Things I love – September 2014

This Golden Road Brewery IPA that benefits Heal the Bay is delicious! It has been a while since I shared the random things I am loving so I thought I would try to bring this series back. You know I love to share my favorites with you and these are not sponsored. I just want everyone to love them! 

I generally drink wine but this Golden Road Brewery is my new favorite beer. I got to taste several varieties of this brand during our #campmixalot weekend and this one, in particular, is delicious! Have you tried this brand? This specific IPA benefits Heal the Bay. How awesome is that?

I'm obsessed with The Real Housewives of Melbourne! #RHOMelbourneYOU GUYS! I am OBSESSED with The Real Housewives of Melbourne. As in Melbourne, Australia. I had heard about this show a while back but couldn’t find it to watch anywhere. One of my besties called me up one day to let me know that they were playing it on Sundays on Bravo (they have the episodes online too!)! I’ve been watching the shows and it is amazing! These gals and their accents are fantastic! My husband is even sucked in! They say things that I have to rewind several times to understand and use the funniest slang and figures of speech. Their voices are super deep. One wears an insane amount of makeup and is a lawyer (or barrister as they call it), who thanks to old British rule, has to wear a super ridiculous wig, perched on top of her big hair, when she is in court! I think my favorite has to be the gal that owns a large catering company and some restaurants.  Her name is Chyka (pronounced Chica), she seems to be the most level headed of the group, sort of the Caroline Manzo of the group. They have just as much gossip and talking behind each other’s backs as our versions. It is fantastic! Have you seen it? 

I've been using this Bando thermal coffee mug every day since I got it! Great gift idea!I don’t know why I am so surprised, but did you know that coffee tastes, like, way better when it’s not cold? So I got this Bando coffee mug a few weeks ago and I now use it every morning. And I freaking love it! It is perfect for walking the kids to school.  And it keeps the coffee warm!  Genius! I really love some of my old coffee mugs, and will use them from time to time, but these thermal mugs are where it’s at. 

Bands in Town App is awesome for finding live music of your fave bands. I love this app called Bands In Town.  I put it on my phone a few months ago and it is the reason I found out that my fave guy was coming locally in concert. It goes through the music on your phone and then tells you the bands coming to your area on tour that you might like. I love it! It’s designed well and is super easy to use. I think it also connects you right to a site to buy the tickets but I wanted to get online and see a better floor plan so I didn’t purchase through the app. But it has always been hard to find all the concerts that are coming to town in all different venues. But not any more.

Red wine in bed. And I found some red wine that I really enjoy!  I can’t wait to share my Temecula wine tasting trip with all of you, but I was super excited to find a few new wines!

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Cool Stuff in Life and Style – June

My favorite Ronald Reagan tea pot!! Makes a great gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow can it be July tomorrow?  This is the first full week that my kids are out of school and we started swim lessons this morning.  So why does it feel like summer is moving SO fast!  I’m praying it slows down a little so we can really enjoy it before we start school again.  So here is the cool stuff I am loving this month.  I already shared this on Instagram, but my parents bought me the BEST TEA POT EVER!!  You may remember that I had originally seen this Ronald Reagan wonder on my trip to New York but when it was over $100, I had to walk away.  My mom started to do some research and found it online for a much more reasonable price!

Ronald Reagan tea pot, a great gift for your friend's who love entertaining and has everything! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo one day, she and my dad showed up with my new tea-pot as a surprise.  They are pretty great parents, aren’t they?  And this tea-pot!?  I mean, my kids are a little freaked out by it but it now has a place on our mantle above the fireplace…

Fun dish for a cute gift idea // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comKristin gave me this awesome little porcelain You Rock tray!  I love it.  The colors are super fun and the sides are a little bit wavy making it whimsical.  It sites right next to my bed on my nightstand and I keep my chapstick and stray hair bands in it.  I love that it is practical but super cute at the same time!! Such a cute gift idea!

I heart wine.  And especially when the wine has hearts on it. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI heart wine, you guys!  I’m starting to branch out a little bit and try some new whites.  I’m partial to my Sauvignon Blanc but I know that I enjoy Pinot Grigio so I’m trying to go out of my comfort zone and try some new ones.  And of course I had to pick up this bottle with the heart on it.  Find it here.  SO cute!

Summer means impromptu dance parties // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe had a great Father’s Day barbecue at my sister and brother-in-law’s house.  The kids swam, we ate great food and then the kids orchestrated a dance off.  It was the best.  They even threw down a challenge:  kid’s against my husband and brother-in-law.  A freaking riot!  It was so funny, the kids had a blast and it was the perfect way to wind down a great day!

Custom poems make a great gift!  I had this one done for Father's Day!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve complained about how hard my husband is to shop for before but this year I found some pretty fun gifts for Father’s Day.  I commissioned a custom poem for him from The Poem Store.  I found out about Jacqueline Suskin via Xenia when she instagrammed about her a while back.  I bookmarked it and knew that Father’s Day would be the perfect time to try it out.  I love how this turned out.  And you name your own price so you pay what you can.  My husband keeps this in his wallet which is awesome.

A fun cooler from Urban Outfitters.  Fill it for a great end of the year teacher gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhenever I have a quick minute I like to pop in to Urban Outfitters and see what the cool kid’s are in to.  I found this awesome 6 pack cooler in the clearance section for $1.99.  Of course I had to have it.  I really need to go back and see if they have more.  I could fill this with fun summer items and give it as an end of the year teacher gift (my son’s teacher is pretty cool).  And this picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s bright!  Just how I like it.

Things I Love – May

skateboarding oranges are the cutest //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhere the heck did May go?  For real.  How can it almost be summer?  Nothing says summer like little skateboarding oranges, right? 

Voluspa candles make my nose happy.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLauren got me totally addicted to these Voluspa candles.  This Ambre Lumiere flavor is SO good!  I want these all over my house. [Read more...]

Rad Custom Straws


Rad straw with neon boho summer dress.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow rad is this custom straw?  Isn’t it the coolest?!  I ordered some custom name Krazy Straws for my kids for Easter and since I was placing an order for custom straws, I figured I might as well make one that said “rad” too.  Even drinking water is way more cool with these, right?!

Custom rad Krazy straw.  Makes a great gift!   //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThere are a ton of different custom straws that you could make.  They are pretty inexpensive and not something you see every day.  These are potentially the best kid’s party favor idea ever.  And I’m totally in love with that charcoal color.  Big thank you to Lauren for helping me shoot them.  Can you imagine how awkward that selfie would have been if I tried to take one of myself using it?

Rad and palm tree //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo have a rad week, won’t you?

Custom name Krazy Straws are the perfect kid's gift idea!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSee, the custom name straws are pretty rad too.  (Originally posted to my Instagram account.  Are we following each other?)

Make your own custom name straw at KrazyStraw.com

**NOT a sponsored post. I think these are awesome and think you will too.

 

Kid-Friendly Carpet Tiles from Flor

*I was sent this rug by Flor.  All opinions are mine. Our new rug ties in our art perfectly.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI AM IN LOVE WITH MY NEW RUG!  Yes, I am shouting it at you.  I just need to make sure that you get how deep my love runs for this rug.  A few weeks ago I shared that my husband and I were looking at rugs for this busy area of our house.  And this is the winner, our kid-friendly carpet tiles from Flor!  Do you love it?!  It is hard to tell colors from a small online photo.  But I wasn’t s0 worried about it that I needed to order a sample.  Turns out these colors could not be more perfect for this room!  The magenta and tiny hints of periwinkle in this Chakra rug totally tie in the art and accessories in this room.  Up until now, I had just liked the skateboards and purple vase individually but they certainly weren’t styled.  But now, they totally all work together.  And the way the rug works with the couch color…perfect.

Our old rug.  Blah.  This was the before rug.  Blah.  It was purchased primarily for the inexpensive price tag when we were furnishing a larger home we lived in a few years ago.  It has moved with us several times but I have never really liked this rug.  I am not sad to see it go (although my husband is keeping it in the garage in case we need it somewhere else in the house…um, no).

We love the Flor rug tile system  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had to wait for my husband to install this rug as it was going to be partially under our heavy couch.  I put our previous Flor rug together by myself but it was kind of nice to watch my husband do the work on this one.  It took about 30 minutes to lay the tiles out and put down all the stickers.

Photo bomb while Dad puts our rug together.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy youngest son wanted to “help” too.  You know, by photo bombing.

Testing out our new Flor rug.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd I had to take this photo because his shirt just totally matched the rug. [Read more...]