Unique Gifts for Moms

Unique Gifts for Mom
Looking for a great gift for a special mom in your life?
Check out these unique gifts ideas! You can watch my segment on WLWT here.
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1). Downton Abbey Fragrances (downtonabbeyfragrances.com) – For the perfume loverThe Downton Abbey fine fragrance collection are sensual and sophisticated perfumes designed to embody the personality and style of the central female characters of the show, including Anna Bates, Lady Cora, Lady Mary, Daisy Mason, Lady Edith, Lady Rose and Countess Violet.  The collection’s fragrances are crafted in the artisanal method utilized by the master perfumers so highly in demand during the early 1900’s time period during which the show is set, allowing the fragrances to be very close approximations of the luxurious and complex perfumes which the high society ladies of that era actually wore.  The rich and varied scents of the fragrances have been crafted from pure perfume oils, without alcohol, chemicals, additives, artificial colors, parabens or phthalates.  These fragrances are pure and undiluted, vastly different than most perfumes on the market, which generally are up to 75% alcohol. Whereas alcohol-based perfumes evaporate in a rush, obscuring the delicate nuances of a fragrance’s complexity, the richness of each of the Downton Abbey fragrances can be appreciated much like fine wines. Each scent has top, middle and bottom notes that develop slowly after application on the skin, creating a sensual experience that lasts for and develops over a period of hours.  It is this kind of painstaking fragrance artistry that allows the Downton Abbey collection perfumes to reflect the personality of the show’s characters.  Downtonabbeyfragrances.com, $74.99 (8 ml).2).  Light Affection (lightaffection.com) – For those who appreciate unique memory/keepsake itemsLight Affection Low Res 4Light Affections offer a special alternative to the traditional way of displaying photos.  Light Affection frames are framed sculpture duplications of any photograph. The photograph is duplicated perfectly in sculpture and then combined with a beautiful lighting system that illuminates every aspect of the sculpture, creating a work of art that makes the memory displayed in a photograph seem as if alive and making it even more treasured.  Based on an age-old art form known as lithophanes (Greek for vision in stone), the engraving of an image comes to life when illuminated from behind. The varying thickness of the translucent material creates the illusion of the original image. Just email a digital image or mail a physical photograph and the company generates the Light Affection without damage to the original image.  Comes in sizes from night-lights to large frames in various styles and shapes. $45 – $239 depending on size, lightaffection.com.3).  Cushies (nufoot.com) – For comfort around the houseCushies Low Res 19Cushies, the newest indoor footwear creation from the Nufoot Company, are a comfortably padded and soft slipper-shaped footwear, but which is also nearly weightless, amazingly flexible and has a breathable mesh top.  They are also antimicrobial and both water and skid resistant.  Its sturdy neoprene construction makes it durable and comfortable on any indoor surface.  Comes in a variety of colors in sizes for both men and women.  $19.99, nufoot.com4).  Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System (soundoasis.com) – for the music loverBST Low Res 1

The Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System combines the best facets of a high-quality, wireless bluetooth speaker and a therapeutic sound and sleep therapy device.  As a Bluetooth speaker, it has a 30 ft. range to stream music from your mobile device or computer.  Its built-in usb-rechargeable battery allows for 5-8 hours of cordless use on one charge.  Super compact size at 2 ½ inches tall by 2 ½ inches in diameter makes it very portable but still has excellent sound quality and powerful bass.  Built-in sleep therapy sound tracks can be customized to run seamlessly for up to 8 hours.  Perfect for improving sleep, blocking noise and managing tinnitus.  10 different sounds are built-in and more sleep/sound therapy tracks/sounds can be downloaded from the SoundOasis.com store or from the Sound Oasis Apps.  $59.99,soundoasis.com

5).  Fits for the Occasion Tiles (placetile.com) – For the home entertainer


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Fits for the Occasion Tiles are a new line of stylish, erasable ceramic accent labels with interchangeable, magnetically attached motif designs, perfect as dinner table place cards for guests, as descriptive accessories for each dish being served and for many other entertaining uses.  Each Fits for the Occasion ceramic label tile can be customized for the setting and occasion by simply detaching one motif and attaching a new one.  Comes in 16 different motifs to fit any party or gathering theme.  The Fits for the Occasion Tiles come in 2 sizes, 6” x 8” MessageTile size and 2.25”x3.75” PlaceTile size.  $14.95 – $38.95, depending on size and style.  PlaceTile.com

6).  Glo to Sleep (soundoasis.com) – For sleep comfort


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The Glo to Sleep is a unique sleep therapy mask device that helps people sleep better, naturally and effectively, by focusing the mind on the process of relaxation and sleep, helping users to fall asleep quickly, stay asleep for the duration of the time desired and wake up feeling rested, whether for just a nap or a full night’s sleep. Works anywhere, anytime whether at home or on the road. Resembling a lightweight and comfortable sleep mask, the Glo to Sleep utilizes specially designed lights inside the mask, called Points of Glo, to slow brain activity, achieve an alpha wave brain state and engage deep, natural and restorative sleep. The Points of Glo also act to effectively block out all external light, preventing it from interfering with the effect of the Glo to Sleep, while recessed eye pieces still allow the eyes to blink normally. The Glo to Sleep is fully adjustable and made from lightweight, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, breathable foam, making it comfortable to wear for anyone for any period of time. Completely wireless and no batteries required. The Points of Glo simply need to be exposed to any light source (sun, light bulb, etc) for about 30 seconds to become activated. They then emit this absorbed light for before gradually fading over time. To use, just put on, look up into the eye pieces and hold a gaze on the Points of Glo while breathing deeply. The Glo to Sleep then rapidly slows the brain’s activity level to a deep relaxed state. Features brightness and dimming control, from 10 minute dimming ramp down time to 30 minutes.  Looking up at the blue Points of Glo will be the last thing the user remembers upon awakening. 100% money-back guaranteed. $39.99

Disclosure: I received items for review and presentation purposes. All opinions are my own. 

2014 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market ~ Giveaway




Do you love finding unique gifts for loved ones around Christmas?


I love when I find the perfect gift for someone special in my life. There will be lots of opportunities for you to find a one of a kind gift with over 300 vendors to chose from!

Last year my friend and I had a great time at the Holiday Market and found a few gifts for people on our list …..and few gifts for ourselves too.




Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a good time to get a jumpstart on your holiday gifts.




Discover One-of-a-Kind Holiday Finds at the 2014 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
Juried show welcomes holiday season at Duke Energy Convention Center, Nov. 1416


Shop more than 300 one-of-a-kind boutiques, artisans and specialty stores at the 2014 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, presented by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers,November 1416 at Duke Energy Convention Center.



The 2014 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market will feature unparalleled selections of home décor, specialty clothing, personal accoutrements and more. A juried event, the Show selects only the highest quality exhibitors, ensuring that no two products are alike.





In its second year, the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show will run in tandem with Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market. Included with paid admission, the Show features more than 75 exhibitors showcasing gourmet food and holiday entertainment and gift ideas. Local chefs and select exhibitors will host free seminars and demonstrations throughout the show.



For a full seminar schedule, visit http://cincinnatiholidaymarket.com/show-features/seminars/.


“Holiday Market offers the perfect destination to jump start your holiday gift shopping,” said Vicki Hart, producer of the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market. “Grab your girlfriends or bring the family to see Frozen’s Elsa. From hundreds of exclusive specialty items, gourmet food and chic boutiques to holiday entertaining demonstrations and delicious treats, Holiday Market will kindle the holiday gift-giving spirt like no other shopping venue can.”




Bring your camera for two special opportunities to capture holiday photos with the family! Live reindeer will be at the show each day in booth #507 and Frozen’s Elsa, sponsored by Sacksteder’s Interiors, will make an appearance on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


In addition, enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive wine bar and sample handcrafted domestic and imported cheese in our Wine Down & Enjoy area. Ovations’ chef staff will be on-hand to prepare custom cheese plates with accompaniments such as assorted tapenades, hummus, assorted chutneys and a choice of homemade crostini, grilled flatbreads and gourmet crackers. A holiday-inspired lunch option will also be available.


Show dates and times are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, November 14
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, November 15
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, November 16


Admission for adults is $9.

Adult tickets are available for purchase online at http://cincinnatiholidaymarket.com/.

*Adults can save $3 on admission by buying a ticket at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores.

Children (ages 13 and under) are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.


For more information about the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, visit http://cincinnatiholidaymarket.com/.

The show is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheGreaterCincinnatiHolidayMarket.

Follow the show on Twitter @CincyHM and via the #CincyHM hashtag.



I’ve been given (8) Pairs of tickets to giveaway!

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Newport Syndicate ~ Giveaway













Want to do something special for your mom for Mother’s Day?

You can take your mom out for brunch at the Newport Syndicate.

The Newport Syndicate building has a lot of fascinating history. My husband and I took  the Newport Gangster Tour that starts at The Syndicate last spring and loved learning about what Newport was like in the 60’s when the area was know for gang activity and other illegal activity. The Syndicate is a beautiful space that will help well deserving moms take the day off from the kitchen with a wonderful brunch.



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Mother’s Day Brunch at the

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Treat your mom to a fabulous brunch!


$19.95 per person plus tax and service

$7.95 plus tax and service for Children ages 6-10

FREE for Children under 5

Breakfast Station to include: Scrambled Eggs, Egg Casserole, Bacon, Sausage Links, French Toast Sticks Syrup), Breakfast Potatoes (Cheese Sauce), Biscuits and Gravy and Fresh Fruit

Lunch Station to include: Tossed Garden Salad, Caesar Salad, Champagne Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Ham, Turkey, Carved Roast Beef

Gangster’s Famous Pasta Station to include: Made to Order Pasta, Choice of Penne or Bowtie Pasta, Marinara, Alfredo or Presto Sauce, Diced Chicken or Meatballs, Steamed broccoli, olives, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and cheese

Sweets Station to include: Donut holes, Coffee Cakes, Mini Cookies, Brownies

Mr. Cowpie will be at the Newport Syndicate on Mother’s Day in the afternoon for entertainment for all ages.


*If you have dietary needs, please ask your server when you arrive and they will let you know what selections you can have!

Call 859-491-8000 for more information


I’ve been given 2 Tickets to the Mother’s Day Brunch at Newport Syndicate!

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*Winner can purchase additional tickets. Time slot is subject to availability.

Disclosure: I was given ticket for giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.


Gifts that Give Back

All of these gift ideas give back and make life better for others. You’ll find something that can fit any budget with these ideas below. 


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Heart of Haiti


Heart of Haiti


The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 people in the country. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood.


Sharing a “gift that gives back” is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively on www.Macys.com/Haiti. To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, follow @HeartofHaiti on Twitter or like their Facebook page http://facebook.com/HeartofHaiti.


Headbands of Hope



Headbands of Hope


For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. 

If you use the discount code “Cincybloggers” a headband will be donated to a burn patient at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.


You can follow @Headbandsofhope on twitter or like their facebook page. You can find out more about Headbands of Hope from their website. 


TOMS Shoes


TOMS Shoes


With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.


You can see more of TOMS products on their website. You can like them on facebook and follow them on twitter at @Toms.





In Swahili the word ku-toa means “to give”.  That’s the very basic yet very powerful concept that KUTOA is based on.  For every KUTOA health bar purchased, KUTOA donates, through a partnernship with the World Food Program, a nutrition pack to a child suffering from malnutrition, providing them with the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  The KUTOA bars are 100% natural and are made with only the best natural ingredients including organic oats, fresh fruit and nuts.  They contain no preservatives, additives or artificial ingredients. The bars currently come in three scrumptious flavors: cherry cashew, raisin peanut and blueberry almond.

You can find out more about them on their website. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at @kutoabars.


You and Who


You and Who


You and Who markets original design t-shirts and for every one sold, a matching shirt is donated to someone in need in the city of the artist who designed the shirt through local charity partners. Through this model, You and Who is not only helping those in need, but also the very artists who design the one for one t-shirts, providing exposure for their work (each artist that works with You and Who has their own biography on the website) and paying them $1 from the sale of each of their one for one t-shirt designs that is sold.  All of the one for one t-shirts from You and Who are unique fashion statements, featuring colorful one-of-a-kind prints and designs that are sure to help you stand out from the crowd.


Carabello Coffee


Carabello Coffee

Carabello Coffee offers you the very best in quality through Fair Trade, organic, and even farm direct and direct relationship coffees.  What is farm direct?  It is a way for coffee roasters to buy straight from the farmers at a price that is a minimum of %100 higher than  Fair Trade pricing, ensuring that farmers are truly paid a price that will allow them to improve their businesses.  Farm gate allows real faces to be attached to this product.  Real people really grow and process this coffee, not a machine!

As a philanthropic coffee roasting company, our mission is to artisan roast exceptional coffees and then use our profits to fund what we like to call “works of compassion.”  We do that both here in our Cincinnati community as well as abroad in places like Nicaragua and Kenya.  

Outside of the USA we use our coffee profits to support two works.  Each is doing work among orphans, the one in Nicaragua, the other in Kenya.  Each has its own website where you can read more: Kids of Cascabel Orphange, Somoto, Nicaragua


You can visit Carabello Coffee online or at at 107 E. 9th St. Newport, KY 4107. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at


Home Gift Guide {FLASH Giveaway}

This gift guide is great for anyone. I would seriously LOVE to win everything on this list. I might actually attempt to grow my own cilantro with the aerogarden.

These gifts would be great as housewarming gifts or just as ways to make you experiences at home more enjoyable.

This prize pack is HUGE with one winner taking home one of everything valued at $1100!!!!

**Don’t forget this is a FLASH Giveaway and will only last 24 hours.  Good Luck!



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This giveaway is hosted by Best of Bloggers

A big thanks to our Co-Host Pandora’s Deals!

We are cruising right along with our Gift Guide Giveaway. Today we are all about gifts for the home! Remember, one winner will win all of the gifts in this post!! That’s worth $1,100!!! Good luck – you only have 24 hours to enter!



Aerogarden is a really wonderful gift to give anyone with a green thumb or the chef in your life! Use it to grow flowers, vegetables or herbs indoors all year around. Plus, they make it easy telling you when to water and fertilize. One winner will win an Aerogarden Ultra!

To read more about Aerogarden click here.

To purchase Aerogarden click here.


Cafe Press

Cafe Press has really fun gifts for everyone on your list! Feel free to customize everything from t-shirts to blankets to fit your personality and style! There are so many things to choose from – you are sure to find the perfect gift! One winner will win:

– A duvet cover
– An ornament
– A cocktail plate

To learn more about the prizes and to read our full review click here.

To make your own Cafe Press creation click here.

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Canvas People

I have been ordering from Canvas People from years and I love them! They take your photographs and turn them into a beautiful canvas! PLUS right now they are offering EVERYONE a FREE 8×10 Canvas (just pay shipping). Every single canvas I have ordered has come out amazing! This is sure to be a great gift to give for newly weds (with a beautiful wedding photo!), grandparents (with a picture of the grandkids), teens (with a favorite photo of friends), or anyone else on your list!! One winner will win a 16X20 Canvas!

To read our full review on Canvas People Click here.

To take advantage of the FREE 8×10 canvas click here.

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City Creek Candles & Candle Warmers

I love the smell of candles! I love the look of candles! I *love* candles! 🙂 City Creek Candles has a wide variety of candles and candle melts that smell absolutely amazing. In fact, I put in the Birthday Cake Candle Melt in and my son came upstairs from the basement because he thought I made cupcakes! They were that good! Candle Warmers are a great alternative to candles since there is no flame. Super safe and super adorable!! I have definitely found a new place to purchase my candles from!! One winner will win:

The Illumination Fragrance Warmer in the Owl Warmer, Sunset Warmer (not shown) and Santa

– Warm Vanilla Urn Heritage Collection Candle

4 oz wax Melts in Balsam Fir, Christmas Day and Frosted Cake

To learn more about the prizes and to read our full review click here.

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Mental Floss

Mental Floss is such a fun site! Filled with tons of great gifts for everyone on your list, Mental Floss is the place to go for unique items! Every adult needs some fun games. After all, game night isn’t just for kids! Invite over your friends and host a game night of your own with these fun games! (Use the code FREEFLOSS to get a free tshirt with the purchase of any game!) One winner will win:

In Words
Ja Link
Split Decision
Mixed Nuts

To read our full review of Mental Floss and to learn more about the prizes being given away click here.

To purchase gifts from Mental Floss click here.



Shark is known for making high quality cleaning products. These are seriously machines! They get the job done quickly and easily! Whether you are tackling carpet or hardwoods Shark has the perfect thing for you. One winner will win the Shark Sonic Duo which is perfect for both!

To read more about the Shark Sonic Duo click here.

To purchase a Shark Sonic Duo click here.

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I love shopping at Tag. They are one of the best places to shop for anything home! Filled with tons of cute decorations and household items. One winner will win a set of Hyacinth Baskets and a set of Nordic winter kitchen towels.

For our full review and more information on the prizes click here.

To purchase items from Tag click here.

Don’t miss any of our other Best of Blogger’s Gift Guide Giveaways! We will be giving over $10,700 worth of prizes away! Click HERE to see the entire Gift Guide and enter for your chance to win!!

One winner will win all of the items mentioned in our Top Gifts for the home! A $1,100 Retail Value!
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