So ladies, are you like me, tensing up as the days speed along through the December calendar? Needing to take a “time out” like I want to? Do you long to destress and refresh from all of the holiday jingle?

Well then, glad you stopped by Keeper of the Home, because we have JUST the thing for you!

Our Christmas giveaway basket, Destress and Refresh, is filled with more than a few of our favorite things to help you do just that:

Christmas giveaway KOTH 2015

Even better, there are 13 other bloggers also offering great giveaways too. I can feel the destressing coming off of you in waves! :)

Favorite Christmas Things

Thriving Home // 2. Happy Home Fairy // 3. Intoxicated on Life // 4. Mommy Hates Cooking // 5. Nourishing Joy // 6. Kitchen Stewardship // 7. Tried and Tasty // 8. Heavenly Homemakers // 9. Living the Nourished Life // 10. Brilliant Business Moms // 11. Gwen’s Nest // 12. Keeper of the Home // 13. The Nourishing Home // 14. Take Them a Meal

Here’s how you enter:

  • Check out the giveaway collage featuring all the bloggers we’ve partnered up with and all of the incredible items they’ve put together.
  • Scroll on down to see the details for OUR Destress and Refresh Basket.
  • Enter to win in the giveaway below.
  • HOP to all the other sites and enter to win their Christmas things!
  • Look around and enjoy the sites of these fabulous bloggers.

My giveaway up close

Let’s take a look at what’s in our Destress and Refresh Basket, shall we?

Serious Creatures Come and See Christmas Giclee 8×10 Fine Art Print

valued at $44


Come and See is a fine art giclee print on heavyweight matte archival paper. Also included is the most adorable collection of mini art notes.

Started by Brady and Amber Black, artists and also volunteers at Home of Hope just outside Beirut, to help with costs of being overseas and needing flexibility to do ‘good works’. Home of Hope accepts kids from all backgrounds and provides basic needs like food and shelter. Some of the kids are Palestinian or Syrian refugees, others are Lebanese-born. They arrive in the home because they have been picked up off the street or have been taken from very abusive situations.  Their stories are myriad and all very sad.

We are honored to have their beautiful and whimsical artwork to include in our giveaway to share and inspire you to do good works at Christmas and all year long.

Money Saving Mom’s Gratitude Journal

valued at $10


This journal is a busy woman’s best friend. Not only is it filled with short inspirational quotes and practical tips you can use immediately, but it makes keeping a record of your blessings so simple to do!

There are just two lines for each day — enough space to record one or two blessings. It won’t take you longer than a minute to pick up and write in each day, but the practice of noticing and recording blessings every day — even on those hard days — can help to transform your whole outlook on life.

No matter the hard trials or struggles in our lives right now, you have something to be grateful for. Use this journal to help you begin to choose to see the beauty and blessing in the every day messes and struggles.

Hope Ink Art: “Rest Easy”

valued at $28


Here, a simple chair is framed by the words of Jesus, inviting us to come to Him to find true rest. Let me introduce you to Emily at Hope Ink, one of our favorite artists who shares her gift and love of art to inspire and encourage others.

Enjoy this Lustre art print of an original hand-drawn illustration by Emily. Ready to frame and share in your home. Printed by a professional photo lab on premium quality archival paper that will last a lifetime. Watermark will not appear on actual artwork.

Use code KOTHCHRISTMAS15 at Hope Ink Art and you’ll receive 30% off everything in the shop through Dec. 14, 2015

Plant Therapy: “Let It Go”, Lavender Roll-On, and Relax Synergy Roll-On

valued at $25.96


Let It Go synergy blend was specifically created to evoke a sense of peace and calm. Let It Go may also help calm nervous irritation. Not only is this a nice scent,  it works well and of course my girls love the title. ;)

Let It Go can be directly inhaled or diffused. It can be very calming when added to your bath using ¼ cup of Epsom salt, 1 oz. milk, and 3-5 drops of the synergy. Dilute Let It Go with a carrier oil at a 2-3% and rub on the temples, back of neck and feet at night to promote a good night’s rest.

Or, if you win this gift basket, you can do what I have done over the past couple of weeks and put a few drops in your beautiful new Diffusing Mama’s necklace!

Contains the 100% pure,undiluted essential oils of: Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Blue Tansy


Lavender is perhaps the most well-known of the essential oils, and for good reason. Lavender essential oil is renowned for its many beneficial properties, including promoting calm, relaxation, and being a nervous tension reliever. It can also help reduce the appearance of marks and imperfections and help soothe alterations in skin integrity, such as after sun exposure or a minor cooking burn. It’s a favorite among the girls in our home. I particularly like to use it at night to help myself or one of the kids relax before bedtime.


The essential oils in the Relax synergy were specially chosen to help promote a peaceful, tranquil state of mind. Relax can help after a particularly trying day when you need some emotional support. Contains the 100% pure essential oils of: Lavender, Marjoram, Patchouli, Mandarin, Geranium, Roman Chamomile blended into a base of fractionated coconut oil.

Plant Therapy Roll-ons are 100% pure essential oils diluted with fractionated coconut oil and come ready-to-use. These are the perfect on-the-go essential oils!

Bend Soap Milk Bath in a Bag

valued at $ 7.oo

Bend Soap Milk Bath in a Bag


Milk Bath in a Bag is the ULTIMATE spa treatment right in your home! After reviewing it recently for Keeper of the Home, I have personally been back to their website twice already to buy more. Some as gifts (shhhh) and maybe some for myself? Ok yes, I couldn’t help it! My skin just feels so good.

There are many wonderful scents to choose from but this bag is in Pure and Natural form. The ingredients are simply goat milk, saponified coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil. That’s it! No added essential oils or fragrances. Just the best of the best for your skin. This soap is the one that started it all for the Bend Soap Company. Read about them in our post HERE.

Redmond Bath Salt Plus (5-pound bag)

valued at $14.99


Are you tired of bath salts that are full of chemicals and additives?  We were too, which is why we have introduced Redmond Bath Salt.

If you like our Redmond Bath Salt, and want additional trace minerals to enrich your mineral bath then Redmond Bath Salt Plus is for you.   Redmond Bath Salt is a completely natural mineral sea salt that comes from a sea bed dating back thousands of years.  Our bath salt is so natural you can eat it!  Both of our Redmond Bath Salts contain more than 60 natural trace minerals which are great for the body and skin including potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and more.  The difference is that our Redmond Bath Salt Plus has a higher concentration of minerals and natural clay than our Redmond Bath Salt.  While both are very effective in detoxifying and remineralizing the body, Redmond Bath Salt Plus is preferred by some because of the higher concentration of minerals which are naturaly present in the salt.

If you like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a customized soothing experience.

Redmond has lots of other cool products as well, I’m currently trying a toothpaste and face mask made from clay. Crazy, right? Clay, sea salt and essential oils in a toothpaste? But they are rockin my mouth!  Check it out.

Diffusing Mama’s Round Silver Moroccan (20mm) Aromatherapy / Essential Oils Diffuser Locket Necklace

valued at $34.95


My absolute favorite gift of the year. I bought mine a few weeks ago and have worn it nearly everyday since! It’s pretty and feminine which I like, but it is so much more than that as well. I have been using Eucalyptus oil in mine to help with the stuffiness and congestion and lavender or Plant Therapy’s Let It Go to help me relax. It’s so easy to use and its right under my nose where I need it. Plus, when you use the pads inside the locket the oil stays for days without needing to reapply!

In addition, all three of my teenage girls and quite surprisingly, one of my teenage boys (you can get boy friendly styles) are wearing them now to help with their stuffy noses and they love them as much as I do. Win win for mama! Way better than all those over-the-counter meds.

These beautifully constructed, high quality lockets are specifically designed with ventilation holes to gently diffuse your favorite scent. These vents allow you to get the full effects of your aromatherapy oils throughout the day and night. Made of 100% surgical grade (316L) stainless steel with heavy locking magnets and a solid back, these lockets are built to last for everyday use without staining your skin or clothes. Size of locket: 20mm diameter. Color of locket: Silver. Includes: one highly durable 316L surgical grade stainless steel locket, adjustable stainless steel chain with lobster claw connector (18-20″), 2 highly absorbent, washable, and interchangeable pads (1 black & 1 white).

Signed copy of Spa Treatments for Your Body and Soul: Tranquil Moments to Refresh Your Spirit, by Janie Seltzer, “Doors & Windows” plaque, and “Success” plaque

valued at $32.97

Janie Seltzer gifts

Women who feel themselves being stretched and pulled to the limit and longing for a quiet moment of renewal will discover lasting refreshment in this inspiring guide to an inner spa experience. The clean and contemporary design echoes the life–transforming thoughts and practical suggestions from Janie Seltzer, “poet of the spiritual life.”

This spa–experience–in–a–book encourages women to attend to their souls and drink deeply from God’s renewing Word to discover eternal beauty, pleasure, and cleansing. Poems that inspire deep reflection, thoughts about living life in God’s presence, and practical hints for self–care allow women to create their own retreats in the midst of everyday life–retreats of reading, thinking, praying, and reflecting.

From getting a good night’s sleep to clearing the clutter of life to indulging in moments of meditation, every weary woman will appreciate this unique guide to pampering—and transforming—the heart and spirit.

Enjoy your autographed copy of Spa Treatments for the Body and Soul plus two inspiring prints by Janie.


Lake Champlain “Gift of Goodness” Organic Chocolate Squares

valued at $20


Give, indulge in or even better, SHARE, a thoughtful gift that spreads sweet, salty cheer wherever it goes! Certified fair trade and organic, this holiday treat is filled with a mix of chocolate squares in two flavors — crunchy almonds and sea salt in 72% bittersweet dark chocolate, and 57% dark chocolate with toffee, almonds, and sea salt. Packaged in a handsome gift cube, it’s perfect for every office, living room, and Christmas stocking. Net Wt. 12.5 oz.

31 Assorted Dark Chocolate Squares, but who’s counting right? ;) Just kidding, I wouldn’t eat your chocolate! Would I?
• Includes two flavors: Toffee & Almond Crunch and Almonds & Sea Salt
Fair for Life certified — made with 90% Fair Trade ingredients
• All ingredients certified USDA organic by QAI
• Packaged in a festive gift cube

Wax and Oils Candles: Scented Candles 3-Pack

valued at $29.95

wax and oils 3-pack scented

Wax & Oils is the result of our tireless commitment to ensure that each and every candle contains the Alford Bros. personal touch and attention. Hand-crafted and poured in Sterling, Virginia. Each candle has been fashioned with a high quality, eco-friendly soy based wax, allowing for a cleaner, soot-free burn that lasts up to 20 hours. This set is our top selling 3-pack. It’s perfect for any season: sweet minty eucalyptus, the classic lavender, and mood-lifter vanilla join forces for this powerful combination. Enjoy while relaxing, relieving stress, meditating and more!


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