Gifts for Grads: Dorm Room Makeover Kit

If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that's both practical and fun...especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style!

It’s graduation season, which means time to start looking for some unique and fun gifts for grads! While cash is still king to a graduating teen, sometimes you want to get a little something to go along with it.   If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that’s both practical and fun…especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style! Dorm Room […] Read more »

Summer DIY Beauty Fun with Handmade Beauty Box


Do you currently subscribe to any type of monthly goody box? They’re available in just about any type of food or product depending on what you’re looking for. A selection of doggy treats, organic snacks, and even makeup can all be delivered to your door each month. The selection varies for month to month, allowing you to try new things. I think it’s a pretty cool concept. Get Crafty with The Handmade Beauty Box The Handmade Beauty Box is a way for quality DIY beauty products to be delivered to your door. It is a subscription service that allows you […] Read more »

The Book of Mom: A Gift Every Mom Wants

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Have you heard of The Book of Everyone? It’s pretty much the coolest personalized book gift for grownups ever. The company was such a huge hit in the UK. Now, they’ve crossed “the pond” and landed here in the US! That’s right, we can finally have our very own Book of Everyone! Just in time for Mother’s Day, too! I made my mom a super cool Book of Mom that I can’t wait to give her! The Book of Mom: Exactly What Your Mom Wants I got to make my mom a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review. […] Read more »

Treat Your Skin to the Amarte Super Hydrating Collection Set


I consider myself pretty low maintenance when it comes to skin care and cosmetics. I stick to a particular brand of department store makeup because it does well with my skin. A couple purchases a year and I’m good to go. I still use a simple oil free acne cleanser in the morning and night because even in my 30’s I’m still prone to a break out here and there. I’m the mother of three children under the age of 5, and my youngest will be a year next month. I don’t get a lot of time to focus on […] Read more »

Head-to-Toe Nourishing with Decleor Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil


Essential oils are gaining a lot of popularity when it comes to health and skincare. They come in a wide variety of scents depending on the plant or other source from which they are extracted. These scents tend to be pretty potent. Nourish and Pamper Yourself from Head to Toe with Decleor I received the Decléor Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil. All opinions are my own. Decléor has been specializing in professional aromatherapy skincare for over 40 years. They use the power of essential oils and plant extracts to develop products that have been used in salons and spas across the […] Read more »

Key West Aloe Coconut Salt Scrub & Lotion Mother’s Day Spa Goodies

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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s sort of “Mother’s Day gift ideas from the spa week” here on Pretty Opinionated. I’m not sure I planned that, it just kind of happened. I do LOVE spa products! Today’s treat for mom comes from Key West Aloe, and trust me when I say it’s a total treat! I received Key West Aloe Coconut Salt Scrub and Moisturizing Lotion for review. I love the smell of coconut, especially now that we’re heading into warmer months. Nothing says “relaxing day at the beach” better than that delicious aroma. Mind you, I’m not even a […] Read more »

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter & Sugar Scrub


I have seen Merle Norman cosmetic studios in various towns I’ve lived in growing up, and never knew the story behind the name. It turns out that Merle Norman is a company that has been around forever. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1931 by Merle Nethercutt Norman and continues to be a leading brand in premium skin care and cosmetics. Merle was one of the first women in cosmetics and an inspiration to women at the time to be self-sufficient business owners. She is even responsible for the concept of “Try Before You Buy.” She figured if she […] Read more »

Lemon Lavender Milky Bath Salts DIY Mother’s Day Gift

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Remember when you were little and all mom wanted was a lovely DIY handmade gift from your heart? Well, that really hasn’t changed. Mother’s Day gifts from the heart are still the most meaningful of all. I’ve never been particularly good at drawing, painting or, let’s face it, any type of craft. I can, however, make bath salts and other bath recipes like a pro. Here’s the cool thing: so can you! Bath salts are little more than a combination of epsom salts and your favorite essential oils. Some throw in a few other ingredients (I’m adding dry milk to […] Read more »

Super Spectacular Mother’s Day Gifts for Writers

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Mother’s Day is coming up super fast, which means you have, oh, about two weeks left to finish up your shopping. At a loss for ideas?  If your mom is the creative type, consider one of these Mother’s Day gifts for writers.  As a girl who spends the majority of her life in front of a computer, I can promise you that I would be thrilled to receive any of these fabulous presents! Super Spectacular Mother’s Day Gifts for Writers This post contains affiliate links, so that I can afford Mother’s Day gifts for my own mom! A blank book: There is […] Read more »

Protect her iPad with a Pelican ProGear Vault for Mother’s Day

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Every year, I invest in one big (to me) purchase for my business. This year, it was an iPad Air. I went with last year’s model because it was like $150 cheaper and still did everything I needed to do. Still, at over $300, I found myself carrying it around as if it was a newborn preemie. I know, because I actually HAD a newborn preemie! I’m starting to think I’m more spastic over the iPad than I was over him! No, not really, but seriously, I’m spastic. While the iPad is mostly for business purposes, I do have some […] Read more »