November 26, 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide: Item #8 - Loose Leaf Tea Subscription

Oh, this is a gift that is actually on my OWN list. I love hot tea. I drink hot tea almost every morning in the fall, winter and spring . . . maybe even a few days in the summer. I seriously LOVE hot tea.

I don't know about you, but when I think about sipping hot tea, I think about everyone dressed white, on huge porches, being served by butlers. And having a monthly subscription to Loose Leaf is like having a personal butler to provide you with recommendations and new flavors to try.

Each month, a box of savory loose leaf teas is shipped directly to your door for just $17. Each box contains 4 or 5 new teas for you to try, 2 muslin reusable tea bags, and a thorough description of what each tea contains.

Try each of the teas and order more from the Simple Loose Leaf online store at a member's only discount of 50% off.

Right now, readers of the MelissaStuff Blog get 25% off a gift or ongoing subscription at Simple Loose Leaf with the promo code 25HOLIDAY.

Seriously this is the best gift for the tea lover in your life, even if that tea lover is you!

November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide: Item #7 - Sharp Shirter Phone Cases, Pillows, Shower Curtains and More

Okay, this gift guide item is for the people that are difficult to buy for on your list. Sometimes, it seems like certain people just have everything . . . so what do you get?

Well, how about:
An elephant heart shower curtain?
A throw pillow with Venus on it?

You can even upload your own image to these products and have a completely custom product - everything from cell phone cases to shower curtains and throw pillows. You'll never have to say the person on your list has "everything" they could want again.

Sharp Shirter specializes in animal images primarily from 30+ artists. The site supports the preservation of animals and has donated over $15,000 towards the African Wildlife Foundation to help protect elephants from being hunted and poached.

MelissaStuff readers get to try out Sharp Shirter and get 15% off their order with the promo code PARTYTIME.

I'd love to know what products you come up with . . . such fun things!!

Natural Help with ADD, High Cholesterol and More! #lifefood

In order to facilitate this post, I received this product complimentary. Links included in this post may be affiliate links that provide a small return to the blog for referring you to these sites and their products.

I don't know if you have any experience with a child with ADD or ADHD, but I do.

I don't know if anyone in your house has struggled with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but we do.

And I try not to pour medicine into my crew unless I know there is no other option.

So when I can I choose oils and other times I choose to find natural and homeopathic options that can do some of those same things in my boys who need a little help.

Recently, my husband's doctor recommended that he begin taking fish oil supplements. We looked around at various options and discovered that the bets place to purchase them from was The latest brand we chose was Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil.

There are lots of benefits to this supplement, including:

○ Highly concentrated and pure, pharmaceutical grade (more than 75% of Omega-3) 
○ Fish Oil concentrate made from IFOS 5-star certified fish oils (raw material). 
○ Sourced from wild Alaskan caught Pollock. 
○ USA Manufactured and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities. 
○ Molecularly distilled, clean refined and tested. 
○ Easy to swallow soft gelatin capsules. 
○ Specially coated for max absorption and no fish taste. 

Omega-3 supplements help promote a heart healthy diet, joint support, brain support, circulation and maintenance of cholesterol levels. It's even been studied as a possible aid in fighting inflammation from arthritis. 

Life & Food brand was one of the most cost-efficient options too. If you're looking for a natural way to help address ADD, high cholesterol and more, you should try out these Omega-3 supplements.

November 22, 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide: Item #6 - MORE Books!

I do realize that my gift guide item #4 was BOOKS, but honestly books are such a good gift. They're not super expensive. They're actually beneficial for the person receiving the gift. And you can always buy a different book for the next Christmas (or birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, any celebration really.)

All of the links below are Amazon referral link for the simplicity and continuity, plus FREE 2-day shipping for any of them. you should search to see if some of the other places online have them cheaper, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up. 
**All prices as of 11/22/2015**

So here are some more books, specifically children's books and many of them are Christmas-related which is a perfect way to usher in the Christmas season.

Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You're Never Too Little for His Love by Max Lucado - $7.98

This book emphasizes that your size has nothing to do with how much God loves you. Itsy and Bitsy are two charming little mice that hear a King is coming and enthusiastically set off to see Him.  During their journey, they encounter a lot of discouragement, telling them they are too little and not important enough for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren't big enough or important enough for the new King, they learn that this King has indeed come for everyone. Crafted by master storyteller Max Lucado, Itsy Bitsy Christmas helps children understand God's great love and know that He sent His Son for all of us little or big, young or old.

The Runaway Santa: A Christmas Adventure Story - $15.99

Possibly, the next Christmas classic for readers ages 3 to 7, The Runaway Santa is about a jolly Santa who decides that he wants to leave the North Pole and go on a worldwide vacation. He decides to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of the presidents. Then he wants to ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. After that, he plans to ride an elephant on a safari in South Africa. While Santa is eager for his adventures, Mrs. Claus isn't so sure he should go. She wants to make sure he has everything he might need. It isn't long before Santa realizes he might enjoy his trip much more if he takes Mrs. Claus with him. After all, she is apparently an expert adventurer herself.

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story - $11.15

The classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" is now illustrated with LEGo bricks in this new hardcover book. Your LEGO builders will be fascinated with everything from the colorful stockings hung by the chimney i the large, fanciful brick house to the images of Saint Nicholas, himself, with a bundle of toys and eight trusty reindeer. My boys took one look and then proceeded to argue about who was going to read it and when.

Country Store by Tim Noah Productions - $12.95

The initial offering in what portends to be a new series called Kaddywompas does not disappoint. My youngest boy and oldest boy (or husband if that's easier) both raved about the illustrations in this book. And the book comes with a CD as well. I, personally, adored it because it kept my kids busy and fascinated. This story is mean to help reassure kids that no matter what they face, the journey is worth it and they shouldn't give up.

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas - $2.74

We just bought this special Berenstain Bears book because we were such fans of the way they truly celebrate the reason for the season rather than allowing the story to be lost in the shuffle as people focus on all of the other reasons that people enjoy this time of year.

The Berenstain Bears learn together all about the very FIRST Christmas and what makes that special.

Tough Cookie - $16.08

When this specific gingerbread man was created, someone forgot the ginger! He has all of the other essential ingredients, but the one thing that makes him who he is the most is missing. In fact, missing his ginger makes this gingerbread feel like he's not really a gingerbread man after all.

He can't be sold in the bakery like the other cookies so he lives in the back room, causing trouble all of the time. He eats the candy that's supposed to be used to make other cookies. He makes messes. Before long, the baker tells the gingerbread man it's time to go, and only then does the gingerbread man realize he's going to have to change his ways. The baker is able to teach the gingerbread man that it's not actually what h has or doesn't have that makes him who he is . . . it's his character.

If you need FREE 2-day shipping on any of these products, then you need to sign up for a FREE trial of Amazon Prime right now and enjoy it through this time of year when you are constantly needing to ship the individual items you purchase.

November 15, 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide: Item #5 - KID'S MOVIES!

Doc McStuffins - Pet Vet - $12.93
(As of 11/15/15)

Includes 5 Pet-Themed Episodes Plus a FREE, Exclusive Pet Collar Packed Inside!

Doc McStuffins opens a new veterinary practice in her backyard clinic where she treats stuffed animals and toys in "Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet." Including 5 themed episodes of the Peabody Award-winning animated series "Doc McStuffins," each highlighting lessons about care and responsibility for pets, the DVD also comes with a FREE exclusive pet collar.  

“Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet” is a must own for any little one!  

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles - $12.22 
(As of 11/15/15)
After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine's clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons -- last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi -- to further Luke's training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he'll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14 comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic comic adventures, and enjoy a whole new universe of fun!

If you have girls, you might be more interested in Dear Sofia: A Royal Collection. I thought this DVD was extra special because in it, Sofia interacts with all of the Disney princesses - Jasmine, Mulan, Belle and Tiana!
For the first time ever, you'll find four of your favorite Disney princesses on one dazzling SOFIA THE FIRST DVD! Join Sofia on a daring adventure with Mulan in the Kingdom of Wei Ling, soar through the skies with Jasmine on a magic carpet ride, and learn important lessons about friendship and life's true gifts from Belle and Tiana. Packed with endless fun, enchanting music and heart -- plus two more magical episodes -- DEAR SOFIA...A ROYAL COLLECTION is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the princess power in YOU!

All of these items ship FREE, 2-day with Amazon Prime. You can get a 30-day FREE trial right now.