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Year-End Gift Ideas for Teachers Featuring Foxy Originals (+Giveaway!)

When I learned that one of my favourite Canadian jewelry brands, Foxy Originals, created a teacher-inspired collection, I just knew I had to share.  A love of teaching is something I’ve always held close to my heart, (I originally went to school to be one, after all!).  I think it’s such a kind and meaningful gesture to give back to a teacher who’s made a difference in your year (or perhaps your life).

Foxy Originals have created 2 necklace designs (both of which come in gold or silver), that arrive ready-to-gift on a card that reads “Live. Love. Teach”.

The Inspire Teacher Necklace reads “Inspire” one one side of a circle charm (1.38″ diameter), and “Live Love Teach” on the opposite side.  This necklace comes on a 17″ chain is just $20.00 Cdn.

The second necklace (and my personal favourite) is the Teacher’s Charm Necklace.  The front of the charm (1.25″ x 0.75″) reads, “It takes a big heart to teach little minds”, and the back reads, “Live Love Teach”.  Also on this necklace is a tiny heart charm, and small beaded charm.  This necklace is also on a 17″ chain, and retails for $25.00 Cdn.

Both of these necklaces are made from fine pewter, and are then plated in gold or silver.  Every item Foxy Originals makes is lead-free and is produced locally.  Both of these necklaces are affordable, meaningful, and versatile gift ideas (you can wear each of them 2 ways!) that a teacher will truly appreciate and use.  They’re also great for dance teachers, singing teachers, and beyond!

Giveaway! 

Foxy Originals has generously offered to host a giveaway of their Teacher’s Charm Necklace in gold to one of my readers!  To enter, simply click the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link below and follow the instructions.  This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and will close on Tuesday, June 14th at 11:59pm EST. Good Luck!

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Gift Guide Day 1: A Gift that Gives Back (+Giveaway!)

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Today’s gift focuses on what’s truly important this time of year: spreading love and care.  And, when you gift someone you love (or yourself) with this gorgeous Palmwood Diamond Pendant from This Counts, 25% of the proceeds are donated to Make A Wish Canada to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Made of palm wood and resin diamond on a metal chain, this necklace proves even more beautiful when you know that you can change and enrich lives by wearing it.

I’ve blogged about This Counts previously, and how a portion of the sale of every single item on their site goes to a charity supported by the retailer.  I also love that there’s no guessing game when you’re shopping: the price you see is the price you pay (including tax and shipping).  This necklace is just one of the many fun and unique gift ideas on the site.  Check out my previous post (linked above) for some other great gift ideas from This Counts!

This Counts has generously offered to host a giveaway to help celebrate day 1 of the 2015 Gift Guide on WhatDidSheFind.  To enter to win your very own Palmwood Diamond Pendant, simply follow the link below and use the Rafflecopter tool.  This giveaway is open to Canadian entrants only, and will close on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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$200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall Gift Card Giveaway!

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You’ve learned about the challenge, seen my outfit reveal, and now it’s time for you to have your chance at winning a $200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall shopping spree!

Entering is easy: simply use the Rafflecopter tool linked below to follow WhatDidSheFind and Dixie Outlet Mall on our social media accounts (and tweet about the giveaway for bonus entries!).  The giveaway will close on Friday, September 4th at midnight EST.

What would you buy with $200.00 at Dixie Outlet Mall?

Good Luck!

Enter Here: 

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Dixie Outlet Mall “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge (Part 2!)

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Who’s excited? This girl! Back in Spring, I participated in Dixie Outlet Mall‘s “She Who Hunts Finds” challenge (check out my final outfit here), and am thrilled to have been invited to participate again for Fall!  This season, there’s a fun twist on the challenge: not only do I need to create a fab Fall outfit by hunting down the greatest deals and saving as much money as possible, I also need to hunt with my wild-side animal shopping persona in mind.  So what exactly is an “animal shopping persona” and how do you learn what yours is, you ask?  Simply head over to www.dixiewildside.com to take the 1-minute quiz and learn what kind of deal huntress you really are when you hit the outlet mall (and be entered to win a $1000 shopping spree!).  And be sure to check out the fun interactive photo booth inside the mall from August 21st to September 6th for a chance to win a $250.00 gift card (there’s a draw every day)!

So what animal did I turn out to be?  The Eagle of course!  Here’s what my shopping persona says about me: “Soaring through the mall, you hunt efficiently.  You know what you love and you zero in on fresh finds.  You’re always first to swoop in on the best deals with the greatest of ease.I love it! I have to agree that shopping can bring out my competitive side: I know exactly what I want (most of the time of course), and I have to have it!

Keep an eye out for my outfit reveal in the coming weeks, and for a chance to win a $200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall shopping spree!

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Review: Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Face, Body, and Hair Mask


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After reading about Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder, I was excited by its versatility: you can use it as a face mask, a hair mask, a clarifying shampoo, or as a whole body treatment.  This product is made of 100% pure, natural clay mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and has cleansing, toning, detoxifying, and rejuvenating properties.

So how does it work?  All you need is the Ghassoul powder and water (and of course, a small bowl and spoon for mixing).  After testing out this product as a facial mask, I found the best ratio for me was 3 tablespoons water to 1 heaping tablespoon of powder (so that it becomes a pasty texture).  Simply apply it to your face, let dry for around 10 minutes, and rinse off! Use this mask weekly for the best results. Want the full-body experience? Just make more!

For the hair mask, simply follow the same directions to create the paste, apply to your scalp and hair, and leave on for 5-10 minutes.  For the clarifying shampoo, simply mix a palm-full of your favourite shampoo with an equal amount of Ghassoul powder, mix it together, and shampoo your hair as you normally would.  This is not something I’ve tried yet, but is next on my list as I love a good clarifying treatment!

My experience. I found the mask super easy to prepare and apply, and simple to wash off.  All it took was a few splashes of water on my face to rinse it all away, leaving my skin feeling toned and refreshed.  As someone with really oily skin, I loved that it left my face feeling smooth and matte.  The instructions state that you may notice your skin becomes slighly reddish for 15-30 minutes after use (as the skin is detoxified), but personally I didn’t experience this.  What’s also great is that this mask is gentle enough to naturally treat common skin irritations such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Overall, the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask is both effective and a great value for money: it’s basically 4 products in one!  Want to give it a try?  Zakia’s Morocco is offering 20% off their entire store, just use the code: ZMBLOG-214.  In addition to this, Zakia’s Morocco will be giving away 10 gift certificates valued at $50.00 each! To enter, click here.

Have you tried this mask? Or are you going to be purchasing? Let me know in the comments below!

*Product provided via Brandbacker for consideration.  All opinions are honest and are my own.

 

 

$200 Dixie Outlet Mall Gift Card Giveaway!

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By now, you’ve learned all about the She Who Hunts Findschallenge, read about my shopping experience, and have seen my final outfit reveal.  Now, it’s time for you to have a chance to win a $200.00 Dixie Outlet Mall Gift Card so you can score some #DixieDeals of your own!

Entering is simple: click on the Rafflecopter link below to open the contest widget.  Follow the steps outlined to enter, and then keep your fingers crossed!  This giveaway will close May 11th at 12:00am EST, and a winner will be announced by 9:00pm EST on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and entrants must be 13 years of age or older.

 Click this link to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Gift card provided by Dixie Outlet Mall

Review: Aveeno Fresh Essentials (and Giveaway!)

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Having experienced one of the coldest Canadian winters yet, and with Spring just a month (or so) away, I couldn’t imagine a better set of products to review than Aveeno’s Fresh Essentials line.  With its gorgeous floral packaging and equally beautiful scent, these products are essentially Spring in a bottle.

I was given the opportunity* to test out three products from this line: the Daily Exfoliating Scrub, the Night Cream, and the Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.  All of them are oil free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic (i.e.: they won’t clog your pores).  The concept behind the Fresh Essentials line is that it harnesses the power of Southernwood extract (a natural antioxidant) and vitamins A, C, and E, to keep the “good” in (moisture), and the “bad” out (drying environmental factors), therefore leaving the skin looking and feeling refreshed and radiant.

The Daily Exfoliating Scrub (145ml Tube, $9.97-$12.99 CAD)

Let’s start with my personal favourite, the scrub.  This product is, by far, one of the best facial scrubs I’ve ever used.  The exfoliating formula (with natural luffa and coconut pulp) is gentle but extremely effective: you can feel smoother skin instantly.  The product rinses off easily, turning into a silky cleanser which leaves no greasy residue.  It prepares your skin for moisturizer (and allows it to be more effective), and even helps makeup apply more evenly. What I also love?  A little bit goes a long way (I only use a dime-size amount of product for my entire face), so you’re getting great value for money.

The Night Cream (49ml Jar, $16.97-$19.99 CAD)

To be honest, I’d never used a night cream before trying this product.  For some reason, I always assumed that my daytime moisturizer was “good enough”. I was wrong.  I applied this product at night, (after using the scrub), and loved that it applied smoothly, evenly, and wasn’t greasy.  As someone who struggles from the occasional bout of acne, I’ll admit I was a little worried that using a thicker night cream would cause me to break out, but it actually helped clear my skin up!  Instantly, my skin felt and looked moisturized, and this lasted all through the night and into the next morning thanks to a blend of vitamins and antioxidants that replenish your skin’s moisture barrier while you sleep.

The Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (74ml Bottle, $16.97-$19.99 CAD)

The first reason I love this product is that it has SPF 30.  As someone who burns easily, I love that this product works double-duty as a moisturizer and as a protector from the sun’s harmful rays.  I also love that it comes with a pump for easy use and application.  It applies and wears beautifully, leaving skin looking and feeling soft and smooth thanks to conditioning emollients that replenish moisture to the skin, and strengthen its moisture barrier.  I especially enjoy that this product has such a “light” feel when applied, allowing it to wear nicely alone or under makeup.

Where to Buy?

I’m truly excited about the results I see and feel from using this line, and will definitely continue to use all three of these products.  Want to try them out for yourself?  You can purchase them at various grocery stores, drug stores, and mass merchandisers across Canada.

Giveaway!

I am excited to be giving away all three of these products to one lucky winner!

To enter:

  1. Head on over to my Instagram account (@elyse270) and follow me.
  2. Like and comment on this picture letting me know what your essentials are for looking and feeling fresh (don’t forget to use the hashtag #FreshEssentials)!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (must be 18 years of age or older to enter), and will run from March 1st-March 3rd at 9:00pm EST.  The winner will be announced on Instagram at 12:00pm EST on March 4th.

Good Luck!

*Product provided for consideration; all thoughts and opinions are genuine and my own.

The Ultimate Girls Giveaway!

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I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers for an Ultimate Girls Giveaway (trust me, you won’t want to miss this!).

 

The amazing prize includes:

-A Kate Spade Wesley Park Natalie Bag

-A Tory Burch Fit Bit Bangle

-A Kate Spade Bow Bangle

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita Neutral

-A black and white heart printed scarf

 

How To Enter: 

Follow me on Instagram and follow the loop to enter (instructions below the giveaway picture on Instagram), and for a bonus entry, enter using this Rafflecopter link!

 

Good Luck!

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Thirty (Giveaway!)

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This past summer I discovered RumbaTime, a brand of fun, affordable watches and accessories.  One of my favourites, is their Orchard Gem Collection of watches, which retail for around $45.00 US each, and can be purchased online or at Indigo in Canada.  These watches are perfect for wearing alone, or layering with other bracelets (hello, arm party!).  The band is silicon and is adjustable (one-size-fits-all), and the rose gold face is 35mm wide, and is water resistant up to 99 feet.  These watches are the perfect combination of functionality and fashion.      

I actually first discovered RumbaTime watches at American Eagle Outfitters (RumbaTime did a line of watches exclusively for AE).  Love at first sight, I purchased three of them in the Orchard Gem style: 2 for me, and 1 to give away.  So, as a thank-you to all of you who have taken the time to read my Gift Guide entries over the last 30 days, I’m giving away the limited edition RumbaTime for American Eagle Outfitters watch shown above (on the left).

To enter, all you need to do is follow this blog: WhatDidSheFind (you can find the “subscribe” button on the right-hand side of the page on a desktop computer, or at the bottom on a mobile device), and comment below letting me know what day of the gift guide was your favourite.  The giveaway will close on Monday, December 22nd at 8:00pm, and is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s gift guide, and maybe even used some of ideas for your friends and loved ones.  Wishing you a very happy holiday!

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen, Day Seventeen, Day Eighteen, Day Nineteen, Day Twenty, Day Twenty-One, Day Twenty-Two, Day Twenty-Three, Day Twenty-Four, Day Twenty-Five, Day Twenty-Six, Day Twenty-Seven,Twenty-Eight, Day Twenty-Nine

 

Instagram Loop Giveaway! 9 Bloggers. 9 Prizes.

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Remember the blanket scarves I mentioned on Day Eighteen of my gift guide?  Here’s your chance to win one!  I’ve teamed up with 8 other awesome bloggers to give away some of our favourite things: that means you have 9 chances to win!  I’ll be giving away the American Eagle Blanket Scarf in “Buff” (shown above)!
Steps to enter are as follows:
1. Follow @elyse270 on Instagram.
2. Like the giveaway photo.
3. Comment below the photo, answering the following: “What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?”.  This is how I’ll know you’ve entered.  Tag a friend for a bonus entry!
4. Tap the photo to see where you go next.  In order to qualify you must follow each of the bloggers involved.
I will pick a name randomly from those who have entered. The contest runs for 48 hours and will begin Tuesday, December 16th at 8:00pm EST (and end Thurs at 8 PM EST).