You all, I just love Christmas – the lights, the music, the cookies, the ornaments, the shopping!! So when I discovered that one of my very favorite online shops was having 40% off some of their custom stamps – I just had to let you all in on it. Eek, I’m so excited!
Photo Source: Jaded Blossom Stamps
How cute are these!! Ugg, I just can’t stand it! The company, Jaded Blossom Stamps, was created by Candace and Michelle in 2011. I was lucky enough to stumble upon their website about a year ago, and I may have made a few (at least 7!) purchases since then. I haven’t had a single problem with any of my orders, which I have to say has been really refreshing.
All of their stamps need to be used with an acrylic block for stamping – and I highly recommend these – acrylic stamp blocks.
As a few of you may know, I’m not particularly crafty. However, I do love a good stamp on the back of a holiday envelope, or on a tag attached to a box of some really fabulous cupcakes, or chocolates. . .I’m not picky. 😉
Did I mention that their shipping is also super fast, and very reasonable?! Do yourself a favor, and check them out!
While I’m at it, I’m going to share a few more of my favorite shops/products below so you can keep your eye out for any sales in the next few months, or get started on your Christmas shopping. I’m all about getting it done early!
Photo Source: Steele Canvas
Here’s another online shop that I love. Steele Canvas, is family owned, operated, and American made in Massachusetts. I use the permanent truck (shown above) to cart my laundry around – it’s so much easier than hefting a basket full of clothes! I’ve also been known to load one of my Steele Canvas trucks with groceries to make unloading easier.
Their baskets/trucks are expensive, but you get what you pay for – they’re extremely durable, and built to last. I’ve had mine for over 5 years, I use them daily, and they both look as good as the day I bought them. Totally worth the $$!
Photo Source: Homer Laughlin/Fiesta Factory Direct
This is one of those items that I like to buy everyone I know, for absolutely every occasion. It’s oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe – which means, you can use it for roasting veggies, baking pizza, serving a layered dip, or as a cake plate (one of my favorite uses to be sure)! It also comes in a wide array of colors, so it’s sure to please just about everyone on your list!
Photo Source: Sweetapolita
If you’re looking for a unique gift for your sprinkle obsessed friend – look no further! Rosie, the owner, of the Canadian-based sprinkletastic Sweetapolita, carries her own custom line of mixed sprinkles, cookie cutters, enamel pins, and sprinkle coin purses and totes bags. Right now, they’re offering free shipping to the U.S. with a $75 purchase – which is fabulous considering how much it costs to ship from Canada to here, and add that to the fact that’ll you’ll inevitably spend at least $75 anyhow on your first purchase! It’s a good deal. 🙂
*I forgot to mention, that Sweetapolita also sells Stateside, just click her website and click the “Find a Retailer” tab. Easy peasy!
I should mention that while I love looking at all of the sprinkle combos available on their website, being from Canada, they do use quite a few inedible (in the U.S.) metal sprinkles/batons. That being said, I love their Fairy Bread Sprinkle Medley, shown above close up (which contains no metals) – and shown below, on what must be the cutest dachshund sugar cookie in history!
Photo Source: Sweetapolita
Meri Meri is based in England, and they truly have some of the most whimsical, fun cookie cutter designs (see above) and party decorations. Luckily, I’ve been able to purchase from Sweetapolita, Williams Sonoma, Amazon, Etsy, and Ebay to get ahold of some of their items, without having to purchase directly from England.
Photo Source: Maskcara Beauty
I love this brand, because there are so many different shades to choose from, they’re creamy, and they blend beautifully.
There was a time that they had sets that were already put together – so you didn’t have to guess what color you needed, but it looks like they’ve begun individually selling the shades for optimal customization.
For the Highlighter I use either Sunlit or Aura.
For the Contour I use either Stone or Olive.
For the Illuminator I use Rose Gold.
For the Blush I prefer Pink Grapefruit and Nude.
I also love their 30 sec HAC brush.
Like many other ladies out there, I am a cosmetic product junkie. There are a few brands out there that I’m all about – I’m looking at you ColourPop! But I’m also open to trying out new products, and I have been using Maskcara Beauty since it first came out a few years ago. It’s definitely become one of my go-to product lines!
Photo Source: Lululemon
My sister-in-law started buying these headbands for my headband-loving-daughter a few years ago, and since I cut my hair shorter, I desperately needed a way to pull it back since I couldn’t use my trusty hairbands anymore. Curse you shorter hair!
This is the color I got (above) – Washed Marshed/Heathered Washed Marsh, and I love it. I bought it in an actual Lululemon store for the first time ever, since one just opened up at our local mall. However, I’m not sure I would go in again, because while checking out, one of the ladies that works there – not the cashier, wanted to know what kind of exercise I was doing, since you know, I was buying a headband, and I guess in some universe those two things are synonymous. Who knew?!
As you can imagine, I was a little taken aback, because I was knee deep in the middle of my current rigorous exercise routine – running errands, wrangling kids, and throwing money at people, but somehow she didn’t seem to recognize it as exercise. Sheesh! So in order not to make this awkward situation more awkward, I told her that I was doing yoga. I used to do it, I’m sure when I bend over to pick up laundry I’m doing some interpretive form of a yoga pose, so it’s not completely untrue.