Scentsy - Acadia Mid-Size Warmer

As you may know, Scentsy offers wickless, flameless candles. To use the products, place your favorite scented bar (small) or brick (large) in a warmer (full-size, mid-size, or plug-in). There are also room sprays, car candles, travel tins, close-out items, replacement parts, and more! Oh, and you can get online shopping rewards!

The warmer above is called the Acadia, and since Acadia is my name, I had to post it :)

WowWee Alive Lion Cub

a perfect gift for an animal lover

You are a real boy. At least as real as I've ever made one.
- A.I.

A WowWee robotic toy would make a great gift for someone who can't have domesticated (or wild) animals in their house. The "alive" series can sense petting, meow, cry, and make facial expressions that are quite realistic.


Your Blue Fairy: Where Wishes Come True

At yourbluefairy.com, the Blue Fairy will grant wishes for you or your loved ones. Obviously, she can't grant all of your wishes, but she will try. To make a wish, either send an email to thebluefairy@angelic.com or leave a comment on the website. If you leave a comment, anyone is welcome to grant your wish.

Make a wish :)


Be There

a perfect gift for now

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The holidays are approaching. December 1 is tomorrow. What gifts are you giving to those you care about? Gift cards? Cash? Socks? Why not be there? If you can't buy the plane ticket or take the road trip, at least be with them on the phone, a video chat, or email. Our time is only getting shorter. Carpe diem. Show your love. Enjoy the holiday season, and make sure that your loved ones enjoy it too.

Adopt a US Soldier

Spread the holiday spirit by 'adopting' a US soldier! Register to be assigned to a soldier (you can make some requests). Then you can communicate with him/her and send gifts, necessities, etc.

Another Great Way to Save Money While Holiday Shopping

Shop It To Me: Access to All Clothing Sales in One Place!

Shop It To Me finds sales on your favorite brands in your size! You can set price preferences, choose your favorite brands, select your size, and pick what kind of items you're interested in. Emails with your customized offers can be sent daily, weekly, or semi-weekly

Only 24 full days until Christmas!


Scentsy - Wickless Candles

a perfect gift for a time-traveler

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
- Diane Ackerman

Scentsy provides deliciously scented wickless candles and beautifully decorated warmers, among other treats (car candles, travel tins, room sprays, etc.). The scented bars and bricks are melted with a lightbulb -- not a flame -- which avoids the dangers of fire (and the inhalation of chemicals). Enjoy one of Scentsy's 80+ fragrances in a gorgeous seasonal warmer. These are unique yet functional items that would make excellent gifts for the holiday season!



The Gift of Bionts

a perfect gift for a nurturer

Inside all of us is a wild thing. - Where the Wild Things Are

The Triops Deluxe Kit includes an aquarium, instructions, eggs, food, nutrients, a fossil replica, a thermometer, gravel, and a ruler. Triops, "Triassic dinosaur shrimp," will hatch within 24 hours and grow up to 2" long.

With the Grow Your Own Aloe Kit, you should have your very own aloe plant in less than a month. Aloe not only helps to heal several health problems; the aloe plant also keeps the air clean. Additionally, the plant only requires occasional watering.

ThinkGeek (Triops Deluxe Kit), ThinkGeek (Grow Your Own Aloe Kit)


Movie and Magazine Subscriptions

a perfect gift for cinephiles or magazine-philes

Cinema is an invention without a future. - Louis Lumière

With Netflix, you can set up a queue of movies that you're interested in renting; after you watch one movie, just return it to get the next one from your queue. DVD's take approximately 1 business day to arrive in the mail, and there is also a "watch instantly" option for some movies. Customize a gift subscription by choosing 1, 2, or 3 DVD's at a time for 1-12 months.

Maghound gift memberships, which start at $20, include a Maghound account for a custom selection of magazine subscriptions for a custom number of months. You can choose to have the gift emailed immediately, emailed on a specific date, or printed so that you can deliver it personally.

Maghound (Gift Subscription), Netflix (Gift Subcription)


Mind Control Gifts

a perfect gift for a science lover

May the Force be with you.
- Star Wars

These games use brainwave intensity to control a column of airflow underneath a ball. The higher the concentration, the more brainwave activity, and the higher the ball goes. Relaxing will decrease brainwave activity and thus lower the ball. With the Star Wars Force Trainer (right), the objective is to make the ball go up and down with your mind. The Mindflex game (left) is a little more complicated; there is also a lever which moves the column of airflow left and right. The objective here is to make the ball go through obstacles around a circle using the control of your mind and your hands. Yes, these gifts are primitive and expensive, but the technology is awesome!

Amazon (Star Wars Force Trainer), Amazon (Mindflex Game)


How to Earn/Save Extra Money for Holiday Gifts

Money -

Get Paid to Post Links
If you post links through Linkbucks, you get paid whenever someone clicks on them. You only need $5 to cash in. My boyfriend hasn't even been using it for a month and he already made $20! If you're interested, check it out here.

Get Paid to "Read" Emails
With InboxDollars, you can get paid to click on "Confirm Reading this Email" when they send you emails. You can also take surveys and shop online to get money. Cash in at $30.

Get Paid to Take Surveys
At SurveySpot, you can get paid via PayPal for taking surveys.

Prizes -

Redeem PTZ for Gifts
On Lockerz, all you have to do is log on and answer a daily question to get PTZ. When the prizes are restocked, PTZ can be redeemed for electronics, accessories, donations, etc. If you don't have an account yet, I can send you an invite via email.

Get Prizes for Playing Games
Get reward points for playing games, and redeem them for prizes. Check it out.

An Online Community with Rewards
At Gather, you can share pictures, posts, and videos to get points. Redeem points for gift cards.

Search & Win
Earn swagbucks by using the Swagbucks search engine or shopping online. Swagbucks can be redeemed for prizes like gift cards.


Save Money for College
Save money for college, loans, etc. when you shop online. If you don't want to make an account, you can use their coupons and deals as a guest.

Free Shipping & Coupons
Alice is a site where you can order all your family's needs from the convenience of your home, and shipping is free. Alice allows for budgeting, presents you with deals and coupons, and gives you free samples with every order. There's also a neighborhood section where you can create a profile, chat, and review products. Check it out!

iOffer, MakeupAlley, & Swapstyle
Swap What You Already Have
These are sites similar to eBay, but instead of only buying and selling, you can trade too. MakeupAlley has a lot of cosmetics, but I've also seen DVDs, candles, clothes, etc. iOffer has a layout similar to eBay, but it also has the added feature of "swapping." On Swapstyle, the purpose is to share your style by swapping clothes, accessories, etc.

Save Money on Handmade Goods
Etsy is a website where you can buy and sell handmade, vintage, or supply items. It's a great way to save money while getting cute products. Prices range from cheap to expensive; check out my etsy store to get handmade friendship bracelets ($1 each).

Take Advantage of Special Offers
The featured deal is the Limited Edition Mystery Box: only $30 via PayPal or check for a box full of goodies. And don't forget that Black Friday sales include saving 15%; get at least a $5 gift card to Amazon with any purchase between November 27 and November 29. Offers only valid through my mark. store.

If you have an idea, leave it as comment, and I'll add it :)


The Season of Giving - Secret Santa on Elfster

Thinking of doing a Secret Santa this year? Elfster can organize it all for you! With the help of Elfster, you can set up as many gift exchanges as you want and invite whomever you want. By taking advantage of the simple wishlist feature, each person can create his/her own wishlist. You can also suggest a wish to someone else or access the shop to find some ideas. In general, Elfster is very customizable; you can assign a party location, set a spending limit, choose a gift category, classify your group, name your exchange, give extra information, etc. After you set it up, Elfster will choose partners on a "draw date," and, if you'd like, you can also set limits for the drawing (e.g. A cannot draw B or C). It seems like a nice way to set up a Secret Santa, whether it's for family, friends, penpals, or a random group. Enjoy this holiday season; it's the season of giving :)


Happy Halloween + iPod Winner!

iPod winner:

Chocolate :)


Custom Friendship Bracelet

Don't have time to master the art of bracelet making? Choose your colors, length, and width, and order a custom friendship bracelet!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade


Win a New Moon T-Shirt!

How to enter:
- Every product you buy from awebber.mymarkstore.com gets you 1 entry.
- Follow my blog = 1 entry.
- Follow napptunes.com = 1 entry.
- Follow @buymark on Twitter = 1 entry, + 1 entry for each time you tweet/blog/post about this contest.
- Use edit4u.wordpress.com to get 1 entry.
- Get 1 entry for each person (age 7-13) you get to take this survey. (Tell me when you do it.)
- Make a donation toward ending breast cancer. 1 entry for every $1 donated.

Winner will be announced and contacted on November 5, 2009.


Beat Cancer - Contest

Make a donation toward ending breast cancer at info-komen.org/goto/gee before December 7 for a chance to win a Metallic Faux Snakeskin Train Case, an All That Fizz Bath Bombs Set, a goodie bag from thebreastcancersite.com, and a donation to match yours.

New Moon T-Shirts


DOVE Chocolate - Perfect for Halloween

a perfect gift for halloween

Oompa loompa doompadee doo
-Oompa Loompas

Halloween is coming up, and DOVE Chocolate Discoveries offers a HUGE variety of chocolate products. There are different options available; you can get a great discount if you order chocolate for a party (hosting parties also earns you credits that can be used on future purchases), you can make a small purchase and I'll give you the best offer I can, or you can sign up to sell (and buy) chocolate as a chocolatier.
If you'd like to become a chocolatier, only 2 weeks are left on the Business Kit Sale. The Standard Business Kit costs $99, and the Master Chocolatier Kit costs $399 -- valid until Halloween. Email me at acadia@paris.com for more information.


Photo Cards on Snapfish

a perfect gift for friends

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.
-Winnie the Pooh

Snapfish offers a large selection of items that can be personalized with your own photos or designs. A card that shows you care can help a mediocre gift become a thoughtful one. Snapfish has themes and designs for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, and more; options are available for essentially any holiday or occasion. You can also choose between postcards, greeting cards, and other styles. Apart from cards, Snapfish also offers basic photo prints, as well as personalized items like blankets, jewelry, posters, etc. Keeping a gift personal is never a bad idea, and Snapfish has a great collection of products and ideas that can help you.



Contest to Win Brushes, Lip Glosses, and $20 Target Gift Card

Buy any mark. hairstyling product from awebber.mymarkstore.com before November 9 for a chance to win a Mini Brush Set, a Glitz & Gloss Mini Purse & Go, and a $20 Target Gift Card.

In Honor of my Grandma - An Online Fund for Breast Cancer

I recently created a Fundraising Page through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In honor of my grandma, I encourage you to visit the site, sign the guest book, share your stories, and make a contribution to the fund. Your donation will support groundbreaking breast cancer research and education initiatives, bringing us one step closer to finding the cures.

Thank you for taking the time to show your support. Anything helps. ("A person's a person, no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss)


Give Love

TheBreastCancerSite.com includes sections for hunger, breast cancer, child health, literacy, rainforest, and animal rescue. There are several ways to give through this site; you can purchase items for yourself or others, you can make a donation toward a good cause, or you can simply click daily, and sponsors' money will go toward the cause for you. This site provides really simple ways to make a difference.

Winners - A Contest in Honor of Anyone Who Has Been Touched by Cancer


Each day is a gift.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To acknowledge this, I will be donating 20% of sales from my mark. store to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, from October 1 until October 12, 100% of profits from the mark. Sophistique Eau de Toilette Spray will be donated to the American Cancer Society (and you'll be entered into a contest, which you can read about on one of my other posts).

If you -- or someone you know -- would like more information about specials like this, just give me an email and I'll send my monthly newsletter for mark. to that address. As always, you can contact me at acadia@paris.com with feedback, suggestions, comments, questions, etc.

If you like the idea of buying and giving at the same time, but you're not interested in mark. products, I also have some awareness products that are available at cafepress.com/acadiaDesigns, as well as a catalog of DOVE Chocolate Discoveries items (see previous post). A portion of sales from all of the products listed will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


DOVE Chocolate Discoveries

the perfect gift for a chocolate addict

- Charles M. Schulz

Chocolate is at the top of most people's wish lists for ANY occasion, so here's an opportunity to satisfy a chocolate lover: DOVE Chocolate Discoveries. Their products include chocolate snacks to "eat now," various delicious desserts, chocolate beverages, chocolate that you can make at home, supplies, and more. I recently signed up to sell chocolate as a DOVE Chocolatier. Let me know if you're interested in buying chocolate, hosting a party, or becoming a chocolatier yourself!



For every awareness item purchased at acadiaDesigns, $3 will be donated to support research in the appropriate area. Right now, items are available to support AIDS, breast cancer, and melanoma awareness. Feel free to leave feedback, suggestions, etc. Thanks!


iPod "Raffle"

In order to participate in this raffle, purchase any bath & body item from my mark. eBoutique. If you purchase any other items, they will also count as contest entries. Depending on the amount of people who enter, the prize will be either a new iPod nano (with video) or a new iPod shuffle in the color of choice.

The winner will be announced October 31, 2009.

New Michael Jackson Album and Song

Available October 27th


A Contest in Honor of Anyone Who Has Been Touched by Cancer

In honor of anyone who has been touched by cancer, show your love and support by purchasing the irresistible warmth of precious lotus, basmati rice, and golden amber of Sophistique Eau de Toilette Spray by mark.

With each purchase, you will receive a free pair of mark. shimmery goldtone Sophistique Hoop Earrings to keep or give to a friend. And, if you want, you may also have a picture of someone you know added to a photo collage in memory and honor of those touched by cancer. The completed collage will be emailed to you, and it will also be featured here. Feel free to submit any comments, quotes, memories, or messages with your picture, as they will also be added to the project. Please email all photos and other contributions to acadia@paris.com.

Everyone who purchases the Sophistique Eau de Toilette Spray not only gets the free earrings and his/her addition to the collage, but all participants are also automatically entered into a contest as well.

A purchase of Sophistique serves as an initial entry, and any additional items purchased serve as additional entries (1 per item). Sophistique and all other mark. products can be found at awebber.mymarkstore.com.

Winners will be determined by a random integer generator. The first person to enter is designated #1, the second to make a purchase is #2, etc.

The prizes are as follows :
1 Grand Prize Winner –
$25 Target gift card
$25 AMC gift card
1 free mark. item of his/her choice
$20 donated in his/her name to a charity of choice
1 Runner-Up -
$20 Target gift card
3 surprise mark. items
$5 donated in his/her name to a charity of choice
3 Other Lucky Winners –
1 surprise mark. item
A friendship bracelet (handmade by me) to keep or give in memory or honor of a loved one

The deadline is October 12, 2009.
The collage will be sent out on October 14, 2009.

* Use one of these promo codes for free shipping: WELCOME or MARKFS25
* Only purchases made at awebber.mymarkstore.com will count as contest entries.
* When you register as a customer on my mark. eBoutique, you will automatically receive a free gift on your birthday, as well as special offers, discounts, and free stuff.