Holiday Shopping

  • Treat A Friend (Or Yourself) To These 30 Bath & Beauty Gift Ideas

    This bath and beauty gift ideas guide contains Amazon affiliate links that earn this website a small commission that goes towards keeping this site running. Also, products below were listed at those prices at the time of publishing and pricing can change at any time.

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    There are a lot of beauty products out there and sometimes it can seem like a lot trying to decide which ones you should get. With this bath and beauty gift idea guide, I will take all the guesswork of it. What you’ll find below is a list that I’ve compiled of the best beauty gifts you can’t go wrong with this year or any year, or if you’re getting them for yourself.

    Here are my favorite beauty and bath gift ideas:

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    1. Unimi Sleep Eye Mask – $15.99

    2. Brooklyn Botany Himalayan Salt Exfoliating Body & Foot Scrub – $13.95

    3. Newbealer 3-in-1 Facial Steamer – $35.10

    4. Richie House Women’s Plush – $33.99+

    5. Coco & Eve Glow Figure Body Moisture Whip – $36.90

    6. MIATONE Wireless Waterproof Speaker – $39.99

    7. OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs – $30.00

    8. Cooluli Mini Beauty Fridge – $49.99

    9. C.S.M. Exfoilating Body Brush– $10.97

    10. BINO Non-Slip Cushioned Bath Pillow – $7.99

     

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    11. Eminence Apricot Body Oil – $23.43

    12. Zen & Origin Rose Quartz Roller and Gua Sha Set – $15.95

    13. 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase – $23.66

    14. Luxury White Bath Towels Large Set of 4 – $42.99

    15. Slip Silk Classic Large Scrunchies – $39.99

    16. BS-MALL Makeup Brush Set 18 Pcs – $12.99

    17. Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Bath Gel – $12.99

    18. Lescolton One Step Dryer Brush – $33.99

    19. AirExpect Makeup Mirror Vanity Mirror w/ Lights – $21.98

    20. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C & Turmeric Face Oil – $36.99

     

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    21. ORGAID Organic Sheet Mask – $22.00

    22. L’Occitane Moisturizing Hand Lotion – $24.00

    23. Baylis & Harding Luxury Foot Care Set – $16.00

    24. SpaLife Naturally Infused Bath Tea (3pk) – $28.05

    25. MAJESTIC PURE Lavender Massage Oil  – $14.98

    26. Lollia Always in Rose Bubble Bath – $56.00

    27. High Vibrational Beauty Recipes & Rituals for Radical Self Care – $18.91

    28. 24k Rose Gold Eye Mask Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Eye Patches – $12.99

    29. Cuccio Naturalé Pomegranate & Fig Cuticle Revitalizing Oil – $6.52

    30. ELEMIS Superfood Kefir Facial Tea Mist – $28.05
     Which beauty and bath gift ideas are you considering? Also, what was the best bath and beauty gift you’ve ever received or gotten for yourself? Share with me in the comments below.
  • Bah Humbug: I Hate Christmas. Here Are 10 Reasons Why

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    I’ma just come right out the gate and say it, I hate Christmas. Did you gasp? Most people gasp at the disbelief that there’s someone who openly admits their disdain for the holiday season. I can’t tell you why or when my hatred for Christmas started, but what I do know is, the closer November and December get the more aggravated I become as I consider them the worst months of the year.

    Why do I hate Christmas so much? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

    Christmas people

    You know who these people are. They’re the ones who start the Christmas countdown in June and go on incessantly about their love of the holiday season. And for this reason, I avoid these people like the fucking plague since I’m trying to enjoy summer, fall, daylight savings, Halloween and most importantly Thanksgiving.

    And what I wanna know is, you know Santa isn’t real so what the fuck are you so excited about?

    Black Friday

    There’s nothing more hypocritical than people giving thanks for the shit they have on Thursday and before the turkey digests, they’re at the mall Thursday night/Friday morning fighting someone over a fucking big-screen television. That’s not how any of this works but commercialism says otherwise and people fall for it every year.

    And answer me honestly, do you really need all that shit you elbowing people over?

    Christmas music

    I’m trying to figure out why people get all excited over holiday music. It’s literally the same 7 fucking songs sung in different tones. They all say the same shit – Santa on a sleigh, Jack Frost, and a mistletoe. The worst are the radio stations that play non-stop holiday music. Ughhh, all I want for Christmas is your regular musical rotation.

    I’m looking at you Lite FM.

    Christmas bells

    Nothing rolls my eyes harder than hearing holiday bells. They’re annoying and it seems like there’s a person on every corner ringing one.

    Christmas shopping

    I hate Christmas shopping for people, which is why I give out gift cards. I don’t know what you like and since I don’t here’s some cash, treat yoself. After all, it makes better sense for you to get your own gift rather than me give you some shit you can’t use, which you’ll probably end up regifting anyway. And let’s not talk about those who say, “money isn’t a gift.” Um, the fuck it ain’t?! But since you feel that way, I’ll keep my money in my pocket.

    Spending obscene amounts of money

    Speaking of gifts, why do people feel the need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on presents? Don’t get me wrong, pricey gifts here and there are great, especially if its something someone really wanted. But random expensive gifts for everyone? Every year? Nah son, chill. The expectation to get that $300 fantasy gift that person will use once over the $40 practical one they’ll use every day is real. There’s no reason why folks are po broke from buying gifts. I’m shopping what I can afford, and for immediate family only.

    Crowds and tourists

    People flock to NYC during the holiday season like they’ve never seen damn Christmas decorations before. It’s just a tree with lights and garland. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Relax. The influx of tourists also makes traveling around the city unbearable. Thankfully, I live in Brooklyn so it’s not so bad in certain spots. But I won’t go into Manhattan until after everyone’s said Happy New Year and goes home.

    Spending time with people you can’t stand

    Just because it’s Christmas that shouldn’t mean that I have to look at your mug across the dinner table. I mean, if I didn’t like you Jan 1st – Dec 24th why would I want to spend time with you on Dec 25th? The answer is, I’m not. Which is why I don’t spend holiday time with my in-laws, but that’s another conversation for a different post.

    The “war” on Christmas people

    These are the people who wait on bated breath each year to see what kind of cup Starbucks puts out so they can boycott it. Why? Cause it ain’t Christmassy enough. Ma’am, it’s a damn cup. Stop it. Get some help. No one has ever or will ever stop you from saying Merry Christmas. There is NO war on Christmas.

    Romantic Christmas movies 

    All of these movies are the same, a big city girl who feels incomplete moves to small-town no man’s land meets a lumberjack (who may or may not be a secret millionaire, they fight then fall in love and live happily ever after. Give me a damn break. It’s the same plot for every movie yet people watch full of excitement like they don’t know what’s gonna happen.

    But all of that aside, there is a silverling to the holiday season, and that’s, the END of the holiday season.

     

    Oh please, don’t act like you’re not the least bit excited when the holiday season ends. I know you are cause I hear quite a few of y’all talking about happy you are for it to be over. It’s okay to admit it. Cause the truth is, it IS the best time of the year. Besides all your guests going home and your kids preoccupied with the new toys they got you also get, next year’s holiday shit for 75% off, plus those beauty gift sets and clothing for at least 50% off. It’s a gotdamn free-for-all, and I live for it!

    How many of you hate Christmas? I know I can’t be the only one out here.
  • Dogipack: The Fur Baby Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed

    Dogipack was mentioned in the 2017 Mommy R+R Holiday Guide For Moms. This feature is a follow-up to that mention.

    So as well as being a mom of two, I’m also a dog mom. Before my kids were even a thought I got a dog, my baby #1. Lol! Once the kids arrived I realized walking the dog is an actual shit show. Both literally and figuratively.

    Walking the dog is project. You need 8 arms, ninja stealth, and the patience of a true saint. I have come to dread walking my dog, and I have to do it 3 times a day. Then I got my DogiPack.

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    This nifty little dog walking utility belt comes equipped with five pockets that will hold: your phone, portable dog bowl (included), water bottle, poop bag dispenser, and a dog treat pouch. It snaps around your waist freeing up my hands to hold my daughters hand, push my stroller, or tend to either one of the kids.

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    This handsfree pouch retails for $69 and comes in three colors: charcoal, red and pink. If you have a dog, and kids… get one. Now! No pressure, but really get one. It’s a game changer. You can order it online at DogiPack.com.

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    For every purchase made a portion of the proceeds goes to a different dog rescue organization each month.

    *DogiPack provided Mommy R+R with a complementary pouch for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

  • Kindred Bravely The Most Comfy Nursing & Lounging Bra EVER!!

    Kindred Bravely was mentioned in the 2017 Mommy R+R Holiday Guide For Moms. This feature is a follow-up to that mention.

    Kindred Bravely valerie pierre mommyrandrI am a two time, exclusively breastfeeding mom. I nursed my daughter until she self-weaned at 18 months and my son is still exclusively breastfed at 11 months, and we’re still going strong. And let’s face it, as a nursing mom, you spend 99% of your day in uncomfortable situations. Whether your baby is sticking their feet in your face while feeding. Yanking on your other boob, ouch!! Or the all time favorite, viciously shaking their head while latched on for dear life, as if they’ve suddenly transformed into a baby pup with a chew toy. Our bodies take a beating. So if you can find a product that gives comfort in even the slightest way, I am all for it.

    The The French Terry Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra from Kindred Bravely is exactly that. It is a soft rayon and spandex blend nursing bra that offers much needed comfort nursing mamas. This plush bra feels great against the skin and has no uncomfortable underwire to dig in or cause clogged ducts.

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    The cross front design, offers ease of access to nurse your baby. And the racer back design, helps to relieve pressure on the shoulders. When I’m not nursing I also find it to be a great sleep and lounging bra. I wear mine around the house and to bed at night to offer some soft support to my sometimes heavy milk filled breasts. It honestly, feels like a soft cloud against my skin.

    The French Terry Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra retails for $25.99 on the Kindred Bravely website. They come in eight different colors, and 12 different sizes, from x-small to XXL-busty. The site also offers free shipping on orders over $45 and free returns!! They’re also giving back by donating 10% of their proceeds to the March of Dimes. You can also purchase one of their digital gift cards for a mom friend to shop the site herself.

    This bra is sooo comfortable and definitely worth every penny!

    *Kindred Bravely provided Mommy R+R with a complementary Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.