Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mindful Presence for Holiday Presents

Mindful gifts are the type of present that will keep on giving long after the holiday season has past.  These gifts will inspire us, empower us, and keep us motivated. Here is a little list of some of my favorite mindful gifts.

Inspired by the iconic elephant, a symbol of family, strength and good luck, Ann Taylor will be donating 50 percent of the proceeds of its newLimited-Edition Elephant Jewelry Collection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The collection features a ring, bangle and two pendants, and will be available at Ann Taylor stores through January 30.

· St. Jude Elephant Ring, $39.50
· St. Jude Elephant Bangle, $49.50
· St. Jude Gold Elephant Pendant, $49.50
· St. Jude White Elephant Pendant, $59.50

Aiming to empower 5 million women by 2020, Coca-Cola’s 5by20products are the perfect holiday gift. Currently, Coca-Cola is working with artisans from around the world to create one of a kind, handmade items out of recycled materials. Women in Kenya have designed your one-of-a-kind new best friend, the Acacia Creations Soda Can Giraffe made out of recycled aluminum cans. This holiday season give the gift that gives back and makes great home décor.

If you’re a beauty maven, then you know the holidays are one of the best times of the year - because it means beautifully packaged gift sets. Nerium International introduces the limited-edition 24-Hour Skincare Gift Set, which includes the Age-Defying Night Cream, NeriumAD® Formula and Age-Defying Day Cream, NeriumAD®Formula, both clinically proven to reduce many signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture and sagging skin.
· $165,

Celebrity trainer, wellness visionary and New York Times bestselling author, David Kirsch is at it again with his new book Ultimate Family Wellness. Kirsch has taken family wellness to a whole new level with his book that focuses on fitness and nutrition vital to your family’s health.Ultimate Family Wellness provides the whole family with the information they need to improve nutrition, maintain physical fitness and live healthier

·         $22.99, available for pre-order at 

Compression hosiery is no longer for grandparents! Now,Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery is here for active modern women who require a product that addresses comfort and fashion with a new line of colorful, fashion-forward compression hosiery. It offers light to medium compression to help improve circulation in the legs and oxygen flow to the heart. Perfect for your hairdressers, flight attendants, retail workers, nurse, wait staff anyone who wants to protect their legs from spider veins. Tramps Hoisery can be worn for work, play, exercise, travel and rest.
·         $58 - $

Perfect for at home, in the office, or on the go, this cordless InstaShiatsu Plus massager has multiple settings and versatility so it can relieve achy muscles all over the body.  The internal rechargeable battery holds enough power for hours of use, and self-adjusting settings allow the user to customize the pain-relief that works best.

·         $140,

My Thoughts

As both an author and a blogger, I spend a lot of time in my chair--probably anywhere from eight to eighteen hours each day, depending on deadlines and such. Being hunched over a computer monitor can really take a tole on your back. Before I had kids, I used to go out for an occasional massage, but that sort of luxury would be out of my price range even if I had the freedom these days. What's the next best thing to getting oiled up by a sexy guy named Sven? The InstaShiatsu Plus massager from Trumedic.

As soon as I received my InstaShiatsu Plus massager  I tested it out.  The device has a strap that allows you wrap around your wrists. This prevents any movement and holds it in place. Once you turn it on, prepare to go straight to heaven. In my humble opinion, this massager works better than the large scale professional chairs at the nail salon. Let me tell you why...

The massager comes with a remote that allows you to control exactly how much pressure is applied and where you'd like it applied. Choose from several kneading functions that concentrate on one of three locations--upper back, lower back, or shoulders. his is great if you have a problem area that needs extra attention.  For me, my shoulders get sore from bending over the computer, but my son has lower back issues. Both of us were able to find  a zone that was just right for us.  The moving nodules feel absolutely amazing, but they do take some getting used to. My teen daughter thought it hurt the first time she tried it, but after a few uses, she loved it just as much this old fogy.  

In addition to the massaging nodules, the masasger has another feature that I have fallen in love with. I've had massage cushions before, but this is the first one that included a heating element. The gentle warmth the cushion radiates is both soothing and relaxing. 

 Now I won't lie. I'd still prefer Sven if I had the choice. But in the meantime, I am definitely enjoying my InstaShiatsu Plus. There are really no drawbacks to this product. It's five stars all the way. If you'd like to learn more about this fantastic device and all the quality spa quality products at Trumedic,