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How to wrap up wine for a Christmas gift

You know those kitchen towels I block-printed? Well, here’s what I did with them! I used them to wrap up wine and am planning to give as gifts this holiday season.  I call these my easy and extra gifts for anyone this year. Good as a hostess gift, or for neighbors, your hair stylist, anyone really. When in doubt, give wine, I say.  In this quick how-to video, I’m using a cheap bottle of Charles Shaw for my example. For your wine gift, be sure to pick out a special bottle, one that is delicious. Don’t gift cheap wine for Christmas! I didn’t want to talk on this video {lol}, so I picked out a cheesy Christmas song instead. Biggest thing, is to fold the tea towel in half first, then start rolling the wine up from one side. Let me know if you have any questions. The gift giving season is officially here, friends! I cannot WAIT to share the joy. 
Giving Joy

Gift idea for a friend on Halloween — BOOze!

Every Halloween I always like to BOO – ze someone {buy them silly booze for the holiday}. This year it was our new landlords. I took myself to a nearby Cost Plus and went to work on a basket gift. Cost Plus is the best place for basket building. And right now they have all kinds of spooky beers and wines for BOOzing. I added some Frankenstein cocktail napkins, some pumpkin crunch for snacking and a little dracula toy and it was complete. I wish I had the kind of budget to make these gifts for all of my friends. Maybe one day.

Cher Joy, Giving Joy, Project, Stationery, Tiny Prints

Cher-ing Joy with Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints recently reached out to me about my Cher Joy series on this here blog. A series I love to keep up with and often roll into my Giving Joy category. We brainstormed together and found the cutest cards to personalize with a little note of joy, actually, one of my favorite quotes about joy of all time.

As soon as I received in the mail, I poured myself some bubbly, sat myself out on the patio and started writing little love notes to my friends. Sealed the envelopes with some washi tape and sent them off to deliver their joy. Have you wrote a friend lately? Try writing a note to someone you’re thinking of. I’m sure it will bring them an ounce of unexpected joy. And, isn’t unexpected joy the best feeling in the world? Go for it,  share some joy.

A special thank you to TinyPrints for the great idea. What a nice, quick way to “cher” a little joy, and for a good price, too. 
Giving Joy, Rob, Tiny Prints

Gift guide for Father’s Day

This year for Father’s Day, I get to celebrate a very special person. My husband. I get to give a little bit of {joy!} back to him for all the joy he brings into our lives.  Especially Jace’s. Boy does Jace light up when Rob comes around. He laughs the hardest with Daddy. I get pretty jealous, but I’m so happy they have that father son bond. It’s so sweet. I started shopping early for Rob and wanted to get a little bit of everything for my manly man. Plus, I wanted to give you all out there some ideas for your hubbies or dads {seeing that I’m basically obsessed with giving gifts}. Each day leading up to this weekend I’ll be posting one new item or idea. Don’t worry, I’ve asked my husband to not look and let himself be surprised, so we’ll see!

Gift idea #1 – Coffee for his mornings.

My husband loves coffee. He can’t start his day without some strongly brewed coffee, a triple shot, a mocha, you name it, he needs it. The aroma, the morning ritual, the taste — whatever it is he loves it. So, I found the perfect coffee and mug that says it all:

Handmade & Damn Handsome Coffee // I heard about this coffee house from my letterpress go-to, Alissa Bell, who is married to one of the coffee roasters behind the name. I absolutely love their label and thought it fit the bill for Father’s Day, seeing how very handsome my husband is. Hoping he shares {I’ve been dying to try this coffee, too}

Tiny Prints // To accompany his coffee, I wanted to find the perfect coffee cup for the new Dad. Tiny Prints has some great gift ideas, one in particular lets you customize your coffee mug with a design and image of your choice. We’ve been in love with this picture of Jace in his flannel for weeks now, so I HAD to blow it up on a mug for him for Father’s Day. Tiny Prints has so many different mug designs to choose from, allowing you to customize with text, images and more.

Gift idea #2 – Manly soap for his shower.

Damn Handsome Grooming Co. // Found this catchy line of grooming products at Stripe in Santa Cruz. Something that says handsome and beer together on one thing?! Sold. And beyond perfect for my manly man who loves his beauty products. After looking into them, I read that Damn Handsome Grooming partners with craft breweries to re-purpose their brewed ingredients into natural, healthy provisions. Their story is fairly simple: they like beer, and soap, and didn’t want beer to go to waste, so they made a beer soap and decided to share it with the world. Their entire line of handsome beer soaps, shave creams, oils, lip balms and beard care products look very “dapper” indeed. And the price is right, too. This is a company my hubby and I can definitely get behind.’

Gift idea #3 – A sexy weekender bag for his travels.

Cenzo // Every time Rob goes on a work trip he complains that he doesn’t have a good-looking man bag. So I found him exactly that . . . with a Cenzo! The leather smells soooo good. It’s the perfect color for a manly man, comes with a shoulder strap and expandable space inside. I think it will be his favorite gift out of them all ;) The price wasn’t too bad either. I had checked J.Crew and Banana, but nothing really stood out to me for the price. This bag I found LOOKS expensive, but isn’t. I’m glad he can now travel feeling more stylish ;)

Gift idea #4 – A sleek wallet for his money handling.

V-Trap // I’ve been waiting for the chance to get Rob a new wallet. One that’s a little more official if you know what I mean, and not a clip thing jammed with receipts, cards and money. I stumbled upon the V-Trap brand at a shoe store downtown and was drawn to its unique, “V” shape. It has magnetic closures, a hidden coin pocket and a 90-day patented design guarantee – {although I’m hoping it lasts him longer than 90 days!}. I was having a hard time holding out on all these fun Father’s Day gifts so I gave it to Rob this week a little early and already he says it’s so slim and smooth that he can’t even tell it’s in his pocket {good or bad thing?}. Great product friends!

Gift idea #5 – A muddler for his old fashions.

AHeirloom // I am a HUGE fan of this Esty shop. I could seriously own one of everything they have. My man loves a good old-fashion, and usually has the ingredients to make one at all times. But, the one thing he’s always missing is a muddler. So I went to my favorite shop, customized one with his initals — and added it to his bar set. I cannot WAIT until he opens it. It’s so cool. And just a side note, AHeirloom now have cake toppers, too {!!!}! Wish I would have known that in time to order some for Rob’s birthday cake next weekend. Looks like June is going to be a doozy for me. Lots more gifts to get out!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! I know my hubby will for sure!

Food, Giving Joy, Projects, San Juan Bautista

S’more pops

Us girls at the studio threw our friend, Loni, a little campsite-themed picnic at the park in town to celebrate her birthday! We basically went camping for an hour — flannels, tent, picnic table, hot dogs, hamburgers — the works. I was tasked with making the birthday dessert: S’more pops! They are SO easy and SO delicious. I let mine sit at room temperature for a little bit before the party and they were perfect. Soft and chocolate-y and semi-melty from the warm temps in San Juan Bautista. Just as good as a real s’more if you ask me.

Here’s what you’ll need for the s’more pops:

– white cake pop {candy?} sticks
– regular sized Marshmallows
– Baker’s dipping chocolate
– crumbled graham crackers
– parchment paper
– wood platter for presentation ;)

Instructions: Poke each marshmallow with a stick. Microwave the Baker’s chocolate tub. Dip half the marshmallow in the melted chocolate. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumble onto the chocolate part. Set it down on the wax paper. Then serve anytime after that! Like I said, SO easy. It was so fun celebrating Loni. Love her to pieces.

{I <3 these chicks}