Java Flow

Keep the Java flowing this Holiday Season with a monthly subscription from Craft Coffee!

Describe what your taste buds crave in the coffee department, and they will match it and create the perfect brew for you!

Gift subscriptions start at $29.99 – check it out here: Craft Coffee

Think Pink

October is upon us, which means so is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Check out these 7 gifts that support Breast Cancer research and funding:

1. Circle of Strength Tee: show your support with Ford’s Warriors in Pink Tee! $23

2. New Balance Pink Ribbon:  running shoes that support the cause! $89.99

3. North Face Pink Ribbon Denali: the classic Denali with a pop of pink! $179

4. Resilience Cuff: show your support with this gorgeous rose gold cuff! $34

5. Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar: what better way to support the cause then with chocolate? $3.50

6. Vegan Leather Bag: gorgeous bag  – perfect for Fall! $98

7. Blush and Brush Set: add a pop of pink to your cheeks! $50

Mini of the Month

Send someone a monthly reminder of just how sweet they are with these adorable mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.

These bite-sized treats come in all sorts of fun flavors, such as:  salted carmel, tie-die, peanut butter pretzel, root beer float, doughnut, and so many more!

The subscription ranges from 25-100 cupcakes and starts around $60 for 3 months.

Check it out here: Baked by Melissa Mini of the Month Club

Fatty Sundays

Can’t get enough of that salty & sweet combination?  Then check out Fatty Sundays – a gourmet pretzel company unlike any other!

Fatty Sundays are hand-dipped in Brooklyn, and come in unique flavor combinations such as: PB&J, Spicy Almond, and Birthday Cake.

They also have gluten free options and DIY kits (that allow you to make your own delicious treats)!

They start around $6.95: Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzels 

Eco-Chic

Show some love for your favorite city or state with these eco-friendly tote bags!

Made in the US, MapTotes come in a variety of shapes and sizes (including adorable wine totes – pictured above)!

Pouches and Totes start around $18, and you can check them out here: MapTotes

 

BluePrint Cleanse

New Year, New You?!

Then check out the BluePrint Cleanse – a delicious plan that has been called the “foodie cleanse,” because it blends amazing flavors together like cashew vanilla, cinnamon and agave – yum!

They have different levels, and the cleanses start around $75.  Check it out here: BluePrint Cleanse

Melted Snowmen

I saw someone made these adorable snowmen cookies on Facebook, and I just had to share.  Since I’ve been “down for the count” with whatever virus is going around, I figured I would post about the cookies and share the recipe (and hopefully when I feel better I will attempt making them myself)! Here is the recipe:

MELTED SNOWMEN COOKIES

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD: 24 servings

INGREDIENTS     

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

2-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 pound white candy coating, chopped, divided

7 to 8 Starburst candies (orange for noses and colors of your choice for earmuffs)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine milk and extract. Stir in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and cocoa to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. Knead in enough remaining confectioners’ sugar to form a very stiff dough (dough should not be sticky).

2. Divide into thirds. Shape one portion into twenty-four 1/2-in. balls. Shape remaining portions of dough into twenty-four 1-in. balls. On waxed paper-lined baking sheets, flatten each 1-in. ball into an irregular 1-1/2-in. circle.

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 oz. white candy coating. Using melted coating, attach a 1/2-in. ball near an edge of each circle. Let dry 1 hour.

4. Using Starburst candies, cut out noses and earmuffs as desired. Melt remaining white candy coating; cool slightly. Working in batches of six, spoon candy coating over snowmen, allowing coating to drape over each until completely covered. Immediately attach noses and earmuffs. Let stand at room temperature until dry to the touch, about 1 hour.

5. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Using a toothpick and melted chocolate, form eyes, mouths, buttons and tops of earmuffs. Yield: 2 dozen.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS 

1 snowman equals 205 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

See the recipe online at Taste of Home

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers don’t have to be boring…they can be fun AND useful! Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Deco Lip Butter: all natural lip butters in yummy flavors like candy-cane and gingerbread! $3.50

2.  Pinch Provisions:  mini essentials for every woman! $26.45

3.  Love Gloves: warm, cozy, and cute! Plus they have tech-touch finger and thumb! $58

4.  Mini Iron: I LOVE this mini iron – great for traveling and will fit perfectly in a stocking! $23.50

5.  Marine Miracle: one of my favorite organic lines – this collagen mask is amazing! $14

6.  Silpat: a must-have for any baker! $13.89

7.  Tooks: a Winter hat with headphones built IN – how cool is that?! $24.99

8.  Feetures: the perfect running sock.$14.99

9. COAL: coal bubble gum – tastes better then it looks! $5

Hanukkah Treats

The holidays are around the corner, and if you need to send someone a Hanukkah treat – here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Zabars Latkes: potato latkes, homemade applesauce, cookies and gelt come in this reusable tote! $95

2.  Wolfermans: classic english muffins, assorted cookies, and jam come in this yummy set! $39.95

3.  Cookies:  delicoius vanilla sugar cookies (can be personalized)! $24.95

4.  Donuts: symbolic Hanukkah treat – check out the low guilt raspberry truffle! $21.95

5.  Lollipop: an assortment of blue and white candy – I especially love this giant blue and white lollipop! $5

6.  Gelt for Grownups: forget milk chocolate coins – check out this dark chocolate with sea salt gelt! $15

Green Beauty Gift Guide

When it comes to the latest and greatest in all things (green) beauty, I turn to one place: The Green Product Junkie.  My friend and fellow blogger Katie, breaks it all down in a fun and easy-to-read format (ie: she does all of the testing and tells you what is worth spending money on)!

She’s been hard at work putting together gift guides for the holidays, and I particularly love this one that features products for UNDER $30.  Let’s be honest, some of those green products can be quite expensive – so here is a way to give a little green beauty without breaking the bank!

To learn more about these awesome products (and to read Katie’s review), check it out here:

The Green Product Junkie’s Holiday Ideas $30 and Under