Etsy Round Up // Vol 28

Guys, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this – but I’m already starting to think about buying gifts! And next week is Thanksgiving! The holidays are inching closer, and the time to start thinking about gifts is now. Etsy always blows me away with the gorgeous and unique gifts they have and I love sharing what I find with you all! Here are just a few things that I would love to give to friends and family (or keep for myself!)…

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^ Our family is big on games, and Curtis and I just learned how to play cribbage! What a beautiful and easy little travel board!


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^ Inspire your ladies with this tee (and even buttons!)


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^ haha, so great!! What a fun little stocking stuffer or office secret santa gift.


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 Block Print Calendar // Travel Cribbage Board // The Future Is Female Tee // Leather Toiletry Kit // Foodie Dice // Screenprinted Placemats


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Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

We’re finally at the short week we’ve all been waiting for! And we are so excited to have some down time with family & friends. Not sure about you all, but for the past few years we’ve been feeling more and more like adults. We can discuss careers with our families at get togethers (and actually be semi-knowledgable), eat brussel sprouts voluntarily, and choose to have breakfast and coffee with our family on Christmas morning before opening gifts. It’s a nice change of pace to feel a little more mellowed out right before the holiday, and not anxiety-ridden about not falling asleep or else Santa won’t come.

But if there’s one thing that adults do for one another, it’s bring a gift for your hostess or host. It’s makes that person feel appreciated and special, and shows that you aren’t just there for the free food 🙂 And while a nice bottle of wine or beer will always be a wonderful gift, we’re looking at some nontraditional gifts for this holiday season. Here’s some things we’ve been eyeing that we know our party-throwing pals would appreciate:


 

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Wooden serving tray for all that food


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Beverage mixer they normally wouldn’t splurge on


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Feather bottle opener to make drinking beer that much more fun


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Holiday scented candle


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Fuzzy blanket to unwind after the parties have ended


 

 

Happy Weekend

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This week was certainly a doozy. Between dinners, holiday shopping, and wrapping up the craziness at work before vacation, we certainly have been keeping ourselves busy. But, there’s always time to surf the web for entertaining links! Hope you all have wonderful weekends, see you on Monday!


cct // Did you guys watch Masters of None? Here are 5 awesome food related things he gets so right.

rkv // Forever finding our way out of the conversational awkward pause

cct // Did you guys see this story on Tracey Norman, a transgender model in the 60s and 70s? Such an inspirational but sad story.

rkv // Have you guys ever smelled these candles? I purchased the Spruce one for our office yankee swap, and it was a big hit.

cct // This make up tho – dang!

rkv // The lightsaber workout

cct // Stocking stuffers, yankee swaps, coworker gifts – this list of Fabulous Gifts Under $25 is much appreciated

rkv // Shut. The. Front. Door. (Such a sucker for celeb gossip)


Espresso Peppermint Brownies

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If there’s one weakness I have, it’s dense delicious fudgy brownies. And in case you didn’t know, Dec. 8th is National Brownie Day, so we decided to pay our tribute. This recipe is pretty much as simple as homemade brownies get, and most certainly a crowd pleaser.


For the brownies:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • eggs, lightly whisked
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

For the topping:

  • 4 large candy canes

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 and set aside an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.

In a heat-safe bowl, combine 1 cup of your chocolate chips (save the rest to add to the batter), butter, and oil, and place over a small pot of boiling water.

Once fully melted and slightly cooled, combine in a stand (or hand) mixer with your sugars. Mix well, then add espresso, vanilla, and eggs. Add your flour and salt mixture and blend until just mixed. Fold in your chocolate chips.

Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

While baking, prepare your peppermint topping. *Warning, this part is loud*

Place your candy canes into a plastic baggie, removing the air, and adding into a second baggie. With a rolling pin or hammer, gently break your candy into pieces.

Once your brownies have five minutes left in the oven, remove and sprinkle on the candy. Place back in the oven and finish baking.


Recipe adapted from Food 52

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves — how’d you guys hold up this week? The week after Thanksgiving can sometimes feel extra long, but this year it didn’t seem too bad. This year we’re trying to be a little more conscious of our holiday habits — actively trying to keep our nutrition and exercise in check, and budgeting ourselves so we don’t overspend. It can be a challenge at times, but it seems to be helping, because we’re feeling good! Are you guys doing anything differently this year to feel a little more balanced? Hope you guys have a great weekend — see you on Monday!


cct // An older and wiser friend of mine always swore that sipping on a little whiskey when you’re feeling like you’re going to get sick will fend everything off – and I’m thinking he was right 🙂 So long cough syrup, and hello hot toddy’s!

rkv // Have you guys tried the mediation app Headspace yet? I have two friends with rave reviews!

cct // Purge the closet…you know you never wear it..do ittt (stop overthinking it!)

rkv // Why, hello holiday mai tai

cct // Which 2015 Pop Hit Are You?

rkv // Because sometimes the holidays aren’t always merry & bright — how to beat the holiday blues

cct // These 9 Trends Prove That the Way We Travel Is Changing (also Afar mag is the best of the best, if you love travel and design, think about subscribing, it’s my favorite magazine!)

rkv // How to make friends in adulthood

 

 

Happy Weekend!

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Hey dolls — whatchya all up to this weekend? My house is gonna be a little on the quiet side this weekend, with one of my roommates out of town. I also have my first big hair chop in years coming up tomorrow. I’m freakin’ out a little, but looking forward to a fresh change. I’m also hoping to get in a thorough apartment clean AND a d.i.y. — this is probably all far too ambitious for two days, but we’ll see how it goes! Christa will be bouncing all around as well, with a friend’s birthday bonfire celebration, checking out Hartford’s Open Studios, and a swanky new cocktail bar that opened up, Little River Restoratives.

Hope you all have a nice weekend, see you on Monday!


rkv // What happened to hobbies???

cct // An Artist Magically Transformed 19 Disney Animals Into Humans – and they’re good too! 

rkv // The best foods to donate during the holiday season

cct // The One Thing Pedicurists Want You to Know

rkv // Christa and I are pretty much in LOVE with ABC’s Nashville — when I read the reason that Clare Bowen chopped off her long locks, I couldn’t help but feel moved (cct — same!)

cct// Doesn’t this Rosemary Citrus Ginger Cranberry Sauce sound so interesting??

rkv // Nordstrom is having a big fat fall sale

cct // Did you guys read #GirlBoss? It’s next on my list! But I might start with #Girlboss Radio, which is live!


Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas

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Tomorrow morning is 2015 — woah! When did that happen?

New Year’s morning can be a tricky thing — you’re tired, hung over, and exhausted from the night before, but you most likely want to celebrate the new year with some sort of delicious brunch/cocktail combo. If you’ve planned ahead and made reservations somewhere, congrats — you did great during this hectic holiday season. If not, we’ve got an easy and very delicious raspberry sorbet mimosa for you to show off to your friends!

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Ingredients: 

  • Raspberry sorbet — we used Talento, mainly for it’s gorgeous color, but also because they have tons of sorbet flavors
  • Champagne, Prosecco or Cava — we used Freixenet, a brut Spanish Cava, and it worked well since it didn’t have any extra sweetness (let the sorbet do that)
  • Rosemary sprigs

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Just drop a scoop of the sorbet into your glass and fill ‘er up with the bubbles! Swirl around the rosemary sprig to give it a bit of herbaceous delight.

With something this easy, it’s sort of hard to not give it a shot! (*and if you’re looking for a bit of extra sweetness, rim your glass with sugar!)

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years celebration! For those out East like us, be sure to wear your puffy coats and hats over those party dresses… it’s gonna be a chilly evening!

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Sibling Gift Guide

Sorry for the radio silence on Friday! It was a busy week followed by an even busier weekend – Christa’s 25th birthday! Reg came to Hartford for a weekend of delicious food, great holiday shopping, and a fun b-day bash! But we’re back in holiday mode- gifts have got to be bought, shipped and wrapped in less than 2 weeks (eek!). So we preset to you the sibling gift guide…

First up – gifts for your brother!

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Herschel Duffle // H&M Decorative Box // JCrew Factory Key Ring Bottle Opener // Columbia Records Coffee Table Book // Simply Great Beard Oil // Print Liberation “More Pizza” Tee // Jack Spade Retro Clock // Smart Wool Socks 

And don’t forget your sister!

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Martha Stewart’s “One Pot” Cookbook // Flannel Pajama Set // Fresh Sugar Gift Set // Asos Watch // Origins Candle Set // Smashbox Eyeliner Set // Gap Fair Isle Sweater

 

Happy Weekend!

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Before we jump into all gift-guides-all-the-time, enjoy one of the last December Friday’s before full holiday panic ensues. That being said, go out and find the perfect holiday party dress, and decorate your halls (tiny apartment…) — become one with the holiday spirit, because it’s not going away! But most importantly, have a wonderful weekend friends 🙂 xo G&M

cct // Books on books on books! NPR’s guide to the best reads of 2014

rkv // I am such a sucker for a tasty looking cinnamon cocktail

cct // The struggles of a having booty…

rkv // This welcome-mat has inspired a DIY in the horizon…

cct // Apparently the sounds of vacuums can soothe babies (and certain adults – thanks Chion!) to sleep – do you have any quirky white noises that put you out? If you get a shower going, I’ll be sleeping on your shoulder in no time!

rkv // This skillet cookie idea for a party is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen

cct // I will most definitely have some fun and quirky tile in my home someday! Here are some beautiful inspiration photos!

rkv // 20 concealer hacks every lady should know