Archive for December, 2017

OK, I am in love with the 12 days of Christmas Cocktail Napkins I found from the fine folks at Julia B. – a great way to class us your holiday parties.

About the 12 days of Christmas Cocktail Napkins from Julia B.:

“A delightful 12 piece cocktail napkin set for your Christmas festivities. Each linen cocktail napkin is uniquely hand embroidered in twelve different color ways, representing the 12 days of Christmas. A Julia B. original design.”

Find the 12 days of Christmas Cocktail Napkins from Julia B. here.

See all the great designs from Julia B. here.

I have a few small nativity sets that I like to put out every Christmas to make sure we remember the true meaning of the holiday. The Mini Nativity Set I found from the fine folks at The Mine would be a perfect addition to my collection.

About the Mini Nativity Set from The Mine:

“Commemorate the holidays with this handcrafted nativity sculpture set of the Holy Family and the Three Kings. Made using the sand-casing method, this artistic piece is a collector’s item and a piece of art!”

Find the Mini Nativity Set from The Mine here.

Find all the offerings from The Mine here.

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, which means I usually don’t partake in the pie frenzy that tends to go along with the holidays. However, I am a huge fan of savory pies, which makes the Beef Stroganoff Pie I found from the fine folks at Southern Baked Pie Company the perfect thing for me.

About the Beef Stroganoff Pie from Southern Baked Pie Company:

“Our rendition of a delicious family favorite has all the hearty taste and flavor you would expect! Our beef stroganoff pie combines the classic ingredients of beef, sautéed onions, fresh pressed garlic, and freshly chopped mushrooms and is baked to perfection in our signature, all-butter crust.”

Find the Beef Stroganoff Pie from Southern Baked Pie Company here.

See all the pies – including the traditional dessert pies – from Southern Baked Pie Company here.

Mix your need to spend time with your significant other with your desire to help your community – take part in The Do Good Date Night.

About The Do Good Date Night:

“Wouldn’t it be great to have a fun, connective date night while feeling like you made a difference in your community at the same time? That’s exactly the thinking behind our Do Good Date Night series. Couples pitch in to help a local non-profit and then they kick back and enjoy food, drinks and good times. It’s a win-win for everyone. The Do Good Date Night combines volunteering with date night by giving couples access to fun and rewarding service experiences in their community.”

Of course you don’t need a formal program to do this type of thing – but the fine folks at Do Good Date Night can motivate and inspire you.

Learn more about The Do Good Date Night here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Bedrock Watch from Shinola (heck, anything from Shinola)

About the Bedrock Watch from Shinola:

“It doesn’t need bells and whistles — it is the bell and whistle. The Bedrock is our first dress watch. Only the most essential details were incorporated, then refined. Slim construction drove the minimalist design, allowing the timepiece to slide effortlessly underneath your finely tailored sleeve. The clean Bourbon dial is set with applied index markers and punctuated with a sub-second. The solid stainless steel case with PVD Rose Gold on a smooth Cordovan leather strap in Oxblood completes the look, making for one rich, obsessively engineered timepiece.”

Find the Bedrock Watch from Shinola here.

Find “anything” from Shinola here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Reclaimed Tin Whale Ornament from Foxy & Winston

About the reclaimed Tin Whale Ornament from Foxy & Winston:

“HomArt’s Reclaimed Metal Sea Life Figures represent the height of sophisticated green living. Due to the renovated nature of the metal, each sports the unique graphics and colors of the recycled medium, resulting in a cohesive collection in which no two items are exactly alike. A light-weight decoration that assimilates well into many themes but finds special comfort in seascape.”

Find the Reclaimed Tin Whale Ornament from Foxy & Winston here.

See all the gift ideas from Foxy & Winston here.

While I was home for Thanksgiving the family played a bunch of games – a great holiday tradition. Two of the games were new to me and I loved them and thought they would make gifts for others. So here they are for you to consider for the game lover on your list.

Bananagrams

About Bananagrams:

“Fast and frantic, players race against each other to build crossword grids. And it requires no pencil, paper, or board. In this addictive word game, speed wins, not points. You’ll have a bunch of fun as you race to the finish by using all of your letter tiles first! The tiles come in a small portable banana-shaped pouch and is perfect for everyone, at home or on the go.”

Learn more about Bananagrams and where to find it here.

CodeNames

About CodeNames:

“CodeNames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help.”

CodeNames is available from Amazon and other fine retailers.

There are many mini trees and tree-like decorations you can use in your holiday decorating, but I challenge you to find one more elegant than the Pinecone Topiary I found from the fine folks at Enchanted Home.

About the Pinecone Topiary from The Enchanted Home:

“Start the holidays off in style with this fabulous tall pinecone with greenery and berries arrangement featured in one of our bestselling blue and white hexagon planters.”

Find the Pinecone Topiary from The Enchanted Home here.

Find all the great home accents from The Enchanted Home here.

A purse does not have to come from Kate Spade or Coach to make a nice Christmas present – check out these cool finds that will have your holiday shopping zipped up in no time. 

The Charlie Change Purse/ Country Living Plaid Thermos from Little Man

About the Charlie Change Purse/ Country Living Plaid Thermos from the fine folks at Little Man:

“A colorful happy coin purse with a handy key fob attached. Lighty padded and made with coordinating cotton fabrics. Charlie can help stow all your little necessities keeping you well organized for the year ahead. Charlie also makes a great gift.”

Find the Charlie Change Purse/ Country Living Plaid Thermos from Little Man here.

See all the “uncommon originals” from Little Man here.

The Bike Zippee Coin Pouch from Ore’ Originals

About the Bike Zippee Coin Pouch from the fine folks at Ore’ Originals:

“Featuring our favorite weekend cruiser, this super sweet cotton fabric coin pouch has a muted linen style with classic black accents. Zippered closure makes this pouch great to hold all of life’s little necessities including money and chapstick and is sized just right for attaching to keychains or backpacks.”

Find the Bike Zippee Coin Pouch from Ore’ Originals here.

See all the cool gift ideas from Ore’ Originals here.

The Row of Books Pencil Case from Oh Hello Stationery Co.

About the Row of Books Pencil Case from the fine folks at Oh Hello Stationery Co.:

“Carry your planner pens in style with these customizable pencil cases! Super roomy so you can pack it full with all of your favorite writing utensils! These make a great gift for planner pals or friends and family.”

Find the Row of Books Pencil Case from Oh Hello Stationery Co. here.

Find all the great products available from Oh Hello Stationery Co. here.

QUICK TIP: A fun inexpensive pencil case (think one with the Minions on it) makes a great vehicle for gift cards.

Candles in the window are a classic and classy holiday decoration – but the Hand-Forged Window Candle I found from the fine folks at Plow and Hearth take it to a whole new level.

About the Hand-Forged Window Candle from Plow and Hearth:

“This elegant Window Candle features a forged iron base, handcrafted with time-honored tradition by artisan blacksmiths. The realistic wax-like candle and LED flame bring holiday light and cheer to windows, mantel, tabletop and more. A felt bottom guards against surface scrapes. The convenient auto timer turns the candle on for 6 hours, then off for 18. Candle takes 2 AA batteries, not included. Part of our exclusive Madison Collection of hand-forged iron accents for home and hearth.”

Find the Hand-Forged Window Candle from Plow and Hearth here.

See all the great accents for you home from Plow and Hearth here.

I have an embarrassingly large collection of things featuring monkeys wearing a fez. For the Christmas season I am going to start a side collection of monkeys wearing Santa caps – like the Kay Bojesen Monkey with Santa Cap I found from the fine folks at Horne.

About the Kay Bojesen Monkey with Santa Cap from Horne:

“The classic Kay Bojesen Monkey is now being offered with a painted beech Santa’s cap – sure to spread Christmas cheer among the whole family. The cap is 5.6 cm tall. The accompanying elastic ensures this little Santa’s cap sits snugly on the monkey’s head. With its status as a design classic, this much-loved monkey makes a great gift. Give it together with the Santa’s cap and create some extra Christmas cheer for the festive season. The Santa’s cap comes in a little gift box.”

Find the Kay Bojesen Monkey with Santa Cap from Horne here.