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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Gifts, Life, Products, Winter

Moms, dads, boys, girls, babies, pets, and more are all covered in my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide this year. I’m so excited about this year’s finds that I already finished my holiday shopping (who am I??), so let’s jump right into it!

Luxurious Silk Sleep Mask from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This one doesn’t need my explanation, but I’ll give one anyway: it is an exquisite replica of the mask worn by Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All details including the bejeweled eye balls are hand sewn and not glued on. And it’s perfect. Luxurious Silk Sleep Mask from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

Infinity Scarf with Secret Pocket. My favorite items are the ones that are both stylish and practical, and that is exactly the idea of this scarf. What will I hide in there? A diaper? Medicinal marijuana? Do you think it’d fit a bottle of wine? Infinity Scarf with Secret Pocket

 

Amazon Echo, Black. I’m going to rattle off all of the reasons this thing looks pretty awesome. Ready?  It plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice. It allows hands-free convenience with voice-control, and hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing (borderline creepy, but let’s go with it). It answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service; controls lights, switches, and thermostats, and is always getting “smarter”. Need I say more?Amazon Echo, Black

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for 2016

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Gifts, Punk Parenting

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I’m already late, so let’s jump right into this one, shall we?

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for 2016

 

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid. Are you kidding me? Do you even need me to explain this any further? I’m not even a Star Wars nut and I WANT ONE. Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

 

Every Great Father Star Wars T-Shirt. If I were giving the Sphero gift (above), I would make him open this one first. Because I like themes. (Just sayin’.)  Every Great Father Star Wars T-Shirt

Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer. Greg is so into beer, and he looooooves this item. This one is for the serious beer guys. Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer

 

The DogFather T-Shirt. Because Dog Daddies are Daddies, too. The DogFather T-Shirt

Smart Lock HomeKit Enabler. Enablers are usually not a good thing. But this Smart Lock HomeKit Enabler? It’s a great thing. You install the device on the inside of your door and you can lock and unlock your door with your smartphone, send “virtual keys” to dog-walkers, guests or whomever you choose, know who enters/exits at all times, and more. Smart Lock HomeKit Enabler

 

CURB Home Energy Monitoring System. If he liked that last gift, he’ll love this next level gift idea. The CURB Home Energy Monitoring System monitors way more than your front door; CURB monitors everything going on inside your home and solar system. CURB shows how much is being generated, in real-time and for a fraction of the cost of traditional solar monitoring systems. It gives you endless ways to configure your controls and optimize efficiency. And as Greg always says, “Don’t you want to be more efficient?!” CURB Home Energy Monitoring System

 

Lab Rules Coasters. Good, cheeky reminders for the smarty pants Dad in your life. Lab Rules Coasters

 

 

Beer Periodic Table of Elements Coaster Set. Since we’re on the topic of coasters, this Beer Periodic Table of Elements coaster set will definitely be a welcome gift to display on the table (and remind you both of Breaking Bad, which is always a good thing). Beer Periodic Table of Elements Coaster Set

“Spoil Dad” Gift Tokens for Family Activities. I love this thoughtful little gift you can have your kids give to Dad; each box includes 30 ways to spoil dad and let him know how much he means to you. Choose a token from the box and surprise dad with the kind gesture! Each box is made from recycled kraft, measures 3.5 by 3.5 inches and comes with 30 solid wood tokens. Spoil Dad Tokens for Family Activities

 

Dad: My First Reel Love Fishing Lure. This one is so beautiful, and makes a great gift if you’re a bride looking for something sentimental to give to your dad. This lets him know that no matter what, he’s always in your heart. I’m not crying, YOU ARE. Dad: My First Reel Love Fishing Lure

And don’t forget this if he’s a Grandpa now:

The Best Dads Get Promoted to Grandpa Keyring

 

Sugru Moldable Glue. A very handy item for the McGuyver dad in your world that allows you to repair things, or just make them easier to use.  Watch the video for this one (you can find it via the link) – so many uses for this stuff!  Sugru Moldable Glue

 

Black Label Electric Folding Scooter. I wish I found this sooner because I would have featured it on the Mother’s Day Gift Guide too, but it’s not too late to get one for yourself while you gift one to the Dad in your world. With an easy ride, 20 mile range and a top speed of 15mph, incredibly lightweight (35 lbs) and durable and a patented folding design, he’ll be zipping around town in no time. It even charges your cell phone or tablet! Bonus points that it’s 100% built in America. Black Label Electric Folding Scooter

 

Prynt Instant Photo Case for iPhoneAnother one I wish I found sooner for the Mother’s Day Gift Guide! This case allows you to print photos directly from your phone. The photos are adhesive so you can use them as stickers, and each photo is saved as a video through the app. (Don’t worry, the fact that this gift is actually for you is a secret that is safe with me.) Print Instant Photo Case for iPhone

 

I Love You in Many Languages Photo Frame. While we are on the topic of photos, this “I Love You in Many Languages” photo frame is perfect for the traveling dad. You can get it in 8×10 or 4×6. Simply add the photo and you have an instant personalized gift for the multi-lingual man in your life. I Love You In Many Languages Photo Frame

 

Game Golf Digital Shot Tracking System. This tracker will up the game of any golfer on your Father’s Day gift list: it allows him to know his distances, see how far he really hits each club and “never under-club again” (whatever that means). It will also allow him to see his stats, fairway accuracy, GIR, putts per hole and many more things I do not understand as a non-golfer but know my husband would appreciate. Game Golf Digital Shot Tracking System

 

Superhero Daddy T-Shirt. Penelope is currently obsessed with superheroes and because of this I may just get this T-shirt for Greg. Because it also is a great reminder that he is a superhero dad. BOOM. Superhero Daddy T-Shirt

PapaSaur T-Shirt. Because this one just makes me happy, and I bet it will make the PapaSaurus in your world happy, too. PapaSaur T-Shirt

 

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Pavlok “Habit Breaker” Wristband. Wait – is this thing for real? It has to be, because it’s up for sale on Amazon. It’s a wristband designed to break bad habits by doling out an electric shock each time you partake in said habit (and it’s obviously modeled after the “Pavlov’s Dogs” experiment). I’m laughing so hard I’m having a hard time typing. I don’t know what else to say when you give this gift. “No no, honey, really, I got this for you to help you break that bad habit you’ve been talking about, and not at all to know I’m masking the ability to administer electric shocks to you with a Father’s Day Gift!” Purchase at your own risk! Pavlok Habit Breaker Wristband

 

SpaFinder Wellness 365 Gift Card. Give him the gift of relaxation this year because you know he won’t do it on his own. And he’s earned it. The Spafinder Wellness 365 card is accepted at more spa and wellness locations worldwide than any other gift card, and it gets 5 star reviews on Amazon. SpaFinder Wellness 365 Gift Card

 

Cocktail Man Cave Vintage Dictionary Art. Give him something vintage, sophisticated, and cool to look at for the walls of his man cave. Cocktail Man Cave Vintage Dictionary Art

Hometown Skyline Upcycled Vintage Wall Art. If cocktails aren’t his thing, let him display his hometown pride with these up cycled nods to his favorite city. Hometown Skyline Upcycled Vintage Wall Art 

Alphabet Photo – DAD. I love this one for two reasons: 1) the fantastic sentiment quoted on it, and 2) because of the awesome decor. I’ve always loved these Alphabet letters and this is one of the best ways I’ve seen it done. Alphabet Photo for DAD

 

Kings of Vinyl City Skyline Record Clock. This has so many cool features, all wrapped up in one gift. Check out the link for more cities: Kings of Vinyl City Skyline Record Clock

Howlite “Healing” Cufflinks. Not only are these fancy pants cufflinks a great accessory for your dapper man to don, but there’s a pretty cool meaning behind the Howlite crystals: “Howlite has an extremely calming energy and can be used to relieve anxiety, tension and intense emotions. It is said to be able to calm the mind, reducing fretful thoughts and helping you to relax in preparation for sleep or meditation. Howlite healing crystals help open and balance the Crown Chakra.” Perfect for those nerve-racking events, meetings, speaking engagements, and more. Howlite Healing Cufflinks

 

Oral-B Pro 700 Smart Series Electric Toothbrushes. This smarty pants toothbrush gives real-time feedback with the Oral-B app and focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time, motivates with helpful oral care tips, and senses when you brush too hard. It’s rechargeable with 6 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean, and Tongue Cleaner. Oral-B Pro 700 Smart Series Electric Toothbrushes 

 

Tommy Hilfiger’s Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band. Watches for Father’s Day is a token gift, and I had Greg give his stamp of approval on this one. It’s classy, and has tons of character. Tommy Hiliger’s Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch with Leather Band

 

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Try my other’s Father’s Day Gift Guide from last year, full of even more gifts! Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

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Best Mother’s Day Gifts for 2016: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Favorite Finds, Gardening, Gifts, Life, Products, Punk Parenting

best mother's day gifts 2016I’ve scoured the internet to bring you the best Mother’s Day gifts for 2016 in this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide. You’ll find the usual suspects, and you’ll also find things for women who enjoy things like whiskey, beer, and cigars, too. Because we’re badass like that.

Here we go!

 

Mother’s Day Customizable Docking Station/Tablet Holder. She is the central hub of the household, so why not give her a hub that is central for her? You can customize the artwork you’d like, or keep it “Best Mom” (as shown). This one is also easy to assemble/disassemble – perfect for the traveling Mom! Mother’s Day Customizable Docking Station/Tablet Holder

 

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Monogrammed Clutch. I know for me, I have two types of bags: a jumbo, back-breaking diaper bag, and a tiny, effortlessly chic little clutch that fits all my necessities. And as much as I love carting my little babies around, it’s nice to know that when I go out solo I can easily grab my little clutch and GO. Monogrammed Clutch

“Mama Bear” racer back tank. You know it. She knows it. Now everyone will know it: Don’t poke the bear. Mama Bear Racer Back Tank


Toddlers are Assholes (It’s not your fault). For the mom on your list who may be a little burnt out, and who needs a little reminder. I’m not talking about myself or anything here. AhemToddlers are Assholes, by Bunmi Laditan

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It’s Really 10 Months: Special Delivery. This one is an excellent, laugh-out-loud, REAL book for expecting moms. It will feel like a giant hug from all of her best girlfriends, who are talking to her about what she can expect and how to get through it all. Trust me, if she’s got a bun in the oven, she needs this book. (There’s even an essay from yours truly in it.) It’s Really 10 Months, Special Delivery

 

Spa Robe Gift Card Holder and Wine Bottle Decor. Listen to me carefully: Purchase this gift. Head over to a fantastic spa, and buy her a gift card for a special service. Then head to the wine store, and get her a nice bottle of her favorite wine. Set this up, and present it to her on the morning of Mother’s Day. You’re welcome. Spa Robe Gift Card Holder and Wine Bottle Decor

 

Super Cozy and Soft Mermaid Tail Crochet Blanket. She’s going to need something to snuggle up and keep her warm on the couch what with all of those books. While I can’t fully explain in human words why this thing is so amazing, I don’t think you need me to because just look at! It’s a freaking mermaid tail blanket. It’s specifically designed to keep toes and feet warm, and you can even customize the colors. If you’re thinking about not getting this, I have just one question: Are you crazy? Mermaid Tail Crochet Blanket

 

Mermaid Yarn Bowl. And if she loves reading, mermaids, and knitting? Well then, I just took care of your checklist. You’re welcome. Mermaid Yarn Bow

 

Mother’s Day Pillow. Check, check, check, CHECK. (Plus, it’s a comforting and cozy gift.) Mother’s Day Pillow

 

Personalized Book Art. Another really unique, cool gift idea for book lovers. You can also personalize this gift with a word instead of a name, which is a great idea since this year everyone was adopting a word to represent. You can also choose between Times and Helvetica font. Personalized Book Art

Personal library book rubber stamp. In addition to buying great books, these days I’m all about book-swapping as well. And a cute, personalized stamp like this would keep me from side-eyeing my friends as I hand over my favorites and let them out of my sight for a while. Personal library book rubber stamp

 

Book Lovers’ “Old Books” Soy Candle. Who doesn’t love this smell? No one. That’s right – no one. Book Lovers’ Soy Candle

 

I Do What I Want Mug. She’ll also need a lovely mug to sip from as she enjoys her reading material and candle. (This one doubles as a great gift for cat-moms, too.) I Do What I Want Mug

 

“No Soliciting – Sleeping Baby!” Sign. This a slam-dunk for new moms – every new mother needs one of these! I wish I had thought to get one of these when mine were newborn, but since we still do nap time around here, I’m picking one up for myself now. No Soliciting Sleeping Baby sign

 

“Grandma’s House Rules” Sign. Let’s not forget Grandma’s gift – because even though you know you will inevitably suffer the “grandparent hangover” when you pick up your kids, at least now they’ll know you’re onto them – and that the writing’s on the wall.  Grandma’s House Rules Sign

 

Europe Wine Cork Map Display. This is a great way to display the best kind of artwork: the corks from your favorite wineries! Bonus points for the fact that it is a beautiful and interesting piece of home decor. Europe Wine Cork Map Display

While we’re at it, let’s not forget that us women like beer, too:

USA Beer Cap Display Gift. A very cool wall art for the traveling beer connoisseur. USA Beer Cap Display Gift

 

Monogrammed Cigar Box. That’s right: we women like cigars, too. And we want to keep them in a pretty box. You got a problem with that?! Personalized Elegant Cigar Box

 

Mother’s Day Golfer Personalized Wreath. I don’t golf, but I kind of wish I did because I’m in love with this wreath! Maybe I’ll get it anyway, just because it is so stinkin’ cute. Mother’s Day Golfer Personalized Wreath.

 

“Press for Champagne”. This cheeky little sign reading “press for champagne” is the epitome of being pampered. And yes, it actually RINGS! It comes in a vintage frame and a hanger on the back so you can hang it on the wall. Set it out for her to let her know she’s taken care of today. Know that she will proudly display it year round – just to remind everyone who’s queen around here. *Coupon code: Use code LOVEMOM for 15% off before May 1st! (I already ordered one for my kitchen!) “Press for Champagne” button

 

“Love You Mom” pears. These are a sweet little reminder to set out for her on the kitchen counter, so she sees it first thing in the morning. In front of the breakfast you’ve made for her. And coffee. And bottle of Kahlua. Love You Mom pears

 

Rustic “Established” Pallet Serving Tray. Better yet, serve her breakfast in bed using this adorable 10×22 personalized family tray. Distressed, made from pallets, gorgeous handles and personalized monogram? She’ll be so impressed she’ll think you hacked her Pinterest account. (This also makes a very cool kitchen centerpiece when not in use! But seriously: USE IT.) Rustic “Established” Pallet Serving Tray

The Marlowe Lunch Bag with Lunch Palette and Knife. She’s already known at work for her artisan taste in food. Now, help her lunch bag do the answering for her. This bag is reusable, ideal for carrying lunch or snacks, and includes a lunch palette and knife both made from reclaimed wood. It even comes with an adorable exterior pouch for you to place your loving notes for her to find at lunch time (what, you didn’t think moms appreciate being on the receiving end of those?). The Marlowe Lunch Bag with Lunch Palette and Knife

“Asshole Repellent” candle. And while she’s at work enjoying her artisan lunch, someone’s bound to give her flak over her foodie choices. Tell her to set this on her desk. And when she sees them coming, tell her to nod along, keep eye contact – and light this candle. They’ll get the hint. And also? It’s soy. Asshole repellent candle

 

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray. This adds an instant spa feel to the bathroom. And it BEGS you to take a bath. It’s the perfect place for a glass of wine and a book. Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray

Mengo AquaCube, Waterproof Speaker. This one looks as refreshing as it sounds. Mango AquaCube Waterproof Speaker with Bluetooth

Hand Etched Dragonfly Perfume Bottle. I don’t know why but I can’t stop looking at this – it’s so beautiful and classy. The bottle is hand blown and it has a fitted dabber. It’s super elegant, and will make her feel like a movie star whether she’s getting gussied up for a fancy date night, or simply heading out to Target. (But take her out for a date night, okay?) Hand Etched Dragonfly Perfume Bottle

“Butterfly Migration” Vintage Wood Bound Canvas Map. Everything about this map is GORGEOUS! (In my humble opinion.) It’s vintage, easy to hang anywhere with no heavy frame or glass (yay for you), and each map is printed, signed, numbered, and hand constructed in the U.S.A. It even has the “pull-down” scroll feature. Order it before I buy them all up. Butterfly Migration vintage wood bound map

 

“Good Vibes Only” sign. For those moms on your list who are making their best efforts to keep it positive. Good Vibes Only sign

 

“Let That Shit Go” Buddha sign. And one for those who might like a more subtle reminder from Buddha. Let That Shit Go sign

 

“I May Not Be…” sign. This one is super sweet, and I love that it focuses on your relationship. I May Not Be sign

 

Woven Customized Vow Art. Sure, it’s Mother’s Day, but if you’re looking to show your love to your lady, this one could be a major score. It’s your vows, woven together to create a stunning and meaningful visual masterpiece of love. (Mind = blown.) It is placed inside a black shadowbox (click through to see it) so you can hang it on the wall, or it can also be placed on a table as a centerpiece. Woven Customized Vow Art

 

Custom Name Metal Kitchen Sign. She knows it, you know it – now everyone will know it. (And there are lots of choices in colors!) Custom Name Metal Kitchen Sign.

 

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Nonna Box. For those who enjoy true, AUTHENTIC Italian cooking, it doesn’t get much better than this. She’ll get a box shipped directly to her door full of gourmet cooking items sourced and shipped from different regions of Italy. These are the kinds of things that will never be found in a grocery store – even the specialty ones. It’s like her secret stash of the mother country, right in her pantry. I tried this one out for myself, and let me tell you, it’s fantastic. Nonna Box

 

Initial with Opaline Stone Layered Necklace. This one allows you to pick both the length of the necklace and the initial. Perfect for the mom of a new little one! Initial with Opaline Stone Layered Necklace

 

Mama Bird Personalized Family Necklace. You can choose as many baby birds as you want for this personalized necklace, and you get to choose between a Matte Silver or Gold plated Branch (1.80″ L). The baby bird charms are hand stamped Silver or Gold, and for the chain you can also choose vermeil, which is hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin. Made in USA or Italy. Personalized Family Necklace

 

Semicolon ring. You’ve likely heard about the semi-colon and its meaning. While not everyone is interested in getting a tattoo (as many have done), this ring is a very special – and important – reminder. Semicolon ring

 

I F*cking Love You necklace. Don’t tell me you can’t appreciate a well-placed F-bomb. Because sometimes, there’s no other way to describe the magnitude of your love. (This is great for a friend, too!) I F*cking Love You Necklace

(Note: If the f-bomb above is a bit much for your gift idea, you should really see the rest of these to choose from – with words like “fearless”, “badass”, “hot mess”, and more! See them all.)

 

Bear Silhouette Lotus Necklace. Another one for the Mama Bear in your life. This one features a Bear of course, but my favorite part is the lotus flower on the side. The Lotus flower can symbolize the clarity of heart as well as the mind. It also represents strength, good luck, long life as well as honor and respect – all of which make a perfect – and thoughtful – gift for Mom. Bear Silhouette Lotus Necklace

 

Black Cuffs Crushed Druzy (Set of 3).  I’m all about bangles and stacking jewelry these days, and I’m loving this set! My favorite thing about them is that they are elegant, so you can wear them to a formal event. You can even give these to her in a box alongside tickets to an event or party. (Look at me, giving you combo gift ideas.) Black cuffs crushed druzy

 

Small Wood Jewelry Cabinet. Now that you got her all of that jewelry, get her a chic little cabinet to store it in. Small wood jewelry cabinet

Wind-Up Personalized Musical Jewelry Box. I have really beautiful memories of wind-up jewelry boxes from when I was a little girl. The sweet smell of the wood, the charming music…putting on jewelry was a sensory experience. Now you can do the same for the mom in your life. With this one, you can customize the carved word(s) on the top, the color of wood – you even get to customize the song! Wind-Up Personalized Musical Jewelry Box.

 

Outdoor hammock table. Gentleman! Husbands! Dads! Or anyone, for that matter! Order this one for her, then set it up. Place a cocktail on it, and a book (as shown), then lead her to it and show her the beautiful new outdoor oasis nook that is all her own. (And really, this can work for indoors, too.) Bonus points if you take the kids for a few hours and let her relax! Outdoor hammock table

Four Seasons Hand Painted Birds Glass Set. A Winter Cardinal with snow nestled in the crooks of the tree branches. A Spring Hummingbird with two-tones of pink and white blossoms. A Yellow Finch perched among lush green and gold Summer leaves and an Autumn Bluebird surrounded by brilliant orange and red turning leaves. These are beautiful – and a thoughtful gift for the nature lover mother in your world. Four Seasons Hand Painted Birds Glass Set

 

Foodie Dice. This idea really works for me, because I love food – but also because we pretty much “roll the dice” on dinner on a nightly basis. You select the five primary dice, add a seasonal veggie die and roll. Now, if only we could get them to cook for us… Foodie Dice

 

Mom’s Taste Test Spoon. I am ALWAYS grabbing for a spoon within my reach, and I wind up with a million out at once! This is genius, thoughtful, and adorable for a gift. Mom’s Taste Test Spoon

“From the Kitchen of…” For the woman who loves to share her kitchen creations. Now she can deliver them with love – and a proper tag. It even comes with baker’s twine. From the Kitchen of Tags

Texas Skillet. Everything’s bigger in Texas…including omelettes. Texas skillet

 

Mother/Daughter Apron Set. If the mom in your world has a little girl, you just can’t lose with this one. My sister got my daughter and I a matching set and we LOVE it. (Confession: we even put them on when we are ordering takeout.)  Mother/Daughter Apron Set

 

Happy First Mother’s Day Baby Onesie. After all this shopping, don’t forget to dress the baby. Happy First Mother’s Day Baby Onesie

 

“Fifty Shades of Stupid” ceramic wine decanter. Christian Gray meets grumpy cat. And wine. Fifty Shades of Stupid wine decanter

 

“Connoisseur” Personalized Mug. When she’s done decanting her wine she can pour it into her brand new personalized mug. Connoisseur personalized mug

Fruit Infusion Water Bottle. I love gifts that are thoughtful and show you really care. Remind her to take care of herself by helping her stay hydrated with this fruit infusion water bottle. It comes with a recipe book, and a brush to clean it. She (and her skin) will thank you. It may not be sparkly like jewelry, but you should get it anyway and give it alongside the jewelry. Because she needs it, it’s important, and she’ll be grateful every time she uses it. Like those socks Grandma gives everyone for Christmas each year. Fruit Infusion Water Bottle

Shatterproof Good Day Bad Day Wine Glass. This is probably more of a gift to the rest of the family because it will help them to know when it’s best to approach, but anything involving wine is usually a score for a Mother’s Day gift – and she’ll appreciate this one a lot. Plus, it’s shatterproof, which is great for when she slams it against the wall in a fury accidentally drops it. Shatterproof Good Day Bad Day Wine Glass

 


Personalized Cat Mugs (set of 4). Cat moms are moms, too. Personalize these mugs with a saying or word of your choice (on the back)! Set of 4 Personalized Cat Mugs

 

Stay at Home Dog Mom. And don’t forget the proud dog moms! Stay at Home Dog Mom T-Shirt

 

Dog Lover Adult Coloring Book. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and why not? Coloring is therapeutic. And sometimes, when a certain someone has chewed through the door frame yet again, that’s exactly what a dog lover needs. Dog Lover Adult Coloring Book

Cat Mom Bracelet. You know she’ll wear it proud, in honor of her fur baby (or babies). Cat Mom Bracelet

Yellow Garden Tote. The fastest way to cozy up a space is to add a little greenery, and this cheerful little tote does just that. It’s casual, so it gives the effortless look that’s just right to cheer up a kitchen island or counter. You can use this for herbs, which I love! Grab a small container of organic basil, and set it up on the kitchen counter. (If she’s not into cooking, grab mint instead – she can use it for mojitos.) Yellow Garden Tote

Latitude Longitude GPS Coordinates Sign. You can order the GPS coordinates of the location you were married, where your children were born, where you had your first kiss… the possibilities are endless! Latitude Longitude GPS Coordinates Sign

 

Dear Mom Travel Mug. For all the “favorite children” (you know who you are). Show mom your undying love (and your passive aggressive sibling rivalry) with this “Dear Mom” mug that reads: “Dear Mom, Thanks 4 putting up with a spoiled, ungrateful, messy, bratty child like my sibling. Love, your favorite.” Dear Mom Travel Mug

 

Put Away Your Laundry sign. Help her say it on those days she can’t find the words. Put away your laundry sign

 

Grandparent “announcement” pillow. If you have a fun announcement to make and were waiting for Mother’s Day to let Grandma know about it, let this adorable pillow help you out. Grandparent announcement pillow

The Best Parents Get Promoted Announcement Sign. Another adorable way to let your parents know that they have a grandchild on the way. The Best Parents Get Promoted Announcement Sign

Still Looking? See all the awesome items on my other gift guides, here: PunkWife Gift Guides

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 2015

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Favorite Finds, Gifts, Life

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Amazon Echo. At first I did not understand what this thing did. Now that I know, I want one for my kitchen. It’s a voice-controlled hub for audiobooks, music, news, weather…you name it, and it plays music from all your favorite sources like Pandora and iHeartRadio. Personally, I want it to read recipes to me while I’m cooking. And tell me I’m pretty.

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Picture Keeper. I am constantly running out of space on my phone and computer and need a space to keep my photos, and I know I’m not alone here. This device makes the process simple and easy, and backs up 8,000 photos. Merry Christmas – now your phone will actually function properly, picture hoarder!

Picture Keeper

Don’t Even Think About It Coffee Mug. Everyone knows this person. (I AM this person on some days.) Help those around her (or him) tread lightly with a literal guide to when it’s OK to approach.

Don’t Even Think About it Coffee Mug

Zero Fox Given. While we’re on the topic of mugs, this one is a MUST – and a motto for 2016.

Zero Fox Given Mug

Vintage Books Pendant. The reader on your list will go BANANAS for this pendant. It’s adorable, vintage, and comes in a box with a quote from Ernest Hemingway. I. WANT. (These are great teacher gifts!)

Vintage Books Pendant

Alice in Wonderland Bookmark. OK, now we’re really taking gifts for book lovers to the next level. LOOK AT THIS. If Alice in Wonderland’s feet sticking outside of a book isn’t enough of an invitation to sit down and read something magical, I don’t know what is. And wait until you see the others: Star Wars, Game of Thrones…even Louboutan. (Penelope is obsessed with the Yoda feet bookmark.)

Alice in Wonderland Bookmark and others, from MyBookMark (and others)

BOSE Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones. There is just too much noise today. It’s hard to tune things out and get work done, but these headphones will help you do just that. I think I might get myself a pair and sit in my closet wearing them while hiding from my toddler. I mean, “I think I will use them for work purposes”.

BOSE Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones

The MoGuard Mustache Guard. I present to you the MoGuard. This thing goes on top of your drink to protect your mustache from the elements. I’m not sure what else to say about this because I don’t have a mustache (thankfully), but maybe you or someone on your list has one and this sort of thing is a real problem for them.
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The MoGuard Mustache Guard

Hoverboard. I’m not really sure who wouldn’t want a hoverboard. I have no use for this thing and I can tell you, I would find a use for it because it looks like a crap ton of fun.

Hoverboard

PRO Wine Aerator. Because I always want the taste of quality wine, but I never want to wait for it. Now, instant aeration.

PRO Wine Aerator

I Can’t Adult Today Spoon. Because most days, I just can’t. And I want to know I’m not alone as I stir my coffee with this spoon.

I Can’t Adult Today Spoon

Audrey Rocks Art Print. Ummmm, does this one even need a description? She simply f*cking rocks. End of story.

Audrey Rocks Art Print

Clip-On iPhone Camera Lens, set of 3. You know your friend taking all of those artsy Instagram photos will love this gift. These are clip-on, super easy to use and tote around, and will help them take better photos with macro, wide angle and fish-eye lenses. iPhone photos have never looked so good.

Clip-On iPhone Camera Lens, set of 3

Corked: The Party Game for the Entertainment Connoisseur. The ultimate hostess gift.

Corked: The Party Game for the Entertainment Connoisseur

You’ll Eat it and Like it Napkins. Help your hostess let everyone know what’s up in her kitchen with these handmade napkins.

You’ll Eat it and Like it Napkins

The 80’s Mistaken Lyrics Coasters. These coasters are BRILLIANT. (Confession: I always thought it was “Rockin’ the cash box.” *SLAPS FOREHEAD*.)

The 80’s Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

Copper Embossed Handmade Pepper Mill. The chef on your list knows that the meal is so much more than the end result; it’s the engagement of all the senses in cooking, the love they put into each meal, and how they feel when they prepare it. This beautiful pepper mill is something special for the kitchen, and will make them enjoy cooking even more.

Copper Embossed Handmade Pepper Mill

Custom Walnut Cutting Board. You can select from many different styles of these personalized walnut cutting boards, but I’m showing you the one I’m kind of obsessed with. Awesome for a hostess gift, or for that couple that just got engaged or purchased a new home.

Custom Walnut Cutting Board

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron. This thing holds everything you would need while grilling, including an entire six pack of beer.

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron

Cigar Punch from Specialty Wood Designs. I don’t know much about cigars, but I do know that this will impress the cigar lover on your list. They are made from exotic woods with beautiful grains and polish, and when you open the end cap and you’ll find a circular cutter that is razor sharp. Each one comes with a spare cutting head.

Cigar Punch from Specialty Wood Designs

Personalized Men’s Leather Cuff. Pick your favorite phrase, add the dates of your kids’ births or the date you met, or simply have his name engraved. (I don’t know why this stupid photo says “ELF FOREVER”, but it’s the only picture they had available. Try to imagine an important date or phrase on it that means something to your man, and customize this for him.)

Personalized Men’s Leather Cuff

Hoodie Footie Pajamas. There’s not one adult I know whose day wouldn’t get better when they put these on after coming home. Buy a set for  your and your hubbs and get cozy.

Hoodie Foootie Pajamas

Let Her Sleep Linen Quote Pillow. I have a soft spot for pillows like this; they make adorable decorative accents for a baby’s nursery, and they are neutral enough to work with any colors. You can also customize these! Great gift for new parents from an auntie or uncle. (And hopefully it will encourage the little one to actually sleep.)

Let Her Sleep Linen Quote Pillow

State Shape Pillow. Speaking of pillows, these are SO cute, and can work for lots of people on your  list: the college-bound nephew, to bring a little bit of “home” to a dorm; the young couple who recently relocated; or simply the person who is proud of their state.

State Shape Pillow

Crochet Knit Scarf, 2 Styles in 1. I love this scarf because you can wear it two ways: straight, or as an infinity (as shown). They come in a ton of colors. (The red is my favorite, in case you’re asking.)

Crochet Knit Scarf, 2 Styles in 1

Zigabob Electric Shoe Shine Kit. Shoes are important and they must be cared for appropriately. The shoe lover on your list knows this. My dad says everyone needs one of these because too many people neglect their shoes, and I think he’s right.

Zigabob Electric Shoe Shine Kit

Guitar for Dummies Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack. You know that person on your list who is always saying how much they’d love to learn to play guitar? Give them a jump-start with this set. It’s got everything they’d need, and won’t have them spending money on private lessons.

Guitar for Dummies Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack

Squatty Potty. Give the gift of regularity this holiday season. In this age of over-sharing, you already know who needs it most.

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OH, and don’t forget your Dude Wipes.

Squatty Potty and Dude Wipes.

Money Maze for a Fun Twist on Giving. If you are someone who has a small gift to give, or who likes to give money, but wants to make it a bit more fun, this item is for you. The money or whatever small object goes inside, then the recipient has to figure out how to get to the gift. Honestly, the first thought I had for this one was an engagement ring.

Money Maze for a Fun Twist on Giving

French Press Coffee and Tea Maker Set. We recently purchased a French press and it was fairly life-changing. The coffee tastes so much better, and I love how sleek it looks on our counter. This one even brews tea and comes with a book of “barista tips” which, in my opinion, would make this a nice little gift for the caffeine lover on your list.

French Press Coffee and Tea Maker Bundle Set

Lay n’ Go cosmetic bag. Greg got this for me last year and honestly, I was like, “Huh? This is a gift?” But resisted the urge to slap him upside the head because I quickly realized it is one of the most useful things he ever bought for me. I haven’t had to dig through a makeup bag for over a year and it is GLORIOUS. And when my toddler comes running, I just pull that little string and WHAM! all my makeup is put away, just like that.

Lay n’ Go cosmetic bag

Handmade Sapphire and Pink Pearls 24K Ring. Nothing says “I love you” more than something handmade, and one-of-a-kind. I’m mildly obsessed with this gorgeous ring which is weird, because I normally don’t like pink or pearls. Which goes to show you how powerful jewelry can be. (Are you listening, Greg?!) Ahem.

Handmade Sapphire and Pink Pearls 24K Ring

These cozy Mukluk slippers.  I have a pair of Mukluk slippers that I live in. If I am home, they are on me, and when I get in the door the first thing I do is put them on. These are faux fur and have cute buttons going up the back (not pictured). I’m convinced every woman on your list needs a pair of these.

Mukluk slippers

Boob-B Warmer Organic Cotton Maternity Nursing Sweatshirt. You might be all like, “You want me to buy her an expensive sweatshirt?!” but trust me when I tell you that stuff like this is GOLD to a new mom. She will use it. She will love it. She will LIVE in the thing, because it just might make her life that much easier.

Boob-B Warmer Organic Cotton Maternity Nursing Sweatshirt

Baby Monthly Stickers. I have a set like this and I love that they remind me to take monthly photos. These stickers encourage new moms to do just that. Tell them to sit the baby in the same chair each month, so they can really see how fast their little one grows.

Baby Monthly Stickers

Ostrich Pillow. Speaking of making mommy’s life easier, I’ll bet she could use this “napping” ostrich pillow. Tell her to train the kids not to bother her when she’s inside her little nap nest. They say it increases productivity by 34%, but I’m just like “let’s play hide and seek so I can decrease my productivity today”. To each their own.

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Ostrich Pillow

Fire Kids Edition with Blue Kid-Proof Case. This one comes loaded with unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and more, and puts parents in the driver’s seat with controls to manage usage limits and content access. They had me at Daniel Tiger. 

Fire Kids Edition with Blue Kid-Proof Case

Personalized Kid’s Treasure Chest. How stinkin’ adorable is this?! It is a gift that truly keeps on giving, because it is a keepsake. Personalize the font, the name, even the stain of the wood. Bonus points if you fill it with goodies!

Personalized Kid’s Treasure Chest

Melissa & Doug Suspend. I have a soft spot for Melissa & Doug toys, and I LOVE toys that don’t need batteries. They’ve done it again with their “Suspend” game – it’s fun for the whole family, is excellent for building hand-eye coordination, and is something that can be played independently. I am getting one for Penelope (shh, don’t tell her) because it will be a nice break from her Lego set.

Melissa & Doug Suspend

Lionel Polar Express Train Set. Forget Thomas. This train set is bad ass, with a highly-detailed G-Gauge steam locomotive, authentic train sounds, including bell and whistle, working headlight, and much more for your tiny conductor.

Lionel Polar Express Train Set

Robot Crayons with Coloring Book and Gift Box. A fun take on the classic favorite gift of crayons and a coloring book. And the gift wrap is adorable!

Robot Crayons with Coloring Book and Gift Box

VTech 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter. Penelope has had this for a long time now, and it is still one of her favorites. The red part can be locked into 3 different positions — walker, rider, and scooter — so your child can continue to learn as they grow. (It is geared toward ages 1 – 3.)

Vtech 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter

Kids Therapeutic “Nightmare Snatcher” Journal. If your little one is going through a period of being scared at nighttime, this insanely cute little journal might offer them all the reassurance they need to keep the monsters away.

Kids Therapeutic “Nightmare Snatcher” Journal

KaZAM No Pedal Balance Bike. You might recognize this one if you are a Shark Tank junkie, as it was seen once on the show. And for good reasons: it helps kids find their center of gravity and is designed to teach kids how to ride without ever needing training wheels. You don’t even need to ever put air in the tires. Another one of Penelope’s favorites, given to her by her Uncle Marc (although she still hasn’t fully grown into it yet, so we have to help her a lot). For ages 3 and up.

KaZAM No Pedal Balance Bike

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk. We got this for Penelope for her 2nd birthday and it’s hands-down one of the best gifts we’ve given her. It’s an interactive desktop with four double-sided cards that introduce numbers, letters, animals, music, people and more. It comes with 160+ vocab words, 30+ learning activities, and 20+ popular melodies; 9 colorful touch pages each with 4 learning modes. And it’s currently the only thing in our home that can get Penelope to sit still for more than 30 seconds.

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk

Makita XT211M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 2-Pc. Cordless Combo Kit with 2 Batteries. I have no idea what those letters and numbers mean after “Makita”, but I do know that this is an insane deal on some power tools – it originally cost over $700! 

Makita XT211M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 2-Pc. Cordless Combo Kit with 2 Batteries

Man Crates. Think of a beautiful gift basket – only they are rugged, and for men. Hence “man crates”. There are several different crates you can choose from, like the “Whiskey Appreciation” crate, the “Exotic Meats” crate, and “Pipe Smoker” crate. Featured below is the “Retro Gamer” crate, perfect for the old school video game lover on your list.

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Man Crates

Just Dance 2016. This one is fun for everyone in the family. Music that will get you moving, karaoke mode, and even a “sweat mode” that tracks your calories and gives personalized workouts.

Just Dance 2016

Cacoon Hanging Chair. If you’re looking for a sweet gift for the outdoorsy one on your list, this is it. Like, THIS. IS. IT.  You can fold it up and unfold it quickly and easily, and it gives a whole new meaning to the term “hanging out”. It’s on the higher end in terms of gifts, but you can’t put a price on hanging around the great outdoors.

Cacoon Hanging Chair

Ikea Ekorre Swing. If you love the idea of swinging around but camping is not for you, get this adorable and MUCH more reasonably priced alternative from good ol’ Ikea. (I’m a sucker for an indoor swinging chair, and there is one in Penelope’s room.)

Ikea Ekorre Swing

Redneck Plunger. I don’t know who it is, but SOMEONE on  your list needs this redneck plunger. And it’s THE perfect gift to bring with you to one of those “Dirty Santa” parties. (You could also leave it in your bathroom to provide instant entertainment for your holiday guests.)

Redneck Plunger

Parking Tickets. Greg doesn’t have road rage, but what he DOES have is parking rage. He has no tolerance for people who take up multiple spots, so I bought these for him one year. It’s almost scary the joy that handing out one of these “parking tickets” brings him. It’s like instant therapy. Let the road rager in your life have joy this season, too. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.

Parking Tickets

Kendra Scott “Signature 2015” Elisa Pendant Necklace. I love the simplicity of this necklace. I am also currently into layering necklaces, and this seems like the perfect accent to pair with another necklace or two. My favorite part is that the chain comes with a 3-inch extender, so your lady can get it to just the right length she needs.

Kendra Scott “Signature 2015” Elisa Pendant Necklace

Bath Bombs Gift Set. Husbands, please read the following carefully: Give these to your wife. Take the baby. Pour her a glass of wine (preferably in the “My Therapy” wine glass, below). Run her a bath, drop one of these suckers in there, then give her an hour’s worth of time where she can unwind and not think about sleep schedules, pumping, or what to make for breakfast tomorrow. (We all know she’ll be thinking about it anyway, but at least she can relax for a bit.) Or even better, drop the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and get in there with her.

Bath Bombs Gift Set

“My Therapy” Wine Glass. Finally, a glass that states the obvious. This one comes already gift-wrapped, so all you need to do is pair it with a nice bottle of wine to make the wino on your list happy. Boom. Done.

“My Therapy” Wine Glass

Komono Watch, Winston, Black Wood. You know what they say: “time is but made of wood”. Actually, nobody really says that. But this modern, simplistic watch will have the man in your life happy to show off how he knows what time it is.

Komono Watch, Black Wood

Tarot Card Reading. Want to know what’s in store for you in the new year? Have a friend who is looking for direction and just wish someone could give her a sign? Gift her a reading from an expert tarot instructor and reader. Lisa of Tarot by Lisa will enlighten you and inspire your direction in all things life and love. Also a great idea for holiday parties, ladies nights, and more.

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Book a Tarot reading from Tarot by Lisa

Jambu boots. Greg bought these boots for me for our anniversary this year, because he followed that list that tells you what the gift theme of each year should be and this year it was wool – which he knows I don’t like. (I’m not vegan, but am not a fan of wool.) I am IN LOVE with these boots! They are the perfect stylish, cozy, cruelty-free fashion statement for the crunchy one on your list. Bonus points for how tough they are – you could hike in these bad boys.

Jambu Women’s Arctic Vegan Snow Boots

Miswak Club Chemical-Free Whitening Toothbrush. You know when you need a stocking stuffer, but your recipient is a crunchy hippie who will not tolerate plastic crap made in China? Get them this. It’s a “toothbrush” that supposedly whitens teeth, freshens breath, and doesn’t require water or toothpaste. At the very least, it will make them feel good that they are cleaning their teeth with sticks.

Miswak Club Chemical-Free Whitening Toothbrush

Candles from Crossbone Candle Company. These candles from Crossbone Candle Company are a collection of some of the most interesting scents I’ve ever heard of in a candle: Chocolate cake, Vermont Maple, Whiskey, and even more masculine scents like Sawdust, Clove and Tobacco. The candles are hand blended and hand poured into an old fashioned repurposable/recyclable glass, and made with 100% Soy Wax from non GMO and pesticide free soybeans grown in the United States. I don’t think you could find a cleaner candle on the market. They are also at a great price point, so you can stock up on these and keep them on hand for things like teacher and hostess gifts.

Crossbone Candle Company, Whiskey Scent (and more)

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson. Jenny is a genius wordsmith who will make you laugh until you shoot your hot toddy right out of your nose. Also, she is relatable to the point that you will want to both hug her and wonder if she’s walking around inside your head because you know you’ve had at least some of these thoughts. Buy this for yourself, and also for the person on your list who needs a mental pick-me-up this holiday season.

Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson. 

The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. The newly-engaged person on your list needs to know about the REAL stuff that goes on with wedding planning, not the predictable. This book will help her with everything from choosing a dress to dealing with crazy family to negotiating with vendors, and much much more. Plus, it’s written by someone really cool, who has been there, done that, and helped many others do the same. Ahem.

The Real-Deal Bridal Bible

Handmade “I Do, Me Too” Wedding Forks. Speaking of wedding gifts, this is a sweet little set for that adorable couple planning their wedding.

Handmade “I Do, Me Too” Wedding Forks

It’s Really Ten Months: Special Delivery. Yours truly has an essay in here, but I really want you to gift this book to the pregnant mama on your list for the collection of other authors who tell their stories, because OHMYGOD, these are the things a pregnant woman and first time mom-to-be needs to know. Let everyone else tell her the surface stuff; you give her the real-deal with this book.

It’s Really Ten Months: Special Delivery, Natalie Guenther, Kim Schenkelberg, Celeste Snodgrass

OH, and there is a temporary sale going on with the e-book version! Grab that, here:

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Vegibag Organic Cotton Reusable Eco-Friendly Vegetable Preservation Fresh Crisper Bags. That’s a mouthful to say. Maybe that’s because, with these vejibags, you will have MOUTHFULS to eat since none of your food will go bad anymore! These bags are 100% organic, American-made, and specially designed to keep food fresh much longer. You can even use it for herbs. GENIUS.

Vegibag Vegetable Preserve Bag, Organic Cotton Variety Pack

Umbrit Hangit Photo Display. This one is perfect for the college kid on your list, and will (hopefully) encourage them to actually print out some of those selfies.

Umbrit Hangit Photo Display

Singer stylish award-winning computerized sewing machine. If someone on your list is showing a love for fashion or crafting lately, it might be time to help their efforts.

Singer award-winning computerized sewing machine

Oxycatin Catnip PelletsStop giving your felines low-grade catnip; it’s time to step up your game and give them the quality script they deserve.

Oxycatin Catnip Pellets

Best Cat Dad Ever Mug. Because they are dads, too, and they take care of their babies.

Best Cat Dad Ever Mug

Best Dog Mom Ever Water Bottle. Let’s not forget moms and dogs.

Best Dog Mom Ever Water Bottle

Window Bird Feeder. Now you can see these beauties up close and in detail, thanks to the clear design and window suction. This is great for bird lovers and kids, and apartment dwellers!

Window Bird Feeder

Relaxation Music for Pets and Pet Lovers. When I first saw this I was like, huh? But then I read the description and it’s actually really sweet. It is a disc full of gentle, calm music that keeps the sensitivity of dogs and cats in mind (and is peaceful to human ears, too). With all the chaos of the holidays, it’s nice to come home to a calm atmosphere and happy pets.

Relaxation Music for Pets and Pet Lovers

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! And don’t forget to see my past gift guides for even more gift ideas!

XO

-Ali

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Gifts, Uncategorized

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts there are just a few simple rules I recommend you follow:

  1. Don’t purchase a cookbook (unless you’d like to know what it feels like to get whacked upside the head with it);
  2. Don’t forget the card;
  3. And DON’T be late.

Anything beyond that, is fair game – and all depends on the personality and style of the lovely lady in your world. With that, I bring you…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide, 2015

Mama doesn’t mess around, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned From Our Mothers. This book, filled with essays from some of your favorite writers, will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, and truly enjoy the lessons we’ve learned from influential women in our lives. It’s full of heart and I guarantee this book will be a huge win for anyone on your list. (And you’ll find an essay in here from yours truly!)


Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Mothers, $12.95

Blueyes Collection, “Hot” Mix Color India Agate Bead on Genuine Leather. I always love chunky wrap bracelets, and this one is no exception. You can dress it up or down, and the best part is that India Agate is a gemstone that is known for its healing properties and aiding in meditation. And if you’re not into all of that, know that the box is just as pretty as the bracelet.


Blueyes Collection, “Hot” Mix Color India Agate Bead on Genuine Leather Bracelet, 3 Wraps, 4mm/bead, $22.95

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera. This camera will allow your lady take better pictures with a softer look, perfect for portraits.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink), $69.99.

And don’t forget the sheets of instant film that you can write on!


Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film, 10 Sheets x 5 packs, $34.95

Beautiful Cuff For the long distance mom. This cuff bracelet is the perfect way to show mom you love her, even when you’re miles apart. Check out the inscription, which reads “The Love Between a Mother and Daughter Knows No Distance”:


Sterling Silver “The Love Between A Mother and Daughter Knows No Distance” Heart Cuff Bracelet, $76

“Journey” necklace. Because I’m all about a well-placed inspirational quote. I like this one for “mom-preneurs”:


Sterling Silver “The Journey Is The Reward” Twisted Pendant Necklace, 18″, $25

“I Just Want to Drink Wine, Save Animals, & Take Naps” tee. This applies to just about every pet mama I know.


I Just Want To Drink Wine, Save Animals, & Take Naps Womens T-Shirt, $15.99

“I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie” Mug. This one made me snort-laugh!


“I Like Big Mutts” Ceramic Coffee Mug Woof Animal Pet Lover Gift Grasslands Road, $11.79

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship. A sweet, sweet gift that will hit you right in the feels.

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship, $17.13

“Don’t Judge My Dog” Tote bag. Well oh, snap. I’d say it’s a fair deal.

Don’t Judge My Dog Tote Bag, $19.99

Umbra Aquala Bamboo Bath Spa. This one is everything we could ever want: encouragement to stay in a nice, warm, relaxing bath. Bonus points for you if you give this gift with a great book and a fancy bottle of wine.

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Umbra Aquala Bamboo and Chrome Bathtub Caddy, $47.45

iPhone Charger Case for the mom on-the-go. We’re always running, we’re tired of seeing low-battery, and we could all use a little extra juice every once in a while.


Jackery® Leaf Premium iPhone 5S Charger Case Power Bank for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 (White & Orange), $39.99

Mom’s One Line a Day memory book. I LOVE this one. I always have the best intentions of keeping a journal for Miss P and now #2, but sometimes the days get away from me. This little memory book is perfect, asking only for you to write one line per day, be it a single thought, a family quote, or a special event each day to be remembered for years to come. And it fits right into mom’s pocketbook.


Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $9.12

Kindle Fire, HD, Wifi. You don’t need my convincing on this one. Just know that the lady in your life needs one of these in hers.

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black, $99

Tower Paddle Board, Inflatable. Perfect for the outdoor mama. I don’t even paddle board, but I’ve seen plenty of my Facebook friends posting pics cruising around the water on these, looking leisurely in style with their flat bellies and sun-kissed hair. (I’m not a lesbian; I’ve just been pregnant for a really long time.) But this thing makes me want to start.

Click the link for a video on the awesomeness of this thing: Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10” SUP Package, $595

For the stylish gardener. She may be an earth mama at heart, but there’s always a place for pink in the dirt.


Apollo Precision Tools DT3795P 18-Piece Garden Tool Set, Pink, $61.59

Cocktail Garden Kit. Because there’s no use wasting time puttering around in your garden if you can’t drink your harvest. (And watering is much more fun with a beverage in-hand!)


Cocktail Garden Kit – 6 Varieties to Grow – Great Gift for the Gardener who Enjoys a Cocktail!, $16.99

(This company, Plant Theatre, has other fun gardening kits in their collection – see them all here: Plant Theatre Full Collection)

A Personal Chef. I’m not kidding – this is totally possible. You can hire one to come to you, make meals for a week, and even give suggestions for meal planning.

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Personal Chef Meal Service, prices vary

For the earth mama. Because you know she needs some “namaste” in her world.

Gaiam Yoga Beginner’s DVD Kit, $13.28

Colorful Mary Jane’s for the Fashionable Mama. These. THESE. Mary Janes seem to be making an epic comeback, and I can see why because these are adorable. And there are TONS of patterns to choose from – you can see them all here: See all styles
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Hot Chocolate Design Chocolaticas Cherry Women Mary Jane Flat, $59.49

For the brides: The Bitch’s Bridal Bible. If you know a mom who is also planning a wedding, you know she does not have time to mess around. Gift her my bridal guide – she will thank you forever!


The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides.

Peacock Sequined Scarf. There is something about this gorgeous piece that I’m loving. It’s great for every season, and will bring your average LBD (little black dress) up about 10 notches on the elegant scale. And, just like your LBD, it’s timeless and classic – just like the mama in your life.


All Hand Made Peacocks Sequined Scarf . Beautiful Designs ,Elegant, Soft Touch Good For All Seasons. $19.95

“Mama Stays” Tank: This tank, from teespring.com, says it all. (And couldn’t be more spot-on for yours truly.)

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“Mama Stays” Tank, $24.99

“Big Betty” wine glass, holds 1 bottle of wine. Because let’s face it: some days call for a Big Betty.


The Big Betty XL Premium Jumbo Wine Glass – Holds a Whole Bottle of Wine! $14.95

Elegant Vodka Teacup. Hey, not everyone’s a wino.

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Elegant Vodka Teacup, Etsy, $45

Mambino Organics Pampering Kit for For Mom-to-Be. Stretch marks, be gone! Give mom-to-be the gift of keeping her skin healthy and cared for, au natural. It’s made with certified organic ingredients, so she can slather it on, free of guilt.


Mambino Organics – Bun In The Oven ($55 Value) *made with certified organic ingredients, $39.99

Ora’s Amazing Herbal Naturally Beautiful Pregnancy Gift Box. Also a pampering gift set, this one is high on the “green” scale and includes tea, all-over natural skincare all safe for pregnancy, healing body butter, healing repair, and more, all wrapped up in a sustainable recycled box. If you’re looking for the gift that says “I support your natural pregnancy”, this is it.


Ora’s Amazing Herbal Naturally Beautiful Pregnancy Gift Box, $74.99

Spa Perfect Essential Oils Gift Basket. This one pulls out all the stops: essential oils, toffee chocolates, tea, foot massager, back massager, 3 aromatherapy candles, a beautiful faux leather tote – it even has a bath loofah and a sisal back loofah. (I don’t know what a sisal back loofah is, but I’m pretty sure it means business.)


Spa Perfect -Women’s Spa Gift Basket, $124

Mum Cook Book. Full of nutritious, simple recipes for mom, so she can still indulge her cravings – the healthy way.


BEABA Mum Cookbook, English, $16.95

“Happy First Mother’s Day” baby onesie. Ok, seriously?! If you’re pulling out all the stops and trying to top the charts of cuteness, dress your little one in this adorable onesie and have him greet mama in bed. And bring mimosas. and waffles.

Happy First Mothers Day Mommy Infant Baby One Piece, $4.50 – $6.99

“To My Mommy on Our First Mother’s Day”. The only thing sweeter than a picture of the little adorable monster you two created is this adorable frame and poem to accompany it.


New Mom – To My Mommy On Our First Mother’s Day – Touching Poem – 5×7 Inches , $26.99

Big Mouth Toys Prescription Coffee Mug. Because, yep, it’s at that level.


Big Mouth Toys The Prescription Coffee Mug, $8.28

Jiusko 21-Jeweled Heart Skeleton Luxury Mother of Pearl Dress Watch, Red. This one is elegant, and sometimes a pop of red is all you need.


Jiusko Watches, various styles and colors, price varies

For your mother-in-law: “Thank You For Raising the Man of My Dreams” mother/son necklace. You may not agree on everything, but one thing’s for sure: you and your mother-in-law both love the same man. Wait a  minute – that sounded weird. I think you know what I was going for, and she will too if you get her this gift. (And you’ll get bonus points toward being “Rock Star Daughter-in-Law of the Year.)


Mothers Day “Thank You for Raising the Man of My Dreams” Love Between a Mother and Son Necklace, $26.50

A gorgeous photo book. “Send me a pict-cha!” If you’re anything like me and this is all you here, a sleek little photo album filled with grand kids (or grand pets!) will do just the trick. If you read me then you know by now that my favorites are the Mosaic ($20, easy, you can do it from your phone) and Montage (a little more elegant, prices vary). You can see my reviews in detail for these items both here and here.

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Mosaic photo books, $20; Montage photo books, prices vary

The Grandparent Gift of Life Story Frame. This one’s a tear-jerker, so bust out the tissues. You add a picture of your mom as a little girl, then as a young mother with you, then as a grandma, to your little one. Slam. Dunk.


The Grandparent Gift Life Story Frame, Grandma, $24.99

For the Crafty Mama: Cutting Machine Starter Bundle. Use this to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, and more.

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine Starter Bundle, $269.99

“Project Runway” computerized embroidery and sewing machine. For your SERIOUS crafter.


Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine with Included Rolling Carrying Case, $360

Hopefully you’ve found some items you know the woman in your world will love this year. And remember, when all else fails: breakfast in bed, sleep, junk food, booze, and chunks of time with no children are always welcome gifts for any mama.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Gifts

I set out to get this post to you in time for “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday,” or “Punch-Yourself-in-the-Face-to-Make-the-Emails-Stop” Thursday, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that to you. Plus, every time I sat down to do it I was side-tracked by things like Penelope taking the outlet covers OUT of the outlets and handing them to me, while saying “No!” (at least she knows she’s doing something wrong), and/or watching videos of cats and dogs who hate kisses.

But finally, here it is: my Holiday Gift Guide 2014! If you’re anything like me, ol’ faithful procrastinator, you are nowhere NEAR finished with your holiday shopping and in that case, huzzah!!! I have some pretty awesome gifts for you. So without further ado…here are the best gift items I’ve found on the web. You are sure to find something for just about everyone on your list here. Happy shopping!

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Mighty Purse Chargeable Smartphone Clutch. Hold the phone. No, literally, this thing will hold your phone – and CHARGE it for you. Perfect for a ladies night out! And it comes in a ton of styles and colors.

Mighty Purse – The Purse That Charges Your Phone By Handbag Butler – Tangerine Orange, $109

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“Noor” Embroidered Fabric Statement Necklace. I have a slight obsession with this necklace, partly because it is GAW-geous, but also because it’s both fabric and gold. I hardly go out anymore these days but I would LOVE this for a wedding or fancy celebration. Like my birthday. In February. (Now let’s see if Greg actually reads my blog.)

“Noor” Embroidered Fabric Statement Necklace Soft Jewelry Gold, $59

This shawl has SO many things I love all wrapped up into one item: hand-dyed in vibrant colors to take the dreariness out of winter, velvet, to keep you warm, and ombre because well, OMBRE. I have never seen anything quite like it. Imagine unwrapping THIS? It can be worn several different ways, too – my favorite is as a one-shoulder, over a little black dress.

Hand Dyed “Isla” Silk Burnout Velvet Scarf Shawl Stole Wrap Ombre Turquoise Amber Gold, $69

“Rules for Dating My Daughter” T-Shirt for dads. My favorite on here: “I’m Everywhere.”

Rules For Dating My Daughter T-Shirt Funny Shirts

“Light Up Ties”, as seen on The Today Show. There will be NO QUESTION as to who brought their A-game to the party.

Light Up Ties – Novelty Necktie for Men As Seen On Today Show (Aqua)

Star Wars Cufflinks. These are SO cool. (Ladies, dare I say they’d be great to give for your groom-to-be to wear on your big day?)

Star Wars Darth Vader TIE Starfighter Blueprint Cufflinks Cuff Links [Jewelry]

Personalogy – An Absurdly Provocative Game for Thinking People. Anything that boasts it has “120 absurd, thought-provoking and entertaining questions for Friends, Family and people you want to get to know better!” is my kind of hostess gift. I am about to order one of these for our home because it just looks like WAY too much fun.

Personalogy – An Absurdly Provocative Game for Thinking People., $18.75

Cards Against Humanity. Every hostess needs one of these in her kitchen drawer. It will kick a dull party up ten notches, or make an already fun party even THAT much more of a blast.

Cards Against Humanity, $25

Double XL Wine Glass holds a whole bottle of wine. The hostess this holiday season will LOVE you for this! And you won’t make a liar out of her when she says, “I’ll just have one glass.”

DCI XL Wine Glass, Holds a Whole Bottle of Wine

“Drunken Coasters” by Grasslands. Waaaaay better than wine charms. (Not like the hostess won’t already know which guest is which!)

Grasslands Road in Vino Veritas Drunken Coasters, Set of 4

Wine Pearls. Stop. Stahhhhhhhp. Who is the genius in the room?! Mama loves her wine, but we know that mama loves when her wine is both chilled and NOT watered down. Guys, if you are reading this, someone has figured out a way you can give your honey the gift of both WINE AND PEARLS. For well under $100. You’re welcome. I’m not a fan of pearls, but these ones? I’ll take ’em.

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SPARQ Wine Pearls -Set of 4 Hand Polished Stainless Steel Metal Chillers, $24.95

Outdoor Pizza Oven. This portable outdoor pizza oven is SO cool. It gets a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, and I can see why: it was designed with the cooking ability of a professional brick oven. The difference is that this one sits right on top of your table, making it ultra-portable. I even love this for tail gaiting: bye bye, unoriginal wings, burgers and dogs. I’ll be over here making my gourmet pizza before the game starts.

Cuisinart CPO-600 Alfrescamore Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

Steve Jobs Poster. This motivational poster, with the words of Steve Jobs artfully printed on it, is the perfect accessory for your favorite entrepreneur’s workspace. Featuring his famous “Here’s to the crazy ones” quote, it is sure to provide the much-needed drive to complete a project, write that novel, or create that product that will change the world.

Steve Jobs Poster “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” Quote. 10″x34″ Motivational and Inspirational Wall Decor Poster, $15.99

The Entrepreneur Mind. Help the creative one on your list get into the mindset of a true entrepreneur.

The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs, $9.99

Plan Toy Wooden Baby Walker. I’m a fan of all things wooden and recycled when it comes to toys for Penelope, and this one hits both marks. You can adjust it for height, AND it includes little blocks for tots to play, too.

Plan Toy Baby Walker, $63

“Roll-to-Ride” Three Wheeled Cruiser. I remember like it was yesterday. I attended the huge consignment sale at the Y in my neighborhood and there it was: a three wheeled cruiser, in bright red. At a hugely discount price. EXACTLY what I was looking for! And just as I got close enough to nab it, a yuppy couple cut intercepted and trotted off with it. ‘Twas not meant to be. But this? I could totally do this for P! And since she is in her “I-hate-my-stroller-but-still-want-you-to-push-me” phase, this is just the thing.

Mobo Total Tot Disney Planes- Dusty: The Roll-to-Ride Three Wheeled Cruiser, $181

Great for new parents: Cocoon Car Seat Cover. Car seat rules seem to change every day, which is of course nothing but AWESOME for us paranoid parents who just want to do the right thing. A recent rule is that you should no longer put a jacket on your child while in the carseat – instead, you should take the jacket off before strapping your child in because the straps and buckles need to be as close to your baby’s body as possible. OK, but what about those of us who don’t want our bundles of joy to freeze?! Enter the Enfant Cocoon Car Seat Cover:

The new parent will thank you for giving them one less issue to worry about while keeping their new addition cozy.

Nike Air Jordan Socks. These are SOCKS! Brilliant, because the baby sneakers are a total waste of money in my book. Factor in the time it will take you to maneuver them onto those delicate little tootsies and the rapid growth of baby feet, they will only get to wear them for like, 5 seconds. But these socks?! Adorable, and problem solved!

Nike Air Jordan Baby 0-6 Months Newborn Infant Booties

“My Little Night Owl” Sack and Cap. How can your new mom friend be upset about night feedings when her little “night owl” looks like this?! (Well, night feedings are still no fun. But he’ll look adorable, won’t he?)

Baby Aspen, Sack and Cap My Little Night Owl Snuggle, 0-6 Months, Beige

Frozen ‘Olaf’s in Trouble’ Game. This is of course the year of Frozen EVERYTHING, so naturally this would make the list.

Frozen Olaf’s in Trouble Game

Connect Four. I LOVE when I see classic games that are still best sellers!

Connect 4 Game

Thug Kitchen cookbook. For your foul-mouthed friend who loves to cook and eat healthy. The slogan says it all: “Eat Like You Give a F*ck.” I just bought my second one for gift-giving (and I foresee more in my future).

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck, $14.61

The Vitamix.  If you’ve been reading me long enough you know how much I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these bad boys, and there’s no better time than the holidays to make one good, worthwhile splurge. If this is on your list, or if you are feeling extra generous and want to gift it to someone else, DO IT! The thing cleans itself, for cryin’ out loud!

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black prices vary based on model

Pure Vitamin Club. All of the vitamins out there on the market are enough to turn your average health nut into a pill-popper. Take this for that, that for this, and you wind up creating what my friend and trainer Vinnie Tortorich calls “very expensive pee”. Enter Pure Vitamin Club, the affordable, healthy vitamin membership created by Vinnie Tortorich, AKA “America’s Angriest Trainer.” No fillers, no chemicals, and they are delivered to your doorstep on a monthly basis. You can grab your subscription to PVC here (and don’t worry, you can cancel the subscription at any time with no charge).

Pure Vitamin Club.

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Bulletproof Coffee. I swear, every person who has stayed with us as a guest in our home RAVES about our coffee. We made the switch about a year ago and never looked back. It tastes good, it’s pure, and wakes me up without the jitters. My favorite part of switching to BP coffee is when we noticed that our coffee grinder no longer had a gross waxy film inside like it did when we used it to grind our old coffee. Makes you think! If you’d like to change the world of the coffee lover in your life, get them started with Bulletproof.

Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee 5lb

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DIY Sushi Kit by Global Grub. It finally happened: the sushi lover in your life has become bored with the ‘specialty rolls’ section of their favorite restaurant. Now they can make plenty of rolls for the cost of ONE of those fancy restaurant rolls – in their own kitchen! – with this DIY Sushi kit. Pair it with a nice bottle of Sake, and you have a WINNER of a gift. It’s time for the creativity to flow.

Global Grub Kit, Sushi Rolls, 25.4 Ounce, $22

Sake glassware serving set. Speaking of sushi and sake, check out this cold sake serving set! It even has an indentation for ice to keep the drink cold without it getting watered-down (see that blue circle?). I love when product makers really THINK about how their customers would enjoy their product best. Pair this with the DIY sushi set above, and you have yourself a sweet gift.

Sake Set for Cold Sake, $15

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal. I love the concept of this book. Author Ava Chin takes us on a beautiful journey to connect with food and nature via foraging for foods. It’s all about eating better, healthier, and more sustainably, no matter where you live.  Consider this the perfect gift for the foodie in your world.

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal

The Nibble Cake Pan. I made a cheesecake for Thanksgiving, which I rarely ever do. It looked beautiful on the outside, but I had NO IDEA what this sucker was going to taste like once I took that first fateful slice (and if you remember my pumpkin bread debacle, AKA ‘vagina loaf’ from several months ago you know baking is not my strong point). THIS was a time I wish I had this Quirky Nibble Cake Pan– I could have tasted my cheesecake and served it with confidence! This thing right here is a baker’s dream. I’m not going to say that cheesy euphemism you are probably already thinking. Nope. Not gonna… OK FINE. “Now you can have your cake and eat it, too”. *UGH*

Quirky Nibble Cake Pan, $19.99


For the Mom with a Sense of Humor. You know your mom friend who comes to mind right away: She’s real, down-to-earth, not afraid to laugh at the chaos that is mommy-hood. She doesn’t have time for those who pretend it’s all Pinterest parties and unicorn farts; this mama likes the REAL DEAL. Any one (or all!) of these reads will have her laughing her toosh off, and she’ll thank you for providing some much needed sanity during the holiday chaos. Here are the four pillars of parenthood reading this year:

    

    

Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays, by Jill Smokler and contributing authors (make sure you read the essay in there titled “The Pregnancy Holiday Checklist”, written by one of your favorite bloggers, ahem), People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, by Jen Mann, I Heart My Little A-Holes, by Karen Alpert (AKA Baby Sideburns), and The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, by Kate Hall. Each of these books are spit-out-your-coffee, might-make-you-pee-a-little reads that will without a doubt get you through both the season of giving and the season of parenting.

Kindle E-Reader. There are several books that I, like many people, enjoy holding: poring over the pages, seeing the cover, dog-earing the pages and then storing it on my shelf. But lately there are SO many books I want to read quickly, and for this, I LOVE my Kindle! (And I love that it stops Greg from yelling at me about all the books piled up near my bed. He can’t actually see what’s in my Kindle. Moohoooohahahaha.)

Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers, $79

The Ultimate Yogi DVD Series. For the zen master in your world: beginner and seasoned yogis alike will love this Ultimate Yogi DVD Series, which takes the student on a 108 day journey to zen. Whether you are looking to lose weight, increase your flexibility or tap into your inner peace, you can accomplish all of it while following these DVDs. I personally love that I can follow the instruction in the comfort of my own home, where I’m not afraid of falling over or having my muscles spasm uncontrollably as I try to pretend I’m all peaceful and aware, but that’s just me.

The Ultimate Yogi DVD Series, $108

Essential Oil Roll-On Set by Plant Therapy. The naturalist on your list will LOVE you for this gift by Plant Therapy! It hits all the areas the natural mama on your list is interested in: germ-fighter, lavender (to provide calm), immune-aid, headache, peppermint, and calming child.

Top 6 Pre-diluted Essential Oil Roll-on Set. Ready to Use! Germ Fighter, Lavender, Immune-aid, Headache, Peppermint, Calming the Child., $37.49

And, if you feel like you’ve hit the mother lode with this gift idea and want to go for a ‘big ticket’ version of this, try the 14-pack for $89.99 – it includes things like, Anti-Scar/Stretch, Energy, Sensual, Brain Aid and more!

Top 14 Pre-diluted Essential Oil Roll on Set. Ready to USE! Germ Fighter, Immune-Aid, Respir-Aid, Headache, Peppermint, Relax, Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Scar/Stretch, Energy, Sensual, Soft Skin, Lavender, Calming the Child, & Brain Aid, $89.99

The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: the must-have, real-deal guide for brides. You know your friend who just got engaged – the cool, calm, collected one? You want to make sure she stays that way. This book is her one and only ticket to bridal sanity.  If you are a long-time (or some-time) follower of mine, you know I am the author. But you should also know that I myself continue to read it for my own sanity as my marriage progresses. Thanks to the therapists I interviewed for the book, it’s something to keep on the shelf long after the last dance. And seriously, who are we to pass up free therapy?!


The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides. available on Amazon.

Clash of the Couples. “A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats.” READ this, LAUGH your butt off, and take comfort in the fact that you are not alone!

Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats

It’s Really 10 Months. Pregnancy is beautiful and wonderful…..yeah. Not so much all the time. If you have a mom-to-be on your list who truly APPRECIATES the real-deal, is OK without the sugar coating, and loves to laugh, this book has her name written all over it!

It’s Really 10 Months: Delivering the Truth About the Glow of Pregnancy and Other Blatant Lies

Bridal Bag from The Flip-Flop Bitch. Speaking of brides, I did a giveaway a while back with my two favorite ladies over at The Flip-Flop Bitch after they came out with a gorgeous bridal bag. We all know how much your feet hurt from wearing heels all night, whether you’ve been a bride, bridesmaid, or simply a wedding guest who enjoys to bust a move or two. Now you can kick off your heels in style with one of these adorable, chic tote bags! My favorite part about them is that they fold up nicely to fit into a wristlet, expanding only when you are ready to use them to carry your heels home.

The Flip Flop Bitch

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Custom Date Art. I gave one of these away back in June and it was a HUGE success. It’s beautiful AND personal, and an artful way to commemorate all the wonderful dates that mean so much to your family. You can add up to six dates, with a short description underneath of its significance. You can give it to your favorite couple with the dates they first met, had their first kiss, got engaged, and their wedding date. I love it as a grandparents gift, too – you can add their wedding date, your wedding date, and the birth dates of your kids.

Custom Date Art from Mrs. Why Knot

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Remington Professional Hair Removal System. Ladies, if the man-scaper in your life spends more time in the bathroom than you do, it may be time to introduce him to the Remington Professional Hair Removal System. Men, if you are reading this and thinking of getting it for your lady, make sure she will really appreciate it. Because nothing will get you slapped upside the head faster than a wrapped up package of “Merry Christmas, my hairy bride”.

Remington IPL6000USA I-Light Pro, Professional IPL Hair Removal System, $199

iRobot Roomba 880. This may be the one time you are allowed to purchase a vacuum for your significant other as a gift without getting smacked. It’s proven to remove up to 50% more dirt, dust, hair, debris and harmful allergens from all floor types and is virtually maintenance free.  Oh, and did I mention it vacuums all by itself?

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot For Pets and Allergies

A worthy subscription gift for the fireman in your life. Brave, no-fuss, and ever on call, there aren’t a whole lot of things you can get that the fireman on your list will go nuts for. Until now. FireStationShirts.com is the ultimate shirt of the month service for both firefighters, enthusiasts and little lifesavers that delivers a custom, limited-edition shirt every month from a different firehouse across the country. They feature and support different charities every month. And – my favorite part – they have a kids subscription option for the little firemen in the world, too! I took this for a test-drive myself and loved how easy it was; you simply choose a subscription, pay for your order, and cross someone off your list.

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Montage photo album. This one has my vote for EXCELLENT grandparent gift, because grandparents LOVE photos of their grand kids! Some are hip and tech savvy and have Facebook and Instagram accounts, but many are not/don’t care/just want pictures the old school way: in an album they can touch and set on their coffee table. To that I say, get them a Montage photo album! I reviewed them once here, in case you want to see more images and details of this album.

Make my montage photo book

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“The Grandfather” Sweatshirt. This is MANDATORY for my dad!

The Grandfather Sweater Sweatshirt gift

Grandma’s Love Bangle Bracelet. You’ll melt Grandma’s heart with this one.

Grandma’s Love Prayer Twist Engraved Bangle Bracelet with Heart Charm by Jewelry Nexus

Yogibo Yogi Max (family bean bag chair). The absolute best gift you could give to your favorite family is one of comfort, and WOW, this lounger from Yogibo takes comfort to the next level. Ok so it’s comfortable, comes in 11 different colors, you can sleep on it and blah blah BLAH, but here’s my favorite part: it conforms to your body so well that the description boasts pregnant woman can lay on it (wait for it…) BELLY DOWN. What?!?!? Where was this thing when I was eight months pregnant and miserable, snoring like a polar bear because I was so damn uncomfortable?!? Should #2 come along, this thing better be under my tree because it will be my new bed.


Yogibo Yogi Max on Amazon, $229

Bluetooth Shower Speaker by Abotech. This guy is compatible with all wireless devices and works great with Apple and Android devices, and you can use it in the car, the pool, the shower – ANYWHERE.

Bluetooth Shower Speaker – FM RADIO – Water Resistant – Wireless and Hands-Free speaker phone with Suction Cup, $35.97

Speaking of Bluetooth, check out these Bluetooth Earmuffs!

180s Mens & Womens Unisex Bluetooth Ear Warmer, Black, $41.99

 

BS Button. Go ahead. Call it. (Just don’t break the thing.)

The Official BS Button

Perfect Pooch Gift Pack. You know how much I love my animals, and I KNOW I am not alone here. Spoil your favorite pooch with these adorable, yummy gift packs.

Exclusively Pet Perfect Pooch Gift Pack, 15.97

Dog Lover’s Gift Basket / Pampered Dog Gift Basket, $59.99

“Always in My Heart” Memorial Locket. Losing a pet sucks, as you guys know I just recently experienced. While nothing will bring them back or make it easier, this locket is a beautiful gift for the person in your life who has just lost their friend. Now you can carry a bit of their ashes with you, everywhere you go.

“Always in My Heart” Memorial Urn Locket-Filigree Pewter Tone

Grumpy Cat “Litter Box” Sweatshirt. Oh no, Grumpy Cat. I know your games. (But you’re cute, anyway.)

Grumpy Cat – Your Gift is in the Litterbox – Fleece Sweatshirt

7 Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit. You don’t need tons of acreage for a garden anymore; now your favorite urban dweller can keep their favorite culinary herbs right on their counter top! No soil, no mess, no green thumb required.

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. I’m usually not a sucker for gadgets like this, but I WANT THIS THING. It is little, easy to store, and makes a PERFECT breakfast sandwich every time. I could see this being KEY for the busy apartment dweller in the city.

Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Humans of New York book. If you are on Facebook then you have no doubt come across the “Humans of New York” Facebook page (and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go ‘like’ it right now). Brandon, the creator and administrator of the page, scouts the streets of NY and somehow coaxes random, beautiful confessions, tidbits and words of wisdom out of total strangers. It will make you feel both connected and well, human. His page became so popular that he has begun to travel the world and feature humans from all over. It’s one of my favorite pages on the internet and now, there is a book!


Humans of New York, available on Amazon

OH! And don’t forget the “Little Humans of New York” book, for those who have kiddos!


Little Humans, available on Amazon

For the Minimalist Greenie

If you have a minimalist on your list, your past gift-giving probably went something like this:

YOU: Here’s your beautiful gift I thoughtfully picked out for you after racking my brain for hours! Didn’t my wrapping job turn out just beautifully?!

MINIMALIST: Was this up-cycled? And is it saving a rainforest in any way? And please tell me that wrapping paper is recyclable.

YOU: No…er…um…but look, it lights up!

MINIMALIST: (*slaps hand against forehead*)

If you have a Greenie to please on your list this year, look no further than the NRDC Green Gifts list, where you can donate to environmentally-friendly cause in your giftee’s name. Choose from saving the monarchs ($25), planting a tree ($15), or filing a lawsuit against environmental offenders ($100). Because nothing says ‘best gift ever’ to a greenie quite like: “I donated money in your name to prosecute offenders of the environment, and I didn’t waste a shred of wrapping paper doing it.”

STOCKING STUFFERS

The Prescription Coffee Mug.

Big Mouth Toys The Prescription Coffee Mug

Silicone Tea Infuser. I don’t know why, but this is cracking me up right now. And I’d love to find it in my stocking this year.

Fred and Friends MISTER TEA Silicone Tea Infuser

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Owl bookmarks, 5 Pack.
Great American 5 Pack Owl Bookmarks the Most Popular Owl Gift Sets for Owl Lovers Bibliophiles & Collectors (Owl Bookmark Random Collection III), $19.95

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Big Mouth Toys Funny Toilet Paper: Obama

Numi Organic Tea Set and Bamboo Chest. This set is GORGEOUS, and Numi tea is my current tea of choice. It’s organic, comes in delicious flavors, and there is nothing strange or unnatural in the ingredients.

Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set in Handcrafted Mahogany Bamboo Chest: Glass Teapot & 6 Flowering Tea Blossoms

Betsey Johnson socks. Did you ever put actual stockings in a stocking for a stocking stuffer?? I wouldn’t mind finding these, because they are fun.

Betsey Johnson Women’s 24/7 Crew Sock Gift Box 7 Pack, Multi, 9-11

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my gift guide. OH, and if you stuck with me this far, your reward is the video with the dogs and cats who hate kisses. You’re welcome. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!

The Ultimate (Holy Crap It’s Last Minute But Thank God There’s Still Time) Father’s Day Gift Guide

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Favorite Finds, Gifts, Products

Ultimate "Holy Crap it's Last Minute But There's Still Time" Father's Day Gift Guide, 2014!

THE ULTIMATE (HOLY CRAP IT’S LAST MINUTE BUT THANK GOD I STILL HAVE TIME) FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE, 2014 EDITION

Let’s just dive right into it, shall we?

FOR THE NEW DAD

“I Make Adorable Babies Dad T-Shirt and Baby Bodysuit Set”, $36.90


Babies are always freaking cute. And do you know what’s cuter? A proud new papa. This is the ultimate T-shirt for him. And the matching baby onesie? Pure icing on the cake. I think it’s safe to say we can’t go wrong with this one. New mamas’, get this for him and let him rock it when he takes the little one out for the first time. To Target. For like 20 seconds, before he brings the little poop machine home so you can change the diaper and feed her…again. We Match! I Make Adorable Babies & Adorable Baby Adult T-Shirt & Baby Bodysuit Set (Newborn Bodysuit, Adult T-Shirt XL, Gold)

“NEW DADDY (No More F Bombs) SWEAR JAR”, $15.95

Well, this one is sort of gift for the whole family. Assess the damage via the “swear-o-meter”, and the best part? Mommy keeps the money. Truly the gift that keeps on giving! New Daddy (No More F-bombs) Swear Jar — Baby Shower Gift for Dads, &%$^#! yeah!

FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN

GOPRO HERO3+, $399.99

Get ready for a BIG thank you if you get the dad in your life the GOPRO HERO3+; he will have such a blast documenting his outdoor adventures with it and I’m sure the footage will be nothing short of hilarious. And, if you have kids? Well then, get ready to enjoy this just as much as he does since you’ll be capturing memories from never-before-seen angles. Top that with lightweight, wearable design, waterproof housing, built-in wifi and extended battery life, and you have yourself a major score.

Penelope is still too small, but I’d love to attach the GOPRO to my  neighbor’s cats so I can catch them frolicking around in my garden at night. (I’m talkin’ to you, Harry.) GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

COLEMAN TWO-BURNER PROPANE STOVE, $49.97

Coleman may as well named this the “ultimate no bull-shit stove”. This thing is the perfect “get-the-job-done”, “all-work-and-no-frills” cooking station that is ideal for outdoor and camping excursions. It has  WindBlock system shields for maximum heat, PerfectFlow pressure-control system, PerfectHeat technology for burner efficiency and a rust-resistant aluminum-steel cook top. The adventurous dad in your world is bound to love it. Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove

FOR THE TECHIE

WEMO LIGHT SWITCH, WIFI ENABLED, $44

Who would have thought giving dad the power to flip a light switch on and off without touching it would bring such joy? Oh, but it does. Once this WeMo switch is installed dad can power it right from the free app on his smartphone, from anywhere in the world. I know you can picture the goofy smile on his face as you imagine him flipping the lights on and off like a million times, just because, well, he can. But on a serious note: it’s great for energy efficiency, as well as to thwart off burglars, so I’d say it’s a win-win. Belkin WeMo Light Switch, Control Your Lights From Anywhere with the Home Automation App for Smartphones and Tablets, Wi-Fi Enabled

SONOS SPEAKER, PLAY 3, $299.99

Three years ago Greg and I decided that Sonos would be our gift to each other, and it is hands-down the best gift we’ve ever given or received. Here’s the deal on Sonos:

  • Wireless speakers
  • Controlled via your smartphone
  • Unmatched sound quality
  • The best part: different speakers can play different music – at the same time

Choose the size speaker that best suits your living situation (the Play 3 is the most versatile), and within minutes you can directly stream music from your iTunes library, online music services and free Internet radio. Basically, if you listen to music on any platform, you can stream it through Sonos. Start with one speaker and then add more speakers as time goes on.

Here’s how we use Sonos in our house: we have a speaker for Penelope’s room, and speakers in the downstairs of our home. We put our Dave Matthews “Rockabye” album on in Penelope’s room when it’s time for her to drift off into dreamland, while listening to Sirius radio downstairs in the kitchen. And, if Greg is working out while I’m getting dinner ready, we have three different stations going at once. Pretty freaking cool. SONOS – PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Small) – Black

Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Canceling Headphones, $279.00

This one could probably double as a gift for a new dad during those middle-of-the-night feedings when baby is crying. (But he better be ready to share this gift 50% of the time with new mama, too.) Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

FOR DADS OF GIRLS

STAR WARS: VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS

O. M. GEE. Is this not the ultimate gift for dads of girls? I’ll let the description speak for itself: “In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire—now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.” Even if you aren’t into the whole Star Wars thing, just get it for him if you want to see his face light up with a smile. Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess

CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD’S BEST FATHER, $11.17

I distinctly remember when I first saw Dave Engledow’s images he took of himself and his daughter and laughing my ass off. It’s so sweet and funny it made me cry and I couldn’t wait to show my husband, who of course thought it was the coolest thing ever. “In an attempt to create an image that his new daughter would one day appreciate, Dave Engledow took a photo in which he’s cradling eight-week-old Alice Bee like a football and doctored it to look like he’s squirting breast milk into a “World’s Best Father” mug. Friends and family clamored for more.”

Even if you don’t buy Dave’s book, check out his hilarious images (but I’m sure you’ll be hooked after seeing even just a few). Confessions of the World’s Best Father

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, $8.44

I’m learning through having a daughter what my thoughts are on raising a little girl. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that I love seeing my husband with her – and that he would love a copy of this book, along with Dave Engledow’s (above). Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

FOR THE MUSICIAN

SAMSON METEORITE USB CONDENSOR MICROPHONE, $39.99

Okay, I want one of these. This is useful not only for musicians (record vocals, song ideas, etc.), but for ANY type of creative person to record voice memos, ideas…the list goes on and on! Even in the corporate world, some people just aren’t good at pen and paper and this is a great solution. It works for PC, Mac, or your iOS device, and also, look how sleek it looks! And priced at forty bucks?! Can’t beat it, in my opinion. Samson Meteorite USB Condensor Microphone

ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC TRAVEL GUITAR WITH GIG BAG, $299.99

This is perfect for a musician on the go. Unless of course you’re trying to get your musician in your life to stay in one place, in which case, speaking from a family full of musicians, good luck with that. Just buy him the damn guitar and make him happy. Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with Gig Bag

THE GRANDPA

“GREAT DADS GET PROMOTED TO GRANDPA” T-SHIRT, $19.95

Okay, so it’s a saying we’ve all heard before. But show me one grandpa who doesn’t have the proudest smile on his face when he receives this gift and struts around with it, huh?! Great Dads Get Promoted To Grandpas T-Shirt navy XL

Big Mouth Toys Butt Putt, Farting Golf Putter Game, $14.48

I’m sorry, but I have to put this one on here because I’ve been schooled by my husband throughout our ten year union that under very rare circumstance is a fart not funny. And you know that mentality comes from somewhere, don’t you? The “Butt Putt” is sure to provide hours of endless entertainment for the proud grandpa in your life because really, who is above laughing at a fart joke? No one I know. If you’re buying this for your father-in-law, you can watch him and your husband form an even tighter bond as they entertain themselves for hours with this thing. And if you have a son? Well then you have three generations of pure laughter and joy happening right before you, which is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. Big Mouth Toys Butt Putt, Farting Golf Putter Game

FOR THE CHEF

Non-contact Infrared Thermometer – Durable Digital Handheld IR Gun w/ Laser Pointer, $27.10

This gift is a win-win from my point of view: if he cooks already, he’ll love this, and if he doesn’t cook, what better way to entice him to do so than with a freaking laser pointer digital thermometer?! He gets to pretend he’s handy and burly, all while cooking the perfect steak. Slam-dunk. Non-contact Infrared Thermometer – Durable Digital Handheld IR Gun w/ Laser Pointer – Instant Temps for Industrial, Electrical, Environmental, Automotive, HVAC, Energy Audits – Kitchen, Cooking – Grill, Fryer, Oven, Wood Stove – Lifetime Guarantee

FOR THE FITNESS LOVER

“FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL” BY VINNIE TORTORICH, $13.49

“Fitness Confidential” by Vinnie Tortorich is a totally easy, perfect “guy read” for those into diet and working out. (I say “guy read,” but it was honestly one of my favorite books, too. You can see my full review here.) Learn all the tips and tricks from a trainer to Hollywood stars, without the gimmicks. With Vinnie’s sense of humor and relatable voice, your man will tighten his six-pack just from laughing. Fitness Confidential

UPGRADED WHEY PROTEIN POWDER, $69 (for a 2 lb. bag)

Upgraded Whey

I love that Greg is into fitness, but I almost had a heart attack after reading the side of his old protein container full of shady ingredients. Want to introduce your man to a cleaner alternative that will be good to his body AND make him feel fulfilled? Give him the gift of Bulletproof and his body will thank you. (And ladies, check out their Bulletproof Upgraded Collagen Protein. Better looking skin, anyone?) Get Bulletproof Upgraded Whey Protein.

SONY WEARABLE SPORTS MP3 PLAYER, $88

This is pretty much the best you can get for pumping yourself up during a workout without wires getting in your way. These can be worn for running, walking, and even swimming, and are easy to load up with your favorite tunes via drag-and-drop from iTunes or Windows Media Player. Sony NWZW273S 4 GB Wearable Sports MP3 Player (Black)

THE BEER LOVER

16 OZ FATHER’S DAY ENGRAVED MASON JAR BEER MUG, $13.50

What the WHAT?! This thing is so cool I don’t even know where to go with this one. A personalized beer mug? In a GOSH-DARN MASON JAR??! With a SUPERMAN EMBLEM?!?!? I can’t think of a better combination of awesomeness. (*NOTE: this one looks like you have to act fast if you want it by Father’s Day; read the description before ordering on ship times!) 16 Oz Super Dad Fathers Day Gift Engraved Mason Jar Glasses Personalized Drinking Beer Mug Glass Etched Gift Father Gift Best Dad Ever

HOME BREW KIT

You’ve heard him talk enough about how much he’d like to try brewing his own beer. Give him a little nudge of encouragement with this Mr. Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit. It’s made in the USA and has everything he needs (and more) to get brewin’. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit

BEER STEIN CERAMIC COFFEE MUG NOVELTY CUP,

He’s all responsible and stuff in the office, but he can still keep his edge while drinking his “beer” in the morning. (Just tell him not to push for the water cooler to be replaced by a keg-o-rator if he wants to stick around at work.) Beer Stein Ceramic COFFEE MUG Novelty Cup – Great Father’s Day Gift

FOR THE READER

KINDLE PAPERWHITE, $119

If the man in your life is the opposite of my husband and actually likes to read, give him the best tool on the market: the Kindle Paperwhite. Not only for the glare-free screen, but for the eight week battery life. Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

“I HEART MY LITTLE A-HOLES, BY KAREN ALPERT,” $10.99

If you are shopping for your hubby, this book is a must: it’s hilarious, raw, yet heartwarming and refreshingly REAL. It will make him laugh and prepare him for what’s to come if he’s a new dad, and make him appreciate all things crazy about his kids if he’s a bit of a veteran. I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting.

And if you don’t already follow her on Facebook, do yourself a favor and like her page. So long as you don’t mind accidentally peeing a little throughout the day when you come across her status updates.

FOR THE SPORTS LOVER

Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time”

This book is wonderful for the sentimental dad, however, it requires you to have a husband who enjoys reading. I remember giving my husband “The DaVinci Code” since I was sure he’d get through it: super interesting and short chapters make it a breeze, right? And then I remember opening the bathroom door to find him passed out on the toilet with the book in his lap. I bought him a couple of books by Jimmy Norton and he managed to read those. My point is, this is a great gift – so long as your husband actually reads things. Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time

THE BUSINESS MAN

This one is blank. Business gifts are pretty damn boring so I just can’t bring myself to recommend a “personalized briefcase” or any sort of crap like that. But there are some freaking awesome gifts in the other sections of my gift guide here that I’m sure the man in your world can appreciate, so, back to the fun parts!

FOR THE FUNNY DAD

IT’S NOT EASY BEING MY WIFE’S ARM CANDY T-SHIRT, $14.95

Because you’re welcome. X-Large Black Adult It”s Not Easy Being My Wife”s Arm Candy T-Shirt

Stainless Steel Shot Glasses – by Rackies, $14.95

I had to throw this in here because, well, boobs. Stainless steel boob shot glasses in a leather case, to be exact. Some women have just stopped trying to fight this or understand it, and you know what they say: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Just make sure he doesn’t open this one in front of the kiddos. Stainless Steel Shot Glasses – Top Quality 2 fl oz Shooter Glasses (4 Pack) With Genuine Leather Case

T-SHIRT: WORLD’S GREATEST FARTER, I MEAN FATHER, $9.97

Didn’t I already tell you? Farts always win. Worlds Greatest Farter I mean Father T-Shirt Funny Fathers Day TEE Dad Humor

That’s it!! I hope you liked my gift guide and could find something for the special man in your world. What’s your favorite one?

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Part II: Holiday Gift Guide

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Decorating, Gifts, Products

If you are reading this that means that you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. And if you’re any sort of procrastinator (like me), not to worry – I’ve put together a gift guide just for you, filled with plenty of options for those hard-to-buy-for-but-lovable people on your list. Take a peek…

For the Wino: I can’t help but zone out when people start talking to me about fancy decanters, proper pairings and tools – I’m lucky if I take the time to even use the foil cutter. (Instead I just open the cork as if the foil weren’t even a barrier, and it takes care of itself when you pull the cork out. That’s right. I’m not ashamed to admit that I know that.) But a great friend of mine, Peggy, recently gifted me this “Corkcicle”, and I can say with full confidence that this thing is awesome. Keep it in your freezer and after opening your wine, pop this sucker into the bottle. It’s like a freezer pack that kids use in their school lunch boxes. Except it’s for your drunk ass and your wino friends instead. Brilliant. They have a pretty cool website, you can view and purchase by clicking here.

For the Lit Chick or the New Mom: There are a few really great books I’ve come across lately, but my hands-down ab-fav is “Bossypants,” by the amazing Tina Fey. It’s an easy and fun read that will make you laugh your ass off (this book made me spit things out of my nose on numerous occasions,) and you gotta love her raw humor at every day topics. Hard to pick a favorite excerpt, but here’s a great one, where she talks about how she failed at breastfeeding, and the women who will judge you for not breastfeeding your baby (whom she affectionately dubs the “Teat Natzis”):

“If you are confronted by a TN, you have two options. One, when they ask if you’re breast-feeding, you can smile and say ‘Yes, it’s amazing.’ (You owe it to your baby to lie.) Or you can go for the kill. The only people who can shame the Teat Natzis are the Adoptive Mommies. If you have a friend who has an adopted child, especially one from another country, bring him or her around, because they can make the Teat Natzis’ brains short-circuit: ‘How can I…feel superior…you…bigger sacrifice…can’t judge…’ and their big ol’ dinner plate nipples pop off as they crumple to the ground and disappear.”

If that doesn’t sway you, the cover is sure to entice you. You can grab a copy on Amazon or at your local bookstore. Trust me, you’ll want to pick up a copy for yourself, too.

For the techie/music lover: Have someone on your list who loves music and technology? Then Sonos is the gift answer for you. Your favorite music lover will freak when they see that they can enjoy music from anywhere in their home, on a wireless Hi-Fi system, and be able to control it all with FREE apps on their iphone, android or ipad. And when I say music, I mean ANY music – itunes, pandora, XM…literally from anywhere. You can buy one speaker, which is ideal for the dorm or apartment dweller, for $299. And if you’re a member of Netted, like me (it’s a free e-club,) you can receive free overnight shipping and a free bridge with the purchase of  any Sonos speaker. (The bridge lets you take this baby anywhere in your home wire-free and have it still stream your favorite beats.) You can grab yours and get more details  here. And if you want to join Netted, you can do so here.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: The Charlotte Edition

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Decorating, Gardening, Gifts, Products

Here in Charlotte we have a giant Christmas Show that brings in vendors offering TONS of unique gifts for literally anyone on your list. Much of what you see is from local and regional vendors, which means at least three great things: you can chat with the small business owners and (usually) the person who hand-crafted the items, you can support these independent businesses rather than giving your money to a giant retailer, and you can actually give cool, personal gifts this year that are one-of-a-kind. (Additional bonus points for not getting flattened onto the floor at Walmart.) The show spans throughout three large buildings, pumps the holiday music, and you can munch on a mean strudel and partake in some wine-tasting while you shop around.

This year the show runs through November 10th – November 20th, so I hope you can make it there this week. While there are so many vendors your head will spin, below is a sampling of my absolute favorites. (Disclaimer: none of this is sponsored and I am not affiliated with any of these vendors. These are simply my personal favorites, and I’m a sucker for gift-giving. If you don’t like it, simply disregard my list and continue on with your purchase of that ugly lovely holiday sweater from the Big Box Mart that I’m sure your niece will love. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, onto the gifts…)

Drunk Decorating Guide, The Food Edition

Written by Alessandra on . Posted in Decorating, Gifts, Life, Recipes, Seasonal, Tips and Tricks

It’s our third and final Drunk Decorating Guide, and this time we are decorating with food. Because it’s easy, cheap, and simple. Plus, it’s the Friday before Christmas, so if you’re looking for something quick to do to put you in the holiday spirit, it needs to be simple!

Drunk Decorating Guide, the Food Edition

Cranberry Candle Centerpiece

It doesn’t get more low-maintenance than this:

  • Step 1: Purchase a package of cranberries from the supermarket.
  • Step 2: Fill 3 bowls or glasses with the cranberries.
  • Step 3: Nestle a tea light candle to the center of the berries. Light the candle, and set it out on your table.

decorating with food! Cranberries, tea light candles, and glasses from your cabinets.

festive - and inexpensive - holiday decorating, with FOOD! Cranberries, tea light candles, and bowls from your cabinets.

A trick in decorating is the rule of odd numbers: things always look better in sets of 3, 5, or 7, etc. If you have a long table, and want to use this as a centerpiece, you could even line up 9, 11, or more down the center of the table. A no-fuss centerpiece that makes a big impact!

Cheeseball Snowman

You’ll probably have a lot of parties to go to this season, or maybe it’s just one or two. Either way, this is an appetizer you can make that will hit a home run every single time: it’s my “No-Cook, Snowman Cheese Spread”. And it will become the instant centerpiece of the party food table.

holiday_cheeseball_snowman

It’s one of the easiest things you can throw together and it is a definite crowd-pleaser! Also, your kids can make this while you sit on the couch with a savor the flavors of a nice Hot Toddy and failure as you scroll Pinterest and find all the other crafts and crap you couldn’t get done this year. For the full recipe, go here: Snowman Cheese Spread.

If you missed the first two Drunk Decorating Guides, full of other ideas for things you can do to spruce up your home before the guests arrive, you can find them here:

If you missed my holiday gift guide chock FULL of ideas and things you still have time to order before Christmas, check that out here:

That’s it for now! I will probably take a break until after the New Year. I hope you all have a safe, happy holiday, and a fantastic New Year!! Thanks for following me here.

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