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Storybook Apothecary: GIG A Little Love

Valentines Day is coming and I thought I’d participate in this awesome event hosted by The Girls Inspired Group.   It’s the GIG a Little Love Event!   Thank you to Dee at Haute Frugalista, Donah at Sweet Jelly Bean, and Liss at Latino Look for creating and hosting this event!  If you haven’t checked out their blogs, it’s worth a look.  Just click on the links above to go directly to their fabulous blogs!

GIG a Little Love

GIG a Little Love

I am featuring Storybook Apothecary.  Tianna writes this blog and I love each and every post.  She tests and reviews all kinds of beauty products, with a strong focus on ones that don’t contain unnecessary chemicals. She’s a girl after my own heart!

Tianna has found all kinds of creative ways to involve her followers in her blog posts.  For example, she invited all of her followers to suggest products that she should shop for on Black Friday last year.  Knowing that Black Friday can be a crazy shopping day, I was pretty impressed that she was going out at all, never mind allowing us to guide her shopping day!  It was such a creative way to involved her followers!

Storybook Apothecary is honest, informative and real.  Check it out and you’ll get to see how Tianna maintains a healthy lifestyle, from exercise to healthy eating.  She writes about her opinions, her adventures and product reviews, all with a view to help spread good information.

I’m so happy that I found her blog. I hope you’ll check it out too!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  For all of you who celebrate this day, I hope that you’re well prepared and have a chance to spend some special time with your special someone.


Wikipedia provides a quick history lesson for us on Valentine’s Day.  It says:

“Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day,[1][2][3] is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.[1][3] The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It was deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sendinggreeting cards (known as “valentines“). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[4] “

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Gifts

The top ten gifts given on Valentine’s Day include the basics, such as jewelry, flowers, and chocolates.  If you’re looking to do something a little different, how about giving the gift of pampering to your loved one.  After all, who wouldn’t love a bit of TLC on Valentine’s Day?


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Give your Valentine the gift of pampering

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  Many couples choose to exchange gifts with each other on this romantic day.  If you’re one of those people, why not choose to give your loved one something to help them pamper themselves?

Scented Bath Salts

What better way to relax than to draw a hot bath, complete with candles and scented bath salts.  The salts will help tired muscles relax and ensure a relaxing bath.

Scented Bath Oil

While you’re in the bath, add some of this bath oil to the water.  It is totally water soluble and will help keep your skin from drying out after the bath.


Ultra Moisturizing LotionUltra Moisturizing Lotion

Slather your skin with this thick moisturizing lotion.  It will help take care of those rough or dry spots and keep your skin smooth and supple.

Whatever you choose to do, take action soon!  Valentine’s Day is just a week away!