I don't know about you, but stocking stuffers are hard to think of for adults. You can put just about anything in a child's stocking and they will be happy with it, especially if it is candy.
But I've found that many adults, including myself this year, aren't too keen to get candy, as they are watching their waistline. So, keep reading to learn about 10 non-candy stocking stuffers ideas you probably didn't think of.
1. MAKEUP/SKINCARE ITEMS
2. STRESS BALLS
3. WIRELESS ACTIVITY TRACKERS
4. NEW WALLETS
5. A BLUETOOTH TRACKER
6. REUSABLE ITEMS
7. PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
8. A TOY FROM THEIR GENERATION
9. MINI CANDLES
10. MINI TECHNOLOGY
So, I hope this non-candy stocking stuffer list will help you get everyone on your list the best things for Christmas this year! If you have any other ideas, please share them with me. I still have time to pick up some stocking stuffers for this season!
No matter if your office is having a Christmas party with a voluntary gift exchange, or if you just want to get your awesome coworkers something neat for Christmas, today's blog post is for you.
In a time when candy is so easy to reach for, this list will feature NO CANDY whatsoever, so your coworkers or boss are sure to love any of these ideas! Keep reading for the full list of ideas!
1. CUSTOM OFFICE SUPPLIES
Custom stores like Vistaprint are among my favorite for ordering customized items for the people on your list, including your coworkers. You could also get custom drink wear, custom notepads, and custom pens.
2. GIFT CARDS
3. GIVE AN OFFICE GIFT
4. HANDMADE OUTERWEAR
5. NOVELTY DESK ITEMS
These non-food Christmas gifts for your coworkers are the perfect way to bring some Christmas cheer to your office Christmas party. Have other ideas? Leave them below!
Winter is an amazing season filled with amazing things. I wanted to compile a list of my top 10 favorite things about winter that make it my second favorite season, following fall! I hope you enjoy this Gif story.
1. CHRISTMAS MUSIC
I'm gonna Jingle Bell Rock Around The Christmas Time Is Here Comes Santa Baby It's Cold Outside all month!
2. WE CELEBRATE JESUS' BIRTHDAY!
I absolutely adore everything about Christmas, especially carols and re-tellings of Jesus' birthday. Even though most scholars agree that Jesus was probably born in the Spring, I still love celebrating his birth around this time each year!
3. THE FOOD OF THE SEASON
4. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!
Listen. I'm in love with all of the Christmas light events happening this year. I want to go to all of them!
5. COOL WEATHER
Anything but snow, because it literally turns to ice in 2 hours where I live, and I'm not trying to fall!
6. GIVING GIFTS I KNOW THEY'LL LOVE
I've always LOVED giving gifts because it gives me the chance to show the people I love that I'm listening and really want to provide them with something they can use and will love for years to come!
7. HOT COCOA
Need I say more?
8. CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Don't worry, you can expect a TON of Christmas movie reviews and suggestions right here on TheOpinionatedOne.com OR on Twitter!
9. TONS OF GET-TOGETHERS
This time of year features tons of get-togethers for me at least. The hubby has a Christmas thing, I have two Christmas things, then we are going home to have even more Christmas things. So EXCITED!
The cold weather is the perfect time to snuggle with your favorite person, or animal.
I hope you enjoyed this Gif story. What do you love about winter/Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
Each year, there is always someone on my Christmas list who is difficult to shop for. It is either because we aren't super close or because they just never seem willing to tell me what they want. Well, I've been thinking and researching and I've realized that many of those lists that are out there on the internet aren't exactly helpful. However, the fact that they are written proves that I'm not alone in my problem!
So today's blog post will hopefully give you a few ideas for some things you can get for the people on your list this year.
YOUR BROTHER/SISTER (IN-LAW)
Get your brother or sister (in-law) a gift card to the movies or to an attraction they enjoy. It gives them the opportunity to spend time with you or their significant other.
YOUR LITTLE ONE
CLOSE FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
LESS CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
I hope this has helped you finish up your Christmas shopping quickly! Good luck on completing your shopping list.
Today is the first day of blogmas. That means that I will be posting a new Christmas-themed blog each day this month. After Christmas, I will continue to post through the month on topics about the New Year.
Today's blog post will be a Christmas bucket list. Here it is:
GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
PURCHASE GIFTS FOR PEOPLE
WATCH A CHRISTMAS PARADE
HELP MOM DECORATE
HAVE A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
Those are all of my main wishes for this holiday season. I hope you have a bucket list that you're checking off this year! See you tomorrow!
Yet another month has gone by, so now it is time again for another monthly favorites blog. Keep reading to find out more about the products, services, or entertainment I've loved this past month!
I always like to try a new beauty product or two each month to see if I like something more than I like the product I'm already using.
E.L.F. LIP EXFOLIATOR, SWEET CHERRY | $3
DOVE BODY WASH | $8.94
Here are a few things in the entertainment category that I've loved this month:
As for the YouTube channel I've loved most this month, that would have to be Daz games. I've always been a huge fan of Daz, but I've gotten into watching him more lately. He does use some language, so be advised before watching this with younger children. He's really funny and I love watching him play horror games because of his reactions.
Thanksgiving is all about the food. Here is what I loved this month:
Not everything that I loved this month was visible, so I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me this month that aren't tangible.
I don't talk about this too often because I strongly believe that we are now in a place where God is moving and working during each church service. That's not to say that I never felt anything in our old church, but this is something different. I come out of each service feeling emptied of my woes and feeling God so strong in my heart. I'm so thankful for that!
TIME TO JUST BREATHE
November was an insanely busy and stressful month for me. We remodeled and cleaned my mom and grandma's rooms and I had a huge project that I only had about two weeks to work on. I'm thankful that everything went off without a hitch, but I'm even more thankful for the time I had following the project where I could just relax and take it easy. If I was going full-speed like that all of the time, I don't know what I'd do.
As I said, it was a busy and stressful month, so that's really all that I have for you for this month's favorites blog. Since December is next and I'm sure I'll be getting some new presents, I am sure the monthly favorites blog will be much longer.
Don't forget that blogmas is coming and I'm participating. I'm also doing a Tweetmas tag in December. You can find details about that on my Twitter feed. I hope you'll check it out!
I decided to shave my face over the holiday. Women in particular have a lot of pressure put on them as to how they look, and I don't know if it is because I subconsciously knew about this or because it is truly my preference, but I just had a lot of hair I wanted to get rid of.
I was sick of plucking unruly hairs and, although my facial hair was blonde, I felt like I had much more of it than the average woman.
THE RESULTS/HOW IT FEELS
HOW I DID IT
As for this mini shaver, I love it! You don't have to worry about nicking yourself because the blades are protected. This one is battery-powered and came with a battery in the pack. I would recommend getting this, even if it is just for the minor touch-ups that you need to make occasionally!
So, there is my little adventure on shaving my face. I do feel like my makeup looks a bit smoother and goes on easier now that I've done this. If you give this a try, I do think the methods I chose are a lot safer and easier than just using shaving cream and a razor. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time!
LEGAL: All photos are my own.
Where has the month of November gone!? It feels like just yesterday when I was posting each day for Blogtober! If you miss the content I put out each day in October, you'll be happy to know that I'm doing Blogmas here on TheOpinionatedOne.com!
So, to get myself into the Christmas and holiday spirit, I figured I would do some research and share some things I've found myself that will help you get extra money or save your money for this holiday season.
EARN: DO SOME FREELANCE
I do freelance assignments pretty regularly on a site called Fiverr. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that I have come across a few issues with specific customers on the site. However, I've been doing freelance writing on Fiverr for years.
This site in particular allows you to sell a number of things, including graphics, voiceovers, songs, programming, relationship advice, and much more! If you want to make a little bit of extra money, try a freelance site!
SAVE: USE COUPON CODE SITES
If you love watching YouTube videos, you've probably heard a number of influencers talking about Honey. Honey is something that I've personally used and it does work for some of your favorite sites. Honey is a browser extension. When you go to check out, it pops up and you simply have to click "run coupon codes." Honey will check to see if you have any coupon matches.
I've also downloaded an app called RetailMeNot. On this app, you can type in your favorite stores and browse the online or in-store coupons. When you click the coupon that you'd like to use, you can press "Get Code" to copy it!
EARN: PLAY TRIVA FOR CASH
Basically, you are awarded points that have a value. You must go to Swagbucks.com to redeem your points for gift cards or PayPal credit. You can also enter sweepstakes and donate to worthy causes like The Wounded Warrior Project, The Humane Society, and more. On the website, you can also participate in polls and surveys to earn more points.
Save these points up to redeem them for cash or gift cards so you can do your holiday shopping!
SAVE: SIGN UP FOR A SAVINGS PLAN
EARN: FIND A SEASONAL WEEKEND JOB
Search local listings for odd jobs or weekend, part-time jobs you can do for spare cash. Sometimes, sport complexes may need workers to clean up the grounds, sell tickets, or sell concessions during the season. You might also find a holiday-themed event that needs extra help. Check around and take a look at the listings. See what job can fit into the schedule you already have! Many retail stores need extra help around the holidays!
Short, sweet, and to-the-point! There are, of course, many other ways to save money and earn money this season, but these are the ones I've either tested myself or have researched to be popular around this time of year!
In honor of Black Friday, which is today in the states, I thought I would go ahead and share my Christmas wish list in case anyone out there may be wondering what they want for Christmas!
I've added the link to the products I want so you can check them out for yourself! Check out my list here:
2ND GENERATION ECHO DOT
I am interested in the Echo Dot (2nd Generation) bundled with the Sengled 2 Bulb Kit. The bulbs are "smart lightbulbs" that can be controlled by Alexa, the virtual assistant used by Amazon. I am thinking of just getting this for Jonathan and I as a household gift!
FOLDING TV TRAY TABLE
A LABEL MAKER
HIGH-QUALITY DSLR CAMERA
I had a former boss who said that her family often bought her a new camera lens or some sort of camera equipment each year for Christmas, so I could build up my collection throughout the years!
AN EARRING HOLDER
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Thanks for checking out my Christmas wish list! I hope some of these were inspiring to you so you can tell your family what you'd like for Christmas!
LEGAL: All photos are from Pixabay.com, a Creative Commons website that requires no attribution for photo use.
I started to experience something at the end of each work day that was troubling me: I had no energy.
For someone who literally sits at a desk for the majority of the day, this bothered me. I wasn’t doing anything physical and I just didn’t understand why I was so drained of my energy. This was bothering me because I didn’t even have the energy to do household chores like wash clothes or do the dishes. So, I tried a couple of things and also researched a few things.
So, if you’re someone who seems to be zapped of your energy after a day at work, keep reading for a few things I found that can help you stay energized enough to power through your work at home!
GET YOUR BLOOD TESTED
Low iron levels can also cause weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, food cravings, tongue swelling, cold hands and feet, irregular heartbeats, brittle nails, and headaches. I found in my research that a lot of women my age struggle with this due to menstruation. The fix, however is pretty easy.
In order to improve your iron levels, you can either eat more iron-rich foods (like broccoli, dark chocolate, and lean red meats) or you can take iron supplement pills which are sold over-the-counter.
DRINK MORE WATER
To remedy this, I made a rule for myself that I actually shared in yesterday’s blog post. My water rule is that I must consume my recommended amount of water before I have a soda. My FitBit app suggests that I have about 65 fluid ounces of water a day. I also make myself finish about 26 oz of water before I have my morning coffee. This helps me stay hydrated and keeps me from drinking too much soda!
HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE
Lately, I’ve been saving my unused brewed coffee from the morning in a separate pitcher that I have an iced coffee from when I get home. It keeps me from wasting coffee and from brewing up another batch when I get home.
HAVE A SNACK
CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES
Instead of changing into what I’m going to wear for bed, I have started to change into sweat pants or shorts, a t-shirt, and into my sneakers. I’m less tempted to lay down on the bed and I’m more apt to get up and actually do something productive when I’m dressed and in shoes.
DITCH THE HEAT
As the winter months approach, it is so tempting for me to turn on the heat to stay cozy in my car, but I’ve noticed that heat is one thing that furthers my energy level decline. Instead of putting on the heat, try turning it on until you “defrost” and then turning all air in your car off. You cal also lower the heat setting in your car or even crack your windows for a refreshing cool breeze that will help your eyes stay open on the way home and when you get there!
MOVE MORE DURING THE DAY
I work on a campus, so I can walk around throughout the day if I need to. If someone gives you trouble about it, you can always bring up that coworker who spokes for 15 minutes a few times a day on the clock!
AVOID SUGARY FOODS IN VENDING MACHINES
There are tons of ways to avoid the after-work crash, but these are a few ideas that have worked for me! Do you have any tips to keep us from crashing after a long, stressful day of work? Leave them in the comments below!