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matching flasks: birthday gifts for him & her

There's a couple that Eric and I absolutely adore.  We consider them our very close friends.  We can all hang out together and have a blast, or I can hang out the Danny by myself and laugh my butt off, so can Eric and Jen.  How often can you find those type of friends who you can go on double dates too?!  

If you haven't heard of the Hydro Flask, well, well....  If you like your drinks ALWAYS cold, or like your hot drinks to stay hot, then this is the perfect answer!!  Put some ice in this baby and you'll find the ice still there in 24 hours!!  No joke!  Comes in all kinds of sizes and colors, which makes it a really great gift!!
Danny and Jen's birthday happen to be very close, so they always have a joint birthday.  I decided to get them semi-matching Flasks.  Jen is into Bikram Yoga nowadays.  If you know Bikram (hot yoga), your water canister doesn't stand a chance after an hour and a half.  And Danny always mentions how he wishes he had a flask.  Found great r…

cheap and easy [temporary] privacy window covering

Who would have knew how many uses there were for GLAD Press'n Seal??  I've never actually purchased or used this before, but decided to copy a neighbor and use it as a temporary privacy window covering.  We ordered shutters and lucky for us, our order lands over two major holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) which gets our installation date in early January.  We've got windows EVERYWHERE in our new house and our next door neighbor can see into our living room window, as can the neighbors from the street...

Our shutter company, unfortunately, didn't give us those temporary accordion shades, but some plastic that purely acts as a privacy covering- it prevents people from seeing through however doesn't do much with regards to blocking the sun from shining in.  They only provided them for the bathrooms and master bedrooms [boo].  So much for the other 16 windows in the house...

In comes Press'n Seal!  It's sticky on one side and it easily sticks to the window…

bridal shower gift: wine glasses and a wine basket

Soooo, I'm in that age range that falls in the wedding, new baby, new house, new life category...  In comes the bachelorette parties, bridal showers and baby showers.  Seeing that I'm a massive commit-a-phobe, the thought of weddings and babies give me anxiety...  so it's just the perfect place to make me uncomfortable and antsy- happy happy happy [insert sarcasm]...


BUT that doesn't mean that I'm not a good gift-giver and an even better gift presenter!  I happen to love all things paper and given enough time to plan and prepare, love to make things pretty!

I've known about Judy's bachelorette weekend for some time now.  She has a great wedding registry selection and of course my eyes went straight to the Riedel Pinot Nior Wine Glasses.  Ohhh so many fun things I could do with this as a gift!   I recruited two other girls to pitch in for this gift because I wanted to make it super special.  Judy is the most wonderful person; someone I've grown up with, …

solar lights -re-purposed-

Last summer we gave our tiny back yard a makeover and I went on a mad hunt looking for solar lights.  The big box retailers had some mediocre looking ones with a price that made me cringe and the 'cheap' $5 ones looked, well, cheap...  One day I wondered into the Target clearance area and low and behold, I find end of summer clearance solar lights that had a super contemporary look, $2.50 each!  I bought a bunch and ran home with excitement! 



The extra solar lights sat on the side of the house until today when I was looking at my last DIY project with dismay...  It was supposed to be a wine bottle lamp, with a little glass votive hanging inside the wine bottle...  It took 30 minutes to drill a hole into the votive and I still had to do the other side, not to mention make 6 of them... I got bored and that project went to the unfinished cemetery (aka the garage under a pile of other unfinished projects).



I realized that the long stainless steel body, under the solar light/glass wa…