Things I Love : October, 2014

Dying over the colors on this Good Housekeeping magazine. Crap. October is over. That means that the holidays are right around the corner. Life is just moving way too fast. I’m going to make every effort to slow it down a little bit and actually enjoy the holidays this year. But for now, here is what I loved during the month of October:

Good Housekeeping NAILED it with their November cover. I never pick up this magazine but the colors really spoke to me. I’m not even a huge fan of Eva Longoria but I really loved the graphic design and so I bought it to check it out. I enjoyed the magazine and look forward to seeing what next month’s cover looks like. Maybe they are trying to young it up a bit? I love me some Erin Phraner and I know she works at the mag so…I’m going to just give her all the credit since it has a crisp clean look like her site :)

Ghostbusters Krispy Kreme donuts! When your oldest son loves Ghostbusters and Krispy Kreme puts out Ghostbusters themed donuts, you drive way far out of your way to pick up a few dozen. Not sure when they will stop selling these but I am guessing Halloween so RUN to your nearest store and buy some! They were so much fun. They also had ones that looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

I can't stop wearing this House Dress from Henry Mack. I can’t quit wearing this House Dress by Henry Mack! It’s super comfy, can be dressed up or dressed down and I love the pattern! I wore this dress 3 times in one week to all kinds of events. One to a nice dinner out sponsored by a local magazine, a fashion show and a blogger event where I paired it with comfy flats. So versatile. I’m hoping they get more prints in soon! This is def a staple in my wardrobe.  Do your kids live for a photo bomb opportunity?

He is finally out of a car seat! Look how happy that makes him! Look at that face!!! It’s pure joy because this was the day we realized that it was legal for him to ride without a car seat. He felt like a million bucks. I still have him ride with the bottom booster most of the time to ensure that he is the safest. But I now know that he can ride without one. They are growing up WAY too fast!

Just the Wine drops for neutralizing sulfites in wine which I have an intolerance to. YOU GUYS. A few years ago my doctor told me that with my allergies and history of headaches that I should probably not drink wine. My nose gets all stuffed up. I get headaches pretty much immediately and the next day can be pretty unbearable. And that can be after just one glass. I pretty much stopped drinking champagne or sparkling wine completely because of the instant headaches. But stop drinking wine altogether? Absurd. Recently, I’ve been feeling exceptionally miserable after drinking wine. So much so that one morning I woke up and decided I couldn’t drink it anymore. Luckily, a mere 5 minutes later, I was reading OC Metro and came across a story on Just the Wine. The symptoms listed in the story were pretty different from mine, but I decided to try them out anyway. I am still trying them out to see if they really help me with my wine consumption. And so far I think the answer is yes! My nose still gets stuffed up, but I’m not getting the headaches like I had been. I tried these drops in a mimosa the other day and had no headache at all! These do not prevent headaches the next day due to over consumption. You put 3 drops in your 6 ounce glass of wine and give it a stir for 20 seconds. This is basically food grade hydrogen peroxide and it neutralizes the sulfites. I even take them with me when I go out now. My husband says it looks pretty shady when I put them in my wine but I don’t care. You can read more about them here.

Self-serve Iced Coffee at Whole Foods.Somewhere along the way I started upping my daily coffee intake. But as the day goes on, I’m less inclined towards a hot cup of coffee, and turn instead to iced.  So I was super excited to see this Cold Brew set up at my local Whole Foods! I pretty much have no understanding about what the different brews are, but love that you can serve yourself. And it was delicious too! I feel like this might be the next big thing. They took out their juice bar. And while this doesn’t exactly replace that, it seems like this is where the focus has shifted. And I quite like it.

Finger Limes! I finally got to try finger limes. The inside is not like a normal lime but are like tiny little balls that are tart and crunchy and awesome. While at Whole Foods, I came across a package of Finger Limes! I had seen them in a food magazine last year and almost went so far as to order them online. I’m a lime fanatic and these sounded super interesting. But I thought it might be a little obsessive to buy limes online. When I came across the package, I FOR SURE had to try them! They smell just like a normal lime, but the insides are totally different. I took the tip of my knife and sort of scraped at the flesh and these little orbs came out. They are crunchy and tart with a limey flavor. These would be so awesome as a garnish for a cocktail or appetizer. I made my whole family try them because who knows when the next time I’m going to have finger limes again! The kids thought they were hysterical. LOVED them! If you see them, pick them up!

The first time he was able to dip his cookies in Cow's Milk! He's outgrown that allergy! This kid has had food allergies since he was one year old. This right here is the first time he has ever dipped Oreo‘s in to cow’s milk. We are so grateful that he has outgrown that allergy. He seems to be fine with eggs as well, but he still resists the foods that were harmful to him for so long. This was such a great moment for me to see him acting like a normal kid and not being afraid to try the milk. I know that over time he will learn to like eggs as well. So cool! And we’re keeping our fingers crossed about the nuts as well. Because Butterfinger.

*I’ve been making some changes to the back end of my blog and as a result I have lost my spell check! I read through this post to the best of my ability but there could very well be some errors…I don’t need to know about them. And I guess I shouldn’t rely so heavily on the spell checker, but I do! Fingers crossed I can figure out where it went!

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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!

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.