Well, Black Friday has arrived once again.
I thought it was rather low key (based on the Amazon Canada site) after all the sales offered earlier this week. I did place an order this morning though.😉
How is your shopping going? Are you planning to spend more or less, this year?
I’m sharing a few of my favorite items (with reviews) ideal as stocking stuffers or other small gifts.
Hope you enjoy them and find these suggestions helpful.
Andalou Circle of Light Hand Cream, Lavender Scent.
My absolute favorite hand cream!
Rich and creamy, but not greasy.
Good ingredients, reasonable price.
Lovely, natural not overpowering scent.
Available wherever Andalou products are sold.
And this line of their products supports charities that empower women and girls, around the world . 👩🌾 It’s all good!😊
Joe and I both ❤ these pens.
So handy and so nicely made too.
Less than $8 as of today, at Amazon.
Click link above to read my full review.
👣 The only nail polish I use! 👣
Definitely NOT just for kids.
Comes in a wide range of colors.
A lot less “scary” ingredients, compared to regular polish.
With the top coat that they provide it stays on until you soak and peel. No remover required!
Click link above to read my full review.
I can’t imagine NOT doing yoga!
It’s been such an important part of my life, for so many years.
For anyone just starting out with yoga or perhaps, looking for a new regime, this is an excellent series to check out.
Larry Payne focuses on “the Prime of Life” age group, those 45-75. But it is great for people of all ages.
Click link above to read my complete review.
Cat Craves (cat treats)
Not to leave the felines out, this one is Mr. Cheddar approved!😸
His new favorite treat, he just ❤❤s Cat Craves.
I appreciate that they have better than average ingredients and are reasonably priced.
Available at all major pet stores including Pet Smart, Amazon and Chewys.
Jelly Belly Fruit Flavoured Snacks
A fun snack for kids of all ages.😏
Six snack sized portions in each box.
Much better ingredients than most gummie type candies.
I ❤ the colorful packaging too.
Available at many retail and online stores.
Happy Shopping and Happy Week!😊
My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.
A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!
One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read!
My all-time fav gardening book.
Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉
A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title!
Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too!
Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂
Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!
Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone!
Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉
My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.
♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉
Get your free copy for all these lovely patterns: here
I just ♥ that white chevron bag and the ruffled wine-colored scarf.
Happy Knitting and Week!
Did you have a good time on Black Friday? Amazon sure made me smile yesterday! 😉
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Happy Reading, Shopping and Cooking too!🙂
Here’s a screenshot from around 9AM on Black Friday, over atAmazon.comfrom the:
Top 100 Paid List for Vegetarian Cookbooks:
Not number 1 but heh on a Paid List, especially on Black Friday, I’ll take it. 😉
It’s a rare honor/treat to end up on any Top 100 List at Amazon, especially the paid lists considering the millions of books that are available at Amazon. I wasn’t able to see if I moved up any further later in the day as I was out and about with a lot of errands to do, but it sure was a nice way…
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I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.
Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.
Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉
On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.
What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?
From the kitchen:
Knit and Crochet:
Giving of Your Time and Talents
(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂
-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.
-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.
-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.
-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.
Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.
-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.
-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.
-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.
Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.
***I’ve always loved Mason jar crafts/gifts!***
Check out this post at: Twines & Vines for some beautiful, last minute handmade gift ideas. :<)
Happy Weekend and Crafting!
I’ve always ♥ making (and getting!) handmade gifts, at any time of year.
There’s something so special about a present that someone took the time to make, large or small and in whatever type of craft it was created from.
I also ♥ crochet, although I haven’t been doing that much “hooking” 😉 in the past year. I hope to get back to more crochet projects in 2014.
I found this short but well done Christmas crochet book:
over at Amazon recently and decided to give it a try.
Here’s my review from Amazon:
“Christmas Crochet: Done In a Day features attractive holiday crochet projects that definitely would be doable in a day or two.
IMO, there is nothing better than handmade gifts at any time of year. The crafts in this book would make excellent holiday gifts that would be well received by the recipient.
Instructions are easy to understand.
In spite of it being a rather small book, there are projects that would appeal to young and old, two and four- legged pals too!
As an avid and long-time crocheter, I’m glad I downloaded a copy of Christmas Crochet: Done In A Day.”
If you’d still like to make some crochet Christmas crafts but need a little inspiration, give this ebook a try. And do let me know what you make!
Happy Hooking and Holidays! 😉
This pattern post has been getting quite a few hits lately, based on my stats, so thought I’d feature this easy knit project again, here at Veggies.. just in time to make for Christmas.
I made the one pictured above and am working on a couple for gifts right now too.
What I really like about this cover is not only how it looks but how protective it is too. Nice and thick because of the seed stitch used throughout, so it really cushions the ereader; unlike some of the other ereader cover patterns and even the commercial covers, that are available.
This pattern was one that I found over at Ravelry.
Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover
Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.
I used some wool from my stash. The yarn color shown is Fire Tweed by Lopi.
The only thing I am changing this time is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.
Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I used Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully. Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.
Who needs to spend $20. + for one of those generic ereader covers? 😉
And handmade gifts are always so special.
Happy Knitting! 🙂