The Anti-Stuff Holiday Gift: My Son Reacts

It was a very risky idea, given how much he wanted Beats headphones ($200 headphones for a kid?) and a Wii.  But this past week I gave my tween-age son his holiday present, choosing to surprise him with the gift of an experience over a thing.Here's what came out of his 5-day art class (and I've got the pictures to prove it!)... ...more

Preparing Holiday Cookies for Gifting

You take special care while preparing the perfect batches of holiday cookies, so why shouldn't you do the same when packaging them to share with friends and family? Here are some tips on creating fun cookie gift presentation. ...more

Bet You Can't Guess What It Is

Lots of people have top ten lists of presents to buy.  The presents I bought are alright, but the wrapping jobs I did are even better.  Here in no particular order are ten that have appeared in recent years under my tree....more
@Jane Miller I was thinking of giving him a box of pasta to unwrap! That would be really cruel...more

Reusing Holiday Cards and Paper

For a church activity this week I was asked to teach how to use old Christmas cards to make a fan... but I I didn't love it, so I googled for other recycling ideas of old Christmas cards and compiled a great list that I would like to share with everyone, because recycling and reusing items is both frugal and a great way to beautify your home for free or cheap!...more
@magpie Sorry! Yes, I did! I guess I thought it was just too obvious, but it is also one of ...more


Hello to all!  Today I sit happily at my computer unencumbered with studies or other obligations.  It is such a nice feeling to be finished with school for a while, surviving yet another week of finals.  Bittersweet too.  I will most likely work with other classmates, new teachers, and many of the friends I’ve made so far are heading home if they’re not already on their way.  I wonder if we’ll meet again.  Each little passing of time is magnified here as I acknowledge its brief window in my life.  And I am thankful.  Bon voyage mes amies!...more

Cool Gifts/ Finally A Rock N Roll Barbie That’s More Sassy than Sweet

By: Sunny Choi(Photo Credit: from Malibu – Tokidoki Barbie...more

My Greatest Christmas Gift!

As 2011 winds down and a New Year looms ahead, many of us will look toward the future with hope, resolutions, and aspirations.We'll choose not to look back at a year of struggle and decline, choosing instead, to forge a new path for brighter days. I'm all for New Year's resolutions, a brand new year and brighter days on the horizon, truly I am. But, oftentimes we should look back and reflect on the year before in all of its triumphs and struggles....more

A Taste of Honey

I was in my late teens and Mother's Day was coming.  I had no clue what to get for her, and I was just out browsing around hoping that something would speak to me.  After not having much luck, I went into the card store, figuring I could at least get a nice card in the meantime.So I was selecting a card when I saw this cute little musical doll.  It looked like a ragdoll with a little flowery dress and matching hat.  And it was singing. ...more

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