Unique Holiday Gift Guide: With Giveaways

My shopping is complete since I have to plan way ahead to allow for the several weeks for shipping to Southeast Asia.  My kids are getting a lot of video games, computer gear, clothing, pjs, books and more.

I’ve compiled a list to help you, dear readers, find some great new ideas for the loved ones on your lists…

Aurorae, Scented Soy Wax Candle- Giveaway

Aurorae sent me 2 scented meditation candles.  I have the Cinnamon Creativity candle and the Ocean Perseverance candle.  We light them during homework time and I light them while I’m writing.  They are truly wonderful.

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Aurorae is a popular yoga & spa e-retailer

To enter the giveaway, follow the blog using the link to the right.  Then, leave a comment on this post telling me you’ve done so and which candle you’d choose if you win.

 Custom Athletic/Fitness Journals from  Journal Menu

  • each journal cover is customized
  • PFT training guides and minimum scores for branches of the Special Forces
  • you can add in movement and diagram references
  • waterproof and rip proof covers keep them safe in the gym bag
  • rocking customer service to help customize your personal journal

They made a personalized journal for me.

sports journal 2 sports journal 3 These are little books of fitness power, speaking to you with your favorite colors, quotes, images and motivation. Customized rugged journals with rip-proof and water-proof covers to survive the gym bag (or life with kids) with ease.

You can find our journals at www.journalmenu.com
Retail: $15

Enter the Giveaway:

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White House Gifts

Building on the tradition of the highly treasured White House Christmas Ornament, the White House Historical Association has identified 10 must-have gifts that are inspired by the White House and exclusive to the Association.

Tiffany screens, state rooms, Lincoln’s stemware, and many other historic elements from the White House inspired this year’s list.

  1. 2014 White House Christmas Ornament ($18.95)
  2. White House Snow Globe ($49.95)
  3. LincolnCuff Links ($45.00)
  4. Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations ($39.95)
  5. The Blue Room Scarf ($150.00)
  6. Roosevelt Great Seal of the United States Business Card Case ($35.00)
  7. Tiffany Necklace with Onyx and Lapis ($180.00)
  8. Green Room Limoges Box ($95.00)
  9. White House Christmas Tree Bookmark ($9.95)
  10. Bo Stuffed Animal ($9.95)

They sent the Bo Stuffed Animal for young Harold and he loves it!



They sent Bob a book, since he loves to read, especially books with information about presidents:


The Association offers hundreds of carefully curated White House inspired items and publications through its online shop, shop.whitehousehistory.org, and through its two retail locations in Washington, D.C. All sales support the Association’s nonprofit, nonpartisan mission to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.

Retail Locations

The Association’s flagship store is located at the White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20230 and is open daily 7:30a.m. – 4p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.)

The White House History Shop is located at 1610 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 and is open Monday – Friday 9:00a.m. – 4p.m. (closed holidays).

The Association offers free shipping on all domestic orders and a flat $25 fee on international orders purchased through shop.whitehousehistory.org.

About the White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit educational association founded in1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. It was created at the recommendation of the NationalPark Service and with the support of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. All proceeds from the sale of the Association’s books and products are used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and art work for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission. The Association also sponsors lectures, exhibits, and other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities, and libraries have received free educational materials about the White House. To learn more about the Association, please visit whitehousehistory.org. Follow us @WhiteHouseHstry on Twitter and Instagram, WhiteHouseHistory on YouTube, and The White HouseHistorical Association on Facebook.

Book: The Medal of Honor- A History of Service Above and Beyond

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The Medal of Honor chronicles the creation, evolution, and awarding of the Medal, from the battlefields of the Civil War to the jungles of Vietnam, through a wealth of illustrations and hundreds of authoritative, action-filled accounts of heroism in America’s conflicts. This wonderfully detailed and beautifully designed history book puts the Medal and its recipients into the context of their times, with brief and accessible introductions explaining each war and conflict for which the Medal was awarded. It also includes photo essays, intriguing stories of the Medal’s sometimes quirky personalities, effects on surviving recipients, and the Medal’s preeminent place in the American story. Whether you’re an avid reader on the history of the Medal of Honor or simply intrigued by its place in our history, you’re certain to want to flip through the pages of The Medal of Honor again and again.

JORD Wood Watches

Be sure to check out Jord Wood Watches.  They will make terrific gifts for any man or woman on your list.  I wrote about them, so check out the post.

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Babiators Sunglasses

I’ve posted about Babiators on the blog before, and now they have winter holiday themed styles.

The Holiday Babiators come in four fun seasonal colors and an awesome holiday-themed box, making them a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for under the tree!

imageGet 20% off at the Babiator’s Website, using the code: TheDeploymentDiatribes

Book: Thirteen Soldiers

If you have a history lover in the family, you’ll want to get him or her John McCain’s new book:  THIRTEEN SOLDIERS – an evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love.


Each account illustrates a particular aspect of war, such as Mary Rhoads, an Army reservist forever changed by an Iraqi scud missile attack during the Persian Gulf War, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who saved several lives in an ambushed convoy. You’ll want to read about these real-life heroes.

You watch a great clip of Senator McCain on PBS “Newshour” talking about the book, or read an excerpt.

About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a writer, editor, teacher, and (Autism) mom.
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