Help Support the Global Medical Relief Nonprofit, Direct Relief, When You Shop For Gifts at My Gift Stop



My Gift Stop is an online shop where you can shop for last minute gifts for your friends, family, and even for yourself. They offer products such as name brand sunglasses, designer handbags and wallets, luxury watches, jewelry, and shoes for both men and women, all at reduced prices. My Gift Stop is also dedicated to giving back to society so every time you make a purchase from them, 5% of every sale gets donated to the humanitarian aid organization, Direct Relief. Direct Relief is active in all 50 U.S. states and over 90 countries and it is their mission to improve the health and lives of those affected by poverty or those struck by disasters.  

If you're like me, your favorite way to shop is online. I love buying gifts for my friends and family, and occasionally for myself. I am also busy working two jobs while trying to help my son get settled into his new house and start his first year of college, among other things, and sometimes I forget that there is someone I was wanting to buy a gift for but My Gift Stop is a great place for one stop shopping for the busy shopper like me.  My Gift Stop has a direct relationship with manufacturers, allowing them to carry some of the world's most popular brands such as Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Kate Spade, Invicta, Bulova, Kenneth Cole, Swiss Army, Sperry, BearPaw, Vans, Dickies, Burbery, Costa Del Mar, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Guess, and more.  


Two products at My Gift Stop that I am especially fond of include the Michael Kors Rose Gold Tone Steel Women's Heritage PadLock Chain-Link Bracelet and the Michael Kors Women's Pale Pink Saffiano Leather Travel Tote. This luxury bracelet features lustrous hardware and a signature logo charm. It sells for $79.53, which is a savings of $35.47. This elegant tote is made of pale pink Saffiano leather with matching trim and features two large open pockets containing one inferior zippered center compartment, one large slip pocket, three inferior slip pockets, one inferior phone pocket, one inferior key fob, and one inferior zippered pocket. It sells for $231.90, which is a savings of $66.10. If you use the promo code ANGIESUE43 you'll receive an additional 10% off of your purchase of these two luxurious items or anything else at My Gift Stop.  

GIVEAWAY


My Gift Stop is giving away one $300 gift card to MyGiftStop.com. All other participants will receive a 10% off coupon via email good towards any products. No purchase necessary. Open to domestic and international individuals aged 18 and older only; void where prohibited. Entry closes on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be notified by email, so be sure to add MyGiftStop.com to your safe list. Prize unclaimed after 48 hours from notification is forfeited, and My Gift Stop reserves the right to select another winner. Winner agrees to allow My Gift Stop to publish his/her name with home city and state as a giveaway winner and promote future giveaways and promotions. Participant agrees that his/her email will be added to their email newsletter to receive private sales, new product updates, and other marketing emails. Email is never sold or shared. The participate may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. 

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To The Three Types of Dads in My Life on Father's Day


My dad has always been the strong silent type. He didn't have to tell me that he loved me for me to know that he did. He worked hard to help provide a home, food, and other necessities for my mom, brother, and me and that's how I know he loved me. Sometimes he would work outside most of the daylight hours in the hot sun on top of an even hotter rooftop getting dehydrated and sunburned and other days he would lay underneath an unruly car for hours on end only to get covered in grease, dirt, and grime. His callused hands and grease under his fingernails are proof of all of his hard work.  


For some reason, I didn't pick a man as great as my dad to be the father to my own child. I had my son when I was just 15 years old and his biological dad was 17. He hasn't seen him since he was 2 years old (he's now 18) and didn't do much up to that point anyway besides point his finger at me and somehow blame me for his deadbeat ways. He's gone on to have four other kids by two different women. He hasn't been that great of a dad to those kids either but he has at least been a part of their lives to some extent when he hasn't been in jail or prison. In addition to not knowing his biological father and siblings, my son has another set of grandparents, an aunt, uncle, and multiple cousins who know very little about him and the wonderful young man he has become, no thanks to any of them.  


Luckily, I did happen to find a great man much like my dad when my son was 13 months old and this man has raised him just like his own child ever since. He's been there with me every step of the way, through potty training, homework and school projects, school plays, baseball and football games, teaching him to drive a car, doctor visits, birthdays, holidays, etc. He has been the man who has provided for my son emotionally and financially. He was the one who my son threw a baseball with, who took him fishing, out for ice cream, and on many memorable family vacations. He was there with me 4 hours away from home when my son's football team won the state championship and then met him at the home football field after 1 o'clock in the morning to celebrate when he got off the bus and he was there graduation day to watch him get his much deserved diploma. He's been there to fix his boo boos, work on his cars, and whatever else he has ever needed help with...without hesitation.

So to my dad on Father's Day, thank you for always being there to provide for your family and instilling in me a great work ethic. Thank you for also being an awesome grandpa to my son.

To my son's deadbeat dad, thank you for giving me the greatest part of my life and in some ways thank you for not being there because I truly believe my son is a better man for it. 

And to my partner in crime for the last 17 years, thank you for always being there not only for me, but for my son as well and showing him what a father should be like. 

When You Become An Empty Nester, Make A Home Office!

My boyfriend and I recently became empty nesters when our youngest kid graduated high school and moved into his own place. It's been a very bittersweet experience for me, bitter because it's the end of one chapter but sweet because it's the start of a new one. We've already designated his old room as a guest bedroom and our oldest kids old room is now a home office for me, well about half of it anyway. The other half will be used for storing random stuff (for now). I remember when we first moved in and hardly had anything, a neighbor told us that before too long we'd have so much stuff that our house would be cluttered and boy was she right! We're now slowly working on de-cluttering though. Anyway, my new office is still a work in progress but it's just the space I needed for my second job as a work from home medical transcriptionist.  

Get Personalized, Handmade, High Quality Gifts For Someone Moving Into a New Home at PersonalizedCart.com


There are so many special occasions when you might want to give someone a gift and PersonalizedCart.com has personalized, handmade, high quality gifts for all of these occasions, i.e. gifts for mom, gifts for dad, gifts for women, teacher gifts, graduation gifts, gifts for groomsmen, and more. Their products are handmade of high quality materials and each item is engraved carefully by hand. You can get your product monogrammed any way you like and in the font you choose. You can also discuss having your product personalized with a meaningful logo or pattern to make it even more special.

I can't resist handmade or personalized gifts so when PersonalizedCart.com asked me to review one of their products I was more than happy to do so. I chose to review one of their cutting boards, which I thought would make the perfect gift for my son who is moving into his first home very soon. The cutting boards are made of black walnut wood and come in three different sizes. I chose a size medium, which is approximately 15 x 12 inches. When taking it out of the package, I noticed the wonderful scent of the wood right away. This cutting board is quite thick and very resilient. I love the natural look of it. The surface is very smooth and it's engraved with a cute saying perfect for the kitchen, "Enjoy Life It's Delicious." The engraving is very meticulous. This is not only a functional product to have in the kitchen, but it's a great conversation piece as well. It also made a great housewarming gift for my son who loved it as much as I did.   




You can find this same cutting board and other great personalized products at PersonalizedCart.com for many different special occasions and other life events. What's your favorite product? You can connect with PersonalizedCart.com on their website, as well as their social media channels below: 

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Disclosure:  I received the above product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Review of Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board


Even if you're not an office supply geek like myself, chances are you probably have still heard of the name Post-it. For over 35 years, the Post-it brand has helped people be more productive, communicate better, and express themselves in a number of creative ways. While Post-it started with Canary Yellow Post-it Notes, the line now includes other products such as easel pads, writing tools, bulletin boards, and much more. Shoplet.com recently gave me the opportunity to review a Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board.


This Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board is the ultimate communication center. It measures 22 x 18 inches and I was able to quickly and easily mount it on my office wall with the included Command Adhesive. This 2-in-1 combination message and display board features both a dry erase surface and a long-lasting adhesive surface. You can write on the dry erase surface with the included dry erase marker and then simply wipe it off when the message is no longer needed. The adhesive surface features a marble pattern and this surface allows you to post documents without having to use pins, tacks, or tape. The adhesive is very strong and keeps documents in place well. This board also comes with a clip to hold your dry eraser marker, which was very easy to attach to the board. This Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board is definitely a welcomed addition to my office.

You can get this and other Post-it products at Shoplet.com, as well as an assortment of cleaning suppliesmedical suppliesoffice supplies, office furniture, and everything in between for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above product from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**