Haydee Montemayor

Author: Haydee Montemayor

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Love and Treasure Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Somebody recently asked me if I love Black Friday.

I do, but I think I prefer Cyber Monday. 

And even though I like shopping, the things that bring me the MOST JOY lately are those that are the most useful for me — and that I actually use. 😉 

I call buying these types of things “mindful shopping.” It allows me to make mindful purchases that save money and provide an extra personal touch when it comes to gift giving.

 

What Type Of Gift-giver Am I And what type Of Gift-giver Do I Encourage You To Be?

Sometimes, I wish my income was so unlimited that I could give iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and iWatches to everybody and call it a day.

Why? Because I know that pretty much everyone would enjoy one of these products.

But, since I don’t have unlimited Christmas funds, I do the next best thing, which is to give people gifts based on who they are, what they like AND what could benefit them.

In other words, I’m a practical gift-giver.

Which is kind of ironic, come to think of it, because I’m a very sentimental person. But I would like things to last, be used over and over again and make me feel loved, every day, if possible.

For example, if I were to get a romantic gift… and I had the choice between flowers and jewelry… I would go with the jewelry— regardless of how expensive or inexpensive the jewelry is.

Not because jewelry tends to be more expensive in general, but because that piece of jewelry will be something that I could use for years and decades.

The roses, on the other hand, won’t last forever… although I do like to take pictures of the flowers I get in order to prolong their lifeline and remember the joy they brought me because I do like them.

Buying Thoughtful, Practical and Lasting Gifts For People Is The Key To Gift-giving.

One of the things that makes gift-giving a little stressful (or a lot) is that we all have gotten gifts that s…. surprisingly aren’t what we had envisioned. 😉

And we know where those gifts go, one of four places:

  • The donation pile
  • The regifting pile
  • Any random place where they can accumulate dust and/or totally be forgotten
  • Back to the store

So gift-giving is basically an act of trying to avoid giving someone having the temptation to do that to the item that you bought them with your hard-earned money (unless you refitted then something, of course). 😉

How to prevent gifts from going to any of these unwanted piles?

Answer?

Boost the functionality/ practicality factor.

If you know that someone loves FROGS, you can get them all the frog figurines in the world, but, if everybody in that person’s circle also gives them frog figurines, then your gift is less special.

Plus,  there are only so many frogs people will like to own throughout their lifetime.

So making the gift serve a purpose _in addition to_ being something that they like is the better way to go.

For example, if you bought this person a lunch box decorated with frogs, then you’ll give them the joy of seeing the animal that they like AND being able to use the product. Plus, a gift like that is more unique. There aren’t that many frog lunchboxes that I know of.

When applying this principle, try not to buy t-shirts or mugs, if you can avoid it. Even though T-shirt’s and mugs are practical, those gifts usually don’t bring people joy — even if they have their favorite object on them— because they give the impression that they were last-minute purchases made at some random store.

Put Yourself In the Recipients’ Shoes*

If I’m being honest, the gifts that I receive and that disappointed me the most are gifts that people have given me with no consideration to whether I’ve actually used things like that in the past.

For example, I’ve gotten many gifts with sheer fabric, that some people love and can wear all year long, but for me, as a breastfeeding mom who is a sensitive being and therefore likes soft and stretchy fabrics, feeling confined by that non-stretchy, super-delicate fabric gives me more stress than pleasure.  It pulls so easily, that you’re lucky if it has no pulls before you purchase it at the store or after you wear it once or twice. You have to be careful of whether you wear jewelry or shoes that can pull it. Plus, you have to be careful of the shoes your kids are wearing, when you carry them because if your shoes have Velcro, and that Velcro isn’t perfectly aligned, you run a super-high risk that they will pull on that fabric.

Is the clothing made with that fabric nice, and does it look nice? Yes. But I love SO many other things from essential oils, to scrapbooking supplies, to planners, to jewelry, to gold things, to cookies, to baking, to Amazon, to Apple, to any other tech, to Hobby Lobby, to books, to Oprah, to music that SO many other gifts would do. Practically, anything else.

I don’t have the audacity to say that I don’t like that fabric, but if you can somehow manage to drop teeny tiny hints to others that direct them to the things that you love (instead of the thing you’re trying to avoid) that would be great. I’m still working on ways to drop mine. 😉

But even if you can’t, my point in sharing all of this (even though it makes me seem a bit ungrateful) is that ESPECIALLY when it comes to your family, we should know them better without necessarily having them create a Christmas wish list.

My mom has never created a Christmas wish list in her life, but based on my interactions with her, I can think of three things off the top of my head that I shouldn’t buy her:

  • Sweaters and t-shirts because she doesn’t like them (Fun fact, I’ve never seen my mom wear a sweater and I’ve only seen her wear a T-shirt 3 times, one of them was for PJs and the other two was at the beach when I was in elementary school.

So the moral of the story is this:

When buying gifts for others… try to focus more on what they would like and wear and use… based on their personality, not yours.

I know that it’s tempting to shop vicariously for ourselves when buying other people’s gifts. And buy things that we would want to receive. And it’s not such a bad thing to buy them things that we love and use this as long as you’re about 80% sure that they’ll love and use that gift. 

Love and Treasure Holiday Gift Guide 2018

In this Love and Treasure Holiday Gift Guide 2018, you’ll soon see that these ideas zero in on people a little more to try to increase the likelihood that the gift recipient will like them AND use these items.

If you’re unsure if people will like something but you’re pretty sure they’ll be able to benefit from it… then go ahead and buy it if you think they would be open to that gift.

Sometimes, as individuals, we don’t buy ourselves more practical things (like socks, pens and notebooks) as often as we need because we leave it for later, or we simply don’t think to buy these things for ourselves until we absolutely need them. So don’t be afraid of getting people PJs or socks. I love both and can never have enough of either.

Since I am an Amazon affiliate, the links below are affiliate links which means that this blog will get a small comission if you purchase through my link. Feel free to use this link to do all of your Holiday shopping and purchases year-round… and you’ll be supporting this blog in the process, something that I totally appreciate).

Here are some Christmas gifts that I recommend in my Christmas 2018 Shopping Guide:

For Kids

See the child as an individual.

What natural talents do they seem to have?  Artistic talent? Musical talent?

What cartoons do they like?

What toys can help their development based on the stage they’re in?

If you’re going to buy they toys, whenever possible, try to go for educational toys.

Artistic Kids

Kids mean so much to us that buying them gifts if often hard.

Even though it’s SUPER tempting to buy them the most expensive gifts, I’ve actually enjoyed buying the kids in my life the most practical gifts I think they will enjoy.

A hard-cover sketch pad

You would be surprised to know that often, it’s not the most expensive toys or the most techs toys that get the most use.

At my house, balloons, cars, soap bubbles, crayons, paper and pencils get the most use.

When you buy a kid a hardbound sketch pad or journal with a hardcover, you’re inviting them to feel important by doing their drawings in a more permanent medium that you can preserve and share with them when they’re older.

OSMo drawing device

This device is amazing. Imagine if you drew a magic wand… and a digital character on your iPad, iPhone or Kindle interacted with it?

Imagine learning to draw by tracing fun Disney characters.

Coding in a fun way.

Playing math stress- free.

Osmo comes in the Creative Kit (for more artsy kids) and Genius Kits (for artsy kids AND intellectual kids) and both are great.

The only downfall is that in order to use it, you would have to let your kids use your iPad, iPhone or Kindle without its protective case.

So only you know if you can trust your kids with that. 🙂

These game “console” that combines the digital life behind the screen to the physical life on your side of the screen is pretty cool though.

Hopefully, the Osmo designers redesign this toy so that you can have fun with your kid , and let them have fun without feeling stressed about your device.

For the Kid Who Loves To Read

One of my favorite type of kids to gift to are those who like books.

Why? Because I love books and they make my heart smile to see them engaged with a book. It’s one of the best things to see, in my opinion.

 

Traditional Books

There are many things you can get them, books being the most obvious thing.

You can order them from Amazon or buy them at Walmart.

 

Traditional Magazines

My favorite children’s magazine to give is the Highlights High Five magazine.

You can choose between a couple of age groups and even choose a bilingual version, which includes every page in both English and Spanish.

HIGHLIGHTS HELLO

This magazine with very sturdy binding is ideal for kids ages 0-2.

HIGHLIGHTS HIGH FIVE

Your 2-6 year olds are bound to love this magazine.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN

This magazine is for kids 6-12. And I happened to grow up with it and love it!

HIGH FIVE BILINGUE

The bilingual or Spanish-speaking kids in your life will greatly enjoy this magazine.

A membership to Epic

You can ALSO… buy them a subscription to the Netflix of children’s books called Epic.

It’s an app on your device. It’s definitely available on iOS, I’m pretty sure it’s also available on Android.

But it’s sooo neat because for a monthly fee of

  • $48 you’ll have access to Epic for 6 months
  • $96 you’ll have access to Epic for a year
  • $197 you’ll have for two years

and you and your children can read an unlimited number of books. It even has Read-To-Me books that will read to your child. (You can also get a sale for Black Friday).

Basically, for less than what you would spend on 1 trip to the grocery store (or probably to Target), you can allow your kids to have access to unlimited books for many months, saving you trips to the library.

Speaking of the library, if part of your kids’ homework is to read every day, this app, makes it a time-saver and super convenient to have books at your disposal, and no library late fees. 🙂

The selection of the books on Epic is better than other apps I’ve used, like FarFaria, which we still use every day as well, but we only read the one free book that we get per day because I don’t have the subscription for FarFaria. I prefer Epic much more.

Endless reader App

Kids can also be practicing their reading skills even when they’re not reading a physical or digital book/magazine.

And fostering the love for letters, sounds, words and books is a little tricky. The best way, of course, is to make reading a daily part of your childrens’ lives and your own.

In addition to that, one of the best apps for kids available in both the Kindle and Apple products is the Endless Reader app. I love it. The kids love it. And it’s definitely one of those apps where buying the membership is worth it.

It teaches kids:

  • the letter names and sounds
  • teaches kids the names, spelling and context of common sight words
  • It is fun, bright and super engaging… so much so that one of my kids asks for it daily.
  • It does foster a love for language.
  • Based on reviews I’ve read it’s helped autistic kids and kids with a speech delay.

You can get information about what you can get with it here.

I would recommend that you get all the word packs.

You can watch a video about it here.

Super Practical Gifts For All Kids

Clothes

I know, I know, getting clothes isn’t the thing that excites kids the most, but if you’re going for a practical gift and a high-quality one that they can use all year round, if the child in your life goes to school and wears a uniform, I recommend:

The French Toast Clothes Line on Amazon

Don’t you just love the name? =) (And french toast?)

This French Toast clothing collection looks bright, has nice fabric, and best of all, stays looking new wash after wash. It doesn’t fade. It’s supposed to look nice for more than 50 washes. Out of all the uniform brands that I’ve used, this line, is my favorite.

EBL Batteries

Toys are more fun when they have batteries in them, am I right?

Regardless of what kind of kid your child is, it is most likely that they’ll get toys from you, Santa or other family members that will require batteries.

For ecological purposes and because they have great quality, the batteries that I recommend are the EBL batteries. They recharge well. They’re easy to find and set apart from your other regular batteries and rechargeable batteries.

Most importantly, they’ll allow the fun to happen.

 

For The Nerdy Adults We Love ❤️

Appsumo Apps

If you know of (or are) someone who has an online website or online business, these apps are great.

They’re limited time deals that allow you to get apps for a lifetime at a significant discount.

Ultimate Bundles

They cover a variety of people like those who want to:

  • Address their clutter
  • Start or grow a blog
  • Learn more about essential oils
  • Improve their homemaking skills
  • Up their photography skills

You’ll often get about 95%-97% off this bundle, which will allow you to save thousands of dollars.

For The Creatives

Becky Higgins Products

I’m partial to Becky Higgins, but I love her products that much.

All of her products are great, but if I had to choose one I would choose the Project Life App, which allows you to scrapbook from the palm of your hand.

You know how much you say that you treasure photos but you do nothing with them? You don’t print them, don’t frame them, don’t create photo books with them and much less scrapbook them?

As the creator of Project Life, Becky Higgins says, “Project Life® is an ultra-simple, über-stylish solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer, out of boxes, and into albums.” She’s such a cool and relatable lady, you’ve gotta check her out!

Isn’t that what we all aspire to? Well, at least the majority of us?

Project Life provides things such as:

Project Life Albums are part of the Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor

Project Life Photo Pocket Pages are part of the Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor

  • and card kids with up to 616 cards per Core Kits  Project Life Core Kits are part of the Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor
    (and up to 100 cards in Mini Kits Project Life Mini Kits are part of the Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor
    and 120 cards in Value KitsProject Life Value Kits are part of the Holiday Gift Guide 2015 from Love and Treasure by Haydee Montemayor
    that will allow anybody to make a beautiful scrapbook that doesn’t take up too much time.

All you have to do is add these three Project Life items (albums, pocket pages and card kids) to your photo collection and KABOOM! You’ll have everything you need to scrapbook in no time.

And the designs shown above are just a small sampling, there’s a multitude of products to choose from.

And not just for scrapbooking. Becky and her team have great taste and you can purchase other things like journals, bags, stone wrap (which is like super thick and luxurious gift-wrapping paper) and even jewelry on your website.

Project LIfe is a system that has allowed people who are 10, 20 or 30 years behind in their scrapbooking to scrapbook faster than they ever have before. How’s that for a community? How’s that for a tribe of people who understand your frustrations and are making great progress together?

Plus, it’s a great ongoing family tradition because even children who can doodle, write or draw can capture their creativity in these cards.

Take a look at the video to see what it’s about.

So as you could see from the video, photographs are an important part of our life…. and men, as well as women, want to honor their journey…and it doesn’t matter if they’re 6 or 16.

 

Kootek Aluminium Alloy Revolving Cake Stand 12 Inch Cake Turntable with 12.7” Angled Icing Spatula and Comb Icing Smoother Banking Cake Decorating Supplies

If you have a baker in your life, especially a cake decorator, you’ll want to gift them this.

I gave it to one of my family members and she loved it.

 

How’s You’re Photo taking going?

Amazon.com: Phone Tripod, Flexible Cell Phone Tripod Adjustable Camera Stand Holder with Wireless Remote Control and Universal Clip 

Are you feeling guilty that:

1) You’re not taking as many pictures of your 2nd and 3rd child as you did your 1st?

2) Are you feeling guilty and even a bit embarrassed that you’re not taking as many pictures as you’d like?

If you’re not taking enough photos as a family or if you’re not coming out in them, this kit is a wonderful gift for you and your family and other families who appreciate photos.

 

For The People Who Need Practicality And Productivity

Instant Ink Printer    HP ENVY 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer, HP Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment ready (M2U85A)

I have a confession to make, all my life i’ve been very stingy with ink. But printing is one of the things that gives me the greatest joy.

Printer ink has been like fine china, something that’s beautiful but so valuable, that I never got to enjoy it, until now.

This year, I invested on THE. BEST. PRINTER. EVER. that has brought me the most joy.

It isn’t the fanciest, the most expensive or the one with the most features I’ve ever owned. BUT it’s the one that HAS BROUGHT ME THE GREATEST JOY BECAUSE IT’S THE ONE I’VE ACTUALLY USED THE MOST.

If I just want to print something, I print it.

I’ve been able to do a total 360 degrees turn-around because the HP printer that I have that Instant Ink Ready, provides me ink for free, basically, but I am on a monthly plan based on how many pages I want to print.

You get 3 months free. And you can print unlimited things on that plan.

Buying this printer has been my favorite Amazon purchase all year. Yes, it’s that good. It’s that freeing.

Aurora AU870MA High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card Shredder Black

As we spoke earlier, paper clutter sucks the life out of people. Therefore, this micro-cut shredder is wonderful for optimal privacy while shredding.

 

External CD DVD Drive, BENGOO USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Optical Drive Portable CD DVD-RW Burner Writer Rewriter for Apple Macbook Pro Air iMAC Laptop Desktop Support Mac OS / Windows / Vista System – Silver

If you’re of a certain age you have CDs in your home. Music CDs, document file CDs and DVDs. Because well, upgrading technology can be somewhat of a chore.

I have been using it to compile my digital files in a way that better shows that I love and treasure them.

You’ll probably take a bit of a drive down memmory lane if you get this, but it’s well worth it.

 

Focus At Will

If you know of anybody who needs to concentrate better (who doesn’t? 😉 )  and for long periods of time… Focus at Will is a great gift because it’s been scientifically proven to help you focus on your tasks.

I use it often, especially when I’m writing, like this post for instance, and it really does help.

For Anybody

Mornwell D01B Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with 2 Mins Timer, 4 Brushing Modes for Sensitive Teeth Cleaning and Gum Irrigator

I gave this toothbrush as a gift to a special someone and they liked it.

Electric Toothbrush, BEUTEESER H3 Rechargeable Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Induction Wireless Charging Base and 4 Clean Modes and 2 Replacement Heads IPX7 Waterproof

This is the toothbrush I use in conjunction with a more fancy one. I like the Beuteeser better. It’s more modern and awesome overall.

VicTsing QC3.0 Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Car Wireless Radio Transmitter Adapter, Large Display Screen, Hands-Free Calls, Dual USB Ports, Music Playing via Bluetooth, U Disk and TF Card

I gave it to one of my family members this year and he liked it. I also love mine.

Popsicle Molds Set – BPA Free – 6 Ice Pop Makers + Silicone Funnel + Cleaning Brush + Ice Cream Recipes E-book – by Lebice

This brings joy to anybody. I actually made watermelon popsicles today, yep, even though we’re in the middle of Fall.

I love using these  molds the most because it allows me to not let fruit go to waste. It doesn’t often, but I hate it when it does. This helps with that.

Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder Natural

I realize that this is a bizzarre gift. But It can pair well with one of the toothbrushes, or as a stocking stuffer.

Anybody can appreciate a whiter smile.

 

For The Eco-Conscious

The following two items would be great hostess gifts, especially after they invited you to dinner and you all dirtied their dishes.

Puracy Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Enzyme-Powered Auto Dish Tabs, Free & Clear, 50 Count

These pods clean dirty dishes with plant-derived enzymes. Isn’t that wild? Literally. 🙂

Puracy Natural Liquid Dish Soap, Sulfate-Free Dishwashing Detergent, Green Tea and Lime, 16 Ounce Bottle, (Pack of 3)

This soap also cleans with plant-derived enzymes that were put to good use by a chemist with more than 20-years of dishwashing experience. It comes in such a pretty box. It smells nice and it does the job.

For the people who have it all

Amazon gift cards

You really can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card because the recipient can pretty much buy anything they want or need.

Hobby Lobby gift cards

Enough said. Perfect for the crafty one, the dreamer, the decorator, the lover of all things beautiful.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

If you’re a cord-cutter or want a few more options, to easily watch your Prime videos or use your voice to watch some of your favorite shows, this gadget may be for you.

The Gift of Health

Other than love, the gift of health is often underrated, when it should really be front and center.

It’s difficult to love with all our hearts when we’re not feeling our absolute best.

I love the Global Healing Center products.

Here you can find kits to do cleanses as well as bottled ingredients as valuable as Turmeric, to facial creams with the purest ingredients.

I can’t think of another company who takes health SO seriously from the inside out.

If you want a bandage for your ailments, this company isn’t for you. But if you want to heal, improve, feel stronger, feel younger, feel more vital from the inside out, addressing the cause that’s afflicting you and more, then Global Healing Center is for you.

I think the proof is in the products, but the fact that it’s called the Global Healing Center speaks volumes.

Global Healing Center is a God-sent, really. If Heaven had a pharmacy (not that it actually needs one), the high-quality, carefully made products from GHC would be part of it.

 

E-cloths

Just like we want to make sure our inside is clean of emotional and physical debris, our homes should also be clean and in the most natural ways as we can.

These products have helped me clean my home in general (from the counters, stainless steel appliances, glass tables, windows, bathroom, counters, etc), to my dishes.

E-Cloth Home Cleaning Set for Chemical-Free Cleaning with Just Water – 8 Cloth Set

I love this starter kit which has all the cloths I need to clean almost all the surfaces in my home.

 

e-cloth Washing Up Pad, 7” x 4” – 2 Pack

Did you ever think you could wash dishes with just a pad (which is better than a sponge) with just water? Yeah, me neither.

These products save money and time. And I’m pretty sure that the person who has it all can use a bit more.

 

Behind the door organizers

There are many organizers out there. I bought three types in one Amazon shopping visit… and the ones I like the most were:

MISSLO Over The Door Shoe Organizer 24 Large Mesh Pockets, White

They are sturdy, pretty, and while I love shoe organizers with plastic pockets, I was pleasantly surprised that I like the crispness of the Misslo organizer that much.

 

Kidde KN-COB-B-LP2 Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Being safe in one of the places where we’re supposed to be the most safe, our homes, requires that we check our fire alarms and have a carbon monoxide alarm.

It’s recommended that you have one on the downstairs and upstairs.

I like it so much that I will be buying more.

This gift may seem simplistic, uninteresting and like a no-gift, but life is a precious gift and we must preserve it.

What if thanks to this gift, you save your family members and/or friends’ lives. It would be priceless.

Splurges

IPhone

If you can swing it and you or a loved one has used an iPhone for two or 3 years, then an upgrade is justified.

 

Fujitsu Scansnap iX500

Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 recommended product on Love and Treasure

One of the things that stresses people the most is clutter, and people usually have clutter because they are already stressed. It’s a perpetual cycle that is hard to break.

And what type of clutter causes perhaps the most amount of stress?

Paper clutter.

If you have any paper clutter in your home you know that just thinking about it raises your anxiety levels. LOL. 🙂

The best thing to combat paper clutter, aside from keeping it under control, tossing it, recycling and shredding it, is a scanner with an automatic feeder that can scan documents incredibly efficiently and effectively.

The one I recommend (and have recommended for years) is the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Color Duplex Desk Scanner that works for both Macs and PCs.

The fact that it’s a duplex scanner means that it will scan your page on both sides automatically.

It feels much more peaceful knowing that you have a digital copy of the documents you love and treasure and that they can also have a home online.

 

You Still Have Plenty Of Time To Get These Items

Why?

Because with 2-day shipping… we have plenty of time to order what we need.

My favorite place to shop at is Amazon. I shop there more than anywhere else given that I enjoy ordering online and getting the items shipped to me quickly thanks to Amazon Prime.

You can enjoy this benefit, too, by signing up.

If by chance you happen to be reading this post and you STILL haven’t gotten Amazon Prime, (which I highly doubt) make sure you have the ability to shop there to make this Holiday Season easier for you.

 

So now it’s your turn.

What Christmas gift suggestions do YOU have? Other than Love of course.  ;

My Favorite Products from The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit 2018 Ultimate Bundle

As you may know, The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is available until midnight on October 15th, 2018.

That means that you have to make a pretty quick decision as to whether or not you want it. But I want to help you make a wise decision.

If you haven’t read my post, 4-Minute Summary Of The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit , you should in order to get a quick idea of what it entails. Or you can just head on over to the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit website to jump in the deal.

Today, I want to share with you what my favorite products from the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit bundle are. I’m just giving you a handful so that you get an idea, but the vast majority of the products are wonderful, these are just my crème de la crème top-picks.

Let’s jump right in!

 

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4- Minute Summary Of The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit 2018 By Ultimate Bundles

One of my favorite times of year is Fall.

Fall leaves, leather boots, sweaters, hot chocolate, pumpkin desserts, the color orange, cool air, you name it, I love it.

BUT one of the things that I ALSO love about fall isss… that it’s time for the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit 2018!

YAY!

If you’re a blogger, know a blogger, wanna be a blogger, or want to do a solid for one of the bloggers that you totally admire even if it’s from afar…

I highly recommend that you take a look at the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (GBT)  (or share this post with them).

 

What Is The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit?

It is a bundle of resources in which many bloggers, entrepreneurs and authors have pitched into by providing their eBooks, eCourses, printable packs, workbooks, templates, stock photo packs and membership sites at an insanely discounted price.

Ultimate Bundles offers many bundles throughout the year, but the GENIUS Blogger’s Toolkit is my personal favorite (I’ve bought it for the past 3 years) and it happens to be one of the Ultimate Bundles’ most popular bundles.

So if you’re a blogger it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

Why is it that special?

In a nutshell, instead of getting 1 course for x amount of money, you get an ENTIRE bundle worth thousands of dollars for less than the cost of 1 course.

The sale is SO insane that it is available for just a limited time. The GBTK will just be available for just 6 days.

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Have You Been Having A Rough Couple Of Years? You’re Not Alone

It’s Interesting What We Don’t Share

I was listening to the amazing author, researcher and storyteller Brené Brown’s audiobook on my way to my brother’s birthday get-together 🍰 the other day.

And she was talking about how we as humans have the tendency to not share our problems until after we’ve fixed them.

Does that sound like you?

It certainly sounds like me.  Heck, I sometimes don’t even share my problems even AFTER I’ve fixed them.

So why am I sharing this with you?

Because I realize that I haven’t written as frequently as I used to.  And there are reasons for that that haven’t been resolved 100%.

But I feel it’s important to share them with you simply so that you know that if you’re experiencing the same thing, or a whole different set of feelings and issues and have therefore been having a rough couple of years, you’re not alone.

 

The 2016 U.S. Election

It seems as if the world we knew officially stopped existing on that dark, murky and worldwide dark night of the soul.

Summed up:

  • I was hopeful that we would avoid the disaster the one candidate is and celebrate our first female president.
  • When the preliminary results weren’t shifting in our favor, I started to get very worried.
  • I held on to hope until there was no hope.
  • I went to bed extremely sad.
  • I woke up even more sad… especially because I was hoping that the results had turned around. That my loss of hope was just in my head. But the nightmare that I thought had happened was now our reality.
  • And when I saw my toddler in the morning, I got SUPER emotional. I couldn’t hold back the tears.
  • And there was nobody to talk to.
  • It was hard.
  • It continues to be hard because unimaginably horrible things have happened as a nation since then.
  • And the end of this downward spiral, that political experts said would take 10 months to sort out is nowhere in sight. I need the light at the end of the tunnel. And I’m sure that if you can relate, you do too. But as long as the tunnel is, we have to see the light. Eventually. We have to.
  • But in a nutshell, it’s been challenging to be cheery, creative and be able to focus on the things we love and treasure 100% because of this.
  • Ironically though, it’s the people whom I love that have been the saving grace during this time, including loving myself.

How would you say the election affected you?

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My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you some of the items I’ve greatly been enjoying My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1)My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1) that included the following categories:

  • plugins
  • digital products
  • family products
  • office products
  • fashion items
  • food and
  • baby/kid products

Today, I’d like to share MORE of my favorites with you because I think that you’ll also enjoy them in the seasons ahead.

 

 

Multi-media Favorites

Music

I love music. It relaxes me. It makes me happy.

 

But instead of sharing you ONE song that I’ve been enjoying, I want to share something even BETTER.

 

I have been enjoying Prime Music , which is included with your  Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Music Logo on Haydee Montemayor 's blog Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

 

Basically, Prime Music is a service that allows you to play one of 2 million, ad-free, on-demand songs on your computer, on your Android Tablet, iOS tablet, Android Phone, iOS phone or on your hands-free speakers from Amazon’s Alexa family.  (Just for reference, Amazon’s Echo Dot 2nd generation, has about 4 times as many reviews as the Harry Potter movie with the most reviews.  People are really liking these hands-free speakers).

 

Personally, I use Prime Music on my cell phone, on my computer’s web browser and on my own Wi-fi enabled speakers.

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Money Archetype by Denise Duffield-Thomas recommended by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

Could Your “Money Personality” Be Sabotaging You?

Hello Love and Treasure Community, I have a special treat for you. Here is a guest blog post by Denise Duffield-Thomas, author of two amazing books that will help you remove the obstacles that you have surrounding money, who will help you answer: Could Your “Money” Personality Be Sabotaging You?

It’s hard to love and treasure the most important things in life when you have money worrying you in the back of your mind.

Hope you enjoy it.  =)

And at the end, I highly suggest that you take her quiz so that you know what your money personality is.  This will help you see what aspects of your money personality are positive and what aspects you can tweak to be even more abundant in every sense of the word.

Without further ado… here’s Denise.

 

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You know the feeling you get when you do “that thing” around money AGAIN?

Spend wildly on a new extravagance even though bills are due…

Hoard every penny even though you really want to splurge on a vacation…

Forgo a spa treatment because your daughter really wants that new pair of designer jeans…

Whatever you do with money, I bet you don’t just do it once. Most of us have habits with money — some of which serve us, and some which definitely do not.

So we do “that thing” again, and inside we feel unhappy. It’s not that we don’t want to treat ourselves, or save up money, or buy our loved ones special gifts.

It’s just that we feel like we’re making money decisions on autopilot. Like we’re not in control of the situation, and we’re not so sure we’re crazy about the results of our actions.

Well, what if I told you that you have a unique “money DNA” which is where those habits come from?

Even better, what if I told you that you could “crack the code” on your money DNA and start to leverage your money strengths, while compensating for your weaknesses — so you could stop repeating that same old money story and start living a new one?

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My Lifestyle Favorites For Spring 2017 (Part 1)

Is it just me or has 2017 gone by in a flash?

 

You probably feel it’s gone in a flash, too.

 

So, before any more time slips out of our hands, let me share some of my Spring 2017 Lifestyle Favorites that you can enjoy this Spring and beyond.

 

Some of these links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own, and I share these products with you because I think you’ll REALLY love them.

 

Do You Feel Guilty Just Thinking About Shopping?

Hey, I get it.

 

When you have little ones, what you want to do is buy things for them. Buy what they need, not necessarily what you want.

 

But, let me share a favorite plugin, that will make you feel a little bit better about buying online.

 

Ready?

 

It’s called Ebates.

 

If you haven’t tried Ebates, you’re in for a very special treat. Can I be super honest with you? I had heard several people raving about

Can I be super honest with you? Several years ago, I had heard several people raving about Ebates , but I didn’t sign up. It kept on pushing this task off, thinking that this wasn’t as cool of a plugin as people said it was.

 

But boy, was I wrong! And it potentially cost me hundreds of dollars as a result of not having signed up earlier.

 

Why do I say this?

 

Because within days of signing up, I had earned about $25.56 dollars cash back, given that I had made a few more purchases than usual (you’ll see some of these purchases below).

 

If you sign up for Ebates through this link, you’ll get $10.00 in bonus cash back right away. Pretty sweet, right?

 

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5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 2) 5.12.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure Blog www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 2)

In the previous post, we talked about the first 3 out of the 5 ways to embrace your inner artist. Today, we will explore the rest.

 

4) A Pristine, Clean Home Isn’t The Goal

There is a time and place to teach your kids to take care of themselves. But unless paint, glitter, glue or something super hard to clean is being thrown all around, don’t worry too much about the mess that your kid can be making while making art.

 

Two posts ago, I shared that deciding where to make art was important. I also recommended using an art mat to protect your table.

 

But overall, know that you will see glue sticks out, crayons out, artwork on your home surfaces, paint projects drying. It’s normal.

 

It’s common to see this kind of stuff in homes where kids are just being kids, but if you’re homeschooling your kids with the Mother Goose Time Curriculum, expect to see these artistic products and finished projects even more.

 

“The art supplies, art projects and kid messes you feel overwhelmed by today, will probably be the things you miss most when your kids leave the nest.” – Haydee Montemayor

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5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 1) 5.5.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Artist (Part 1)

What does embracing your inner artist mean to you?

To me, embracing your inner artist means recognizing the benefits of making art for the sake of making art and then pursuing art for the sheer pleasure it can give.

 

It means that while I may or may not be the best artist or consider myself to have any, a little or a lot of artistic talent, I’m cool with making art.

 

In the last post, 5 Ways To Get Comfortable With Art, I shared the basics of being willing to go near art.

 

Today, I want so share how to friend art.

 

Ready To Embrace Your Inner Artist?

 

Let’s DO THIS!

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5 Practical Ways to Get Comfortable With Art 4.28.17 by Haydee Montemayor from Love and Treasure blog www.loveandtreasure.com

5 Practical Ways To Get Comfortable With Art

Last week, we talked about the fact that often, we are the ones who get in our own way of creating art.

 

But, we need to get over ourselves for our sake, for our child’s sake. We need to create art for the fun of it and for the creativity benefits it provides.

“There’s no better way to learning about creativity than by being creative.” -Haydee Montemayor

 

Here Are 5 Practical Ways To Get More Comfortable With Art

There are 5 little things that you need to make art:

  1. Gather The Materials to Make Art
  2. Make The Time to Make Art
  3. Decide The Best Location To Make Art
  4. Be in the Moment While Doing Art And
  5. Appreciate The Art You Make

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