Christmas Eve Gift Basket

Okay, I know it has not even been Thanksgiving yet, and believe me I hate when people try to rush the holidays. BUT I saw the best thing on Pinterest today! It was such as cute idea that I could not resist posting it a little early. Besides, it is always good to prepare things early. Christmas is such a big holiday that one must start to prepare as soon as possible or they will miss out!

Besides, this is a really sweet idea.

Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

What you do is buy a cute box, bucket, basket, anything you can use to hold a bunch of stuff in at one time. Then you fill it with Christmas pajamas, coco, snacks, a mug, a Christmas move, maybe even a stuffed animal. Next, you decide who you are going to give it to, your: kids, husband, mom, sister, friend, whoever because it is such a good idea people at any age can appreciate it.

Now, do not give it to them right away, wait until Christmas Eve! Make sure everyone you are going to be spending this evening with gets one, or there could be some hard feelings. Have everyone open their box ON CHRISTMAS EVE. Tell them to put on the Christmas themed pajamas, heat up the coco, snuggle that stuffed animal, get the popcorn popping and start watching that movie! It is like a Christmas starter kit! It will get everyone in the mood (like people really need help with that) for the festivities to come! It is also a great way to bond with your family. Since you can customize them, you can give them to anyone on your list. Even your boss!

It is a really inexpensive way to make someone’s day (or night). It is truly the perfect gift for the perfect time of year.

Getting Someone a Pet as a Gift: Good or Bad Idea?

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Its a great concept. Your girlfriend or boyfriends birthday is coming up, they have been feeling lonely since all their pets live with their parents and you think hey I should get them a pet!

I mean why not, they are cute and cuddly and who wouldn’t just drop their jaw in aw at the site of a fuzzy little kitten or a rambunctious little puppy!

But, do we ever stop and think about the hidden costs? Yeah cats and dogs are expensive and getting that big cost out of the way would be nice, but lets take a kitten for example. You get the kitten, put a bow on it maybe a bell, and leave it in their room for them to come home to a sweet little surprise. But did you get the litter box? The food? Some toys? Treats? What about vet bills? Does it have its shots? Is it fixed? De-clawed? Did you think about who was going to pay for that?

De-clawing: $250.00

Spay/neutering: $150.00

Food: $16.00

Litter box: $25.00

Toys: $10.00

Cat carrier: $30.00

(prices from Walmart)

Even if you get the cat from the Humane Society for $10.00 your still spending $481 for all of its necessities!

I guess if you are willing to not only pay for the cat but also all the costs that come with it then by all means go for it!

But, do they want it? What is their living situation? Do they have roommates and if so do they like cats? Can they have cats at their place? Are they allergic? Sometimes you can like cats but be allergic to them. You might not even know it!

An animal would be a nice surprise, but you should make sure its something your partner is not only financially ready for it but actually wants it. Just be courteous!

FooDoodle Pens

I was on Tumblr and I found this post about fun products and one of these products were edible pens. I searched far and wide, but I could not find the exact product ANYWHERE. So, I searched for an alternative.

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Have you every wanted to draw a cool design on your food but the fear of ink poisoning stopped you? Well fear no longer because I just found the coolest thing! Its called the FooDoodle Pen (Food DOODLE, get it?) I found this product on Amazon for only $13.97. These are just like real pens except for the fact that you can DRAW ON YOUR FOOD AND NOT DIE WHEN YOU EAT IT! This pack of pastry painting pens comes with 10 colors: Red, Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Brown, Orange, Purple, Navy Blue, and Pink. They are reusable and work on cookies, crackers, wafers, bagels, bread and MARSHMALLOWS!

These pens would be perfect for the artistic baker in your life or even as a craft idea for kids. There are many different uses for these pens. You could decorate holiday cookies with Santa’s face or Rudolph’s nose. You could put a school or company logo on them for a bake sale.

These pens are better than using frosting to decorate because they are thin and precise. You can draw more intricate designs on your baked goods. They are not as messy as frosting either. The FooDoodle pens also come with stencils so even if you are not the next Picaso you can still create a design that is pleasing to the eye (and the mouth!)

These would be a great addition to any upcoming holiday cooking decorating parties, or a great stocking stuffer idea for the future chef in your life! There are many reasons to buy these pens but I think the most convincing reason is that if you buy them, you have to try them out, which means you HAVE to eat cookies :)

I Have Made a HUGE Mistake

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Samsung Galaxy s4 VS iPhone 4s

You guys, I don’t know what I was thinking. I switched from an iPhone 4s to a Samsung Galaxy S4. I have only had it for a few hours but I already don’t like it.

You see my birthday is next Saturday so I thought I would treat myself. I broke my other phone on Halloween, but I was switching phone carriers anyway and was getting a new phone regardless so I thought, no big deal.

I don’t know when I started thinking it, or why, but at some point I started thinking hey, iPhone’s aren’t that great. Maybe it’s because I go to a ‘techy’ school and I am surrounded by people bashing Apple products 24/7 or maybe it is because I miss the days where everyone had a different kind of phone, but either way today I learned the hard way that I am an Apple girl through and through.

Don’t get me wrong, Androids are awesome phones! I didn’t always have an iPhone, but now that I have had one for so long I am way too used to it. The main thing I do not like about the Samsung is that it is not compatible with my Mac. I have to have a Mac for my major there’s just no changing it. I had to manually convert EVERY one of my songs so that I could put it on my Android and then manually do the same thing for my pictures. After I downloaded the usual applications: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. It told me I was already running out of space. Also, IT DOESN’T HAVE EMOJIS. A girl cannot be expected to survive in this world without emojis!

This is exactly what I always blog about, but I figure hey it counts because it was a gift to myself. I feel like I am cheating on Apple, and I need to make this right. If you are like me and thinking of switching phones make sure you spend a long time in the store, don’t make any rash decisions, and make sure it feels right when you are buying it.

Bookends With a Suprise

I am always looking for ways to make my house look like I copy and pasted  it directly from an interior design catalog, but I am by no means Martha Stewart. If there was an equivalent to a green thumb for designing, I would be the opposite (I believe red is opposite green on the color wheel). My ideas always fail miserably.

That being said when I come across something that I cannot possibly mess up I jump on it! My latest obsession is with these terracotta bookends.

Terracotta Book Ends

Terracotta Book Ends

Not only are these bookends cute and will add a certain touch of style to your home (and your miniature library you’ve been harboring on your shelves) they also double as a vase. Yes, you read that right A VASE! These beauties are pulling double duty!

I came across these bookends while I was on Buzzfeed reading 16 Gifts For Your Favorite Book Lover Under $26 Each because I am always on the hunt for unique gift ideas! These Terracotta Book Ends/ Vases are from Elizabeth’s Embellishments located in Lafayette, Colorado. But fret not she does ship, but only in the continental United States. If you spend over $100 its free otherwise its $7.95 so, pretty standard for online purchases.

These Bookends are $20.95 and come in two colors. Either white and teal or orange and yellow. They are 8 1/4″ tall by 3 7/8″ wide by 6″ deep. The picture above shows the two options cuddling some brown books. The only downside is that they are sold individually so if you want two bookends you do end up spending around 40 bucks.

But Elizabeth is not only a bookend craftswoman, she has plenty of other gift and home options on her site including clothing for women and children, furniture, bedding, candles, cleaning products, and paper and ribbon! Check out her site :)