SHOP SCENTSY

Hi y’all and welcome back to Alex in Asheville! It’s been a while since you’ve been a while since you’ve seen me on the blog, but I haven’t gone anywhere!

Without further ado, let me introduce to you my favorite thing ever – Scentsy! Are you looking at a loss as to what to get those hard to shop for people in your life? Look no further! I have you covered! Scentsy is your answer!

WHAT IS SCENTSY?

Scentsy is a direct selling company and international leader in home and personal fragrance, offering stylish, innovative and customizable products designed to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul. Scentsy products are sold by a network of Scentsy Consultants in 11 countries.

WHAT DOES SCENTSY SELL?

The Scentsy Diffuser instantly fills the air with world-class fragrant all-natural and essential Scentsy Oils, while Scentsy’s flagship product line of scented, wax Scentsy Bars heated in handcrafted warmers provides a safe, personal alternative to traditional candles. Additional product lines include on-the-go fragrances, laundry care, inventive cleaning solutions and luxurious personal care products for women, men and kids — all featuring exclusive Scentsy fragrance.

WHAT ARE WICKLESS CANDLES?

A wickless candle is a highly fragrant wax bar that is warmed to release fragrance into the air. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And because there is no flame, there is no smoke or soot. Scentsy wickless candles — Scentsy Bars — are a safer alternative to traditional candles.

HOW CAN I BUY SCENTSY PRODUCTS?

To place an order or host a party, contact your Scentsy Consultant. If you don’t have a Consultant, click the “Find a Consultant” link at the top of the page to locate one near you! The best way to shop Scentsy products is by hosting a party. Your Consultant brings fragrance testers, display products and everything else you need. You just invite your friends over to experience Scentsy and have some fun! The best part? As the Host, you can earn Host Rewards — free and half-price products — for the sales placed at your party.

Scentsy has so much more than wax warmers and melts, which are all amazing, btw. There are essential oils and diffusers, Scentsy Go & Pods, a Scentsy Body line, Scentsy Buddies, Scentsy Clean and Scentsy Laundry. These gifts make the BEST hostess gifts, teacher gifts or a just-because for yourself! Check out my website below and see for yourself! Also, you get the option to shop from your couch and to beat the mall crowds. It’s a win-win for me!

SHOP WITH ME TODAY: http://alexbridges.scentsy.us

XO,

10 EASTER GIFTS THAT AREN’T CHOCOLATE

If you haven’t realized it yet, Easter will be here in less than a month. Let me repeat – Easter is less than twenty-three days away, y’all. With that being said, I have put together a little gift guide for that special somebody or those kiddos in your life. Get to shopping and hiding those Easter eggs around the house!

FOR THE KIDS

1 // Peter Rabbit Plush + Book 2 // Footed One-Piece Bunny Romper 3 // Large Easter Canvas Tote 4 // Easter with Max & Ruby DVD 5 // Crayola Egg Crayons and Markers 6 // Unfinished Wooden Easter Wooden Cutouts

FOR THE ADULTS

Let’s all admit – we as adults still like to receive Easter baskets. I know I do! With that being said, I have listed some of what would be some of my favorite gifts that would be awesome to give or receive. Make sure to sneak a few mini bottles in your Easter egg hunt to have a little more fun.

1 // Bunny Cupcake Dish 2 // Yankee Candle Bunny Cake 3 // Rae Dunn Snuggle Bunny Mug 4 // Rose Gold Bunny Ring Holder 5 // 8 Piece Easter Cookie Cutter Set 6 // Bunny Soap 7 // Peeking Bunny Ears Easter Wreath Bow 8 // Scratch Tickets

What have been some of your favorite Easter gifts that you’ve both given and received? Let’s chat in the comments below!

XO,

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GIFTS FOR THE HOSTESS

While our holiday parties look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you should show up empty-handed. For those of you attending a socially distanced gathering or dreadfully attending a festive Zoom session, I have carefully picked out a handful of gifts that are better than booze (almost). Click through for thoughtful kitchen wares, chic home goods and other options that are bound to make your hostess smile.

After the Pinterest guide, you will find the links to each of the products. Most gift ideas are around $24-$35 and under, because I really wanted to keep everything reasonably priced and perfect for any budget.

When I was on the hunt to find these amazing gift options, I went with brands and products that I know and love. If it’s something that I personally don’t have, I was sure to do my research to make that I’m only recommending the best of the best!

1 // Stemless Wine Glasses 2 // Bottle Opener 3 // Kitchen Towel 4 // Cocktail Barware Set 5 // Candle 6 // Marble Serving Tray 7 // Faux Fur Blanket 8 // Wine & Reusable Wine bag 9 // Marble & Wood Coasters 10 // Floral Vase 11 // Teapot with Infuser 12 // Moleskin Journal 13 // Velvet Jewelry Box 14 // Succulent Plant Pots

Keep in mind that your hostess gift doesn’t have to be anything that breaks the bank. Have fun picking out a gift and be thoughtful. Remember that it can be something big or little and as long as it comes from heart, you are set!

What are some of your favorite items in this guide?! Do you have any others you’d recommend? Let’s chat in the comments! If you end up purchasing something, I’d love to know!

Stay classy and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…

XO,

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GIFT GUIDES FOR MEN

Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life isn’t easy. Before settling for yet another boring gift (cue the ties), take some time to really think about what the guy you’re shopping for would love to unwrap. This list of gifts for men, which is full of thoughtful ideas to match any budget, takes care of any guy on your shopping list — grandpa, dad, son, husband, boyfriend, brother, friend and so on. 

While you can’t go wrong with classic options (a trusty pair of socks), these unique gift ideas range from personalized picks to Amazon’s best-selling finds (freezable beer glasses).

BEARD KIT

For those men in your life who have facial hair, I would highly recommend looking into purchasing a beard kit. Included in the beard kits are shampoo, balm, oil, comb, boars hair brush, stainless steel scissors and storage bag. A clean beard is a happy beard!

BEER BOTTLE MAP

For those beer drinkers in your life, what could be better than a beer bottle map? I got Chandler this a few years ago and he loved it! There are also state options as well, which gives you plenty of options to fit the beer caps. With the map of the USA, it would be great for that special someone who travels and checks off breweries as they go. If your spouse is more of a wine connoisseur, there are also wine cork options as well.

FOUNTAIN PEN

My dad is a huge guru when it comes fountain pens. Pens can be more of a personal /, but surprise that special man in your life with a fountain pen. They glide across the page with no effort at all!

HAT

Swap out his dingy high school cap for this vintage-inspired option that looks more sophisticated without sacrificing comfort. Carharts offer plenty of styles and colors that offers you plenty of options when picking out one for that man in your life.

SOCKS

How can you go wrong with socks? My husband personally LOVES Happy Socks, so pick out a customized pair or look out into getting a box that have three + pairs. Look for one with patterns, solids or some of both.

REUSABLE CUP

His nightcap will survive his next camping trip thanks to this insulated cup. He can also use it in the morning to guarantee a warm cup of coffee, even if it’s freezing outside.

Both Yetis and Hydroflasks are great options in keeping water cold and coffee hot. I, personally, have both and love them equally. They both offer plenty of color and size options for that special person in your life. Get to shopping to find that perfect cup!

What have been some of your favorite gifts to give your spouse, boyfriend or brothers for friends? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Shopping!

XO,

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TOP SECRET SANTA GIFTS

For those of you who have participated in Secret Santa, White Elephant or Dirty Santa in the past, you know how fun they can be! For those of you who haven’t, below is a little explanation of both games. They are a fun, alternative way to do a gift exchange with family and/or coworkers. My family has done both in years past and loved every minute of it.

Dirty Santa

Dirty Santa is a family-friendly gift exchange game that has been a staple of holiday traditions for many years. The phrase was coined in the Southern states and is called “dirty” because the game involves “stealing” more desirable gifts while scheming to avoid the gag gifts that nobody wants. Rules vary depending on who you are playing with, but the general gist is the same. Each person begins with drawing a number. From there, the person with number one starts by opening a gift. The second person can either steal that gift or open one from the pile. My family has always allowed the #1 player to be the last one the to swap and/or steal after the last person has gone.

Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a game often used for office staffs or as a game for bigger families. Depending on your budget, I have listed gift ideas below that around $20! Good luck shopping and remember to have fun with it. Be intentional with your gifts, but remember not to break the bank.

☆ Wine Tumbler

For those wine connoisseurs in your life, a tumbler paired with a bottle of wine will a sight after gift. Personally, I would go down fighting for this gift if this was in the running for Dirty Santa. You can’t go wrong with a red or white wine, or you could go more bold with a rose. You could also fill the tumbler with some chocolates and you’ve just put out the best gift in the game. Preppy Pineapple Shop has customizable tumblers that are durable and also come with a straw.

☆ Blue Light Glasses

Know anybody that is consistanly on their computer or phone for business? Our constant connection to our smartphones, tablets, and laptops may contribute to headaches, sore eyes, and stiff necks — all symptoms of digital eyestrain. With the majority of our waking hours spent in front of a screen, paired with harmful blue-violet light from devices, it’s no surprise that our eyes are working harder than ever. Blue light glasses are helpful in that they help with protecting your eyes against those harmful lasting effects. Glasses have also made a comeback in the fashion world, so here is your answer. Urban Vogue Shop offers an oversized clear pair of blue light glasses that are unisex in my book.

☆ Fleece Blanket

Now is the time of year to cuddle up with a fleece blanket and a book by the fire. Fleece blankets are an inexpensive, yet practical gift for those homebodies in your life. Target, Kohl’s, and Walmart all have a great selection of fleece that are inexpensive, yet durable. Depending on the price of the blanket, you could also throw in a $5 or $10 gift card of choice to pair with the fleece.

☆ Soap/Body Care Package

Who doesn’t need body care products? Nourish is a soap company based out of Savannah, GA, but has a location in Greenville, SC and Hilton Head, SC that offers a wide array of soaps and handmade cosmetic products. Lush is another body care company that offers bath bombs, shampoo, and body gels that are amazing. Like I said before, check out other shops in your area or check online to see what else you can find.

☆ Whistling Tea Kettle

A tea kettle is great idea in that it suitable for many different uses. You can make tea, coffee, hot chocolate or boil water for your soup with a tea kettle. They have stood the test of time and can also be left out on your stovetop as a decoration. Think about throwing in a set of tea bags or hot chocolate to make it a complete set. World Market makes nicely made, but more budget friendly tea kettles.

☆ Coffee Mug & Grounds

Who doesn’t love coffee and mugs? I have a slight obsession to both – just ask my husband. My kitchen cabinet is spilling over with a lifetime supply of both. Most of us adults rely heavily on coffee to get through the day and would greatly appreciate this gift. Stop by any local coffee shop and check out their selection of coffee for sale. In terms of coffee mugs, Apparent Project sells my favorite mugs of all time. I found AP in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when I visited a few summers ago and stocked up on Christmas gifts for the entire family.

☆ Airpods Case

If you’re doing a more of Secret Santa type game and know who you’re buying for has a set of Airpods, a carrying case would be a great gift. As someone who just splurged on a pair for myself, I have been eyeing a few cases, but haven’t bought the bullet. This is definitely the cheaper alternative and would be greatly appreciated by all Airpod wearers. Check out April and Kiwi and Topgogo who both offer real cool, diverse options.

☆ Keychain

Since we have keys to just about everything of importance in our lives nowadays, a nicer keychain would be a great option for either game. This gift is very practical and could last many, many years. LoomChoi has over twenty different colored macrame keychains available and Unus Leather highlights more of the rustic, leather look.

☆ Candles & Lotion

We all know how delightful a good smelling house can be. Head to Bath & Body Works or find a local artist to pick out a few of the holiday scents. Now is the time that they are in full swing with Christmas scents, so there are hundreds of options to choose from in terms of login and candles. If you’re feeling really bold, you could make your own candle as well. If not, Sweet Water Decor and Zen Body Creations both have some of the best smelling candles and are some of the coolest I’ve seen. This gift will always be a big hit among family or coworkers.


Be mindful in your shopping this Christmas season, folks. We all know how hard 2020 has been mentally, financially and physically on everybody. As shopping for the holiday only gets ramped up, be cognizant of the many talented artists and creators around you. There are so many deserving “small” shops who often get overshadowed by the Fortune 500 companies, but deserve so much credit. As you do your shopping this year, check out Etsy, Facebook Marketplace or other small businesses in your area first. They pour hours of their time and talent into one-of-a-kind products. That is a win-win situation for me, folks.

Be the change you wish to see.