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Our Cotton Anniversary Couch (+ a 2nd Anniversary Gift Idea Round-Up)

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Hey friends! Chet and I recently celebrated our SECOND YEAR of marriage and we marked the occasion with a….couch?! That’s right, in honor of our 2nd anniversary we replaced our old (and very worn) Ikea number and got the absolute BABE of a sofa pictured above. I mean it IS fabric and there’s probably some cotton in there somewhere, right? (IDK I’m not a textile expert or anything.)

I’m still a far way off from the entryway of my dreams as you can see above, but I just had to share this lil home decor update anyways. So in love with this couch, you guys!

[Related: Check out all my posts about our wedding HERE.]

couch leg on the corner of a rug(Please disregard the staple that was left behind from the packaging which I carelessly forgot to remove because I was too excited but thankfully got rid of before it impaled anyone’s ankles, AHEM!)

I also gifted Chet with a pair of shoes and he got me 5 lovely hosta seedlings that we planted in our backyard along the house. Year 2 was pretty terrific!

Now, in honor of this marriage milestone, I thought I’d round-up a few “Cotton Anniversary” gift ideas. (Just in case you’re not buying the whole couch as cotton option, lol!)

 

2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas:

Pajamas,
Neck Tie or Scarf,
Bathrobes,
Apron,
Hammock,
Plant Hanger,
Throw Blanket,
Table Cloth and Napkins,
Decorative Pillows,
Bed Sheets,
or Your Wedding Vows Printed on Cotton Paper.

Have you celebrated any fun milestones lately? How did you mark the occasion? 

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mid-week round-up

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Hello! How’s your week going? This morning, Chet and I are departing on a road trip! We’re making stops today in St. Petersburg, to see my sister, and Gainesville. Then on to New Orleans tomorrow! On Saturday we are attending the wedding of our sweet, sweet friends Carrie and Ganer. I can’t wait to spend the next few days celebrating their love with the loveliest people on earth! And hopefully soak up a bit of NOLA, too! Have a good one, and take a look through my list o’ links…

Scientists prove what my speech memorizin’ self already knew to be true.

Why the U.S. hasn’t had enough nurses for the past half a century.

Gift ideas for the bookworm in your life.

A place to play!

Astronaut secrets revealed.

A story about online bullying in five podcasts.

This salad looks right up my street.

Accurate.

Obsessed with this ring. (Opal!)

Special high-five to this rad barber.

An important comic.

On Airbnb: “The irony is that amateur innkeepers who couldn’t be trusted with the banal task of photographing and marketing their properties are expected to excel at hospitality’s most important rule: keeping guests safe and alive.”

Cheeky Etsy Finds

Sometimes I stumble upon some real gems when perusing the hallowed pages of Etsy.com. I swear with just a SMIDGE less self-control I could blow my whole paycheck. Check out these recent cheeky favorites…

patriarchy

A wall hanging with an important reminder for all.

mark twain bike tee

A t-shirt for folks brave enough to navigate on 2 wheels.

breaking bad cutting board

A cutting board for serious cooks and Netflix binge watchers.

bad ass bitch candle

A candle for the lady who DGAF but still wants a pretty smelling room.

fox necklace

A sweet fox necklace for a love-sick babe’s darling neck.

mid-week round-up

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Happy week before Christmas, folks! I hope you’re enjoying time with your friends and family and making memories to last a lifetime. I’ve been loving spending evenings by the Christmas tree and generally feeling festive. And in Internet-land I’ve been loving all the gift guides and keeping up with Vlogmas! Enjoy your week, may it be packed full of Christmas parties and cookie baking, and here are some links I thought you’d find fun…

These would make awesome presents if you have a whole gang of (over 21) people to gift.

1-day detox to give your body a quick reset after too much indulging.

Story of my life.

Gift ideas for the coffee lover on your list.

Inspiration for budget-friendly gift-baskets. (Think Dollar Store hacks!)

Font obsessed.

Fantastic sister collaboration.

Why writers are procrastinators.

For kicking things up a notch on-the-go.

Photo project turns to food to highlight global disparities.

When you think someone is doing it right–TELL THEM.

Necessary sacrifices for financial health.

 

Gift Guide Pt. 2 — Boyfriends.

Gift Guide: for boyfriends

1. Nerf gun to stage epic living room battles (and because boys will never outgrow their toys), $11.

2. Friendly Foxes print, $20. With perfect colors and whimsical design this Print Mafia piece is a perfect representation of your partnership. Would look adorable hanging in your apartment.

3. Makers 46, $36, a great addition to all his holiday cocktails.

4. Annual passes to the aquarium. $45 for each pass. No doubt about it, he would love seeing the marine life all year round, and BONUS: fun day-trip dates for you!

5. Bill wallet, a place to keep all his valuables snapped-in and from one of his favorite companies. $90.

6. A subscription to Dollar Shave Club razors along with a canvas dopp kitt, so he can have blades delivered right to his door and store them in a fun bag. $6/month and $35, respectively.

7. And speaking of subscriptions, a box (or a few) of treats from Knoshy, crafted in small batches by independent food producers from around the USA. $30 per box.

8. 3-wick candle, $22, in eucalyptus spearmint to clear the mind and improve concentration while he works on his dissertation.

9.  Shave kit gift set, $38. For his pretty face!

10. Headphones, including a retro design and a great sound quality. (Plus, they come highly recommended!) $40.

11. The Staircase documentary series, because he’s crazy about the podcast Serial and this story is just as suspensefully true-crime satisfying. $19. (You would gladly curl up in a blanket and binge watch with him.)

12. Microfleece lounge pants, $15, for those cold winter nights of doing not a whole lot but that feel like just enough.

Tech Gifts: Reader or Tablet?

And we’re rounding out our 3-part Tech Gift series with one more post brought to you by Chet. Hopefully he can help you answer this  question…
Tech Gifts: Reader or Tablet?

 

 

Tablets are pretty great, all-around computing devices. Tablets have exploded in popularity in recent years and there are tons of available options like the iPad and iPad mini, though these are admittedly pricey. There are also a growing number of very affordable tablets. Caution! Most budget tablets (with too good to be true pricing) aren’t worth purchasing. They are underpowered and likely won’t let you run a lot of the best apps around. Fortunately, there are some solid options that won’t break the bank and get you a really great experience. Amazon has been something of a breakout player in the tablet market over the past few years. Though they are new to the game, they have developed some really great tablets. The Kindle is still setting the standard for virtually every other e-reader. It’s certainly the top choice for a book lover, but won’t do much beyond reading, so if you want to play games, watch movies, listen to music, or get some work done, you’ll want a full-feature tablet.

Amazon also makes a line of full-feature tablets, the Fire HDX line that comes in a 7 inch and 8.9 inch flavor. The 7 inch tablet is under 200 dollars, easy to hold in one hand (perfect for any kind of reading or web browsing), and has access to lots of great apps. There are also older models available for purchase through Amazon. They might be older, but they certainly aren’t bad products. Amazon usually sells these for deep discount, especially around the holidays, so you might be able to score a great tablet at a fantastic price.

So, what do you think readers? Will you be gifting anyone with a set of headphones? What about a streaming stick? Tablets and readers more your style? Thank you to my boyfriend, Chet, for filling us in on some worthy tech options for the holiday season. I’m so lucky to have him around as my go-to tech guru and I’m glad we got to pass along a little of his knowledge to you guys! Thanks for reading and tune in tomorrow for my Mid-week Round-up and on Thursday LET THE GIFT GUIDES COMMENCE! 

DIY: Mason Jar Bath Salts

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Ok, I realize the concept of bath salts has been getting a bad rap as of late, ever since weirdos in Florida started smoking them and eating people’s faces off. But ACTUAL bath salts, the kind you soak in, are freaking awesome. Combine the benefits of essential oils with the benefits of salt in your bath water and you have a recipe for mindfulness, muscle recovery, stress relief, improved circulation, and a headache solution. This is a really simple DIY that you can adapt based on your favorite colors, scents, and containers to customize to your liking. Make a huge batch and you’ll have an arsenal of gifts you can break out at a moment’s notice. Not to mention, during the process, your house will smell amazing! I packaged this batch in mason jars because DUH! and I love mason jars (I also wanted to decoupage the tops for some added flair) but I think these, these or these would work well too. You could even be super thrifty and reuse cleaned out food jars.

What you’ll need:

For the salts–

-1 cup of epsom salt

-1 cup of sea salt

-essential oil (I used peppermint and lavender)

-food coloring (I used red and blue)

For the mason jar packaging–

-mason jars with this kind of lid

-magazine cutouts

-decoupaging supplies (I used glue, water and a paintbrush but use Mod Podge if you’re feeling fancy)

-pretty ribbon/s (twine would also look adorably shabby chic)

-a fun charm to tie around the top of the jar

and how it all comes together:

-Mix one cup of epsom salt and one cup of sea salt in a large mixing bowl.

-Add 3-6 drops of food coloring. Mix and add more until you reach your desired hue.

-Add 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil(s). (You can do a little online research if you’re not familiar with oils and their various benefits.)

-Set the bowl aside and pretty up your mason jar tops by decoupaging a tiny collage on top.

-Spoon your salts into the jars and throw the top on.

-Tie a small charm or gift tag/label around the jar with your chosen ribbon/s.

Voila! You’re well on your way to giving someone the gift of stress relief and a proper pampering.

DIY: Stitch a trip.

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Recently, my brother and his girlfriend moved from Danville, KY to Savannah, GA. Lucky lil ducks, I say. I decided to do a little DIY brainstorming for ways to commemorate their big move with a crafty gift. I settled upon a project which ended up being a super easy afternoon endeavor that I’m sure anyone could replicate. Simply hand-stitch a map from point A to point B. Honestly, the toughest part about this craft was finding a suitable map. This would be a great way to remember a meaningful vacation, study-abroad trip or long distance trail hike and would look so sweet hanging amongst other frames on a mixed-media gallery wall.

What you’ll need:

– Map

– Embroidery Thread

– Embroidery Needle

– Frame

And how it all comes together:

– Find a suitable map and cut it to fit your frame. My map was torn from a book of U.S. maps that I found in a discount book bin.

– Sketch out the route and embellishments with a pencil (very lightly). I went with the route, an “X” at point A, a heart at point B and initials.

– Use your needle to poke evenly spaced holes over top of your sketch. Erase any visible pencil marks.

–  Sew through all your holes using a backstitch. (In layman’s terms–Start by threading the needle from the back of the paper through the second hole. Then insert the needle in the first hole and pull through the third. Etc. Clear as mud?)

map2   map3

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-Frame and admire your handi-work!

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Anthony Michael Hall you’ve never looked radder.

In which I share what to get a girl like me: 

This rad sweatshirt featuring a classic moment from the film “The Breakfast Club.”

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Chicks cannot hold their smoke, dat’s what it is.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie. It’s one of my all time faves (and so freakin’ quotable). So, I would wear this sweatshirt at every appropriate juncture. Although there may not be many.

And just for fun: 

If you love The Breakfast Club, check out this series of posts!