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You might not have gotten exactly what you wanted for the holidays but that’s okay because here’s a second chance to get some goodies.

Before I start writing essay posts again, I thought I’d do another giveaway, sharing some of the more interesting products I’ve been sent to review lately, and giving you a chance to win one of them.

Tracks book

Inside Tracks. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that Tracks is my hands-down favorite movie of the year. This coffee table book is a stunning companion to the film, filled with Rick Smolan’s real-life photographs from Robyn Davidson’s original solo journey across the Australian Outback, as well as behind-the-scenes images from the movie. And, best of all, the book features a unique smartphone technology, which enables you to point to an image of Robyn in the book and see a short clip from the movie inspired by that photo. I love this book as much as I did the movie and, sorry, but I’m not giving this one away!


Tastyface Organics. Okay, just listen to these names: tangerine orange peel sea salt scrub, coconut vanilla absolute body oil, sicilian lemon mint body oil, blood orange vanilla body butter. Yum, right?! This all-natural, no chemicals allowed skincare line offers delicious-scented products that not only feel great on your skin but that are truly good enough to eat. I love that their philosophy is based on two great quotes: Maya Angelou’s, “Once I knew better, I did better,” and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s, “If you can’t eat it, you can’t put it on your skin! That’s the rule.” Try to resist licking your skin.

Pocket Poppet

Pocket Poppet Travel Cardigan. Yep, this little pack magically unfolds into a cute, comfy cardigan that you will never want to leave home without. It fits easily into a handbag or a carry-on — and can actually be used as a secret pouch itself — and it’s been a lifesaver to me on cold flights, in air-conditioned movie theaters and even in the frozen food section of Ralph’s. It’s got a surprisingly sophisticated and flattering shape, and comes in eight colors and three styles. Check out their website to see why this is likely to become your new favorite item.


Hydro Flask Insulated Bottles. I drink iced tea all day — and I like it to stay iced, which has never really happened until I discovered these  amazing bottles which actually keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Seriously, this is a game-changer. I have an 18 ounce one in Everest blue which fits perfectly in my cup holder and which makes me smile every time I see that happy face logo. I also have a 32 ounce one which I’m planning to keep filled with water and then refill to make sure I get my eight glasses a day. It will be so much easier now that the water will stay cold. Bonus: The company gives back 5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.


Artfolds. This is a kind of fascinating idea, enabling you to literally transform literature into great works of art. Choose from three classics: Sense and Sensibility, Anne of Green Gables, The Snow Queen and Other Tales. Just fold the pages according to the simple instructions and — voila! — you end up with a paper sculpture which spells out Love, Joy or Snowflake. Even if you’re not at all craftsy, this will make you feel like Martha Stewart and is such a relaxing activity, it may calm some of the holiday stress. Special request: Please read the book first before you turn it into a decoration!

Sage Goddess

Sage Goddess. This spiritual lifestyle brand makes it easy to bring balance back into your life with “ah”-inspiring products good for both body and soul. There are some divine hand-crafted perfumes, sacred oils and potions but my favorite of all is the Chocolate Indulgence Set which comes with Bath Salts Blend, Perfume Oil, and Artisan Cacao Soap. All are pure and natural and scented deeply with the intoxicating scent of chocolate, which brings me to a higher level of spirituality every time.

coloring book

Coloring Animal Mandelas. Remember how much you used to love to color? This grown-up coloring book by Wendy Piersall is one of the nicest gifts you can give yourself. It’s fun, beautiful and, because it’s impossible to mess up, it’s empowering and confidence-building. Turn off the electronics, spend an afternoon coloring and experience the healing power of art.

Penny Paperheart

Penny Paperheart Deluxe Play Set. If you have a little girl in your life, send her over to me this is the perfect gift. This adorable house from Hallmark — of course! — comes with a fabric Penny doll, plus a paper Penny and lots of clothes and accessories for her. Just looking at it brought back so many fond memories of playing with my own paper dolls and dollhouse. Little girls and the older women in their lives will totally heart this. Plus, there are some great downloadables on the Hallmark site so they can share the love.

For a chance to win one of these gifts, just leave a comment below. For a second chance, Tweet this:

Contest ends on December 30 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.


  1. Lots of awesome items in this giveaway! I hope I win hehehe Thanks for hosting it!!!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those are all awesome products, so I think this giveaway is pretty awesome. I want one of everything 🙂

  3. Our granddughters would love to play with Penny Paperheart!

  4. These are some great products. Do you need my address? LOL!

  5. I love the artfolds concept. That’s super cool. Thanks for introducing that and including a pic. My husband and I both used to teach college English, so that resonates with me.

  6. I will take one of everything especially the pocket cardigan! LOL! Seriously though, such GREAT items…something for everyone. 🙂

  7. My daughter would love the paper set! So many fun things!

  8. I’d love to win all of these things. Awesome giveaway!

  9. Melinda Burgard says:

    I do love a good organic scrub- Seasons greetings to all! xo

  10. Mmm Tastyface and the Animal Mandalas! Got my name all over them both! Love.

  11. Oh how I wish I had a US mailing address. This looks incredible, and would be amazing to win! Good luck to all who enter!

  12. This is the most adorable collection of items! There are so many cute things here!

  13. So many nice things to win. There are a couple of items I WANT!!. Maybe I will have a lucky streak.

  14. That travel cardigan is too cool. I need one of those because I am always cold.

  15. I saw the book art in Barnes & Noble and loved it!

  16. Awesome items. I would love any of these.

  17. Fun giveaway and terrific products! Happy holidays Lois!

  18. The paper doll set looks like something my daughter would love. I personally would never leave my bathtub if I had the chocolate bath salts!

  19. Awesome giveaway fro sure and I am very taken with the sweater in a bag. that has to be the coolest thing ever.

  20. Super duper giveaway, I love organic products. I love that it is after the holidays, I have nothing to look forward too after the holidays so a giveaway is PERFECT!

  21. What a great giveaway! Those are some unique products you don’t see every day!

  22. Great giveaway! Fun for after the holiday excitement too!

  23. You find the coolest products! Tastyface! Ha! The chocolate indulgence set sounds absolutely heavenly!!! Thanks for the great finds!

  24. Keeping the Christmas spirit alive a bit longer! Fun!! Thanks for these great gift ideas.

  25. I love that flask! I got one from the Navy Exchange in Oahu & it keeps my water ice cold all day 😀

  26. Great giveaway! I love that little playset 🙂

  27. These are some great finds! I’m particularly keen on the cardigan roll-up.

  28. The TRACKS book sounds amazing. I’ve not yet seen the movie, but I’m intrigued by not only the film but that technology. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Thanks for the giveaway. Crossing my fingers…

  29. Tweeted today and I am still thinking I won.Yep. That’s my story.

  30. I’m always cold and it would be nice to have a travel cardigan like this to keep in my car. Great idea!

  31. Yep. Please throw my hat in the ring for the travel cardigan. I’m a travel blogger. I left my favorite travel cardigan in the breakfast room in a Copenhagen Hotel—2 years ago. I NEED a travel cardigan. 🙂

  32. Love your Blog and hope to see you at BAM! Wonderful giveways–have my eye on the clever and useful Pocket Poppet and the yummy Sage Goddess delights. Hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season!

  33. Wow what some amazing products, I love the book folding art. x

  34. What nice selections. Very practical too, all my family would use!

  35. I’d love to try the bath salt blends! Perfect for those nights when I need to relax. 🙂

  36. Wow – there are so many great prizes. The winner will be very happy.

  37. The Pocket Poppet cardigan solves an ongoing problem for me. I’m always cold in stores and restaurants. This is so smart and it’s cute!

  38. Tabathia B says:

    My daughter would like this

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  39. Tabathia B says:
  40. I’ve been talking about adult coloring books to my husband for the past month! LOL I’d love to win one! 😛

  41. Fortunately I have already read the novels you cite. So issue me that winning citation. yuk yuk. Way to go offering so many interesting products for we optimistic bloggers!

  42. Wow, this is one big Giveaway! The flask looks great! I would love to read the first book as well. Sounds like a great read.

  43. Love that cardigan! What a lovely giveaway – Happy New Year to you and yours.

  44. This is such a great giveaway that includes some interesting items. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the holiday season.

  45. These are some really cool things. I can’t decide whether the pocket cardigan or the word art are the coolest, but I know I like to be cozy – so the cardigan most likely wins. Everything is unique, though. Great giveaway!

  46. This is a great giveaway. I love that you can do the book one yourself.

  47. What a bunch of cool stuff!! I could use a chocolate bath!

  48. My favorite thing of all is the cardigan that folds up into a little bag. I eally want that for myself.

  49. The Sage Goddess stuff sounds lovely. It’s a nice bunch of stuff that you’re giving away.

  50. I’d like to win anything! Love the camel. I want a camel!

  51. All the giveways look intriguing! I especially like the travel cardigan. Joyful New Year!

  52. What a great giveaway. I would love to win the playset.

  53. Nice giveaway. I would love to win something.

  54. Hope I am not too late to the dance! These products look amazing! Thank you for spreading the sunshine Lois!

  55. Robert Halleck says:

    One can never have too many insulated drink containers.

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