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.

Best Caramel Corn Ever

Pinkleton's Caramel Corn with Orange Cardamom and Scotch.  OMG Yum! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou know you have good friends when they gift you the world’s best caramel corn ever.  Well I mean, I think my recipe is the best caramel corn recipe ever, but prepackaged this is the stuff.  Kristin picked this Pinkleton’s caramel corn up on her recent vacation to Portland and knowing my love of snacks, caramel corn and cardamom, she knew I needed to try it too.  The flavor is outrageous.  It is at once bitter and sweet with subtle and bold flavors.  It’s the perfect crunchy texture.  And I didn’t want to share it.  I also knew that if I wasn’t careful, I would end up eating the whole bag in one sitting.  I ate some on the beach during a family picnic.  I packed this in my suitcase for my New York trip (I never like to be snacky in a hotel with only a mini bar available) and brought the rest home with me.  This would make a great gift for the foodies and snack lovers in your life.  I’m dying to try the other flavors too!  I mean – salted vanilla, salted molasses and spicy mexican cocoa?!  Order some for you summer vacations.  You’re welcome.  And thank you, Kristin, for knowing me so well!

 

Gift Ideas for Sports Fans

Leather wallets made from recycled baseball gloves!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow cool are these Fielder’s Choice wallets?!  They are made from old baseball gloves.  Here is the super dumb thing.  This was given to my husband already, by someone else, so it is no longer on the gift giving table for me.  Boo.  But I wanted to share them with you as Father’s Day is right around the corner.  Fielder’s Choice makes great gift ideas for sports fans in your life.

Fielder's Choice leather wallets.  Great gift idea for men and sports lovers! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis is not an intricate wallet with slots to hold 15 cards, etc.  This is a simple pouch design with a flap closure.  It’s pretty straight forward and simple and would totally appeal to the unfussy guy in your life.  And the story is cool.  These are hand cut and sewn and made in the USA.  To my family, nothing is more American than baseball.  And while I am not a fan of the sport itself (I like to call it, The Devil’s Game), I totally get the nostalgia, the history and the spirit of it.  

Leather wallets made from old baseball gloves!  Great gift idea! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comRepurposing the old gloves not only makes use of vintage materials but also adds a new chapter to the story of where that glove has been.  How cool to be using something that held many memories for someone else at one time.  And Fielder’s Choice doesn’t only sell wallets.  They sell really great hats, keychains and simple tees with their freaking awesome logo.  I love supporting cool companies like this who are passionate about what they do AND put out a cool product.  So go do some Father’s Day shopping and remember them come birthday and Christmas time.

Fielder's Choice Goods makes some cool gifts for the sports lover in your family.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBuy from Fielder’s Choice Goods here.  And follow them on Facebook, twitter, and instagram (well, have your husband follow them on instagram – our girly eyes probably won’t love their pictures.  There aren’t any peonies or other pretty flowers, but their aesthetic is really cool).

 

Great Gift for Men and Foodies : Mantry

*I was sent a Mantry box to review.  Well, I kind of let my husband review this one because he’s a man.  But I am telling you my thoughts on the Mantry box as a gift idea. Themed artisinal food boxes for monthly subscription.  Great way to try out new products.  Makes a great gift! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am always on the look out for great gift ideas.  I love to give gifts that are unique or super personal to the person I am buying for.  My husband is super hard to shop for.  So when I came across Mantry I was REALLY hoping it would be something I could get for my husband.  And it totally was.  Mantry is the “Modern Man’s Pantry” and is an artisinal, food-focused gift subscription aimed at men.  And I think this idea is amazing.  Each month is themed and the hand picked, American made items go together in some way.  The box we received was Thai themed.  This is totally something my husband would be in to.  He likes spice, he likes snacks and it’s always cool to try new things.  Sometimes it is hard to tell if a gift box subscription is going to be worth it.  I think this one totally is.  The amount and type of products received was great and I would happily gift this to our men friends.   

Mantry Gift Box Subscriptions for Men and Food Lovers  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI was going to hold this for his Father’s Day gift but decided that wasn’t really fair since he saw me shooting these photos.  And was asking a lot of questions.  I couldn’t really hide the part of the box that said “Mantry” so I guess his questioning was justified.  I had to do some traveling a few weeks ago and while away my husband made sure to tell me how delicious this jerky was.  I was hoping there was some left for me when I got home.  There was not.  We have not tried all the products yet but we are super excited to.  There are some really unique things in there.  Things we probably wouldn’t have picked out on a grocery store shelf but since they were sent to us, we are totally excited to try.  

Cool label design on this hot sauce.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhat I love about this idea is that it is a great way to feature small companies that people might now know about.  And some of the product design was fantastic like this hot sauce right here.  And the site also features recipes of how to use the products included.  For example, they show you how to use the sauce above for Thai Chili Chicken Wings.  And I think I might like to test out the Thai Basil Margarita this weekend.

Great gift idea for men! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comEven better, each box contains a guide that tells you all about the products included and also a map showing where they came from.  This is a really well thought out gift box and I think Mantry is a great gift for men and foodies.

*Thank you for supporting the companies and brands that allow me to do what I do.  While some posts are paid and some are not, I strive to bring you the things that truly stand out to me that I think you will love too.  If there is a product you think I would love, shoot me and email! cupcakesandcutlery at gmail dot com.