Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

*This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received compensation in exchange for this post.
All thoughts and views are my own.*

It’s time to start looking for the perfect gift for the special moms in your life. One place that has some really great unique gifts is UncommonGoods. They not only have unique gifts but they also are a very ethical and environmentally friendly company.

They are headquartered in Brooklyn, New York in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. All operations, including their warehouse, are housed there and their lowest-paid seasonal workers start at 50% above the minimum wage!

They are dedicated to providing beautiful products that work in harmony with the planet and don’t bring harm to people or animals. Most of their products are made in the USA and about one-third are recycled and/or use upcycled materials.

When you buy a gift from UncommonGoods you are also helping donate to some great non-profits. They donate $1 with every purchase to a charity of your choice from the following; RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, or City Harvest.

UncommonGoods has gifts for everyone, including some great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. I’ve picked out some of my favorites to share with you.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Unique Mother's Day Gifts From UncommonGoods

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These are just a small sample of the great gifts available. The above ideas range in price from just $10 for the book to $98 for the bangle, so there is something for every budget!

Visit UncommonGoods for even more great Mother’s Day gift ideas. And be sure to follow UncommonGoods on Facebook to stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the store.

I’d love to know, what are your favorite items from UncommonGoods. Also please share some stories about the special mom’s in your life. You can also show my mom a bit of love by checking out her blog Tea With Dee on Facebook. Moms do so much for us, it’s time to show them some extra love.

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6 Holiday Cookie Recipes

I love baking all year, I started baking around 2 years old. During the holidays I enjoy baking even more and take cookies to most holiday events. Cookies were the first thing I started baking and still a favorite. They are also a great thing to take to parties and to give as gifts! These are a few of my favorite cookie recipes.



Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosted Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Iced Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing


Sunflower Butter Cookies

Sunflower Butter Cookies

Hidden Mint Cookies

Hidden Mint Cookies



Don’t forget to check back for more holiday tips this month. And feel free to share your favorite holiday cookie recipes in the comments!

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets

Do you get gifts for your pets? I do! My dog has her own stocking and always gets a couple of gifts. These are some of my favorite pet gifts for those that like to give gifts to their pets, many work for pet lovers as well!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets

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  1. Organic Hemp & Cotton Orca Toy– Purrfect Play
  2. West Paw Design Eco Nap Mat– Amazon
  3. Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits Gingerbread Holiday– Only Natural Pet
  4. Whole Life Organic Freeze Dried Chicken Cat Treats– Amazon
  5. Kitty’s Garden Organic Cat Grass– Only Natural Pet
  6. Whole Life Organic Freeze Dried Treats for Dogs– Amazon
  7. West Paw Design Eco-Friendly Pet Sweater– Only Natural Pet
  8. Christmas Holly Organic Dog Collar– Very Vintage
  9. Organic Catnip Mouse– Purrfect Play
  10. Snowman Rope Toy– Only Natural Pet

Save 10% with coupon code AFHOHOHO at Only Natural Pet! Be sure to also check out my other gift guides- For Vintage LoversFor HerFor HimFor Kids, Stocking Stuffers, and Thrive Market Gift Guide.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I love stockings, stuffing them and getting them. I love everything about them! It’s so much fun to find little gifts for your loved ones and fill a stocking full of them. As a kid my brother and I would get up super early and go see what was in our stockings. It’s one of my favorite holiday memories. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite stocking stuffers for all of the people on your list.

Stocking Stuffer Guide

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  1. Vintage Teaworks Black Tea Merlot Loose Tea– Abe’s Market
  2. Theo Holiday Chocolate– Natural Candy Store
  3. Reusable Coffee Sleeve– Wild Mint Shop
  4. Scotch Nail Natural Nail Polish– Abe’s Market
  5. Organic Socks– PACT
  6. Wee Can Too Natural Finger Paint– Wild Mint Shop
  7. Hovey Lee ~ “Fern Acres” Silver Plated Drop Earrings– Wild Mint Shop
  8. Glass Dharma Glass Straws– Amazon
  9. Mixology Dice– Abe’s Market
  10. PeopleTowels Gift Set– Abe’s Market
  11. Match Stacks Game– Abe’s Market
  12. Klean Kanteen Insulated Bottle– Amazon
  13. Hugo Naturals Fizzy Bath Bomb Trio– Amazon
  14. Tru Melange ~ Blush Soy Candle– Wild Mint Shop
  15. Thrive Market Membership

Be sure to also check out my other gift guides- For Vintage Lovers, For Her, For Him, For Kids, and Thrive Market Gift Guide. And check back all month for more holiday posts.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids

Need some gift ideas for kids in your life? These toys are fun and eco-friendly and great for all of the kids on your list. They range in price from $12 to $239.95, so ideas for all budgets.

Kid Gift Guide


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  1. Green Toys Blue Tool Set
  2. Green Toys Cookware and Dinnerware Set
  3. Plan Toys Green Dollhouse with Furniture
  4. Balance Boat Endangered Animals Wooden Playset
  5. Veggie Sidewalk Chalk
  6. Park’n Go Garage
  7. Green Toys Fire Truck
  8. Gourmet Chef Kitchen
  9. Block Party Building Blocks 3-in-1 Game Pack
  10. Organic Stuffed Monkey

Check back all month for more holiday fun! And be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter for exclusive extras, like a free holiday planner printable!

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Time for some ideas for the men in our lives. My husband is very hard to buy for so I always love seeing gift guides for men. My husband gave several suggestions for this gift guide and some are things I have bought him in the past. They range in prices from $12 to $58.

Gift Guide for Men


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  1. Death’s Door Gin– Death’s Door Spirits
  2. Ultimate Mach 3 Razor with Wooden Handle– Abe’s Market
  3. Organic Chocolate and Nuts Basket– Organic Bouquet
  4. Hand Painted Sports Ornament– Meganelene Boutique
  5. Coyuchi Organic PJ Pants– The Ultimate Green Store
  6. Kershaw Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife– Amazon
  7. Wooden Whisker Comb– UncommonGoods
  8. GreenSmart Neogreene iPad Case– The Ultimate Green Store
  9. American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye– ModCloth
  10. Custom Etched Rocks Glass– Jackglass

Check back all month for more holiday fun! And be sure to enter to win a Thrive Market membership!

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Thrive Market Gift Guide + Giveaway

*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post, I was given a free membership to thank me for the post but all thoughts are my own. *

Thrive Market is a great new online store that carries certified organic and non-GMO food, non-toxic cleaning products, natural personal care products, and more. And all of the items are 25%-50% off retail prices!

Thrive Market is also keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, with each membership sold, they will give a free membership to a low-income family! With so many living in food deserts this can really help families get healthy food.

Thrive Market also is a great place to finish up some holiday shopping! One great option is to make a gift basket, just buy a cute basket at a local shop and search through Thrive Market for items to fill your basket with. Or you can stock up on some great stocking stuffers.

Here are some great items to use for stocking stuffers or in a gift basket.

Thrive Holiday Gifts

  1. Nourish Organic Body Lotion
  2. Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Truffles 
  3. Mighty Leaf Organic Breakfast Tea
  4. Wedderspoon Organic Raw Manuka Honey
  5. Shady Maple Farms Organic Pure Maple Sugar
  6. Aura Cacia Organic Argan Oil
  7. Thrive Market Membership

The awesome people at Thrive Market have been kind enough to offer a free membership for one of you! Just use the form below to enter to win.

*Disclaimer: The prizes come from the sponsors and not from me. I was paid to host this giveaway but all views stated by me are my honest views. The prizes are open to  18+ only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. The winner will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be picked.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Need a little gift inspiration for the ladies in your life? These are some of my favorite picks for this year. They range in price from just $17 to $125, so there is something for every budget.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

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  1. Silver Bow Pendant– Brilliant Earth
  2. Ballo Organic Pink Clutch– zaumgear
  3. Heart Vases– UncommonGoods
  4. DIY Lip Balm Kit– UncommonGoods
  5. Best of Juice Beauty– Juice Beauty
  6. Tea for Two– Bambeco *Save 35% with code JOYFUL until 12/7*
  7. Q&A a Day Five Year Journal– ModCloth
  8. Lavender Relaxing Dead Sea Spa Organic Bath Salt– Abe’s Market
  9. Coyuchi Organic Robe– The Ultimate Green Store
  10. Bamboo Pashmina– Abe’s Market

Check back all month for more holiday fun! And be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter for exclusive extras!

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A More Meaningful Holiday

Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday season is here and along with that can come holiday stress! We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, as does society. But that’s not what the holidays should be about. This year let’s all try and have a more meaningful holiday.

A More Meaningful Holiday

Deciding What is Important

Sit down with your family and decide what is actually important. It’s very likely you are doing a lot of things no one finds very important and those things may be taking away from the things everyone does care about.

Also talk to extended family and friends, make time for each other but make sure you are doing things that are enjoyable and not just adding stress. If no one is up to hosting a party, go out to eat instead. If there are already several things planned for Christmas day consider celebrating with some family on another day, so no one feels rushed.

Focus on Memories

Gifts are fun to give and receive but most of us have too much stuff. This year consider giving less physical gifts and more gifts of experiences. Memories last so much longer than things and the gift of your time is the most precious thing you can give someone.

And a great bonus, you can find experience gifts for every budget. For a few years my best friend and I would go eat and shop after Christmas instead of giving each other gifts. We had gift cards to spend so we didn’t spend much money but we were able to enjoy time together. You can also go big, one year my family went to a NBA game for our family gift. No matter the cost the gift will create wonderful memories, and you can’t put a price on that!

Give Back, #GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to encourage people to give back and donate to charities. Giving in a friend or family member’s name to a charity that they care about makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

If you don’t have money to donate right now or you want to do even more, give your time. There are so many volunteer opportunities during the holidays. Serve at a soup kitchen, donate coats to a coat drive, take blankets to a local animal shelter, offer to help an elderly neighbor put up their Christmas lights, take cookies to someone that is shut-in, take cards to a nursing home, the options are endless.

And don’t forget to spread the word about Giving Tuesday!

Start a New Tradition

Traditions are something to look forward to and a time to focus on each other and what’s important. No matter if you have kids, are single, a couple, empty nesters, you can start a tradition. I have traditions with my family, my husband and even by myself.

Traditions can be as simple or extravagant as you want. Find traditions that work for you and that make you happy. If no one enjoys it, ditch it and find a new one!

A Final Thought

Even if it means you have few or no decorations out this year, no one gets a Christmas card, and no Christmas cookies are baked, find ways to enjoy the holidays and reduce your stress. Everyone is busy this time of the year, they will understand that you are as well. Find time for the things that matter, let go of the rest.

Please share how you reduce stress during the holidays and making them more meaningful. And don’t forget to spread the word about Giving Tuesday, on social media use #GivingTuesday

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Green Holiday Link Up

Green Holiday Link Up

Welcome to the annual Green Holiday Link Up! I always enjoy this part of my holiday guide because we get to see so many great posts. In years past bloggers have submitted their posts ahead of time but this year, everyone can join in!

Link Up Your Post

Link your posts about anything to do with making the holidays a bit greener. The posts can be recipes, DIY, gift guides, etc…
After you link your post be sure to visit at least a couple of the other posts, comment and share. And don’t forget to share this link up.

Be sure to also add the Green Holiday Link Up button to your post or blog. Or add a text link to the post to let people know you have linked up. Promoting this link up helps everyone.

You can link up now through Dec. 8th.

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