Saturday, December 17, 2016

Litter Robot Giveaway TODAY!


When Leonard heard we were giving away a Litter-Robot Open Air (you know, the self-cleaning litter box that I literally can't live without) and other great prizes today, he went running to the tree to look! 😂 But, you actually just enter at @thelitterrobot's site here: free.litter-robot.com. (As you know, I only really endorse products I actually like or believe in. And this magic machine lets me be a cat owner and not have to pooper scoop - details here - SO I BELIEVE IN IT.) Enter today, winner announced TOMORROW!!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Currently Pinning...

I've been spending my evenings reading, but not good reading. Just falling down the rabbit hole of news sites and that leads to other news sites and then, I'm just frantically trying to understand what's happening in the world right now so I go to more news sites. It's so important to be informed but I fear I've gotten stuck in that technology loop and there are so many different opinion pieces that well, maybe it's time for a news break. So, I hopped back on the Pinterest train and am trying to get those creative, positive vibes flowing again. Here's what I've been loving lately:


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Obviously, I'm on a bit of a green kick, which is a hoot because of this cringe-worthy tidbit: When I was 22, I BOLDY and LOUDLY exclaimed that I just despised the color green and it made my eyes hurt it was so disgusting and I just wanted nothing to do with it. But, you see, I happened to be sitting in a friend's brand new forest green car. And the problem is (!!!) it was totally unrelated, I was thinking about a green dress that I'd seen earlier in the day and the girl who was wearing it had been sort of rude, and I started thinking about green duvets and green paint and green eyeshadow and maybe I was even green with envy over something that said girl had done. Anyway, the driver of the vehicle was very offended because they assumed I was talking about their brand new, day old, forest green car and I have never seemed to pull my foot out of my mouth since then, like sometimes I think about that moment and I just close my eyes for a second and cringe. And now you all know about it.

But, who knew, I guess I don't actually hate the color green at all.

Oh, follow me on Pinterest if you fancy! More inspiration, less weird stories about being 22.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Little Holiday Kick Off Party

A few weeks ago, I transformed my living room into a (literally) cheesy holiday wonderland for a shoot with Rue Magazine + Shutterfly. We were highlighting some of Shutterfly's custom gift options, like cutting boards and glassware, but I wanted to keep it as close to my real life as possible. So instead of a fake dinner party or something super fancy, I did exactly what I'd do if I was actually having friends over: cheese plates, wine, and garlands instead of flower arrangements. (And then, I actually did have friends over.) Here are a few snaps from the ever-talented Monica Wang:





I have made some pretty measly cheese plates in my day. We're talking like, Ritz and sandwich meats. Not great. With each one I make -- and each pretty one I see online -- I realize a few new tips and tricks:

1. MORE IS MORE. When crafting up a perfect cheese plate (you know, one you can Instagram the heck out of), never forget that more is more. To achieve this look, I cut and crumble the cheeses into smaller, bite-size pieces. Dice cheddar into cubes, break parmesano-reggiano into chunks, and for something like stilton, just slice the ends so there's texture there. (The only exception for me is something quite creamy, or pre-sliced manchego.)  Then fill in the gaps with fruit, nuts, and meat! You want to aim for every inch of the board or plate to be covered. (Unless, of course, there's a cute monogram in the middle.)

2. TASTE THE RAINBOW: To keep it from falling flat, try to add a lot of vibrant colors. Go for dark and inky grapes, bright candied oranges, blueberries, and a few different colors of nuts. Try not to place similarly colored items next to each other.

3. BREAD. ALWAYS BREAD: Though not pictured, we consumed two very large French baguettes with this spread. Some people, like me, insist on having a 1:1 carb to cheese ratio. Never, ever put out a cheese plate without bread. Unless I'm not there, then I guess do what you want.

Also, you may ask yourself why I choose to do garlands instead of traditional flowers. WELL, long story short, because I just think it looks much more fancy than it is. It's actually the opposite of fancy. It's literally just setting the flowers and greenery down on the table and walking away. But I find it to feel really elegant and unique. A garland makes your event makes it feel much more special, whereas a traditional flower arrangement might be mistaken for something you already had in the house.

That's all I've got for you today, but to see more of this event + snag information on where to buy those cute wine totes, head to Rue Daily. And to help my cheese plates become EVEN BETTER next time, leave a comment below with your favorite cheese/presentation suggestion/party idea.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! I just wanted to pop in and tell you the MOST exciting news of 2016. I haven't done giveaways in awhile, but I decided to partner with a brand I LOVE for a major (AND I MEAN MAJOR) giveaway.

Okay, no surprise, it's about catsAs I've mentioned before, The Litter-Robot is the only way Tim & I stay sane as cat owners. So, I've partnered with them to GIVE AWAY A LITTER-ROBOT OPEN AIR (!!!) as part of their 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Follow @thelitterrobot or go to free.litter-robot.com for details on how you can win. My giveaway will be later in the month but you can win every day until then. 

GOOOOOD LUCK!
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