Unique Gift Ideas for the Hard to Buy For: Hog Wash and Toe Juice

Every year my dad insists that we NOT get him anything for Christmas, yet he always gets us something and we end up feeling bad if we don’t get him at least a little something. Of course he will never give me any hints or ideas and I don’t want to get him something he won’t use or doesn’t need just for the sake of getting him something. I’m sure we all feel this way and would love to find a useful unique gift for the hard to buy for people is our lives. Enter the Hog Wash and Toe Juice Combo Pack:

Unique Gift Ideasplant based skin care

Is this some sort of gag gift idea? Not exactly! These are skin care products made from DermaVine®, which is a blend of plant-based extracts that enhance the skin’s natural repairing ability. It contains willow bark, lemon peel, and Cinnamon extracts.

Toe Juice

The Toe Juice is a liquid that can be used for refreshing and soothing skin irritations caused by dryness, like psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot.

Hog Wash

Hog Wash is a gel hand sanitizer. It dries quickly, doesn’t leave a stick or greasy feeling and is a must have for anyone, really, to protect against germs. The plant based ingredients make this one hand sanitizer that is actually good for the skin and won’t cause dryness.

Both products are:
Fast Drying
>>Non greasy
>>All natural
Plant based

Hog Wash and Toe Juice

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My dad is a goofy guy and appreciates a good gag gift, but the Hog Wash and Toe Juice are something he can benefit from as well. While they are useful products, you have to admit with names like Hog Wash and Toe Juice, they will likely create a chuckle.

The Hog Wash / Toe Juice Combo Pack contains the following:
>> (1) 8 fl oz hog wash
(1) 2 fl oz hog wash
(1) 4.6 fl oz Toe Juice
(1) 1 fl oz Toe Juice

Price: $25.00

Buy it: This combo pack and items in it can be purchased online at toejuice.com

Win in: We are giving away a Toe Juice/Hog Wash Combo Pack for the Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop, November 15- 29.


Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway


Melissa and Doug is one of my favorite toy companies. With the holidays right around the corner they have compiled a handy list of 20 terrific gifts for the holidays. They’re also giving away items from their list every day (starting November 6) for 20 days!!! Their “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway is happening on their Facebook page, so you will want to head over for a chance to win.

Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Sets

Health and beauty go hand in hand. In order to look and feel your best it is important to be healthy on the inside and out. With Sibu Beauty you can achieve both health and beauty. Sibu Beauty is a natural health supplement and beauty product line that I’ve used for about a year now and just love. You can read our past reviews here and here.

For the holidays Sibu Beauty has launched 3 new gift sets! One specifically for men, the Men’s Shaving Kit ($45), as well as the Inside & Out Duo and the Holiday Total Beauty Gift Set.

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>>Sibu Beauty Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream

Price: $35.00

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>>Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream
>>Cleanse & Detox Bar
>>Nourishing Body Cream
>>USDA Organic 100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Price: $60.00

About the Products

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Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps – These are soft gel supplement that nourish and protect the body and promote healthy hair, and skin from the inside out.
Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream -This is a light facial cream that can be used daily, there’s no greasy feel to it, making it perfect to apply under make-up. It helps boost collagen production and creates the perfect barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect.
Cleanse & Detox Bar – I’ve use this facial soap bar for the past year and simply love it. I have dry skin to begin with and this is one face soap that does not further dry my skin out.
Nourishing Body Cream – This luxurious cream doesn’t just hydrate thirsty skin, studies have proven it to aid in the preservation of youthful texture, protection against sun damage, and even improvement of symptoms from eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and burns and wounds.
100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil –This is use for treatment of eczema, acne, rosacea, burns, and wounds AND as a traditional beauty treatment preserves youthful skin tone and texture.

Scent: These products all have a light, natural, citrus sent to them, making them refreshing and not overpowering.

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Thick Creamy Texture of the Sibu Nourishing Body Cream

Buy It: Sibu Beauty Products and Gift Sets can be purchased from their website. You can connect with Sibu on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on sales and special announcements.

Win It: Enter to win 3 of the most popular Sibu Beauty Products for the “You Look Marhvelous” Beauty Giveaway Hop (November 5-25). 

>>Click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form<< 




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Senteur Exotics Fall Scents for Bath & Body and Home

Senteur Exotics Fall Scents for Bath & Body and Home

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Ever since I started using mainly natural products, I’ve become a little bit of an “artificial scent snob”. I just don’t like the majority of scents if they aren’t made from the real thing. I even find myself no longer liking certain soap and candle scents that I used to like. Senteur Exotics creates uniquely fragranced bath and body products and candles made with vegan ingredients and natural oils. I received several of their products and I am just crazy about this line!

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Honey Almond Kiss all natural shea butter soap bar
Honey Almond Kiss body scrub
French Vanilla Candle

Honey Almond

With Fall upon us the unique, sweet, warm scent of honey almond makes for the perfect aroma. The sweetness of this soap bar is subtle and smells so good. I’ve never been a fan of artificial almond scents, but Senteur Exotics natural honey almond scent makes me say “mmm”. The soap is made from natural oils and contains no harsh ingredients that dry out the skin. It contains 100% pure grade A honey that is also an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. The body scrub is also made of all natural oils and sugars. This scrub made a noticeable difference in the softness and smoothness of my skin after just one use. I am totally sold on these products and have become a huge fan of this company.

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French Vanilla

When fall rolls around I always think of cinnamon, pumpkin and spice scents. My husband doesn’t particularly like those scents for our home but we can both agree on the Senteur Exotics French Vanilla, it’s the prefect scent for any season, including Fall. This candle fills our home with the sweet scent of vanilla and lasts for hours. Anytime I’m looking at items that come in scents as gifts for someone I always go with the classic French vanilla scent, who doesn’t love it?


Pssst…Right now until the end of October Senteur Exotics is having a 1/2 sale on their 14 oz candle jars, making them just $7.50 each! You can browse all the scents on their website.

Stay connected with Senteur Exotics on Facebook and Twitter to see updates on their specials and sales.


Gift Baskets: The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

Have you ever been at a loss when it came to choosing a gift for someone? Or maybe you just wanted to get someone a “just because” gift but you weren’t exactly sure what. Gift Baskets can be the perfect gift for any occasion. Gifts a Go Go has the ultimate gift basket selection with over 20 different categories to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for. They have themed gift baskets for everything from baby to sports, gourmet foods and spa gift baskets. They also have baskets for each holiday season. I received their Golden Delights Gift Basket, a gorgeous woven basket full of goodies.

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My Gift Basket included:
>>Cheese Straws
>>Apricot Chocolate Biscotti Bar
>>Honey pretzels
>>Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa Mixes
>>Cheese Spread
>>Water Crackers
>>Napa Valley Mustard
>>Honey Cinnamon Almonds
>>Bruschetta Toast
>>Cheese Spreader
>>Woven Gift Basket

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This is a great snack basket but it doesn’t come with just your average everyday snacks, these are gourmet items. The basket is simply beautiful. And I love that even a cheese spreader was included for the cheese and crackers.


My personal favorite items from this particular basket were the cashews, honey cinnamon almonds and the honey pretzels. Between myself and my family we devoured those 3 items within 2 days!

Buy it: This basket can be purchased at $69.95 on the Gifts a Go Go website. Gift certificates are also available if you have a hard time choosing just one, like I did.

Win in: From October 10-17 you can enter to win the Golden Delights Gift Basket.

Click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form.

*Please note that the items sent in my basket differ slightly from the usual items as my basket was sent during the hot summer months so the chocolates were replaced with items that would not melt. Visit the giveaway for a list of items that will be included in the giveaway basket.


Crafted Candles Giveaway

It’s here. Fall. While I adore the spring, and miss the summer when it goes, once that Autumn chill hits the air I am all of a sudden glad the season changed. Sweaters, boots and warm scarves. Hot chocolate and warm slippers and cozy fires in the evening. The beautiful colors on the tress…I love it. Even my house changes with the weather.  My warm blankets and throws come out. Some of my Autumn decor gets hung up. My plants move. My light and breezy cotton, tropical and citrus-y smelling candles get put away and the warm spicy fall scented ones are brought out. It’s amazing to me how scents can set the  mood or tone in your home.   When you are looking for pretty fall candles even the shapes and colors make a difference.

When I think of Fall Candles, I’m looking for something like this- in  cinnamon apple  or the clove scent, it  just says fall is here, come on in where it’s warm and cozy. I adore the  gorgeous rich colors.


I love whimsy, too. I found this fun Indian Corn Pillar candle while browsing the Crafted Candle website, aren’t they cute?? Perfect for your fall table!



Crafted Candles have a wide variety of candles, tapers, pillars, jars , whimsical shapes and even floating candles. And right now, new Facebook fans get an exclusive discount code found here: DISCOUNT

PLUS…. How would you like to win a $100 credit to spend at Crafted Candles which can be applied to shipping as well! It is open to US and Canada, 18+ and over. Fill your home with beautiful scents or give some away.  You can do ALOT with a $100 credit! Enter here and good luck, I hope you are the winner!

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays will be here before we know and here at Howard House Reviews we want to get a jump start on providing our readers with the best holiday gift ideas for everyone on their list with our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide! We will be featuring products that are appropriate for every age group including:

>> Babies & Toddlers
>> Kids
>> Tweens & Teens
>> Women
>> Men
>> Everyone
>> For the Home

Each age group will also be divided into sub- categories:

>> Toys
>> Clothing/Fashion

>> Beauty
>> Health/Fitness
>> Green
>> Home
>> Food/Drink
>> Electronics/Gadgets
>> Movies
>> Other 

Our Gift Guide will be published in early October and will be updated often. See an example of our gift guide.

 If you are interested in having your products reviewed and featured in our Holiday Gift Guide please submit here.

>>Gift Guide Feature Submissions<<





Lilla Rose Large Flexi Clip Review

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We’ve currently got a Lilla Rose giveaway going on as a part of the Back 2 School Bloggie Boogie (enter to Lilla Rose items and a backpack here)…so I wanted to show you our Lilla Rose Flexi Clip and how cool it is. We have several of these actually and our newest addition is the gorgeous “Daisy Dangle Freestyle”:

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These clips are available in so many fabulous styles as well as sizes. The clip we got is a large, I wanted to be able to use this clip on updo’s for my daughter, so I wanted to ensure that it would hold all of her hair. Here is the first style we did with this clip, I simply put 2 large cornrows down the sides of her head that met into one large braid.

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When ordering a Lilla Rose Flex Clip you will want to check out their styling and sizing video on their website to ensure that you get the correct size for the amount of hair you have and the styles you plan to do with it. You can also find Lilla Rose on Facebook.


CollageIt Father's Day Giveaway, ends 6/14

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CollageIt is a most easy-to-use collage maker which allows individuals to make photo collages on Mac and Windows automatically in minutes with just a few clicks. Whether to a casual user or professional photographer, one can easily and quickly master it. With CollageIt, people can share photos with friends and families in a unique way.

CollageIt assists users in recording beautiful moment in the easiest way. It has the following key features:

  • Automatic, Easy to Use and Powerful
  • Various Collage Templates to Choose
  • Customize Photo Collages Freely
  • Share the Collage Anywhere

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Creating a collage with CollageIt is easy. Basically, you can just add photos, click the “generate preview” button and click it again to see another layout. If you add more images, CollageIt will conveniently form a new fitting layout pattern. After you pick the collage you like the most, you can save it into a variety of popular image formats. Of course, you can also customize the look of the collage yourself.

As simple as the program is, there’s still a lot of room for creativity. The fact that a stunning collage is done in seconds doesn’t mean you can’t have fun playing with different easily available layout options. By changing the background color, distance between pictures, rotation angle and series of other options you can endlessly create collages with new design and each time results will look unique and fresh.

Product page: http://www.collageitfree.com/

Download link: http://www.collageitfree.com/download/CollageIt.exe

User Guide: http://www.pearlmountainsoft.com/collageit/tutorials.html

Win it: We are giving away 17 license codes that will allow our 17 winners to register and use CollageIt Pro ($19.90 value) for FREE! Enter to win using the form below, open to all, ends June 14 at 11:59pm EST.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sneakpeeq Giveaway

I LOVE to shop and I LOVE to score a great deal. If you have been a Howard House reader you already knew that! You also know I love the unique stuff that makes me say ” I MUST HAVE!!”   At Sneakpeeq.com they have a selection of incredible finds listed each day, at up to 70% off, from decor to gourmet food and snacks, to jewelry and even apparel.  The twist? The more you “peeq” at the products the more you save. (!!) You can earn discounts and badges that are held for you in your account, so you can use them as you wish. From the site: At sneakpeeq, you’ll aways ‘Find What You Love!’ We bring you new discoveries every day, from gourmet foods to home products to accessories and apparel at prices so low we have to keep them private.
There are millions of wonderful companies creating amazing products just waiting for you to use them; all they need is a platform to be seen and shared. That is why sneakpeeq exists!
From exciting new products by brands you already love, to awesome products by brands that we know you’ll love (once you meet them), sneakpeeq is your destination for discovery! Shop with us and share something amazing! Our mission is to bring you the undiscovered at scandalously low prices.

Right now I am FREAKING out  over one of the items there. A Pink PhosPhor watch. SQEEEE!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

Isn’t it GREAT?! I MUST HAVE!!!  And this little pink bird? I’m ordering as soon as I finish writing this! LOL. Loveee! It’s a little speaker. Let’s all say “Awwww!”




When it comes to the Howard House Reviews/sneakpeeq giveaway, everybody wins!
sneakpeeq is giving away 20% off your next purchase just for entering, plus a chance at the
Grand Prize: one winner will receive a $25 gift card to use on your favorite food, style and
home products. One runner-up prize winner will receive a $10 gift card—that goes a long way
in sneakpeeq’s amazingly low-priced boutiques!

Come see all the things you love but haven’t discovered.

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