woman deal with things after life (her husband) threw one for a loop. Imogen Symthe is a very interesting well developed character. I learned a new word called “fast tracker” I thought it meant a track star. LOL!

In my humble opinion, Imogen is a bit of a doormat who had to learn to stand firm. You watch her grow and process until  she’s comfortable in her own right.

In my opinion, the moral lesson in the story is before investing your all into a so called loving relationship make sure the other person is willing to do the same. Actually, it’s very easy to tell if one is in a one sided relationship…

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