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


Fave things – November Edition

Hi Friends,

I thought I would write about my favourite things – and this is the “November Edition” as a lead up to Christmas, and for ideas that may help you – whether fitness related, books I am reading and love….my fave Blogs and YouTube Channels right now, and just in general!

I used to do this alot on my last Blog – A Fabulous Life in Jamaica which I retired in 2016.

Fitness – what works for me…and what I am trying

 

 

The Buff Bunny Game Changer Bag! In Mauve, shadow, noir and Pearl colors. 

When The Buff Bunny Collection came out with the Game Changer bag – I could have cried I was so happy. I was so sick of dragging around my Meal prep bag to work, with my purse, and gym bag! This game changer bag certainly changes the game a bit in terms of having a space for a “little of everything.” There is a sleeve for your laptop, files, wallet….even workout clothes, plus and the big plus is, a compartment at the outside/bottom of the bag where you can store snacks/meal prep items for that day (note it does not come with an ice pack…) however it is super pretty, made with vegan leather… and very convenient for days I am not hauling an entire set of meals with me to work (that is for the weeks leading up to a competition…) they sell out very fast, I must warn you!  Why I love this Collection is because it is designed by a lady (Heidi Somers) who has been into fitness for years, and has a popular YouTube Channel. However a great idea for a Christmas gift for that busy, fit lady in your life.

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These lifting straps will change your weight training game!

They will literally change your training game. You know when you’re concentrating on holding the bar/handle from slipping out of your hands, these take that away and help you to focus more on the exercise. I highly recommend these for your workouts and to help take you to the next level. I always have a problem with deadlifts when I am trying to level up to the next weight and find it hard on my wrists to hold the bar ++ more weights, well this had changed that scenario!

 

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My next fave thing is something I literally just purchased about six weeks ago, so I have not been using it long, but love it. I have seen many posts on instagram about it and decided to try it. This Sweet Sweat stick is made up of natural ingredients – coconut oil…aloe vera extracts…acai pulp oil (so it also smells very nice) and it works as it  is activated by your elevated heart rate and may help the body sweat more during exercise. This topical gel works best during cardio, circuit…I use it on my core when I am doing fasted cardio, which is about 3-4 times per week for about 15 minutes right now. I just ordered the Paige Hathaway waist trimmer + coconut oil set and have not tried that yet, but will give a full review on the next Fave Things post. This set sells out fast too.

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The Paige Hathaway Waist Trimmer and Sweet Sweat Coconut Oil by Sweet Sweat – I have not used it yet, but apparently it sells out very quickly!

Organising

Organising has to be a HUGE priority in my life as a PR and Social Media Manager for a Group of three hotels and entities, it is a matter of be organised or sink! Well not that intense, but you get the picture.

I have had MANY Day Designers in my life – in fact since the very first one was introduced, that is the one I ordered and loved it – still do. However I realised over the years for me, the agenda itself is very hard to run around with.  When I have press/ journalist hosted visits, or photoshoots and I am on the “ground” running like crazy it is almost physically impossible to carry something that heavy (though it is beautiful…) to me, the original day designer agenda is more of a feature for your desk that does not move. Until I found the newer version “Today & To Do” which let me tell you has changed my game! While only having enough daily pages for three months, it is more of a goal oriented quarterly agenda that keeps you on top of your daily to do’s (same pages as the daily day designer) – it also has a section for weekly to do’s and month to month looking ahead. It is also beautiful to look at and much easier to carry around!  I have had this colour below, and now on the dusty pink which is beautiful.

As a social media manager I need to have everything in the same place – even though each App is individually on my phone I have ONE place where I post and answer comments from my laptop if you can believe – and if you are a social media manager et al, and have not gotten on to Later yet, then you are seriously missing out!  I used to manage my platforms via Hootsuite, but have found Later to be much more modern in many ways. Plus each week there are emails sent from the Later Team with new, innovative ways to post and also giving you tips re anything from scheduling posts to Instagram stories. I find it a HUGE relief whereas once I was much crazier, I am now a bit more sane, when it comes to the day to day management of social media channels.  You can add up to a certain amount of channels on this platform, for example, Facebook Accounts, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – and post at the same time. Scheduling is also a HUGE help so that you are posting especially to Instagram at the right times of day etc.

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I love using white boards in my office (I have two) for each month and what to do for work. I find them easy to clean and easy to see. I highly recommend having one of these whether in your home office, or at work on the wall. This simple way of writing lists to do for the week / month ahead and having it right in front of you, is a real game changer for me.

Books and YouTube Channels

 

I am a huge fan of beautiful coffee table books and have been ordering them for years and years. This year I have stumbled across some really lovely, beautiful books that I wanted to share as I feel they enhance the quality of my life in many ways.

The book on the left  – The Live Fit Kitchen is by a good friend and famous Jamaican fit lifestyle entrepreneur and Yogi, Sharon Feanny.  It really is not only beautiful to look at but all about Sharon’s LiveFit way of life in terms of her recipes. There are 100 recipes that she has shared, and let me tell you all delicious looking! I have tried a few, and cannot wait to try more.

The book on the right – Gracefully You – is one  I stumbled across on Instagram on Jenan Dewan’s Instagram Page and immediately ordered it on Amazon as it just looks like something I would want to have in my collection. I have decided that it is such a beautiful book that I will be purchasing more for friends this Christmas!

Fave YouTube Channels:

I follow many, many YouTube channels and they are mostly Fitness related! I follow ONLY channels that will inspire and motivate me, and this includes for Instagram too.

Fitness

Natalie Matthews – Lifestyle, Fitness, Recipes

Natalie is an IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor, and is a vegan! She also is a wonderfully talented cook and shares many of her fabulous recipes with us.

Angelica Teixeira

If you are into fitness in the bikini competition way, then you will know that Angelica is a two time Miss Bikini Olympia. SHe is not only amazingly fit and awesome, but she shares her 12 week competition preps with us, and is super humble too. She also shares her workouts – which I love.

Ashley Kaltwasser 

A former Miss Bikini Olympia three times – Ashley also has fantastic content – she works closely with Adam Bonilla, Owner of Team Elite Fitness who is also her Coach and also a fabulous resource for competitions and prep.

Other/General:

Kara Corey Fit Life

Yes it has a Fit Life title – but Kara is also about the balance of finding joy in everything she does. So it is a little of fitness as well as everyday life (she is a Registered Dietitian and WNBF Bikini Pro.)

Whitney Simmons

This lady has become hugely popular in the last year especially and vlogs about everything from fitness, to beauty….to home and everyday life – highly recommended! She is also very positive and wonderful to follow.

Other Stuff:

Every quarter I receive the most amazing, fabulous Box of goodies – via FabFitFun. I signed up about two and half years ago, and have never looked back! For $49.99 per quarter, you receive boxes that can literally be worth over $250.00 – $400.00 or even more! It is such a great way to discover new brands, and to also feel like Christmas has come again, three months later. I actually use many of the products in my boxes as gifts to friends, but have also discovered new brands along the way.

You can sign up right here! 

What was in my Fall Box:

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I hope you have enjoyed this November Fave Things Post, and I do hope to post more and more about the things I love in the future!

Jeanine xo