I ALSO wanted to make a quick mention of an awesome little giveaway going on by Becca, one of my blog friends! She has the sweetest little blog about her family’s life in Italy and she recently had her second child and named him Gil. Cute, huh? Anyway, if you want a chance to win some REAL Italian food, Click here (or the picture) and check it out!
Plus, this is where Nampa has their roller derby practice.
yep. I said it.
When I was growing up, my mom had a cookie jar shaped like a house.
It looked something like this one. But more pastel.
More often then not, it was filled with some sort of treat: good ‘ol chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, or oatmeal raisin (my dad’s favorite).
Why do I have cookie jars on the brain?
let me tell you.
But first, here’s a few that caught my eye…
2. For the British in you, because ‘biscuits’ is just another word for ‘cookies.’ $35
3. a death Star cookie jar. I bet you won’t have to ‘force’ people to eat the cookies in this container. 😉 $20
4. a hammered copper one. It has a 4 quart capacity. I wonder how many cookies that equates to? $25
5. this one is perfect for cookies or flour or just about anything else. Simple and gorgeous. $41
6. sturdy vintage cookie jar, made in the USA. (weighs 6 lbs!) $70
7. a house cookie jar that was hand painted and made in Japan.$38
8. a white stoneware cookie jar from Crate & Barrel. Fill it with your favorite cookies, tie a ribbon around it, and this would make a lovely wedding/hostess gift. $24.95
9. monk cookie jar: ideal for the household that has children who need a reminder to ASK for a cookie first. $40
Because I think it was made for me.
Do you have a cookie jar? What does it look like?
and, most importantly, What cookies should I make??
Leisha @ We Are The Shepperds was my ornament buddy and here’s what she sent me:
It is front.and.center.
Thank you Leisha for such a thoughtful gift!
question. Is it bad that my favorite ornament is a picture of myself?
1. fancy vanilla extract. It’s subtle, but adds class to your cookies. ($32)
2. wood charger. I’ve wanted one of these ever since I saw Joy the Baker do this! Bonus: it smells like camping. ($20)
3. the most perfect cake stand from Martha Stewart. The scalloped edges, the glass dome… it’ll be pretty sitting there with or without a cake in it! (on sale, $85)
4. a pretty little apron, because you can never have too many and because they have a tendency to disappear… ($22.40)
5. cupcake holder. This one holds 24! (which is awesome because there’s a ton out there that only hold 12. who only makes 12 cupcakes?!) ($30)
6. kitchen cart from Ikea. cute, functional. This will be in my dream house someday. ($50)
7. fondue pot! for cozy, romantic evenings with your significant other or for a fun, interactive group gathering. Etsy has a million! I’m dying to get one. ($16 for this one, prices vary for others)
8. dough gloves. These seem revolutionary. Flour up the gloves and they work for nonstick kneading. (made in the USA- $6.95)
9. a doughnut tote to carry anything and everything. (12.95 euros, about $17)
7 days left, Mo. You got this.
I DO own candy cane earrings though! I’ll probably just stick with those.
I don’t know about you, but I love reading other bloggers’ ideas for gifts.
I’m compiling a few ideas of my own and I’ll share them with you during the month! This week is all about gifts to give the blogger in your life.
1. wooden wick candles– makes a cozy crackling noise while it’s burning! (I just recently discovered that these existed and I think they’re brilliant!)
2. business cards– the ones here are MiniCards, perfect for networking and for tucking inside envelopes when sending out the holiday cards this year.
3. beverage warmer– the perfect solution to the ‘drink-gets-cold-before-it’s-finished’ problem. This would fit so perfectly in the corner of my computer desk…just saying.
4. Blogger pillow– for the people who are lucky enough to blog in their pjs under the covers (this etsy shop carries pillows with other forms of social media too!)
5. ipad/ipad mini– so they can stay connected while traveling! Bonus: this is a perfect way for them to keep up on reading their favorite blogs too!
6. desk calendar– Make 2013 their most organized year ever with a calendar they can use to keep track of all the important dates in their blogging world.
7. Just tell them thank you. A little love note and you’ll make their day.
8. This blog print– visually appealing and perfect to hang in whatever space they write in.
9. Hedgehog foot warmer– keep their feet warm while blogging! (it even hooks up with a USB port, how cool is that?)
I’m hoping to have a couple other gift guides before the month is over: one for nurses, one for cyclists, one for bakers. (then my husband will have all SORTS of ideas for gifts this year!)
My sweet sister Becky, who also happens to be an Usborne consultant, has been working with me to create my very own e-show!
Have you heard of Usborne?
They have a great selection of fiction and nonfiction books, with reading levels that appeal to babies all the way up to school age kids. As a friend to people with kids and an aunt to many, it’s going to be great to have some children’s books around the house.
Just to give me an idea of what Usborne has to offer, Becky sent me a stack of books to go through.
My sister knows me well.
I’m someone who LOVES to be in the kitchen. So I flipped through the cookbook she sent and made the first thing that caught my eye.
It claims to be healthy, but it’s the tastiest “healthy” food I’ve ever had.
I need to get this book next.
You can take a look at some wonderful children’s (and not-so-children’s) books by clicking HERE.
Stay tuned for a special giveaway Monday morning!
What are your favorites?