Spiked Peppermint Mocha Milkshake (+ Vitamix Giveaway)

I try to be honest and objective about all the work I do. If it can be improved, I want to improve it! So on the random occasion that a recipe turns out SO MUCH BETTER than I even imagined, I’m pretty darn excited. Milkshakes, you guys! I recently entered a milkshake phase. Dangerous territory, I know. Every time we have guests over, I make a different milkshake. Most of…


12 Days of Giveaway: 2016 Planners! (CLOSED)

With the new year just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to give SIX lucky readers one of our spiral bound 2016 planners (in marble)! You can read more about our planners this year and some of the upgrades you can expect here. Be sure to grab your planner before they are all gone! The floral pattern is currently sold out in our shop and only available…

Love is All Around

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Every Christmas I have a tradition of watching Love Actually while I wrap presents. I’m a cheese ball and have a thing for Colin Firth. And Hugh Grant dancing by himself at 10 Downing Street. And Emma Thompson is a class act who makes motherhood look incredibly brilliant. But this year I received an early reminder of how much love really is out there when we choose to receive it. It was snowing, I was already late for a meeting, and had a flat tire. Quite a banner day all around. When I stopped to fill it up with air, I left my wallet on the hood of the car then drove off without it. Later, when I realized it was missing, I raced back to the gas station to see if it had turned up. No dice. I’m not sure which was more irritating: that someone in my neighborhood would steal a wallet, the inconvenience of having to replace all of my cards, or losing my favorite Coach wallet. Before I could explore that self-pity spiral, I received emails to two different accounts AND a Facebook message from a woman whose husband and son had found it in the middle of the street and brought it home for her to sort out. Miss Christina wasted no time googling me until she found my contact info (my drivers license was in a coat pocked from the night before). I could’ve cried. I definitely squealed and hugged the heck out of her when I went to collect my things—and returned the favor with a bagful of beauty treats. I believe that people are innately good. But this family was so concerned about me, my safety and getting my wallet back to me, that they went above and beyond. I hope I would do the same, but it was a gentle reminder during the busiest time of the year to slow down and show love to whomever might need a helping hand, a smile, or just to be heard when it feels like no one is paying attention.




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Easy Twisted Updo

Fun fact: I haven’t had long hair for very long. A few years ago I had a pixie cut—the Jean Seberg cut to be exact—and it’s taken around three years to get to this length. When I had short hair, what I was most envious of was the different hairstyles girls with long hair could do when my hair basically did nothing. So I promised myself that when my hair…

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies Turned Cityscapes

Growing up I did NOT appreciate gingerbread cookies. To be fair, I was a picky-eater kid, so the thought of a complex, spicy cookie that frankly doesn’t contain as much sugar as a “normal” cookie was just not going to appeal to me. But oh man how I have changed my tune since then. Now I really enjoy a good gingerbread cookie, so long as the weather outside is chilly….

12 Days of Giveaways: Happy Mail (CLOSED)

Just a little over a year ago we launched our first subscription service: Happy Mail. Since then thousands of people have joined the club to receive a monthly pack of cute stationary and paper items (like art prints, stickers, washi tape, etc.). You can check our archives to see some of the adorable cards that have been in past kits. We are excited to give EIGHT lucky winners the January…