Uncommonly Good: How to Joyfully Shop for Gifts (Sponsored)

Brands shift and change over years and new ones replace the others, but there are a few that have staying power.  Remember when Pottery Barn literally just sold chunky pottery?  There are some catalogs that I have been shopping with for as long as I can remember.  One of those shops, which I now order from…

5 Local Hostess Gifts: Drink Local

When I refer to “hostess” I use the broad definition.  What I mean by that is if you are attending a party you bring a hostess gift, and if you are hosting a party you deserve to treat yourself.  We’ve all joined our summer and fall CSAs and some brave souls have also signed up…

Frozen Gift Guide: The Non-Disney Version

I know, we live in New England and it’s very, very, very…very cold out now, but that doesn’t mean that everyone enjoys roasting marshmallows, sipping hot chocolate, and huddling over glasses of hot buttered rum.  Die hard ice cream lovers enjoy frozen treats all year round. Not to mention, if you run out of time to…

Fashion Tip: The Beauty of a Scarf

Men have ties and bow ties.  They have cravats and ascots, and pocket square.  The amount of style that men can achieve with a little scrap of fabric without much effort is quite impressive.  I suppose more and more women have chosen to take advantage of all these traditionally masculine wardrobe accents too -because “Why not?”.  From…

Join the Club: The Gifts that Give and Give and Give

Once upon a time there were “gift of the month” clubs.  They were expensive, unique, somewhat personal, but the food itself was nothing to write home about.  It was more about the novelty of a monthly gift, and beautiful packaging.  We’ve come a long way from the original “gourmet” gift of the month clubs. Here…

Join the Club: Pining for Wine

Just because beer options have become incredible doesn’t mean that wine disappears in the shadows.  There are beer lovers and there are wine lovers and there are those who are smart enough to appreciate it all.  This one is for those who appreciate wine.  From cocktail hour to night caps there are all sorts of…

Doll/Fashion Design Kit – 8 Year Old Gift

Each year my children go to dozens of birthday parties and as a mom of two children who play very differently and live in a house with more clutter than I’d like, buying a child’s birthday gift is no simple task.  To simplify choosing the right gift I have a little three step process of…