I've been waiting for the perfect day for this giveaway...and today is the day because it is a SNOW DAY!
Nothing is better than a snow day - especially if you can enjoy it with all these goodies from Birchbox Home: Snow Day. It is SOLD OUT and a LIMITED EDITION so here's your chance to snag one!
Check out the loot! It's the perfect combination of pampering, coziness and nostalgia...
Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk (travel size, 0.27 oz)
Chantecaille Jasimne & Lilly Healing Mask (travel size, 0.17 oz)
L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream (travel size, 10 ml)
Mox Botanicals Matcha & Clementine Body Soak (travel size, .50 oz)
S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm in Cinnamon or Peppermint (.15 oz)
(MALIN + GOETZ) Votive in Cannabis or Dark Rum (2.35 oz)
JONATHON ADLER Fireplace Matches in Purple Flame (50 ct)
HAPPY SOCKS Combed Cotton Crew Socks (one pair, not necessaily the pattern shown)
Askinosie Chocolate Single Origin Cocoa Powder (40 g)
Three Tarts Gourmet Marshmallows in Cinnamon (2 ct)
Scrabble Birchbox Edition Mini Game Set
Just leave a comment below by Dec. 6, 5pm CST to be entered and tell me what's your favorite thing to do on a Snow Day!
Going to a Be Crafty Workshop was on my list of Things To Do in 2013. Time was ticking so I was thrilled when I was able to get in on their holiday workshop.
Calling all crafters - and those who long to craft and make pretty things in a pretty space, the Be Crafty Worskhop was absolutely divine! I wish I could do this more often!
The dynamic crafting duo of Amanda and Jessica are as talented as they are cute with infectious personalities and passion for the ultimate craft. Their studio is a crafter and photographer's dream. Urban cool, industrial, natural light, exposed brick, spacious...heaven.
The studio was bubbling over with adorable crafting supplies and accents. All so well-organized and labeled, of course! Chock full of festive treats, drinks and crafters, it was a happy place - the ideal place to make new friends and be creative on this Sunday afternoon.
Glue guns, glitter and tiny deer...oh my!
A beautiful mess.
Finished products...cupcake liner rosettes, glitterized mini clothespins, jar turned gift container using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, stamped canvas bags, ruffle gift tags and embellished kraft box!
We were also blessed with some fun swag!
And with a studio full of crafters and bloggers, photos were a must...I can't wait to see my new friends again!
Thank you again for an awesome afternoon and helping us "be crafty!"
Photos by Jordi Lee Photography
J.Crew is always on my birthday-holiday wish list (yes, I have been burdened with celebrating both in the same week?!?)
And always dreaming of an endless J.Crew budget, I love to mark the pages of the catalog as I did when I was a kid at Christmas time - and leave it ever-so-strategically open on the table for my family's viewing. Not always effective but worth a shot...
Given gift guides are being posted left and right, I thought I would share my favorite J.Crew stocking stuffers that won't break the bank this holiday season!
1. Colorblock Wool Baseball Cap | 2. Herschel Supply Co. Crewcuts Backpack | 3. Cashmere Beanie | 4. Fair Isle Trouser Sock | 5. Crystal Triangle Bracelet | 6. Zigzag Stripe Scarf | 7. Moroccan Stone Earrings | 8. Triple C for J.Crew Universal Charger | 9. Linen merci tee | 10. Girls' Glitter Tote Bag | 11. Fair Isle Leggings | 12. Chester Jeffries Mittens | 13. Printed Jewlery Case | 14. Lodge Mocassins | 15. Ceramic Jewelry Tray
These are the kinds of weddings I love to share.
Meet Kate and Bobby. A classic couple with the perfect dash of panache. All you have to do is check out their vibrant color palette to get the picture! Gorgeous.
The backdrop is one of my local faves - the iconic 14th floor Dome of the Millenium Hotel, overlooking downtown Minneapolis. Stunning.
And, I'm a HUGE fan of thoughtful details and Kate and Bobby definitely infused them flawlessly in their celebration. From each bridesmaid having their own unique bouquet to the wine cork escort cards and most endearing, the tiny brids in Kate's bouquet because her Grandmother loved them. And all were most fabuolously captured by D. Brey Photography.
This wedding is so lovely and timeless just like Kate and Bobby.
Venue: Millenium Hotel Downtown Minneapolis | Dress: Allure from The Wedding Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe | Hair: Mickey Fergusson, Estetica Salon and Spa | Make-up: Becky Zea, Estetica Salon and Spa | Flowers: La Petite Fleur | Cake: Buttercream Cakes | Photographer: D. Brey Photography | DJ: Bellagala
One of the beauties of living in rural Minnesota - the home of the Honeycrisp apple - is that we are not short on awesome, small, local orchards. After making a quick stop at Hillcrest Orchard just down the road, around the curve and up the hill, I had to come up with something to make with my bushel of handpicked fruit!
So, I rallied the troops of Jodi (One Simple Dream) and Jordi (Jordi Lee Photography) to spend the morning in the kitchen with me and my cute Weck jars that I have been hoarding to re-create this Apple Pie Jam recipe.
Here's what you need:
Yields 3 pints.
First, peel and chop the apples.
Measure apples in a measuring cup, then add water to the same measuring cup up to the 4 cup line (apples inlcuded).
Add apples with water, pectin, butter (helps reduce foam while cooking), spices and lemon juice to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add sugars and bring back to a full rolling boil.
Boil about 1 minute longer - or until the jam thickens.
Stir constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Ladle into jars leaving 1/4" headspace.
Put on lids and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
And wa-lah! Apple Pie Jam. So yummy and cute in those jars! The perfect gift or wedding favor.
Photography by Jordi Lee Photography