A unique gift idea for that special man (or woman) in your life


Father’s Day is almost here. Have you picked up a gift for that special man in your life?

I’m not a fan of buying gifts for men, with the exception of my husband. My husband is a big kid at heart, so I can bu him a plethora of things from toys to sports memorabilia, and from books to music. He’s so easy to shop for. Other men in my life (like my father) are near impossible to buy for, at least in my eyes. There are just so many mugs and bottles of cologne a man can own. I sometimes look into techie gifts. I’d love to get him one of those automatic vacuums for his home. I’ve been checking out Roomba review to see if it would make a great gift.

When it comes to gift giving, I also like to put thought into my gifts. I don’t want to buy any random thing. Every gift I’ve ever given my husband I have put a lot of thought into. Some Christmases I even have a “theme” where all his gifts go along with that theme.

If there is one thing I know about men, they love to eat. As odd as it might sound, food gifts are not a bad idea. Not only are they practical, but they are something you know the recipient will use (eat) and appreciate.

There are plenty of gift basket companies that sell gift baskets for men that include beef and cheeses, but if you really want to give a unique food gift, check out Manly Gift Baskets from The Manly Man Company.

The Manly Man Company Manly Gift Baskets are unique because theirs do not include cheese and crackers, like ordinary gift baskets. Their gifts baskets are full of jerky.

If you are not familiar with jerky, it’s lean trimmed meat that has been cut into strips and dried (dehydrated) to prevent spoilage. Jerky used to be made out of beef, but these days jerky is made out of chicken, turkey and fish. There are even jerky made out of alligator, bison, wild boar and yak. No thanks. I’ll stick to the less exotic types of meat.

I happen to like jerky. I don’t eat it often, but I have been known to down a Slim Jim or two here and there. Of course that brand of jerky is the “cheap” version. Real jerky tastes so much better.

There are different types of gift baskets to choose from. Here are just a few examples.

The Best Jerky Gift Box 

  • 1x Barbecue Mesquite Beef Jerky (3oz.)
  • 1x Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky (2oz.)
  • 1x Pepperoni Jerky- Straight up Pepperoni (2oz.)
  • 1x Draft Ale- Black Label Beef Jerky (3oz.)
  • 1x Whiskey Straight- Black Label Beef Jerky (3oz.)
  • 1x Manly Man Original Beef Jerky Flower Trimming (3oz.)
  • 1x Manly Man Teriyaki Beef Jerky Flower Trimming (3oz.)
  • 1x Manly Man Hot Beef Jerky Flower Trimming  (3oz.)

Pizza and Beer Gift Box 

  •  2x Pizza Jerky – Straight Up Pepperoni.
  •  1x Pizza Jerky – Meat Lovers Paradise.
  •  1x Pizza Jerky – Screamin’ For Supreme.
  • 1x Pizza Jerky – Aloha Hawaiian Style.
  • 1x Manly Man Co. Pint Glass.
  • 1x Manly Man Co. Coaster.
  •  1x Man Card – Beer Bottle Opener.

Bloody Mary Kit

  • 1x Mixed Flower Jerky Bouquet (Half/Full Dozen).
  • 1x Manly Man Co. Pint Glass
  • 1x Manly Man Co. Coaster.
  • 1x Bottle of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning (8oz).
  • 1x Demitri’s Bloody Mary Bacon Rim Shot.
  • 8x Spanish Manzanilla Olives.
  • 1x Mini Tabasco Bottle.
  • 1x Can of Tomato Juice.

The Manly Man Company has several other gift boxes/baskets and other gifts to choose from. I find their jerky bouquets especially interesting.

The Manly Man Company sent me their Best Jerky Gift Box (mentioned above) to try out for myself. Or should I say have my husband and 20 year old son try it out, since it’s a manly gift.

I should mention that WOMEN can enjoy these gifts too. They are not just for men. Jerky loving women would probably get a kick out of the jerky bouquet.

I received all the contents in their Best Jerky Gift Box.

I was super excited to try the pepperoni first. I love pepperoni pizza. Interestingly, the pepperoni jerky didn’t have the same “kick” as the pepperoni you find on a pizza. That doesn’t mean that it’s not good (it is!), it just didn’t taste as spicy.

The “flowers” are actually bits and pieces of jerky (not strips). You can enjoy them as a snack, or use them to top off baked potatoes, salad or mix in with eggs. I think whatever you can use bacon bits for (that size of meat pieces), you can use the “flowers” for.

I am IN LOVE with the Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky that comes with this gift box. WOW!!! The moment I took my first bite I too claim on the rest of the package (LOL). I did share with my husband and both of my kids, but I was the one who ate (and thoroughly enjoyed) the bulk of it. If you like bacon, and maple, you are going to LOVE this jerky.

The Manly Company does sell most of these jerky varieties individually on their site. I am going to buy more of the Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky for sure.  Mmm… I wish I had a piece right now.

I personally was not a fan of the Whisky Straight jerky, but aside from that one, I like all of them that came with this gift box. As for my husband and son, they enjoyed all of them (although I didn’t let my son try the Whisky Straight or Draft Ale varieties. He’s 20 and I’m not sure if there is any alcohol content in them).

Forget about mugs and colognes. If you want to get a gift that special man in your life can use and enjoy, why not check out all the great options at The Manly Man Company, ManlyManCo.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those links are found on the bottom left of their website. They are also on Twitter (it’s not linked from their site).

Are you a fan of jerky? How about the special man (or men) in your life?


*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Send happiness across the miles with Jet Gift Baskets


I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of being stuck inside. It’s really having an effect on my mental health. Not to the point where I need to seek out someone to talk to. I’m just saying that I’m bored out of my mind and I miss being able to do simple things like go to the store or visit with friends. Because I’m considered “high risk” due to diabetes, and a wonky immune system, I’ve been stuck at home since March 12, 2020. That is a long time. I a long, long, long time.

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am just to get the mail (no exaggeration). Most of the time it’s nothing but a bill or junk mail, but I keep hoping I’ll get something special in the mail. Sadly, I didn’t even get any birthday cards for my birthday that recently past (end of May). Sigh…

I personally enjoy doing nice things for others, especially surprising people when they least expect it. It could be a smiley face balloon that I attach to my neighbor’s door, to a box of chocolates I leave for the man who cleans our building. I honestly enjoy doing things that make people smile.

Another thing I enjoy doing is sending gift baskets to my family and friends who live far away. I absolutely LOVE getting texts, emails, phones calls or messages from them telling me how surprised they were by my unexpected gift. I think their messages of appreciation makes me just as happy as I made them. To me, that is a “win-win” situation.

I recently received a gift basket for myself. Now I know what my family and friend’s feel like when I send them one.

Office Party Gift Basket from Jet Gift Baskets

I was sent to review a gift basket from Jet Gift Baskets. Jet Gift Baskets carries gift baskets for every occasion you can think of from birthday to “thank you,” and from sympathy to holiday related.

Looking for a gift basket could be a bit overwhelming, but the Jet Gift Basket site gives you so many different ways to find the perfect gift basket. You can shop by occasion, recipient or shop by price. They have options from under $30 to over $120+. They have the perfect gift for any one and for any budget.

When I used to think about gift baskets, I always thought about baskets of fruits and maybe a few cookies or crackers tossed in. That is not the case at all. There are a wide variety of gift basket contents, and Jet Gift Baskets have plenty to choose from. They have beer gift baskets, candy gift baskets, Kosher gift baskets, and vegan gift baskets, to name a few.

Jet Gift Baskets even has gift baskets for kids, like their Tough Truck Gift Basket pictured above. How cute!

They also have gift baskets for dogs and cats! I would love to send my cats a gift basket (we have six cats, so of course they would have to share it).

I was sent to review the brand’s Godiva Milk Chocolate Expressions gift basket. I LOVE chocolate. I eat a piece of chocolate every day. I think my blood is made out of chocolate. Ha Ha.

This gift basket sells for $59.99 on their website (Godiva chocolate, as you probably know, is expensive to begin with).

The gift basket arrived in perfect condition. Everything was so nicely packaged. The contents came in a thick, gold colored cardboard box, sealed in cellophane and topped off with a gold bow.

It was packaged so well that nothing got displaced during shipping. It was a lovely presentation.

Inside the gift basket contained the following yummy goodies.

  • Godiva Chocolate Almonds
  • Godiva Chocolate Cashews
  • Godiva Chocolate Truffles
  • Godiva Creme Brûlée Truffles
  • Godiva Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Godiva Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Godiva Signature Biscuits

Mmm… I’m drooling just remembering all those sweet treats I had (they are long gone).

The chocolates were all fresh and in great shape. Nothing was melted or messed up/crushed. Although being warmer weather now, I would recommend that you NOT order chocolate products, for obvious reasons. Thankfully mine arrived long before the hot weather kicked in.

Even our cats enjoyed the box the goodies came in. If you have cats you know how they love boxes of all different shapes and sizes, even ones they really can’t fit into (I love seeing cats squeeze into little boxes – LOL).

Here is our cat Loca enjoying the gift box (our cat Emma is behind her).

If you are looking to send some smiles across the miles, or send a gift for a special occasion, you might want to check out Jet Gift Baskets at JetGiftBaskets.com.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are not on their site, but if you search for them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can find them.

Don’t forget Father’s Day is coming up. Jet Gift Baskets has great gift ideas just for that special man in your life.


*I received a free gift basket to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Have you ever had a dead car battery? We’ve all been there – here is a better solution

Own a car is a wonderful thing. Cars (and trucks) provide you with the opportunity to go to/from places like work, friend’s homes, around town and vacation. They are a vital part of our existence (unless you work in a city where you can use public transportation).

I used to love driving all over the place in my car. My best friend and I took many road trips in our youth. It was fantastic! Back then there were only paper maps. We never used those. We would simply hop in the car and drive and see where the day takes us. We ended up driving all over New England one year (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts). Another time we ended up in Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Those were the good old days.

Having a car does have it’s downside too – buying gas, paying for insurance and the up keep of the car. If you have to repair a car it can cost in the hundreds, or thousands. As much as cars are great to have, there are also times I wish I didn’t own one.

Have you ever had your car breakdown when you were driving? Or what about having your car’s battery need a jump starter when you are in the middle of nowhere and there is no one around to help you? I’ve had that happen to me before when I was upstate.

If you’ve ever had a need to have your car’s battery jump started – I have a super easy solution for you. It’s the Cobra JumPacks are built with Pentagon Protection®.

Many people keep a set of jumper cables in their car (I have some in my trunk), but those won’t help you if you don’t have another vehicle around to help jump start your car’s battery. That is why it’s essential to always have a jump started on hand, that way you are not left stranded or waiting around for someone else to arrive.

You can buy jump starters that only jump your car (or truck), however many of the newer models offer consumers more functional features, making it something that you’ll use often and it won’t collect dust in your glove compartment or get lost in your trunk (I have to admit that my jumper cables are buried in my trunk. I haven’t seen them in ages).

Not all jump starters are made the same way. Some offer you more features than others. Take for example Cobra’s JumPacks. They are a convenient all-in-one portable solution to charging devices and a car battery safely.

Safety is high priority when it comes to Cobra. Their JumPacks are made to protect you and your vehicle from an over charge, reverse polarity, short circuit or reverse charge to provide you with peace of mind.

I was sent a Cobra JumPack to check out for myself for free to review. I was sent the Cobra CPP15000.

Here are some specifics about the CPP15000.

  • The CPP15000 can be used in just about any vehicle or boat up to 8 cylinders or diesel (recommended up to 6.7L).
  • The jump starting function can be done directly at the battery or inside the car through your 12V Accessory port when you are encountered with inclement weather or when your car is parked where your battery is out of reach (i.e. parking garage where it is hard to get under your hood).
  • The CPP15000 is equipped with (2) USB ports to conveniently charge (2) devices at a time when on the go – also features a 3-mode flashlight great for navigating in the dark while camping or when encountered in an emergency situation. You can use it to recharge your phone, tablet, camera, laptop or other accessories up to 5x with Cobra’s Dual 3A USB ports.
  • It’s water-resistant housing is dependable when caught outdoors in the rain when hiking or tailgating.
  • The Cobra CPP15000 is great for out door activities such as hiking, camping, tailgating and long trips.

What I love about this charger is that it’s more than JUST a charge for when your car battery needs a jump. I like that it can charge other devices. My daughter could have really used this when she was stuck on the side of the road in an ice storm and we had no way of getting to her (the Police and tow truck companies were busy rescuing other drivers that day). He phone battery was dying and she had to keep getting out of her car to make sure there was no snow build up by her muffler, in order to keep the car running so she can charge her phone. If she had a device like this, that wouldn’t have been much of a concern. She could have charged her phone even if her car was not on.

I LOVE that you can jump start your car from inside the car. I honestly don’t know what cable to use when jumping a car, and my battery compartment in my car is not easy to get to. Being able to jump my car while sitting inside my car (which is also a safety feature if you happen to be in a not-so-nice part of town) is a big deal if you ask me.

Everything you need is found inside the chargers carrying case, except cords to charge your phone or computer. You’d need those to plug into the charger.

The JumPack is a great companion for any driver. It’s reliable power and safety features, it would seem to me that the Cobra JumPacks would clearly outperform the competition.

I’m not the most “techie” person, but the Cobra Jump Starter seems to be really easy to use. It even has three LED indicator lights to let you know when the JumPack is ready to be used.

Another great feature that I really like about this portable power charger is that it’s not that big and it’s lightweight. You can easily put this charger in your purse, backpack or briefcase. You can literally take it anywhere.

I used our standard size remote to show you how small and portable this device is.

Flashlight and charging ports.

There are two different Cobra portable power chargers you might want to consider;

  • CPP8500 (main competitive features): Pentagon Protection®, Wireless charging, Fast Charge USB port, compact ability combined with powerful jump starting.
  • CPP15000 (main competitive features): Pentagon Protection®, dual USB charge ports, jump start from inside the car, water-resistant when outdoors, 3-mode flashlight (regular, emergency, SOS). This is the one that I have.

I can’t tell you how well this charger works with powering up a car’s battery, simply because I haven’t had a need to do that (yet). There is not even a way I can try that feature out because I rather not intentionally kill my car’s battery. However, as a portable charger, to power up your devices, it does work. I have tried it to charge my iPhone and our iPad. It worked perfectly.

If you are interested in learning more about this or other Cobra products, visit www.Cobra.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about this portable charger? Does it sound like something you need in your life?

With Father’s Day less than a month away, and summer vacation fast approaching, the Cobra JumPacks would make for great gifts.


*I received the Cobra JumPack to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Give me the gift of comfort and style with a Bia sport watch


Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. Mother’s Day! That’s crazy! I think this quarantine has really thrown me off. It’s bad enough that I have to look up the date and day of the week, but now I have to keep an eye out for upcoming holidays too? Sheesh!

I remember what a struggle it was to find the perfect gift for my mom for Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, she appreciated flowers, balloons and candy, but I always wanted to show her that I put more thought into the gifts that I bought her. For example, I saw her admiring a bracelet we came across at an antique store one day. I went back to purchase it and gave it to her for Mother’s Day. She loved it! After she passed away I took the bracelet back. It reminds me of her every time I wear it. I plan on giving it to my daughter some day.

When it comes to looking for Mother’s Day gifts, not only did I look for a gift that my mother could use, but I also appreciated gifts with meaning and purpose.

Bia watches are available in a variety of colored faces, as well as straps.

There is a brand called Bia that I recently learned about. Here is a little background on the company;

With women’s empowerment making daily headlines, the goal of Biais to support women to become the healthy, educated, independent, protected and valued individuals they are meant to be. Strength—physical, emotional and constitutional—underpins the company’s collection of sport watches. Bia is charity focused. Bia donates a percentage of proceeds from each sale to organizations working to give women the support they deserve to be independent, educated, healthy, protected, and valued. The company gives a percentage of each sale to women’s organizations that foster Bia’s principles. Time’s Up, an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for all women is one such benefactor.

Each Bia wristwatch features a superior illumination system called Visible247 that is the highest-performing photo luminescent technology in injection molded polymers ever created.  With just 10 minutes exposure to any light source, every Bia timepiece stays illuminated for at least 10 hours.  Metaphorically speaking, this capability aligns with Bia’s vision that women who empower other women can light the world on fire with the smallest of sparks.

The launch collections include the Rosie Dive series and the Suffragette series. Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the Rosie Dive Series honors the World War II icon for the feminist movement, and the beginning of women moving out of the home and into the workforce en masse. The Suffragette series celebrates the women that fought for women’s right to vote beginning in the 19th century and perfectly timed to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that was enacted in 1920.

I know that most smartphones double as time pieces, but not everyone has their phone “glued” to their hand 24/7. In addition, many companies and businesses don’t want employees gazing at their phones the whole time they are at work. For that reason I appreciate having watches. A watch allows me to keep track of time, without worrying about someone getting the wrong idea and think that I am reading Facebook statuses or checking out Tik Tok videos.

Another reason why I appreciate watches is because they double as a piece of jewelry. Watches come in different looks, styles and colors.

I also think that watches are great for “on the go.” Say for example your mom likes to run/job or go on long walks to take in some fresh air and get in some exercise. A watch is much better to take with you than a smartphone. You don’t have to worry about dropping it (cracked screen!) or losing it.

Bia ‘Rosie’ Dive Watch (B2008)

Bia was kind enough to send me one of their watches to check out for myself. I received to review their Bia ‘Rosie’ Dive Watch (B2008). I chose this watch specifically because I LOVE the color of it. Green is my favorite color, and this watch is a beautiful, colorful shade of green.

According to the website, this watch features;

  • 38mm 316L stainless steel case
  • Screw down crown and case back
  • Uni-directional Rotating Dive Timing Bezel
  • Japan Quartz (Miyota 2317) Three Hand and Date Movement
  • Visible247 illumination technology in the dials (10 minutes of light exposure yields 10 hours of glow)
  • Highly scratch resistant K1 glass crystal
  • 200 meters water resistant
  • Silicone Strap with “easy-release” spring pins for fast strap changes

The watch’s straps are buttery soft and smooth to the touch. The underside of the straps have texture to them. I would think that the strap’s design allows for air to pass under the band, so as not to make your wrist feel hot and sweaty.

Underside of the watch band. You can see the texture.

The straps have a nice thickness to them too. These are clearly not “cheap” or poorly made.

I love how “shiny” the watch face is. It’s silver in color, and when the light hits it, it sparkles and shines. This is why I see watches as pieces of jewelry, in addition to a functioning time piece.

The watch face has some depth to it too. It’s not “flat” in appearance. It’s hard to explain. All I can say that the face it’s self looks really nice.

My favorite feature is the way it illuminates. It’s true what the brand says, just a few minutes of sunlight helps it to illuminate for a long time. The watch face glows a similar color as the band.

Here is a photo of my watch face illuminated. I took a picture of it in the bedroom closed (the darkest place in our home).

Look at how pretty the watches “glow” in the dark after even a few minutes of sunlight.

I like how the watch feels on my wrist too. It’s very comfortable to wear.

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day – a gift she will use frequently – you should check out the watches from Bia.

Bia watches are available for purchase online at www.biawatches.com MSRP $175 to $225 depending on style. Each collection also has a variety of replacement straps so wearers can easily customize their style and color.

Bia also makes beautiful watches for men. Don’t forget Father’s Day, which will be here next month.

My watch (disregard the piece of “fluff” caught in the dial. I didn’t realize it was there at the time).


*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Spring is almost here!


The official start to spring is almost here (March 20, 2020). Normally that is something to look forward to because it signifies the end of winter. However, winter wasn’t really that bad this year (I live in New York). We barely got any snow (thankfully). So dreaming of the non-snowy weather of spring is not something my family and I have been doing this year (or son is very disappointed about the lack of snow).

I have no started my spring cleaning (yet). I know I need to get it done, but I’m not exactly looking forward to it. Thankfully I did a lot of cleaning and organizing this past summer, so mostly what I need to do is refresh some things (curtains, carpet…) and some minor cleaning and organizing.

I am anxiously waiting for the opportunity to open up the windows and let fresh air in.

Our cats will LOVE the opportunity to sit outside on our balcony and take in the fresh air and sunshine. I wouldn’t mind that myself either.

Do you swap out your home decor to reflect the seasons? I do. I have several spring pieces I want to put out. I’m also looking forward to post-Saint Patrick’s Day so I can put out my Easter decorations.

I do enjoy decorating for Easter, but I don’t decorate for it as much as I do Christmas and Halloween. I used to decorate more for Easter when our kids were younger. These days I just put out some simple decorations.

We used to have holiday dinner with our extended families for Easter as well. Sadly, after the passing of both sets of parents, the siblings have all gone their separate ways. Easter dinner now consists of just me and my nuclear family. None to the less, I enjoy setting up a lovely table and cooking a fabulous holiday meal.

I’m sure many people are familiar with the brand Precious Moments. They are often associated with collectible gifts. Personally I have about a dozen Precious Moments figurines and sets that were giving to me by friends and family over the years for our wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas and more.

My husband used to give Precious Moment figurines out as gifts before we ever met. He gave all his nieces the pieces to the birthday train.

Precious Moments offers more to consumers than just lovely gifts. They also have beautiful home decor pieces. as well as pieces that will look wonderful on your holiday table. I was sent two such pieces to review.

Toss With Plenty Of Love Serving Bowl

  • This large serving bowl from Precious Moments is the perfect dish to turn to when hosting a crowd.
  • Designed with a motif that sets the scene for relaxed entertaining, it also offers a sweet sentiment that serves as a reminder of the most important ingredient – love!
  • Give this lovely gift to anyone who loves to cook or entertain. It makes a thoughtful gift for weddings, housewarmings, birthdays, and holidays with a design that will be treasured and used all throughout the year.
  • Carefully crafted of glazed ceramic, it measures approximately 5”H x 10.25” Dia. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

This bowl is HUGE. I didn’t realize just how big it was going to be. I saw the measurements, but they really didn’t “sink in” when it came to the size of this bowl. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing!

This beautiful bowl could be used for break, fresh fruit, salads and side dishes. It also looks good “as is” as a piece of home decor instead of a serving piece.

The bowl is heavy as well. Not too heavy, but you can tell that it’s a quality made piece.

As mentioned in the product description, this piece is not just for spring and/or Easter celebrations. It’s ideal for any entertaining situations. It also makes a lovely gift for a newly wed couple and a housewarming gift.

I love that the bowl is not a perfect circle. It’s hard to tell from the photos but the rim of the bowl is a bit wavy, which adds a nice detail to the piece. There is also a sweet little heart etched inside the bowl.

Moments Are Better When Shared Platter

  • Designed to be front and center for gatherings with family and friends, this stylish platter serves main dishes or scrumptious desserts while sharing a message of togetherness.
  • Whether holding delicacies or decorations, this platter allows loved ones to add a nature-inspired accent to their table all year long and makes a wonderful hostess, housewarming, wedding, or ‘just because’ gift.
  • This platter is crafted of ceramic and measures approximately 17”L x 12”W. Hand wash only.

This platter is a perfect addition to the serving bowl mentioned above.

This is a very large platter that could probably easily fit a Thanksgiving turkey (although I wouldn’t recommend carving on it). An Easter ham would look nice on this platter as well (I would cut it on a cutting board, not the platter). Vegetables, bread, desserts… you could serve just about anything on this delightful serving platter.

The overhead light “washed out” part of the text. The platter reads “Moments are better when shared.”

Some people like to display beautiful plates. I think you could easily display this piece as well (you would need something strong enough to hold it upright).

I love the saying on the platter, “Moments are better when shared.” That is so true!

The serving platter has the same “wavy” rim as the serving bowl.

There are other pieces available at on the Precious Moments website that would go great with these pieces.

I think these pieces would make a great gift for a newly wed couple. Family and friends could gift them a different piece to add to their collection.

If you are interested in learning more about these pieces, and other Precious Moments gifts, visit PreciousMoments.com.

The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on their website.

Precious Moments pieces can be purchased on their website, as well as retail locations.


*I recieved free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Are you looking for some “sweets” for your favorite sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (next Friday!). Have you already purchased something good for that special person in your life?

Valentine’s Day is usually a special day meant for lovers, however, I think it’s nice to remind other people in your life (children, siblings, parents, friends…) just how much you love them and how much they mean to you. My kids are young adults now and I still get them a little something on Valentine’s Day. I also get some sweet treats for my “work kids.”

Flowers are beautiful, but they can be very expensive, and sadly, they die after a few days. Cards are nice too, but sadly, most get tossed in the garbage (or recycle bin) a few days after Valentine’s Day is over. Perfume/Cologne is also a great idea, but that too can be pricey, and if you don’t know what type the other person likes, you’re just wasting money on it.

I have a great idea. Why not consider something yummy from Newsweek’s No.1 foodie site, GourmetGiftBaskets.com.

At GourmentGiftBaskets.com you can find a plethora of delicious gift ideas for anyone you would like to surprise this Valentine’s Day.

They have gift baskets available with sweet treats, non-sweet treats, wine, champagne… and a variety of other goodies. Their gift baskets are great for everyone on your shopping list, including non-romantic gifts to give other people (mom, sibling, friend…).

GourmetGiftBaskets.com is always adding to their available options. Here are just a few of the brand new offerings:

Sweets For My Valentine, $29.99, (SKU 4581) – For the gift giver on a budget or the gift receiver that loves all things sweet, this new tower hits the bull’s-eye among cupids everywhere. It includes Pink Cotton Candy Popcorn. I mean, how yummy does that sound?

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Popcorn Tin, $54.99, (SKU 7254A) – This is the most decadent popcorn offering this year for Valentine’s Day – 2 gallons of gourmet greatness. It features three popular flavors together: Mint Cookie Mayhem, Peanut Butter Cup and Cookies & Crème. Tastebuds everywhere will fall in love with this combo.

Beer My Valentine Six-Beer Bucket, $69.99, (SKU 4500V) – Finally, a Valentine’s Gift nearly every guy would love. This bucket is replete with great beer and savory snacks, including: Salt & Cracked Pepper Popcorn, Honey Mustard popcorn, roasted peanuts, and even beef jerky! The beers range from Smuttynose Old Brown Dog and Grey Lady Ale to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

I actually received the Valentine’s Day Popcorn Tin (listed above) to review.

Top: Cookies & Cream. Bottom right: Peanut Butter Cup. Bottom Left: Mint Cookie Mayhem.

I love popcorn. I’m fine with plain popcorn (unsalted, no butter), but of course I LOVE buttered popcorn with a touch of salt. I do like some flavored popcorn as well (caramel, kettle).

The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Popcorn Tin features flavors I have never heard of for popcorn before. The idea of a mint flavored popcorn, cookies & cream popcorn and peanut butter cup sounded very unique. I was intrigued. I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

Admittedly I thought the mint flavored one would be kind of gross (but I was willing to try it). Wow. Was I WRONG! The Mint Cookie Mayhem flavor is AWESOME!

You can see the mint cookie pieces sprinkled throughout the popcorn.

The mint flavor is very subtle. I was afraid that it would “scream mint,” so to speak. That is not the case at all. This is more of a cookie flavor with a touch of mint. It’s like chocolate popcorn with touches of mint cookies tossed in. You can even see some of the mint cookies throughout the popcorn.

The Peanut Butter Cup flavor does not taste just like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup (but you’d think it would). It’s more like peanut butter popcorn with chocolate. You can even see the drizzles of peanut butter on the popcorn.

I love chocolate and peanut butter together. This popcorn is no exception. It’s delightfully yummy.

Check out all that peanut butter drizzle!

I’m not normally a cookies and cream fan. Sometimes I find that flavor a bit too creamy for my taste. However, the cookies and cream flavored popcorn in this tin is pretty good. I know my kids sure love this flavor. Out of all three flavors, this flavor is about 1/2 way gone already.

If you look at the cookies and cream popcorn, you can see all the scrumptious chocolate cookie bits throughout it. Mmmm… Good!

Cookies and cream. You can see the cookie bits.

This flavored popcorn comes in a pretty Valentine’s Day (or Love) themed tin. It is colored in pink and red (Valentine’s Day colors). There is a lovely heart on the lid, and hearts all around the base of the tin. One one side it reads “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

This popcorn tin can be repurposed after the popcorn is gone. I’ve used such tins to store holiday decorations in. You can also use it as a popcorn “bowl” for Family Movie Nights/Movie Nights, to store craft supplies and for small children’s toys.

The popcorn inside the tin is kept inside a plastic bag to keep it fresh. I would recommend twisting the bag up (on the inside) after you are done snacking on the popcorn, just to ensure it’s freshness.

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*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.