Category Archives: Holiday

February 13, 2015

A Non Cheesy Valentine’s Day: Part II


Divert yourself from the aisles of red plastic junk. Nothing says “I am clueless” more than a generic gift. (Unless your loved one is into it- then by all means, totally ignore me!)

Does anyone watch The Middle? It’s a show about a lower-middle-class family, and I think it’s equal parts hysterical and adorable. Anyway, this week’s episode was about Valentine’s Day and how they each celebrated in their own true-to-themselves way. Frankie (the mom) and Mike (the dad) run errands at Walgreens, and while they’re there, they pick up very practical but thoughtful gifts. Back in the car, they swap shopping bags, filled with goodies for each other. Even though the gifts aren’t expensive or exotic, they totally hit the nail on the head.

There are two options I see for Valentine’s Day:

1. Get your lobster a gift that they really want. Not a gift that reflects Valentine’s Day. Just a gift. That they really want. (Be like Frankie and Mike!)

2. Pair a special treat (I usually think in terms of edibles, but hey, I’m always thinking about food) with a note reminiscent of childhood valentines.


You get me hot and bothered + hot sauce

You’re my #1 stud muffin + a batch of freshly made muffins

I’m nuts for you + a bag of some fancy nuts

You’re sweeter than honey + jar of specialty, local honey

I like you a latte + you guessed it…. a latte!

(You get the idea…)

Along the same line, you could pair a fun date night idea with a cutesy card:

You rock! + a date night at a climbing wall

You make my heart fly + a date night at a trapeze class

I’m so lucky Eiffel in love with you + this French cooking class

(Option #2 ventures into cheesy zone, but in a way that I think is really adorable.)

Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, love for your four-legged furball, or something more of the romance variety, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and weekend!

(The soap pictured above cracks me up! You can find it here.)

February 11, 2015

A Non Cheesy Valentine’s Day: Part I

For a long time, I thought that I didn’t like Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m a love-Scrooge. I love the opportunity to tell my family and friends how much they mean to me! The overload sickly-sweet generic thoughtless junk is what I actually don’t like. Turning something pink or red or making it heart-shaped or adding heart icons on something does not make it thoughtful or meaningful (although it can be darn cute).

Instead of cramming into a restaurant for a romance-themed dinner with everyone else, here are a few creative ideas to surprise your special someone with. Tailor as needed, since there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all.


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A card really can be enough! If you’re going this route, remember that it has to be a gooooood card. No CVS card aisle on February 13th. Find a card that really reflects your relationship! Do you binge watch tv series with your person? Are you with someone who appreciates the true shape of a heart? Add a well-written note inside, and you’re golden.

December 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve

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A fancy party moustache

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I love New Year’s Eve. No matter what you’re doing, there is an air of festivity. Whether you’re decked out in sequins celebrating on the town, or eating shrimp cocktail in your pajamas and streaming a movie on Netflix (or something in between), everything feels a bit more special on NYE.

As for me, I’m working a wedding with Doug (but he’s been warned that my assistant outfit will involve sequins… maybe even a bow tie if I’m feeling crazy).

Happy 2015. Let’s make this the best one yet.


December 24, 2014

Joy to Everything

Everyone needs a little lovin’ around Christmastime… (From the best holiday album ever, Snowed In by Hanson. Oh don’t give me that face.)


Picture (clockwise): Streets in the South End decorated; making salt dough present tags; cranberry thyme champagne cocktail


Clockwise: Doug and I in NYC last week; cookies; enjoying a weird wine coozy while in a Christmas sweater; mini nutcrackers perched on a picture frame


Nothing but the best iPhone photography for the blog!

I hope everyone has a happy everything. I am a Christmas celebrator, so I’ll be off for the next few days, hanging out with family and eating my weight in cheese.

Joy to everything!

December 22, 2014

Gift Guide: Subscriptions

It’s the last few days before Christmas. Do you have your shopping done yet? If not, don’t worry. Don’t worry at all. Surprise your loved one with a gift that gives all throughout the year! Here are a few of my favorites.


44 North Coffee: We found this company on a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. They purchase seasonal beans and custom roast to levels that highlight the best tasting notes of the bean, all in a converted schoolhouse in Deer Isle, Maine. This would be perfect for any coffee-aficionado.

Mouth: Discover delicious indie food, while supporting small businesses. They have some of the standard food subscriptions (coffee, wine) but some interesting combos too (pickles, cocktail hour of the month). If you want to get something smaller than a subscription, Mouth also has a bunch of gift “baskets” – my favorite is the New Year’s Un-Resolution.

Skandicrush: For lovers of modern Scandinavian design (aka- Ikea lovers, all grown up!). The boxes have every day items that are stylish and functional.

Quarterly: Collections curated by people like Nina Garcia, Ludo Lefebvre, and Wil Wheaton (to name a few)! The items will vary depending on what curator you select, but the box will have a blend of original, exclusive, and consumer items. Each product will reflect on the person who selected it, and help inform your understanding of them. So maybe you’ll get the same kind of notebook that your favorite author used to plot her recent bestseller. The point is, every object—while uniquely brilliant in its function—will also have a story.

For the Makers: For craft lovers. Each month, you receive supplies and tutorials for four chic and easy DIY projects.

Try the World: Gourmet boxes from a different country every two months. A celebrity chef from each country selects local and authentic delicacies for the box, so you know what you’re getting is good. You’ll also get a card describing what each item is, as well as recipes and a culture guide.

Flower Muse: Subscription for flowers every month. The garden roses would be my pick.

Hamptons Lane: Themed boxes for the food lover, combining ingredients with the tools they need to enhance their culinary experience. Previous themes include Gourmet Picnic, Coastal Italy, Tailgating, Spanish Tapas.

E-classes at Brit + Co: Okay, so this technically isn’t a subscription in the way that the other items in this round-up are, but this is a perfect gift for someone who wants to learn a new creative skill. I am particularly interested in the calligraphy and hand-lettering classes, but there are a lot of other skills to choose from (knitting, sketching, flower arranging, etc).

Turntable Kitchen: Food + music = heaven, amiright? In each box, you get a 7″ vinyl, a digital mix tape, premium ingredients, and seasonal recipes.

Jeni’s Pint Club: Whenever I travel to a town with Jeni’s in it, it is guaranteed to be included on our itinerary. The Pint Club brings Jeni’s to you! Three pints of Jeni’s—one signature flavor, one perennial flavor, one limited edition flavor—delivered four times a year.