Holiday Gift Guides for 2017

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Looking for some great gift ideas for the loved ones in your life?  Check out the fantastic ideas I have come up with in each of my Holiday Gift Guides !

Holiday Gift Guide for Women

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

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See the World’s Most Expensive Dress at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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For a limited time, you can see the iconic dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she famously sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962, for his 45th birthday gala at Madison Square Garden. The dress will be on display for a limited engagement at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive dress sold at auction when they acquired the dress from Julien’s Auctions for a staggering $4.8 million. Add in auction fees, and the dress cost over $5 million, making it the most expensive dress in the world.

With the dress, other items from Kennedy’s birthday gala will be on display, along with other Marilyn memorabilia.

The dress will be on display for a limited engagement, leaving after the new year.

Also, guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet a Marilyn Monroe look-alike on December 16 and December 30. The meet and greet is included in general admission (so there’s not a special fee for this event). Guests can have pictures taken with the impersonator. It’s all happening at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! @ 8201 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819

Meet and Greet Days/Times:

  • December 16: 12pm – 4pm
  • December 30: 11am – 4pm
For more details, please visit Ripleys.com/Orlando and Facebook.com/RipleysOrlando for the most up-to-date information.
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Huge Cash Back Deals During SWAGBUCKS Green Money

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You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back – 2x or more – at a number of different stores today only. They’re also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!

If you’re not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you’re all set!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site’s a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

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Critter Christmas Safari at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, Florida

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Celebrate the holidays in the ‘wildest’ way imaginable at Safari Wilderness

Join us this holiday season at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, Florida, for our Critter Christmas Safari. Special holiday safaris depart on the hour, every hour, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available on location. Unlike our traditional safaris, advance reservations are not required.

Dates:

  • Dec. 17 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 18 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 19 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 20 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 21 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 22 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Dec. 23 from 1 pm – 5 pm

* Gates open at 12:30 pm

Critter Christmas Safaris include:

  • A 45-minute customized vehicle safari, led by one of our knowledgeable tour guides.
  • A guided walking tour of our small mammal house, free-flight aviary, and petting zoo barn. Get up close and personal with some of our smaller species!
  • 1 poinsettia for each visitor.
  • Our staff will be bringing out some of our smaller animals (coatimundi, ferrets, dwarf caimans, etc.) for educational demonstrations. This is a very special treat that doesn’t happen on our standard safaris!
  • For an additional fee, we will also be facilitating opportunities to feed our lemurs, as well as some of the animals you might expect to see in a nativity scene (camels, goats, pigs, horses, etc.).

Pricing:

  • Admission for 1: $39
  • Admission for 2: $75
  • Admission for 4: $145

Our popular lemur feedings will also be available for purchase upon arrival.

About Safari Wilderness: Located halfway between Tampa and Orlando in a 260-acre wilderness area, Safari Wilderness offers an intimate, up-close encounter with herds of free-roaming animals in a breathtaking natural setting that rivals the African savanna. Safari Wilderness is not a zoo or theme park. There are no crowds or lines – just your small group of adventurers and an experienced guide driving a custom safari vehicle, fitted with a shade canopy.

Please follow on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/SafariWilderness
Twitter: twitter.com/SafariWild
Instagram: instagram.com/safariwilderness

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Aera Smart 2.0 Holiday Diffuser Set Giveaway

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Prolitec, makers of the first IoT smart home fragrance device – Aera – has announced 2.0 upgrades and additions to their product line for Holiday 2017, along with special pricing. Unlike typical home fragrance products (sprays, candles, plug-ins, gels), Aera diffuses micro-fine fragrance droplets to perfectly scent large areas, and is controllable/programmable via a smart phone app, as well as by Alexa.

The new Holiday 2017 products include:

  • Aera Smart 2.0 Holiday Diffuser Set – including the next-generation device (small software bugs fixed, fragrance capsules are easier to load, scent settings are more precise, and operation is now “whisper quiet”) and choice of one of three special Holiday fragrances — Glow, Snowfall, or Celebrations. Price is normally $199, but is available now for $179.
  • Aera Smart 2.0 Diffuser Set – includes the new Aera device, and six trial-sized fragrance capsules. $149 (normally $189).
  • Aera Touch Diffuser Set – Just introduced, this is designed for consumers who don’t require IoT/Wifi control, and is operated manually. This set includes 3 trial-sized capsules and is available for $99, repesenting a lower cost-of- entry to the superior Aera home fragrance system.

In addition, Prolitec is offering more fragrance package options (regular capsules contain 25ml of fragrance and last approximately 2 months with average usage, and sample sizes contain 5 ml):

  • Holiday Fragrance Trio – All 3 Holiday fragrances for only $119 (normally $49 each)
  • Fragrance Sample Sets – Customers can purchase 3 samples ($59) or 6 samples ($89)

All products are available at Aera’s site – aeraforhome.com

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And now for the giveaway….

One readers is going to win an Aera Smart 2.0 Holiday Diffuser Set.

To enter, leave a comment stating what Aera feature you like the best.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/13 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post. However, all opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Holiday Cocktails Featuring Crown Apple and Captain Morgan

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The Cranberry Mule

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 6 oz. Ginger Ale
  • 1 Rosemary Sprig, for garnish
  • 4-5 Fresh Cranberries, for garnish

Directions: In a glass filled with ice, combine Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with rosemary and cranberries. Light rosemary with a match until smoking.

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Crownberry Apple

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
  • 32 oz. cranberry juice
  • Lime

Directions: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine 12 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple with 32 oz. cranberry juice. Stir well and garnish with lime. *Serves 8

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Unique Wedding Gifts That Every Same Sex Couple Would Love

Buying wedding gifts for friends or loved ones can always be difficult. Do you stick to the recommended gift list that you have been given, or do you strike out on your own and use your creativity? Or what do you do if the couple haven’t come up with a gift list at all? This can be an even greater problem if you are attending a same sex wedding, since many of the recommended gifts are still tailored towards heterosexual couples. Luckily, times are changing, and if you know where to look, you can find some fantastic gifts that are perfectly suited to the recipients. If you need to come up with a great unique same sex wedding gifts for a special couple in your life, here are some great suggestions that are sure to inspire.

Monogrammed Homewares

Whether the couple in question have been living together for years or whether they are moving in together for the first time, they can never have too many beautiful textiles, especially ones that celebrate their newly married state. One wonderful gift is a bale of high quality Egyptian cotton towels which have been monogrammed with the couple’s initials. Or what about a pair of engraved wine glasses with the couple’s names, the date of their wedding and a special message to commemorate the event? Whether used for special occasions, or simply for everyday use, you can rest assured that these personalised gifts are thoughtful, luxurious and yet practical – just perfect for a wedding day.

A Couple’s Spa Day or Weekend Break

Some same sex couples find that they rarely receive gifts that celebrate the sensual side of their relationship. Help them to capture the romantic side of newly wed life with a voucher for a luxurious spa day for two. Your loved ones will love being pampered and spending the day together in a beautiful setting. For an even more thoughtful approach, why not present your spa voucher alongside a pair of matching monogrammed silk bathrobes for an extra special touch? Alternatively, how about a voucher for a weekend away at a romantic hotel in a location that means something special to the couple. By giving them the gift of time together, they can really enjoy the early days of their marriage and enjoy something that they may never have arranged for themselves.

An Eternal Memento

Some of the best wedding day gifts are those which last as an eternal reminder of the big day itself and of the special commitment that the couple have made. A long lasting decorative gift which will commemorate the occasion and form an enduring memento is a perfect choice, for example a magnificent 24 karat gold-dipped or silver dipped natural rose, presented in a prestigious leather case ready for display in the marital home.

A Gift To Reflect Their Interests

You know the special couple best, so before you choose your gift, think about what their interests and hobbies before you make your choice. Sometimes, the best gifts are the most personal, and a present which reflects the recipients’ personalities is much more likely to be appreciated than yet another cutlery set. If they love dancing, perhaps a course of ballroom dancing lessons would be a wonderful choice, or if they love to cook, a set of gourmet cooking equipment or perhaps a cookery class would be perfect for them. By tailoring your choices to suit the happy couple, you can be confident that they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your gift.

Gifts On A Budget

If you’re keen to give the happy couple a special gift but are on a tight budget and can’t afford to splash out on something lavish, there’s no need to worry. There are some wonderful low cost ideas which would easily suit any couple on their wedding day and which are sure to touch their hearts. One of the best options is a memory book, designed to reflect the couple’s relationship and to capture their happiest and most special moments. Use photographs from their time together, from the early days of their relationship right up to the present and then leave an empty page at the back ready to receive their final wedding pictures. You can personalise this gift even more by adding romantic quotations, or words from songs or movies that have a special meaning for the pair. You could also add personal messages from yourself and their other friends and family members so they can keep the book as a keepsake for years to come. This gift may be inexpensive but it’s worth its weight in gold in terms of thoughtfulness and love.

Choose A Significant Gift

While most wedding gifts are sure to be appreciated by the couple, one that is sure to hit a special note is one that reflects something special and unique about the couple’s relationship. For example, if they share a favourite show or musical, you could buy them tickets as a thoughtful gift, or perhaps you could give them vouchers for a meal at the restaurant that they went to on their first date. Small touches like these can really make their wedding day even more special and will help to show the couple just how much they mean to you.

Of course, there are many other excellent ideas which are perfect for same sex couples on their wedding day, and there is no need to feel restricted. Be as creative as you like and mix and match ideas so that you come up with something that the couple in question are sure to love and are certain to appreciate. A wedding day is the ideal time to show the special people in your life just how much they mean to you and just how much you value their relationship, so take the time to choose something truly unique and individual and you can rest assured that your present will be cherished and treasured.

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Get More Free Gift Cards for the Holidays from Swagbucks

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December “Swago” promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, December 11th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

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Mavel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes Comes to Orlando Jan 12-15, 2018

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Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is performing at Amway Center from January 12-15, 2018 for seven performances. Tickets are on sale now. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!

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Save 20% off select seats with code MOM20. Not valid on VIP seating. Code expires January 11, 2018.

Disclosure: “I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

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Sonic Drive-In Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast

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Tis the season to celebrate and SONIC Drive-In is putting a spin on a traditional holiday classic with the Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast. This holiday dessert favorite will add to SONIC’s flavorful lineup and satisfy all holiday cravings.

Combining seasonal flavors of cool, refreshing mint and OREO cookie pieces, the Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast create a festive, seasonal dessert experience that guests will love. These desserts are hand-mixed and perfectly blended with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream, made with fresh milk and cream.

Bring the family together at your local drive-in this season with the new Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast. This seasonal treat is available for a limited time, so hurry over to your SONIC Drive-In.

I got the opportunity to try these yummy holiday desserts and I will be back for many more before the season is over. They are truly delicious !!!

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