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Studio Penny Lane – Holiday Gift Guide

Studio Penny Lane Apothecary Jars (and more!) 
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Studio Penny Lane Pennies from Heaven Apothecary Jar in Amber – Price $30 ($24 after promo code)

Studio Penny Lane A Penny from Heaven Poem Jar in Amber – Price $30 ($24 after promo code)
The holidays are full of joy with family and friends, and we always take a moment to share some of our favorite memories of those who are no longer with us.  In our family, our grandparents on both sides were amazing people, full of fun and mischief, and though not related to each other, both “sides” had a strong connection to lucky pennies that continues to be a big part of everyone in our family. When I found Studio Penny Lane and their gorgeous apothecary jars, I finally had the perfect way to capture that connection and share it with my family (and you)! In addition to the Penny/Pennies from Heaven jars, Studio Penny Lane offers other great apothecary jars in both amber and clear styles, glassware including mason jars, tumblers, coffee mugs, and gorgeous jewelry, including customizable order options.

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A bit of my own history…

As kids, our paternal grandfather loved bringing us on adventures with his metal detector. We thought it was magic, especially when we discovered one of his favorite coins, the wheat penny, also known as the “Lincoln Cent” or, as our grandfather so eloquently called them, “toilet seats” for the pattern the wheat made around the sides of the penny!  Over 20 years since his passing, we always keep an eye out “wheaties” and whenever one finds its way to us, even to this day, we always take a moment to think of him and our wonderful times together.

Our maternal grandmother didn’t need a metal detector – she was a “found money” divining rod on her own. I can’t even place a number on the memories I have of her finding coins (and even dollars from time to time), but she gave us that same sense of magic with her uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time with found money.  Since her passing, whenever we come across found money, we always say “thank you, Nana!” and smile.

All of our grandparents were so loving and generous, and even when struggling financially, would not have hesitated to help out someone else in need. While my kids were too young to know their great-grandparents before their passing, they have “inherited” both the internal metal detection ability with lucky pennies, and the same generosity of their grandparents. Without being asked, the kids started putting the found coins into a fundraising or collection basket if there is one nearby.

When I saw the Studio Penny Lane Pennies from Heaven poem apothecary jar and the A Penny From Heaven apothecary jar, I knew I had a perfect holiday gift for each of the kids this year.  From now on, we’ll bring home each of the found coins and collect them in their jars and each time the jars are full, the kids can choose a cause or non-profit that they’d like to donate the funds to.

A bit about Studio Penny Lane…

Studio Penny Lane was founded by Laurie Wilson, who, after the loss of a dear friend who she considered her own “Penny from Heaven”, was inspired to follow her dreams and passion to make a difference in the world around her and to promote a global educational Movement fostering Mindful Awareness for children.

Per the Studio Penny Lane website, “the goal is to positively reset the direction of how we teach our children by eliminating patterns of negativity, fear and even helplessness, and replace them with the tools to love without condition, dream courageously, and recognize and nurture each child’s true gifts. Our intention is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and ultimately their families, schools, communities and the world. Studio Penny Lane was created in memory and in honor of the Morales family may this shed some light on an unspeakable tragedy. One penny, one child, one thought at a time.”

Be sure to check out founder Laurie Wilson’s moving TedX Talk here.

Studio Penny Lane generously provided the apothecary jars at no cost for our review and has offered to donate (directly) to a local charity for purchase made using our exclusive promo code. No other compensation was accepted for this post. Photo credit: Studio Penny Lane

Announcement! Now Accepting Submissions for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guides!

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We are excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! We will be offering a series of guides this year, tailored to provide readers with the best ideas for those hard-to-shop-for gift recipients. We will also be offering feature opportunities for brands looking to stand out.

Our guides will each provide our top items for a recipient type (such as foodies, gardeners, etc.). We will determine the specific lists and curate accordingly based on our research and participating brands. We will also have a special feature series for kids’ products appropriate for grades K-5.  As parents of elementary-aged kids, we know those gifts are commonly the biggest challenge for friends and family, as it can be difficult to find the perfect gift that will not be deemed “too babyish” or “too complicated/mature” by the kids!

We will be posting our gift guides here on StealsNDealsWithTSK as well as on our social media channels to our thousands of readers and followers between October 1 and December 20, 2015.

Participating brands will provide one unit of each product they wish to have included in the gift guide.
Featured brands will provide provide one unit of each product, as well as one unit for a reader giveaway.

Participating brands will receive the following:

  • Photo of product(s) – brand to choose option of stock photo or our photo of actual item to be included in gift guide blog post.
  • Link to product(s) – brand to provide retailer of choice for first link placement. We reserve the right to provide additional retail purchase options for the item(s) in order to provide readers with best pricing options in blog post.
  • Personalized content – brand to provide descriptive text for inclusion, we will include within our personalized review including our experience and recommendation for the product in blog post.
  • Pin on featured Pinterest board – brand to select retailer of choice for link for inclusion.
  • Tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook posts and Google+ shares of the blog post including your product(s).

Featured brands will receive all of the above, as well as:

  • Featured blog post showcasing only your product(s) and giveaway.
  • Tweets specifically sharing your product(s) and giveaway.
  • Instagram post featuring only your product(s) and the giveaway.
  • Facebook post featuring only your product(s) and the giveaway.
  • Promotion of blog post and giveaway via Facebook groups, giveaway sites, social media and among the blogger community to maximize exposure & entries.

There will be no fee to include your product(s) as a participating brand or featured brand. Participation requires brand to provide one full-sized unit of each product to be included in the gift guide. The brand will be responsible for all shipping costs and products will not be returned.  Featured brands also agree to ship one full-sized unit of each product to the giveaway winner(s), and to be responsible for shipping costs.

Submission requests must be received no later than Friday, December 11, 2015 to ensure adequate time to receive and test the product(s) for inclusion.

If you are a brand that would like to be included or featured this year, please contact us at stealsndealswithtsk@gmail.com. Please ensure that your subject line references “Holiday Gift Guide 2015”. 

Readers, if you would like to learn more about a particular brand or product, let us know in the comments so we can reach out to the companies and offer them the opportunity to participate!

First Influenster VoxBox! YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

We posted about Influenster.com earlier this year, back when they were running their amazing “Beat The Heat” summer sweepstakes and again later in the summer in our post about being a brand ambassador (with tips, tricks & resources).  Influenster is a great site where you can rate and review products, answer questions for other users, unlock badges to show your expertise and qualify to be selected for special review opportunities such as VoxBoxes, which provide full-sized products from a brand (or brands) or within a theme, 100% free! Once you receive your VoxBox, there are a set of activities you can complete to unlock a badge specific to your VoxBox.

We have been active participants in the reviews, “snaps” (quick surveys), twitter parties, etc. but hadn’t even been lucky enough to be selected for a VoxBox…UNTIL NOW!  And the VoxBox they picked us for is pretty much the best first box we could have imagined!

It’s the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick VoxBox! It came with TWO full-sized lipticks – shade 9 (Rose Stiletto) and shade 19 (Fuchsia), both of which are absolutely gorgeous and go on like a dream with their smooth texture, amazing scent and great staying power! Shade 9 (Rose Stiletto) is the perfect neutral – it’s a “My Lips But Better” (MLBB) shade that can be worn for day or night!  Shade 19 (Fuchsia) is a bright, cheerful shade that will give a perfect pop of color for a night out or a summer day!

Here are some pics of this amazing box!

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You can pick up #YSLRougePurCouture lipstick at Sephora or anywhere the YSL Beauty line is available.  These lipsticks are amazing, we give them five stars for sure!

If you have not yet joined Influenster, please feel free to use our referral link to sign up: http://www.influenster.com/r/1275696  Once you sign up, be sure to check out the #DreamVoxBox campaign and create your own Dream Vox Box for the chance to have it become a reality! You can find our Dream Vox Box here: StealsNDealsWithTSK’s Smokey Eyes #DreamVoxBox.  We’d appreciate it if you would “like” our #dreamvoxbox. Leave us the link to yours in the comments and we’d be happy to follow you back!
Disclosure: The products above were provided at no cost in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.  This post contains referral links to Influenster.com for social impact points only, not for compensation.DreamVoxBox link provided for contest voting purposes.All photos and opinions are solely mine.

Product Review Roundup: September 1 – 18

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We’ve been busy trying out all kinds of new products this month! So far most of them have been fantastic. Of course, there were a few that could use a few tweaks (or just plain weren’t for me), but we are going highlight some our favorites here! We’ll to aim to do this every few weeks, but if you’d like to see it more frequently, or have any particular areas of interest/product lines you’d like to see, let us know! We hope you guys will leave us comments about what interests you and what you liked/didn’t like so that we can start lining up some giveaways that you’ll really love! We don’t want to be giving away something like a blender if you’re really interested in beauty products or carseats. Or maybe you’d like all of the above? We’ll do our very best to track down and host giveaways and exclusive deals for your most sought-after items, you just have to let us know!

OK on to the goodies we’ve tried out lately. It’s back to school time, and we did some fall cleanup in the house and our beauty/makeup stashes so this first roundup will be a little bit of a mashup of many categories. If you’d rather see separate posts for each category once a month, let us know. We like it all mixed together for now because sometimes you might see something you never even knew you needed!

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