12 Days of Christmas Swap!

 

I’m excited to share 12 Days of Christmas Swap with you!

It’s a Chaotic Goddess Swap where you’re matched up with another person to exchange 12 small presents. Everyone will have a gift to open each day from December 13th to the 24th. Of course, this is perfect for me. I love giving gifts, and I love everything about Christmas!!

Here’s the info from Chaotic Goddess Swaps:

It’s time for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap!

Celebrate the yuletide, swap-style!

Your Swap Objective

Fill a package with 12 individually-wrapped gifts that your partner will love. You get to open one gift per day, from December 13th through December 24th!

12 Days of Christmas Swap Rules

Packages must contain 12 individually-wrapped gifts for your partner.
Packages must cost a minimum of $30 and maximum of $40 BEFORE shipping.
Send a package that you, yourself, would like to receive- it should be personalized to fit your partner’s preferences and style.
You must respond to emails from the swap hosts within a timely fashion.
You MUST post and link up your swap reveal post (link up will be after Dec 25th). This is non-negotiable.

If you want to sign up, visit the post here. But hurry! Signups close today!!

Teaser Tuesday — Me Before You

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for the week comes from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m thoroughly enjoying this book. It’s nominated for Best Fiction in Goodreads Best Books of 2013. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is up for Best Historical Fiction! You can check on what I’m currently reading or add me on Goodreads here.

“But I couldn’t move. The hours had become surreal, an island out of time. I was the only other person in the house, and I was still afraid to leave him.” Chapter 6, Page 85

Here’s the back cover info:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–she comes from a close family, will probably marry her boyfriend, Patrick, and has never been farther afield than the castle that is the prime tourist attraction of her tiny village. But when the local cafe where she works closes, she takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor. Will is wheelchair bound after an accident ended his life as he knew it–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and he is not interested in exploring a new one.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–yet Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. In turn, Will prods Lou to expand her ambitions, but she has her reasons for wanting things to stay the same as they have always been. When Lou learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. What neither of them knows is that they are going to change each other for all time.

Me Before You is about two people who couldn’t have less in common–a heartbreakingly romantic story that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy means breaking your own heart?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog).

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

 

Splendies Review

I signed up for Splendies again when they offered me a discount code. They said they’d improved the sizing problem, so I thought I’d give them another chance. Here’s the package I received.

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The black pair is pretty basic. They were a little snug, but they’ll work. I’m not super psyched about them, but I’m not completely bummed either.

The floral pair feels AMAZING!! Probably my favorite pair of undies ever. They’re super comfy, and I’m trying to find them online to order more!

The lacy pair was much too small. I gave them to my sister, who usually wears a S/M. These were supposed to be an XL! They’re more like a medium. Frustrated with Splendies again!

Overall I loved one pair, liked one pair, and hated one pair (too small). I cancelled Splendies again. If you match up well with one of their sizes, this might be a good subscription for you. If you’re between sizes, I’d suggest looking somewhere else (UMCheeky maybe).

Related content:

https://randomamb.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/august-2013-splendies-review/

https://randomamb.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/unmentionably-cheeky-september-review/

Cara Box Reveal!!

 

 

This was my first time participating in Cara Box, and it was so much fun!

Cara Box

This is how it works: You’re matched up with 2 other ladies, one who will send you a box, and one you’ll send a box to. You email back and forth with your assigned partners and get to know them for about two months. Then, you create a box for the person you’re sending to. There’s always a box theme that you should follow, as well as certain rules (5+items, $20+ value, new items only, etc). All bloggers are supposed to create a reveal post and link up on the appropriate Wifessionals post.

I was matched up with Jen @ From One Journey to the Next & Val @ Nobody Baby but You and Me. I was blown away by how much I have in common with each of these girls! I really enjoyed getting to know them over the last few months. I had so much fun creating a box for Val! She’s an amazing person, and I’m happy to know her! Jen sent me the PERFECT box. We have a mutual love for baking & Starbucks. She personalized my box by adding some Christmas stuff which made me SO HAPPY! I’m so thankful that Cara Box introduced me to Jen & her blog! I couldn’t have had a better first experience with Cara Box!

The Big Reveal:

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The first thing I did was read the letter Jen included (not pictured). It was so sweet and encouraging! And it’s always nice to get a handwritten note. It takes more effort than typing!

Here’s what all was in the box:

Super cute lightweight scarf!

Jen noted that the scarf is for Texas chilly days. This is perfect! I love scarves, and a lot of the time it’s too hot around here to wear chunky ones. I’ll definitely be using this a lot!

Christmas Gift Bags

These are SO CUTE. It’s a pack of 6 Christmas gift bags that Jen buys every year. I can’t wait to give some gifts in them!

Kiss Nail Polish Set

Jen knows I’m on a nail polish kick! These are Gradiation Polishes laid out in 3 steps. I’m really excited about trying them!

eos Lip Balms (2)

I was so happy to see these in my box! I’ve wanted to try them FOREVER and for some reason I never have. I’m LOVING the passion fruit (purple) one. They’re incredibly moisturizing.

Yankee Candle Fragrance Spheres in Autumn Wreath

I’d never seen these before, but they’re great! There are these little balls in the container with scented liquid around them. You just set it out and let it do its thing! If the scent settles, you just shake it a bit. This is a delightful apple/cinnamon scent. I’ve had it out since the day my Cara Box arrived!

Christmas Containers

These containers were holding everything else, and at first I didn’t even notice they were part of my box! Jen sent these for me to put baked goods in! They’re adorable. And it made me feel good that she thought about something to do with my baking!

Starbucks Gift Card

On this one, Jen wrote ‘No explanation needed!’ I love it! A Starbucks gift card just in time to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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I’m so glad I signed up for Cara Box this time. It was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to sign up again! If you want to see everyone’s Cara Box reveals, visit the main post here.

Sunday Social — November 17, 2013

Sunday Social

Linking up for today’s Sunday Social!

Questions for this Week:

1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life.

Online Marketing Specialist, Scorekeeper, Babysitter, Housekeeper

2. Name 4 movies you could watch over and over.

ELF.

You’ve Got Mail.

When Harry Met Sally…

Easy A.

3. Name 4 places you have lived.

I don’t want to get super specific with this one, so let’s just say they’re all in TEXAS!

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.

Pasta, Soup, Squash, Oranges

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.

iPhone, kate spade wallet, twistband hair tie, Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Virginia, Colorado, Sea World!, Oklahoma

I’d love to hear about you. Leave a comment with your own answers!

 

It’s A Wonderful Lifetime – Movie Premieres!

Lifetime has announced their new movies for the holiday season! It’s A Wonderful Lifetime will include new movie premieres every Saturday night!

Here are the upcoming movies along with descriptions from the Lifetime website:

“Twelve Trees of Christmas” – Saturday, November 16, at 8.7c

The Twelve Trees of Christmas Movie Pictures

Local librarian Cherie (LINDY BOOTH) is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that a real estate developer, Tony (ROBBIN DUNN), has plans to demolish her library. Cherie rallies her neighbors to help save the library with a Christmas tree decorating contest. Not to be deterred, Tony joins the competition and recruits professional interior designer, Cordelia (MEL B), to help him beat Cherie. Will Cherie’s devotion be enough to save her beloved library?

“Kristin’s Christmas Past” – Saturday, November 23, at 8.7c

Kristin's Christmas Past

Estranged from her family, Kristin (SHIRI APPLEBY) falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve only to wake up and discover it’s Christmas morning 1996 and she has to relive the worst Christmas of her life! But this time, Kristin decides to do things differently to change not only her imperfect past, but also her less- than-perfect future. ‘80s icon and Golden Globe nominee JUDD NELSON returns to the screen alongside Disney starlet DEBBY RYAN and Revolution’s ELIZABETH MITCHELL.

“Dear Secret Santa” – Saturday, November 30, at 8.7c

Dear Secret Santa

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (TATYANA ALI) moves back to the house she grew up in, bringing back memories of her recently deceased friend Jack (LAMORNE MORRIS). But after receiving a Christmas card from a secret admirer, she is stunned when she discovers the truth. JORDIN SPARKS, BILL COBBS, DELLA REESE and ERNIE HUDSON headline the star-studded cast.

“Christmas in the City” – Saturday, December 7, at 8.7c

Christmas in the City

After closing down her small-town family business, Wendy (ASHLEY WILLIAMS) and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the big city where an old friend offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. But her excitement is short lived when the store’s new consultant, Teanna (ASHANTI), ruins the holiday spirit throughout the store by replacing Santa with a hunky male underwear model. It’s only when Grace begins to lose faith in the holiday that Wendy realizes she must bring the true meaning of Christmas back to Wolmans before it is too late.

“Christmas on the Bayou” – Saturday, December 14, at 8.7c

Christmas on the Bayou

One Tree Hill alums HILARIE BURTON and TYLER HILTON reunite in this charming love story. When successful New York marketing executive Katherine (BURTON) discovers her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her eight-year-old son, Zac, she decides to spend Christmas with him and her mother, Lilly (MARKIE POST) in her home town on the bayou. When Caleb (HILTON) tries to rekindle a childhood romance and convince her to move back home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. Only a Christmas miracle orchestrated by Papa Noel (ED ASNER) can steer her heart to her true home. Also stars RANDY TRAVIS. 

“A Snow Globe Christmas” – Saturday, December 14, at 10.9c

A Snow Globe Christmas

A cynical television executive (ALICIA WITT) looks at the perfect world inside a snow globe and rants about how the Christmas movies she produces fall short of real life. Upset, she tries to smash the globe in to pieces, but instead, ends up knocking herself in the head. She wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to her ex, Ted (DONALD FAISON), with two kids. Trying desperately to return to her old life, she slowly realizes the importance of family and begins to find happiness. Also stars CHRISTINA MILIAN and TREVOR DONOVAN.

It’s A Wonderful Lifetime will also air older holiday movies throughout the season. Check your programming guide for details!

Upcoming Reviews

I’m really excited to share some new loves with you all! Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the next few weeks on Amber Writes!

Besame Cosmetics Review

Classic Color Lipstick

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Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Set Review

pure delights 8-piece LipSurgence™ lip set -

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Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Review

Too Faced - A Few of My Favorite Things

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Cara Box Review