MY FAVE GIFTS FOR OTHERS FROM AMAZON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Some of my fave choices for sisters and friends above (all links below.)

Hi Friends,

I have to admit, writing this post seems a little ironic. I am not sure it is even appropriate with what is happening in the world right now with the spike in Covid-19 cases. However someone said to me today that I have been overly obsessed with every little detail this year re the virus, overly paranoid (I think we should be) and I have not taken my eyes off the news. However, here we are – it is now December 4th and I still have a few gifts left to get.

This year our family have decided to “go easy” with each other in terms of “gifting” – as our tradition has always been, to give, give give, even the dogs give gifts….my family end up with gifts from myself and hubby, Santa, (a little joke for us), and each dog. I have three dogs. So there is that. However this year, we decided let’s just focus on the social distancing small family lunch on a huge veranda, and small, fun gifts. Totally in agreement. The family house is quite large enough, and the verandas are HUGE, so I think we will be okay as we have promised to isolate and “hunker down” between now and then giving us enough time to ensure we will be okay.

It is no secret either that I am also obsessed with Amazon. Here is another little secret: I was one of the first customers on Amazon way back when it was still in test mode! Ha. That was when I lived in Bermuda….no one, I mean NO ONE knew what the heck Amazon.com was, I had to explain. So it is a very natural step for me to just purchase gifts from Amazon. By the by, have you seen the new Gift Bags? They are gorge….really cute.

Here is my go-to no fail list for all my family members and friends…I have even included pantry items that I order from month to month! Please note also that I am not an Amazon Affiliate, I used to be when I had my last Blog, but this is all just straightforward recommendations, there is no making “a cent “from this post.

Gift Ideas from Amazon for Moms/ Mums: (included the American and English versions!)

Loving these cool pajamas (great prices too!)

The new Echo Show (very easy to understand!) (also on SALE!!)

Loving this Fall Scarf (my mother lives in Mandeville and it is cool, cool temperatures there…)

Gift Ideas for Sister:

If she has been the most awesome sister ever, and loves coffee, then hey, why not treat her to this beautiful, beautiful Smeg Coffee maker… I have to admit, this is divine. It is pricey, but like I said maybe your sister went above and beyond this year to help you, be there for you etc. Maybe she has struggled with something and you want to cheer her up, it could be anything.

Also, loving this Keurig one too, very affordable. I love a pop of colour on the kitchen counter, so lovely.

All linked within the post… Fila Sneakers / Burt’s Bees gift set, Smeg Coffee Maker and Coach sneakers.

These Coach sneakers are fab, so cool to wear with jeans or shorts. pictured above

Loving these lip colours, which I found out about via Cecile Levee, thanks Cecile!

Fun ideas for Friends:

Loving this Burt’s Bees’ set, very sweet (pictured above. ) Also this Lorac eyeshadow palette is the bomb!

If she is into Fitness, loving this water gallon bottle with motivational quotes, I tell you – it is so important to keep drinking water when you are a fitness buff! And it is so easy for us to forget. This weight training journal is amazing, I would love this. Keeps you on your “toes…” to record your workouts. These are the cutest sneakers, ever. Pictured above.

This water gallon bottle is great as a reminder to drink your water during the day and a workout!

Love these coffee table books which are my fave this year: Magnolia Table versions one and two (LOVE)….Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic’s new book – My Floral Affair, and Sharon Feanny’s LiveFit Cookbook, one I love… love… love.

Two of my fave books this year – LIVE FIT Kitchen by Sharon Feanny and The Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell

Gifts for Men:

Loving this messenger bag for the laptop et al, so cool and not the usual boring looking men’s work bag.

Treat him to really nice electric razor, such a fab gift.

For those men who are obsessed with their Grills – this is perfect.

BBQ rubs for that man who loves to grill, and a fabulous electric razor

Love giving hubby anything like this, as that means alot can be done around the house!

I love when a man is organised with his tech stuff, just makes life so easier to find things, and have them all together charging. That is always my “pet peeve” in my house 🙂

These are the pantry items I order each month, did you know Amazon also has monthly subscriptions so you do not have to keep ordering things? So convenient…

Some of my pantry items that I have an on-going monthly subscription for – Nutiva organic hazelnut spread, Nespresso capsules, Sweetleaf sugar free drops that I use for my coffee

I could not survive without these sweet leaf sugar free drops, that I use mainly in my coffee! I order the English toffee and vanilla creme flavours.

This set of Nespresso coffee capsules come in every other month as a treat. As we usually use the coffee press for our Blue Mountain Coffee.

This Nutiva Organic Hazelnut spread is awesome on toast, in smoothies and oatmeal. I actually got this recommendation from a fabulous Fitness Inspo….the Fit.Vegan.Chef. By the way, she is SO amazing and inspirational, check out her gram I linked.

I hope you have enjoyed my rundown for Holiday gifts all from Amazon, so convenient, especially in these times when we are not going out there as much to shop….for obvious reasons.

The biggest gift I think we have to look forward to is the gift of hope, with the new vaccines out — let us keep positive and focus on that.

There are so many people who cannot afford to shop much less eat this year. Let us remember this Season, that as much as we can try to be positive for ourselves, there is so much else we need to be aware of – if you know of a neighbour who is struggling financially maybe a cooked meal or items from the market / supermarket would help to cheer them up….I have been reading about SO MANY good Samaritans doing wonderful gestures in all ways. Let’s be our brother’s keeper this Season.

Much love,

Neenie xo


What a year.

My friends,

It has been awhile, and I thought I would start this Blog up again. As….why not?

This Blog has been mainly about fitness, but this post will be more about this past year and how I kept the balance.

I am in the process also of getting my YouTube channel live and running, and again – will be mainly about Fitness. I hope to have the first Vlog posted there soon, will keep you updated here. Please note I have not uploaded a video yet, so give me a little time, once I do – I will announce it here!

2020 has been a challenging, sad, trying year for SO MANY people all over the globe – and it seems it will continue on this path for now. On a more positive note we know we have been advised that there are two Companies about to rollout the vaccine in a week to the medical front line workers, and to the aged Homes…and then to the older, immune compromised and the general population after. I have been praying all year for this.

Since March, when the Company I work for closed for six months (hotels in Jamaica) I have been on a fitness quest even more than usual, and in my next post I will share some of my “at home” workouts – which by the way, I have posted on my Instagram landing page under “Highlights” – since then, I have been back to the gym, which is a small neighbourhood gym — using it at times when NO ONE in there.

The balance throughout hard times is so important. I also started a journal (finally) and meditation. It has helped me to stay positive each day no matter what.

I will have links below to the Journal I use, the diffuser for meditation, and a few other things that helped me during this time.

The Things that helped me “Balance” this year

Each morning, I take about 30 minutes to write my list of things to do each day (personal and work) yes – I love writing lists even as a content creator….there is something lovely and old fashioned about it, and I will never stop. I also meditate for ten minutes during that 30 minutes “time for me…”

I have been looking at these beautiful leather planners for years, they are a bit pricey but back in March I decided, what the heck, I need this — for balance! If you have never heard of Planner Perfect by Jenny Penton, then please go discover her! She is an Artist and teaches about how to have things you want manifested in your life. Let me tell you a little secret – it works! Jenny is a Life Coach as well as a mom to eight. She teaches about the scripting method – which means writing something like you already believe it has happened.

This is the leather planner I am using now, called the Anastasia, which I love. There are SO MANY choices however!

I would also use my Journal, and record my thoughts each day with this beautiful Journal from Amazon:

This Journal helps me with my daily gratitude and keeping the positivity despite a negative year

My At Home “Veranda” Workouts got me through this year!

I found that when I posted an “At Home Veranda Workout” on my social media, I immediately received great engagement. Everyone wanted to know about the Bands I use, the Resistance Bands, and the workouts. I have it all linked below. Some days I never felt motivated, but I let the better side of my brain click in and after the workout felt 100% better. All you need to make these workouts “work” would be a band, or dumbbells or resistance bands. If you do not have any, then just use your bodyweight. 30 minutes is the key to these workouts, not one minute longer. I still do them when I go to the Gym and there is someone there, I simply retreat back to my veranda….

Getting ready for one of Pandemic LOCKDOWN veranda workouts! With resistance bands and dumbbells

Soon my workouts will be posted on my YouTube Channel, in the meantime as stated above, they are mostly on my Instagram landing page, under HIGHLIGHTS.

The resistance bands I linked above, are not the exact type I use, but those ones sold out….but they are very similar.

My At Home Workouts are a split of upper body (2-3 per week), glutes aka “Booty” (twice per week) and a mix (once) with a rest day. For cardio, I would walk 30 minutes before or after around my neighbourhood. On leg day, as you burn a ton of calories, there is no need for cardio.

I have found that during the lockdown, I loved walking and just being able to glean the beauty of the trees, other people’s gardens etc, it really lifted my mood.

My go to Instagram Accounts that helped and continue to help cheer me up!

At the end of day, I relied upon these amazing people to put that smile on my face. A combo of celebs (who were also on lockdown and decided to cook more, share cocktail recipes etc…), as well as sheer Influencers etc. Here is rundown!

Stanley Tucci

SO FAB all throughout Lockdown and continues to be with his superb cocktail mixing! And just his amazing style.

Kate Hudson

I love that she now has a vodka Company called King St. and the King St. Instagram account is beautiful. Kate also grams about cooking, her fitness line and family.

Katie Couric

I do not need to explain why she is just a GEM. Her IGTV vids are lovely.

Trader Joe’s List

Lord have mercy, how did I miss this lady all along, she is FAB FAB FAB. And you learn FIRST about the new items in Trader Joe’s – a win win.

The Home Edit

If you are not subscribed, then please do. These two ladies have done so well in the last few years! They now have TWO books out, (I have them both) and a TV Show on Netflix. They are also SUPER hysterical, especially when on a plane and anxious.

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic

Have loved this lady since her FIRST book. Love Shabby Chic, ask anyone! All throughout lockdown in the UK, Rachel recorded a journey and her pathway to shabby chic success, what an inspiration.

Oprah

Love her, and love her wisdom and outlook on life, don’t we all?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this latest post, and promise to be much more active here especially as my blogging will go hand in hand with my vlogging on YouTube soon.

Promised to mention about the diffuser from Amazon which I have in my bedroom and really helps me to relax. I use the lavender oils mixed with rose. Very cost effective amazing little diffuser!

It is light, and cost effective, I have a few in my house and it is very effective.

I do hope you all will continue to get the balance, and here is to better times in 2021 peeps.

One love,

Neenie