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Unique Gift Giving Is Easy With NOVICA Plus a Giveaway!

Gift giving came be stressful when you are searching for the perfect gift. Especially if the person you are shopping for has everything. This is when you need to get creative and look for gifts that are more unique. NOVICA is the perfect place to shop.

novica logoNOVICA works with artisans from around the world to sell their handmade pieces. When you purchase from NOVICA, the money goes back to the person who created the piece. I like that you will not find mass produced products. All the products are all hand crafted from artisans from regions like the Andes, Bali & Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa.

I have bought products from NOVICA before and have always been very happy with my purchases. I like that they offer such a huge variety of products. They sell home décor, jewelry, paintings, clothes and more.  You will definitely find that perfect gift and it will be unique.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from their site.

gifts for womenThis Midnight Maya Tote bag is very pretty. It is a nice size too so it can hold a lot. It is made in Central America.

unique natural fiber journalsThis set of 3 Natural Fiber Journals are made in Bali. Inside is rice paper and the cover is an eggshell mosaic. It even includes a stick of cinnamon.

unique gift ideasThis Mango Wood Vase is beautiful. The design is simple and I love the dark wood. I like that it looks great with or without flowers.

This time I chose a piece of jewelry from NOVICA for my daughter Kayla. She actually picked it out.

unique jewlery from novica

sterling silver ring novica

sterling silver ringunique sterling silver ring

Kayla is very happy with the Sterling Silver Garnet Floral Ring she picked out. She can be picky at times but this style is just right for her. She likes the design and shape of the ring. If she’s happy I’m happy so this is a win in my book.

NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway

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Prizing and review product provided by NOVICA. Opinions 100% our own.

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Pick Me Up Review and Giveaway

As a person who deals with social anxiety and depression, I tend to be in my head a lot. I can get a little obsessive with over analyzing things. This is never good because it causes a lot of doubt and clouds my mind. As I get order I am learning different ways to deal with this. I like to focus on self care.

To me this means having a space that surrounds me with positive quotes and affirmations. I like to see these things everyday and look at them when I am feeling stressed. I make sure to do things that make me happy. This was hard for me for a long time because I used to put everyone else before myself. That lead to a very stressed and overwhelmed unhappy person. I have learned that I do deserve happiness so why not do things that put a smile on my face. Since I like to read, I also try to check out self help books. I currently reading Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz.

pick me up review

Well Pick Me Up is more of a journal but not the typical kind.

pick me up review

pick me up review

pick me up review

The regular way of journaling does not work for me. I need a better way to to get my emotions out and Pick Me Up does that for me. I like that I can pick and choose what page I want to write or doodle on. It is fun while offering a little perspective. This is a journal I will actually use and not get bored with! I think it will be pretty interesting to look back to see how I have dealt with things in the future.

This journal would make a great gift especially if paired with some nice pens.

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The Giveaway

Three readers will win a copy of Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz

Book for review and prizing provided by a PR firm. Opinions 100% my own.

Pick Me Up Book Giveaway


Care Bears & Cousins: Take Heart Available On DVD

I love when the shows I grew up on make a comeback. I remember watching the Care Bears when I was a little girl. My favorite was Grumpy Bear. He always made sure to remind others that even if your day is not going well, you are still loved. The Care Bears is all about caring and treating others with kindness. There was a lesson to learn in each episode.

1Stopmom was provided with product for review purposes. 

After many years away from Care-a-Lot, Care Bears Cousins finally return home in Care Bears™ & Cousins: Take Heart – Volume 1, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD November 1 from Lionsgate. In this series, debuting for the first time on DVD, the Care Bears reunite with their cousins to retrieve the Cousins’ stolen ship.

care bears and cousins take heart review

There’s exciting news in the land of Care-a-Lot! The Care Bear Cousins – Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and Cozy Heart Penguin – have returned home. The Cousins make sure that the Share Cloud is always full of the Care Hearts that Care-a-Lot needs. When the Cousins’ ship is stolen, the Care Bears and the Cousins use their caring skills to retrieve the ship, save the Share Cloud, collect the lost Care Hearts, and much more in these heartwarming adventures!

I watched some of the disc with my Granddaughter, Leilani. There are 6 different episodes to choose from. It made me feel nostalgic and I can’t wait to bond with Leilani and watch more episodes. I hope she grows to love the Care Bears as much as I do!

Buy Care Bears & Cousins Take Heart for $9.96

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Carmex Is Essential For Back To School and More!

Carmex is a brand I am very familiar with. Their time tasted formula has worked to soothe, heal and protect lips for over 79 years! I have grown up seeing this brand in the pockets of family and friends. Carmex Lip Balms are available in a variety of forms and flavors. Everyone has a favorite in my family.  My daughter Jazz has been obsessively looking for a Grape flavored one that she lost. I think it was a limited edition though.

School has been back in session for over a month now and I was pleasantly surprised when I received a back to school package from Carmex in the mail. It included a Kate Spade pencil case, Dunkin Donuts gift card and a variety of Carmex products.

back to school with carmex

This came at just the right time because between my four kids I have two College students and two high school students. No one likes dry, cracked lips so I am happy to share “My Carmex” with them. Especially when the weather gets colder here in Wisconsin. In addition to studying hard, I want them to look their best with smiles on their face.

Carmex Lip Balm in a Jar

The white jar with yellow cap is the one my husband prefers. It is formulated with menthol and camphor to soothe severely chapped lips. Available in the Original flavor.

Carmex Lip Balm in a Tube

The squeezable applicator allows control over how much or how little you apply to your lips.  It has a special smooth-glide formula that eases over tender, cracked lips and not too waxy. My daughter Savannah likes to buy the three pack of these. She is always losing one!

Carmex Lip Balm Stick

My favorite of the line of Carmex products. It replenishes lips with a formula that aids moisturization and provides SPF-15 sun protection.

Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm

carmex comfort care review

These lip balms are specially formulated with natural Colloidal Oatmeal to provide deep soothing, long lasting moisture. This is perfect  to use year round to relieve dryness and soothe, smooth and soften lips. I am loving the contemporary design with the slightly wider stick.

Carmex Cold Sore Treatment

carmex cold sore treatment

Carmex Cold Sore Treatment works on contact to block pain and itch while minimizing the appearance of a cold sore. While it does not treat viral infections, it does help with the symptoms associated with cold sores. 10% Benzocaine blocks the pain and itch, while the TriPlex Formula technology smooths and fills to make the cold sore less noticeable when used to conceal.

Carmex Lip Balms ($1.59 and $1.99) and Carmex Cold Sore Treatment ($14.99)  can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, including where to buy Carmex products and coupons, please visit their website.

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Simply Earth Essential Oils Subscription Box Review

1StopMom was provided with free product for review purposes. Opinions 100% my own.

I was very happy when Simply Earth asked me to review their monthly subscription box. This one is a little bit different because it involves essential oils. Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

They are used in various ways including aromatherapy to support mental health, in bath and beauty products and natural cleaning solutions. I have used a few different oils in the past. Mostly Lavender and Peppermint.  I love to use Peppermint essential oil. I made a spray solution I use to keep ants out of our home. It works very well. I even add a few drops to my mop water.

Simply Earth sent me a diffuser and their November subscription box to review.

Simply Earth Diffuser and essential oils review

Simply Earth is a company started by a Wisconsin family whose mission is to make it easy and affordable to create a safe home with natural products. Their purpose is building Simply Earth to be company that loves and serves their employees, customers and the World. One way they love and serve is by giving 13% of their profits to organization that are fighting to end human trafficking.

Essential Oil Diffuser

A diffuser is a great way to get different aromas in the air from your essential oils.

simply earth diffuser

This diffuser came with a top cover, inside cover, measuring cup and a DC jack. It is very easy to use:

  • Place diffuser on a flat surface
  • Remove both covers and pour water into the diffuser using the measuring cup
  • Add 2-3 drops of essential oils
  • Put both covers back on
  • Plug in diffuser and turn on

simply earth diffuser review

simply earth diffuser review

There is a easy to use button on the bottom of the diffuser to control the lights and how long you want it to be on. I like that there is a sleep mode.

You don’t have to worry about the diffuser running when the water is all gone. It automatically shuts itself off when there is a limited amount of water in the tank.

Simply Earth Recipe Subscription Box

Simply Earth Essential Oil review

This subscription box makes it very easy to get started. Each month you are sent 6-7 essential oil recipes and the key ingredients you need to make them. There is no guess work at all! In the November box you will receive:

  • Recipe cards
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Pine Essential Oil
  • Happy Joy Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil blend
  • Curb Hunger roll on oil blend
  • 2 small bottles
  • 1 spray bottle
  • Mason jar
  • Stickers

I really like that each bottle of essential oil from Simply Earth includes information I would otherwise be looking up online. It tells you what country it comes from, what part of the plant it is, the ingredients and the aroma.

simply earth rosemary essential oil review

Rosemary Essential Oil

simply earth rosemary essential oilRosemary essential oil has a woody and herbal aroma, like trees. It can be used for mental clarity while relieving fatigue. It can also help with hair growth.  There is a recipe for Christmas Air Freshener that uses Pine and Rosemary essential oil included in the box.

Frankincense Essential Oil

simply earth frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil has a spicy and woody aroma. It can be used with a carrier oil like coconut oil on wrinkles. Use in a diffuser to help with insomnia and promote sleep. It helps to reduce and fade scars. There is a recipe for DIY Scented Ornaments using this oil in the box.

Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend

simply earth happy joy essential oil blend

The Happy Joy essential oil blend has a fruity floral aroma.  It is used to uplift your mood and reduce anxiety.  It is made of Geranium, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang essential oils. I have used this in my diffuser and I love the scent! It kept me pretty calm too.

Pine Essential Oil

simply earth pine essential oil review

The Pine essential oil has a evergreen and woody aroma. It reminds of a certain floor cleaner that I grew up smelling. Now I will be making my own. The woody aroma also makes me think about Christmas and the holidays! This oil can be used in a diffuser to relax your body and energize your mind. It also has disinfecting properties so you can add it to your toilet bowl or make some household cleaner with it.

Curb Hunger Roll On

simply earth curb hunger essential oil

curb hunger essential oils

Curb Hunger is a roll on made up of a blend of different oils. The ingredients are Grapefruit, Spearmint and Lavender essentials oils diluted in Coconut Oil. I have been using for a few days. So far I have noticed I am not as hungry when I use it, I definitely like that. All you do is rub a little on your stomach. Very easy to use!

simply earth essential oil recipe subscription box

I really like this subscription box. It is unique and only costs $39.99 a month. I love that each month there is a different theme. The recipe cards are use the oils that are included in the box. The oils are 100% pure so there is no need to worry about additives or fillers. I think it is a great way to grow your essential oil collection. I like the idea of controlling strong of a scent my creations will have. Plus it nice to know what I am using is safe. I am already excited for next month!

The Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is different from most subscription boxes because they offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are not happy, just let them know. Simply Earth gives 13% of their profits to organizations committed to serving others. I definitely can support a company that gives back to the community.

I have a coupon code for a free diffuser with a subscription to Simply Earth:  1STOPMOMFREEDIF

Check out the video below that I made so you can see the diffuser in action!

Anniversary Giveaway

To celebrate their 1 year annivesary, Simply Earth is having a giveaway to win a recipe box. Visit here to enter. The more you share it, the more you win.

  • Get 5 friends to sign up: $5 coupon
  • 10 friends: coupon for a free month of their Essential Oil Recip box
  • 25 friends: coupon of a free set of 6 oils in custom wooden box
  • 50 friends: coupon of a free diffuser

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October Glossy Box Review

I signed up for Glossy Box back in August when they had a promotion for buy 1 get 2 free. That sounded like a pretty good deal! So make sure you sign up for their emails.  I got 4 boxes in September and 1 this month. That was a little odd to me. I guess I got the August and September boxes in the same month.

glossy box review

One thing I do like about the Glossybox is they include products that I would not necessarily come across during my regular shopping for beauty products. With so many subscription boxes available, sometimes you get a lot of repeat products.

OGX Beauty

OGX root stimulator spray glossy box

$8: This spray encourages a healthy scalp and prevents fallout caused by breakage. It has a minty fragrance.


decleor review glossy box

$22: 100% natural serum oil for moisturizing your face. Concentrated hazelnut botanical oil enriched with essential oils of neroli, sandalwood and petitgrain. The sandalwood scent is very strong.


unani glossy box

$18: Milk cleanser made to purify skin. Very light scent and gentle on skin. After using it once my face was not dry and a little goes a long way.


emite lip and cheek tint review

emite glossy box review

$19: This is a lip and cheek tint. I won’t be using it on my cheeks but I like how it looks on my lips.The shade is very pretty. I looked online but I could not find a name for this color.  It is a little bit dry, but I just added a so lip gloss on top and was fine. I like the packaging a lot, the tube is very cute!

Masque Bar

masque bar face mask glossy box

$3.33: This face mask is supposed to help with tightening pores and hydrating skin. I have not tried it yet but I love face masks!

The Glossy Box costs $20 and the value of all these products equal up to $70.33 This is good deal. I will pretty much use everything in this box so nothing is going to waste.



Quaker New Breakfast Flats Giveaway!

Quaker has a new product that is perfect for snacks at home or on the go, Quaker Breakfast Flats! As a part of the Quaker Blogger Network I was sent a box of each flavor to try. quaker breakfast flats

Quaker Breakfast Flats are a great option when you want something that you can just grab and go. Some mornings before school my son and daughter don’t like to eat food that is too heavy. These are perfect for my son because he has to be on the bus at 6:30 in the morning.

I was sent three flavors of Quaker Breakfast Flats to try:

Quaker Breakfast Flat Cranberry Almond

Cranberry Almond

Quaker Breakfast Flats Banana Honey Nut

Banana Honey Nut

Quaker Breakfast Flats Golden Raisin Cinnamon

Golden Raisin Cinnamon

The flats are crispy with lots of flavor. There are three flats in each package.

quaker breakfast flats

quaker breakfast flats

Quaker Breakfast Flats are perfect to eat by yourself or share! The Golden Raisin Cinnamon are my favorite flavor. I ended up eating the whole box! I loved grabbing them for snacks. They kind of tasted like a oatmeal raisin cookie.  My kids like the Banana Honey Nut the best.

Each serving of Quaker Breakfast Flats has 18 grams of whole grains and is less than 200 calories. There are no artificial flavors or added colors.They are made with nuts, seeds, oats and real fruit.  Each box contains five portable packs with a convenient pull out try.

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One reader will win a Quaker prize pack that includes all three flavors of Breakfast Flats.

Quaker Breakfast Flats Prize Pack