5 Feel Good Gifts For Giving {Plus, a Giveaway!}

November 30, 2014

It’s that time of year again.  Gift giving!  And, along with that, the pressure to come up with something unique.  Well, I got you covered this year with my 5 Feel Good Gifts For Giving.  Some are heart centred, some just feel good, and others can even affect you at a cellular level.  Yes-um!  Oh, and keep reading. There’s a giveaway at the end, just for you!


You’re in yoga, in your downward dog and you set your eyes on this:

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Awesome, right? According to their website, Affirmats add an emotional layer to yoga by wrapping form, function, and a dash of inspiration in PURE LOVE.

If you have a yogi in your life, these mats are comfortable and clearly stylish.  If you don’t already know, using daily affirmations can profoundly impact all aspects of your life.  Career, health, confidence, and so on.

Canadians.  You can get your mat here at Live With Moxy.  Tell them Julie sent you!

My US friends.  You can get your mat here.




I recently got an opportunity to try some clothing from BENCH CANADA. I had always been a fan of Bench street and active wear.  It had been some time since I had tried any new clothes, and I was so impressed by the quality of the products.  And, four of the items I did pick up, were so incredibly soft, making if perfect for the fall and winter.  With both jacket and hoodie (shown in the pictures), I liked that both were equipped with hand-warmers!  I was also surprised to see their wide variety of options from jackets, to pants for all shapes and activities and even these uber-stylish dresses.

The hoody has been an iconic piece of heritage product for bench even as far back as a quarter of a century ago. So, if you have someone on your list that is looking for a sweater, this would be a great option!

These were a few of my favourite items: Purna Zip Thru (Bench Canada) // Baddah C Legging (Bench Canada) (–both seen above ) // Yohstar II Overhead (Bench Canada) (–seen below)





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Ina Garten – Make It Ahead: well come on.  Who doesn’t love make ahead foods to save time?  And, who doesn’t love The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. One of my favourite cookbook authors!

Amy Poehler – Yes Please: This book is definitely a must for any gal.  Amy, famous for her comedy, delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill and rich with a varied collection of stories, lists, poetry,, photographs, mantras and advice.

Mark Bittman – How To Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need To Make Great Food (with 1000 Photos): this book is now consider the bible of American cooking. BUT, Mark is all about wholesome, often plant-based foods and goodness for the planet.  This book is the s*!t!

Danielle Laporte – The Desire Map:  Tired of goal-setting?  Have you thought about how you really want to feel? The Desire Map program is changing all of that and it’s thought provoking.  It’s going to really make you think about all aspects of your life and help you to connect to your pure spirit.  It’s the ultimate self-development book with BALLS!

Leanne Vogel – Vibrant Life, Cleanse Program & Cookbook: I’m a ‘loving this e-book so much, I made a video out of it! It is loaded with 55 paleo, vegan and gluten-free juice and smoothie recipes, and 160+ pages of information about juicing, smoothies and cleanses.  If you want a re-boot, this is your go-to book!  (p.s. Try the Diamond in the Rough juice)

Valerie Piccitto – 3-Day Juice & Smoothie Cleanse: Now, even I can be intimidated by a 7, 14 day or longer cleanse and it’s not for everyone.  3 days? Now we’re talking.  Valerie’s approach is easy, no fish and achievable.  And for $9.95, you’re getting so much knowledge and inspiration to make some impactful changes to your health.  Make sure you try the Chocolate Maca PB Smoothie – it’s my favourite!




TOMS for Target Beverage Bottles are double-walled, all-glass water bottles keeps drinks warm or cold. Available in target stores in 3 inspired designs and sporting the iconic TOMS flag, these BPA-free, wide-mouth travel bottles make the perfect gift for every thirsty go-getter on your list.

WARNING: I broke mine when it fell out of my bag onto my floor.  So, perhaps just keep this at your desk?

Target and TOMS have teamed up on a limited-edition collection for the holidays. Not only will you find pieces you’ll want to give – and get – but for each item purchased, you’ll be helping those in need. I picked this up in the U.S. and I’m not sure if it is available in Canada unfortunately.

Oh and P.S. This is a perfect bottle to add a couple of drops of doTERRA Certified Pure Essential Oils such as lemon, a digestive blend or wild orange.



Imagine for a second. Your best friend has been suffering from anxiety, restlessness and poor sleep for years.  Now, she opens up a gift which includes a bottle of plant-based lavender essential oil.  As a result, she experiences an improvement in her symptoms.  She’s sleeping deeper and waking up more rested than she ever has.  Lavender has been proven to calm the nervous system.  And, I personally have experienced the dramatic benefits of lavender in all aspects of my life.  What about your brother or sister who either deal with headaches or migraines.  Peppermint essential oil has the ability to alleviate symptoms of both.  It also has the ability to improve concentration and increase energy.

Giving the gift of health is the best gift you can bring to someone. DoTERRA is making an impact in lives of many!

I personally recommend the Family Physician’s Kit. It includes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Breathe, Digestzen, and On Guard to help families address a multitude of health issues.  Or, this very cute Petal Diffuser is great included with the kit or buy separately and pair with a couple of oils.

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You can open up a wholesale account to benefit from the 25% discount on all products by going here. For more information on doTERRA and other purchasing options, you can go here.

Now, for the giveaway.  I want you to have the same impactful experience that I, along with many of my friends and clients have experienced.

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