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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Holiday Gift Guide for Moms!

Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide! This is my favorite project of the year. It's a large effort, as I have been working on it for months. We personally try all of the items and then share the best products and gift ideas in the gift guide. We hope that you enjoy this selection of gift ideas for 2019! is a monthly subscription service that delivers stylish and high quality activewear for a fraction of what I have been spending on my fitness wear.  You complete a survey so that a talented stylist is able to curate 3 pieces for your box.  You pay $79 monthly or bi-monthly based on your preference.  They select from beloved brands such as Beyond Yoga, Manduka, Niyama sol, Vie Active, Teeki, Free People, and more. On average, each box contains $160 retail value worth of items.  They offer sizes XS to 3X.   So, how did they do for me? Scroll down to see!

My package contained the outfit above which was perfectly in sync with the style survey that I completed. Personally, I prefer neutral colors and super comfortable fabrics and styles.  My stylist did a fantastic job for my preference.  I especially love that the blue top and leggings are comfortable and versatile. The white shirt is also perfect and honors the request that I made in the style survey for clothing that covers my stomach. (I'm 4 pounds away from my target weight and hope to reach it soon!)   I was thrilled with my experience, so I knew that it was perfect to feature in our Holiday Gift Guide. gift packages start as low as $45 and are delivered as an e-gift making them the perfect last minute gift.  Plus, our readers will save $10 off all packages with the coupon code GIFT10. This also includes free shipping with the contiguous U.S. Visit!

CeraVe is a brand that our entire family uses. My dermatologist recommended it to me several years ago and we have been fans ever since. At the time, my skin was a mess after giving birth to my son. I had always experienced dry skin, but post-pregnancy hormones caused breakouts. I also didn't appreciate the fine lines around my eyes or on my forehead, so I was grateful that my dermatologist was so wonderful. For starters, he recommended the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for normal to dry skin. This gentle cleanser removes oil without disrupting the protective skin barrier. I use it twice daily on my dry skin and it's wonderful because the hyaluronic acid helps to retain skin's natural moisture and the niacinamide helps to calm the skin. After using the foaming facial cleanser, I use the CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This product is great, especially for my dry skin, since it replenishes hydration for instantly smoother skin. I love how my skin plumps up after using this serum. I then use morning and evening moisturizers. My favorite morning moisturizer is the CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen with SPF30 broad spectrum protection.  This is perfect for Texans as a good daily moisturizer with sun protection is important for both short term and long term skin health. This product is recommended for daily use by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  I then rotate my evening moisturizers. I have been using the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream for over a year now and it is perfect for my 40-something year old dry skin with fine lines. My skin looks amazing when I wake up in the morning, especially where I experience fine lines. I also alternate with the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion which is ultra lightweight. I usually have 1 to 2 extra long workouts on my treadmill each week and this lightweight moisturizer is perfect for those evenings. It absorbs into my skin quickly and helps to moisturize throughout the evening. It uses three essential ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.

Malouf Linens are incredibly soft for moms who appreciate cozy bedding for a good night of sleep.  After all, doesn't every mom covet a good night of sleep in comfy bedding? We love the fabulous  Malouf Down Alternative Comforter and Malouf Rayon from Bamboo Duvet Set.  The comforter is thick, soft, and warm.  The duvet cover has an even softer texture which makes this comforter and duvet set the perfect combination for us. These products are game changers because they are incredibly soft and warm for a good night of sleep. Visit Malouf!

You may have heard of from Forbes, Time Magazine, or one of their 150,000 U.S. customers. Their business process is a game changer for customers who want to buy good quality wine at reasonable prices. The way that it works is that their customers (called Angels) invest $40/month into their piggy bank. then invests in talented, independent winemakers in exchange for exclusive wines at insider prices of 40% to 60% off retail.  They have backed 150+ different wine makers and over 2,200 wines since 2012. Each wine is exclusive to and you will find over 2 million customer reviews from real wine drinkers. In addition to the extensive selection of high quality wines, is known for their excellent customer service.  Their customer service is so amazing that they even offer a 100% money-back guarantee for any wines that you buy and dislike. They really want customers to be happy!  It's a fantastic way to purchase wine, especially around the holidays when you want to keep good wine on hand for guests or to take to parties and dinners. We recently received a case of trendy wines that included: 

Their wines have been fantastic. I love that they have a business model to invest in talented winemakers that also works exceedingly well for customers.  Whether you want to stock up on wines for holiday parties or send wine directly to gift recipients this season, we think that ordering from is the way to go. Plus, our Trendy Mom readers will receive $100 off of their first order by visiting here! The coupon makes your total $79.99 for one case of wine. 

The Women's Bean Project offers crave-worthy soups, seasonings, baking mixes, and snacks while also supporting women who are transforming their lives. You may have heard about this company in Women's Day, Forbes, Weight Watchers, PopSugar, and other outlets. The Women’s Bean Project believes that all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. They hire women who are chronically unemployed and teach them to work by making nourishing products that they sell across the US through some of the country’s largest retailers. They offer a transitional job in dry food manufacturing designed to provide women immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness and life skills needed to get and keep a job. Through their work at the Bean Project, the women learn to stand tall, find their purpose and break the cycle of poverty. Because when you change a woman’s life, you change her family’s life.   

Personally, we love the social mission of this organization and also think that their products are perfect for holiday gifts. They sell their products at retailers across the country or you may order products online.  Moms will love their baking mixes for cornbread or scones. They will also love their soups. All of them are fantastic. The 10 Bean Soup Mix has been their #1 seller for 30 years and also happens to be colorful for the holidays. The Grab and Go snack line is also great with unique and flavorful products such as Ginger Zing Trail Mix, Thai Curry Cashews, Chili Picante Plantain Chips, Chili Spiced Mango, and Raspberry Gummy Fish. Their iconic popcorn gifts are also a great choice for the holidays as they come in nice containers and each one includes a special seasoning such as Himylayan Salt & Black Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, and Salted Caramel.  Moms will enjoy their physical gifts while also appreciating that the purchase helped to support other women who are working to better their lives. Visit Women's Bean Project!

Mionetto offers bubbly gifts for the holidays. Let me share a few of our favorites. The Mionetto Prestige Brut is made from 100% Glera grapes from the province of Treviso, an area renowned for high quality Prosecco, this sparkling wine offers a luminous straw yellow hue and stylish mousse. The palate is marked by aromatic notes of honey and white peach. The classic ribbon beautifully displayed across the bottle means there’s no need to wrap it. You can even customize it with an ornament around the neck. This retails at $14 for the 750ml bottle or $4 for the mini bottle (187ml). The Mionetto Prestige Rosé Extra Dry is a deeply luscious sparkling rosè that comes from the result of soft pressing of red grapes. The wine offers a peach blossom luminosity, accompanied by a fine, lively perlage. This wine is known for its intense fragrances, like holding an edible bouquet of violets, raspberries, strawberries, and wild flowers – a perfect pairing for your holiday table. Serving this cuvée with a grilled turkey breast or fish (or a variety of fish on the Feast of Seven Fishes) is sure to be a recipe for success. This retails at $14 for the 750ml bottle or $4 for the mini bottle (187ml). The Mionetto Luxury Cartizze DOCG is an elegant Cartizze that boasts luminous golden tones and delicate beads of tiny bubbles. A majestic, multi-faceted bouquet releases seductive impressions of apple and pear alongside notes of citrus and glazed almond. On the palate it is crisp, well-balanced, and elegant. It is the perfect gift for anyone special in your life! This retails for $45 for the 750ml bottle. Visit Mionetto!

Arcopedico is one of my favorite brands of shoes.  Their stylish designs are comfortable and use a fundamental design principle of constructing shoes to have a “barefoot” upper, a soft, non-binding design that conforms to the top of the foot to allow circulation and all-day comfort, and the patented, metal-free twin arch-support soles (made from molded polyurethane), which protect the foot arch and allow the distribution of body weight through the entire plantar surface.  Personally, I recommend their Vegas shoes for the holiday season because they are incredibly comfortable and stylish. They have a leather upper with criss-cross elastic straps and then you have the option to order them in black or pewter. Either color is a nice fit for the holiday season. As a boy mom, I appreciate that the criss-cross elastic straps make it easy to slip them on and off while creating a secure and comfortable fit.  My children keep me busy and active, so I also appreciate that the support system promotes an even distribution of weight over the entire plantar surface.  Visit Arcopedico!

The iHome Air Fan + Sound Machine is a nice way to stay cool and enjoy the sound of natural white noise or any of 12 soothing sounds that are built into the machine. There is also a timer option that is convenient if you use this to help you to fall asleep. I think that many moms crave a good night of sleep, so this machine is a nice gift. Not only do I appreciate this brilliant device, but my son also appreciates the soothing sounds. It's especially nice here in the Dallas area where our weather changes quite often and it's sometimes difficult to get comfortable to sleep.  Plus, this product is also nice for an office if you need better circulation. Visit iHome!

OLAPLEX offers the trendy Holiday Hair Fix Gift Set that contains their Complete Hair Repair System.  This haircare set is amazing and has helped to dramatically improve my overall hair health, strength, and texture thanks to OLAPLEX's patended BOND MAINTENANCE System.  A couple of years ago, my hair was a struggle as my hair texture changed after pregnancy and I sadly experienced hair breakage. At the same time, I started having gray hair and didn't really know what to do, so I used a box of temporary hair color which caused damage to my hair. (Please don't make that mistake as an amateur!) Luckily, time and the right haircare products have helped to dramatically improve my hair. I think that most moms go through phases where they experience post-pregnancy problems with their hair and/or damage from hair coloring. That's why the OLAPLEX Holiday Hair Fix gift set is part of our Holiday Gift Guide for Moms. It was a game changer for me and I am so grateful to have found it.  The kit includes four steps: (1) OLEAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector which is a pre-shampoo treatment to help repair damaged hair and reduce breakage and split ends, (2) OLAPLEX No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo that repairs, strengthens, and hydrates, (3) OLAPLEX No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner which repairs, strengthens, and hydrates, and (4) OLAPLEX No.6 Bond Smoother that helps to repair, strengthen, hydrate, and eliminate frizz for up to 72 hours.  This set is $58 and contains $84 worth of product. It is currently sold out on the OLAPLEX website, but you'll find that Nordstrom currently has it in stock. You may want to keep checking the OLAPLEX website in case it comes back in stock or you may consider ordering the gift set asap from Nordstrom in case it sells out there too.

Beessential is a beekeeper owned natural bath and beauty company in Ohio; all products are produced in Cleveland. Beessential Natural Lip Balm made with a unique blend of replenishing Virgin Olive & Coconut Oils, moisturizing Beeswax, Aloe, Honey, Hemp. Personally, we recommend their Happbee Holidays Pick Your Own Lip Balm Tin 5-Pack. The formula is gentle and soothing.  If you live in Dallas, you know that the air is quite dry in fall and winter, so lip balm is a must-have product. We absolutely love it!  Plus, it's under $15 for the entire set and looks nice in the holiday tin. Visit Beessential!

théa Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a nice holiday gift because you are able to taste the difference in your recipes with this good quality olive oil. This product comes from a family owned grove in Kalamata Greece where the family handpicks and harvest Koroneiki olives to produce their premium extra virgin olive oil that has very low acidity.  They've only been on the market for 5 months and have had a lot of support from various bloggers/celebrities including Actress Nia Vardalos, Kardashian chef @insaraskitchen, food blogger @ful.filled, Michelin star chef Arnaud Bignon and many others!  This brand is perfect for the holidays. You'll find théa Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil available on Amazon!

The Spice Lab provides the ultimate cooking inspiration with their gourmet salt collections. Personally, their gourmet salts have changed my cooking style and helped me to put twists on existing recipes.  My children especially love that I often make them avocado toast in the morning and then lightly sprinkle different gourmet salts on them such as the Cypress White Flakes, Applewood Smoked, Ginger Chili, Salt, and more. This gift is a lot of fun and has made my entire family excited to wake up in the morning since I've been incorporating different salts into my recipes. Plus, the trendy test tube design is a nice presentation for gifts.  Visit The Spice Lab!

12 Oaks Desserts offers trendy cake pops and cake bites that are perfect for the holidays. These decadent treats are perfect for both gifts and parties.  We love that this company is obsessed with perfection. Personally, we love their Ice Cream Cake Pops in Red Velvet and Mint Chocolate Chip varieties for the holidays. (They also come in many other varieties.) These unique treats are adorable and delicious!  12 Oaks Desserts has locations in sunny California, but they are also easy to order online here!

Raw Spice Bar is a great source for spices. If you follow regularly, you may notice that we've been fans for several years. Their spices make a big difference in recipes. This year, we recommend the Raw Spice Bar Spice Sets & Gifts that come with several spices in nice little tins.  Your gift recipients are sure to appreciate the themed sets such as The Mexican Spice Set, The Wedding Spice Set, or even a Spice Subscription Set.

Amazing Clubs offers a variety of nice gifts that are shipped to your gift recipient's door step. They are the #1 rated gourmet gift of the month club.  They offer dozens of options and have something for everyone.  Personally, the Chocolate Box that we received this month was fantastic. It was generously packed with delicious caramel chocolates. They also offer other monthly boxes such as cheesecake, coffee, beer, beef jerky, cake, and more. Check out the wonderful options at Amazing Clubs!

The South of France offers aromatic products that are perfect for the holidays. They offer a variety of soaps and sugar scrubs that smell amazing, including 14 different scents inspired by the flora, fruits and aromas of the French coastal regions. This year, they released new sugar scrubs that are perfect for holiday gifts, especially during the dry winter months.  We love the aromatic scents of Glazed Apricots, Lavender Fields, and Cherry Blossom. We also love that all of their products are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as gluten, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates. We shop for South of France products at our local Sprouts, but they are also available at stores nationwide and on Amazon.

The New Southern Cookbook: Classic Family Recipes and Modern Twists on Old Favorites is by a southern mom and daughter duo, Pam Wattenbarger and Brittany Wattenbarger.  This book is amazing because the authors intertwine stories about their lives in the south with fantastic recipes that span a range of classic family recipes to modern twists on old favorites. I also appreciate that they label whether recipes are dairy free, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian, or vegan.  This book is a must-have for everyone, especially moms of young children like me.

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