November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be stuffing myself with delicious food :9
Hope you're enjoying your dinner and giving thanks with your loved ones!

We're Talking Turkey Cupcake Kit by cupcakecrafts4u

November 23, 2010

Just Married with Coupons: Petite Hermine $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Fertility Tracking Bracelet - Rose Quartz, Quarz, Moonstone

Win a $25 gift certificate for my store! Just Married with Coupons is having a giveaway so check it out :) Ends 12/6.

November 22, 2010

iPhone/Smartphone Holders Galore

So yesterday, as I was browsing through countless gifts for men on Etsy, I came across so many incredibly adorable iPhone holders that I couldn't decide which ones I liked best! They didn't all necessarily fit into the men's category so I'm dedicating this post to the super creative, cute, meticulous, and simply amazing iPhone/smartphone holders I've found. Any of these would be the stocking stuffer of your teenager/fun-at-heart's dreams.

Caution - Side effects may include the experience of receiving glowing respect and admiration in the gift receiver's eyes.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Okay, this is for an iPad, but it's so awesome! Felt iPad Case

Retro TV Felt Case

Pocky iPhone Cozy

Cassette Tape iPhone Cozy

November 21, 2010

Gifts for the Lucky Men in Your Life

The hardest people to find gifts for, in my opinion, are men. Ha! Guess that's a pretty large group of people, considering that they make up about 50% of the population. Being a woman, I know what I like, and I have a pretty good idea of what other women like (or so I'd like to think :) but what do I get my boy-at-heart husband and grumpy (but loving) father for the holidays?

Maybe the hubby will like these?

Graphite Wool iPhone Case by byrdandbelle

Vital Bicycle Glassware by vital

These look like something Dad will enjoy.

Sailboat Blueprint Silk Necktie by rabbitstop

Eco Friendly Shaving Kit with Beer by orangefuzz

November 20, 2010

[Closed] Sale through Cyber Monday!

I'm having a sale from now until the end of 11/29! Get 15% off all items in my shop on Etsy!


Sale ends on 11/29 (Cyber Monday)
Happy holidays! :)

Holiday Lights!

What am I loving right now?

Christmas lights earrings! Check these out! Made by the fun and creative Cocoandrex. They are so adorable. Anyone know a group of BFFs who'd love matching earrings for Christmas? ;)

Healthy AND delicious cookies!

Call me a traditionalist, but my favorite cookies are good old chocolate chip cookies. Because I'm such a chocolate chip cookie fanatic, I'm ashamed to say that it's pretty much the only type of cookie I bake, except when I receive requests for variety (from the family and friends). I started getting into "healthy living" a while back and have tweaked many of my recipes to contain healthier ingredients because I can't give up my baked sweets.

Extra Virgin Unrefined Pure Coconut Oil by kessil2000

Here are a couple of my tricks
  • Use cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil instead of butter. I usually substitute half of the butter called for in a recipe with coconut oil. Many people use applesauce as a substitute but applesauce doesn't make crispy-edged cookies (though they make moist cakes). You only need 75% of the amount specified for butter (for example 3/4 cup of coconut oil instead of 1 cup of butter). Coconut oil is high in saturated fats but they have a different effect on us than the saturated fats derived from animals. It is actually very heart healthy. Depending on how much butter you decide to substitute with coconut oil, your cookies will range from not tasting like coconut at all to having a coconut-y aroma. Coconut oil also makes a great cooking oil due to its high smoking point and is great for your skin (more on that in a future post). Don't you love multi-use products?
  • Substitute half or more of the required all-purpose flour with wheat flour, quinoa flour, flaxseed flour and/or amaranth flour. To add additional flavor, you can incorporate almond meal, coconut flour, hazelnut flour, and many other options. If you can't or don't want to look for almond meal or hazelnut flour and you don't mind having occasional tiny chunks of nuts in your cookies, you can just buy almonds/hazelnuts and throw them in the blender until you're satisfied with the texture. Watch your cookies because they may require a little less time to bake.

November 19, 2010

Winter Treads Softly - Treasury

'Let it snow!' by gemagenta

Snowflake porcelain...

Crystal, tulle and ...

White Snow Necklace...

T16 Organic Love Ri...

Frame earrings - ma...

Rainy long walk Pri...

Blythe Winter Photo...

30 Percent Discount...

little rose earring...

Bau bau Bear - Broo...

Vintage Mary Antoin...

Pure white Bunny so...

Andre Earrings. Ste...

Small Porcelain Lac...

Hand Embroidery. Wh...

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Winter Hair

Wine Colored Forest on a Winter Night by MollysMuses

In the winter, my hair gets dried out from the lack of humidity. Okay, so maybe my hair gets dried out and frizzy even when it's not winter, but it seems to get worse with the cold weather and strong winds. Since I have semi-long hair, sometimes I need a little help from moisturizing oils to keep it looking smooth and soft, which is why I made a simple hair mask that keeps for up to a year or longer (if kept in a cool, dry place away from sunlight). I use sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and jojoba oil, which are all rich in vitamin E and have great moisturizing and nourishing properties and can be used on the skin as well (recipes for another time!). Just combine, massage into your hair and scalp, put on a plastic shower cap, and go about your usual activities for 30 minutes or longer. If you have time, wrap a towel around your head (over the shower cap), and lounge for a few hours. The heat from your head is insulated by the towel, giving your hair a nice, warm treatment. When you're ready, wash out your hair with shampoo and smile!

Jojoba oil and other carrier oils by kessil2000

Ingredients for hair mask
  • 2 part jojoba oil
  • 3 parts apricot oil
  • 5 parts sweet almond oil
  • about 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) for fragrance - tea tree oil is a common favorite due to its antibacterial properties

November 17, 2010

Moody Clouds

New item! Moody Cloud coasters :) They'll cheer up any coffee table, right? no?

Treasure Lover Treasury of the Day!


Other amazing treasuries today:

Toasty toes

It's getting frosty in New York. I'm still not used to the cold after these few years and I wonder when I'll be able to jump into the snow in a t-shirt (like my husband does sometimes). I'm one of those people who take off their shoes and wear slippers in the apartment so I've been thinking of investing in a new pair of warm winter slippers lately. My open-toed summer slippers are leaving my toes a bit blue. I can imagine myself curling under a sofa throw with my feet peeking out in some of these super cute slippers!

November 16, 2010

Some beautiful treasuries