A Grade A Fresh for Birchbox Beauty

By: Sunny ChoiBack in the day, the milkman would leave fresh bottles of milk on your doorstep every morning.  Fast forward to the 21st century.  Not only can you have perishable groceries delivered in a matter of hours,...more

Give Yourself the Gift of a Self-Hosted Blog

You've been thinking about it, I know you have. You eye those people's blogs who have a url sans Wordpress or Blogspot, and you wonder if you should do the same. You know, self-host. Maybe it's just low on your priorities list and you're busy. Maybe you're overwhelmed with the idea of self-hosting. But this is the time of year to give yourself a gift, and I'm going to encourage you with this gift guide to give yourself the gift of self-hosting. ...more
I recommend @thefrillycoconut. She is fabulous and was patient with me. And while I still ...more

Holiday Shopping Linkstravaganza

Christmas is only 11 days away. I'm one of those people who plans for Christmas all year round (making little notes when someone casually mentions something they'd love to have) but procrastinates when it comes to actually pulling the trigger... er, buying presents. Obviously no matter how much I'd like to get some people a bullet to the head (I should probably just stop writing now) I'm not shooting anyone for the holidays. So, now that things between you and me are as weird as they can get, let me share some of the places I like to shop around on the web for gifts! ...more

This Holiday Gift Could Really Backfire!

I think it's the perfect gift for the holidays.  But how will my son react when he finds out where I'll be sending him for the next five days?...more
@BeyondSiri Please do! I think it is a wonderful surprise! My oldest sister is an artist - it ...more


I have always though of myself as a fairly down to earth kind of girl, though I was once called "spoiled" by one of my girlfriends.  Granted, that was a long time ago, but I remember how shocked I was that anyone would perceive me as spoiled.  Once I joined her in the divorce category, and got a full-time job she was a lot nicer to me.  But,  here's the thing:  I want presents.  Please don't make...more
I like a goofy surprise too! I'm looking forward to a new penguin Pajama set! My mom buys me a ...more

The Most Frugal Gift of All

What could it be?  Your love and your time.  There are a multitude of ways you can give of yourself without spending a dime.Visit a friend.  If you haven't seen them in a while, just the sight of your face will be a gift.  Conversation with a friend is a priceless gift.Stop by the home of an elderly friend and clean their baseboards.  Sounds too simple, doesn't it?  But think how difficult that one chore can be for someone getting up in years. ...more

The Gift of My Dear Friend's Catch Phrases

If I were a tree and beneath my branches lay gifts adorned in lovely holiday fare, I would hide the small collection wrapped in gilded sheets of friendship tied with bows of years together....more

A Tip For Tuesday

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home A Tip For Tuesday   Some easy-peasy diy gifts for the hopelessly uncrafty:Flat-iron holder made out of a potholder....more

Gifts of Impermanence

If you have ever moved - ever packed up your worldly belongings and lugged them from place to place - then you will appreciate this rhetorical question: How much 'stuff' does one really need? Other than a ukulele and a grain grinder, I can't say I want for anything right now, which is why I'm asking my Loved Ones to gift me (and others) with Things That Go Away. For example:Candles...more
I am in total support of your ideas! All of the suggestions sound attractive to me, but ...more

once upon a time

The first notable thing about her is her eyes.  Other than that, she seems like a typical 10-year-old girl for the most part.  But not her eyes.  She doesn't look you in the eye when she speaks to you.  She doesn't look anyone in the eyes.  The words come out of her mouth, and the words are clear, the vocabulary well-developed.  Her eyes are directed at the ground....more
Beautiful - thanks for reminding me that everyone has hidden talents.  more